Shopping Is Civil War

Snap by Arlene

Supermarkets are a popular setting for music videos. The cultural theorist John Hutnyk comments on this and presents a kind of a Marxist theory of shopping.

Author: John Hutnyk
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Quote: John Hutnyk
Design: Arlene
Sound: ivolipa/freesound

Dhaka's Electronic Music Scene

Norient Snap by Imtiaz Nasir

Dhaka is the Detroit of Bangladesh. But before the city produced its own independent scene, british bengalis layed the ground for one of the most influential music styles in the 90s: Asian Underground. 

Author: Faisal Mohammed Khan
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Quote: Faisal Mohammed Khan
Design: Imtiaz Nasir
Sound: The B Regiment and Shariful Islam

Awesome Tapes from Bhutan

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Bhutan is a tiny kingdom in the himalayas and not really known for experimental music. But due to Ed Linton and his net label «Avant-Garbe Records» there is a growing music scene with a love for weird sounds.

Author: Hannes Liechti
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Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

1+1 EP Release: «Ispasskoi?»

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1+1 EP Release: «Ispasskoi?»

Within a hyperactive week of studio recording in Lomé Togo, Yao Bobby and Edgar Sekloka produced 5 tracks from scratch – together with skilled musicians and a patient sound engineer. The EP «Ispasskoi?» is available for download via Bandcamp for free.

Author: Simon Grab
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Design: Studio Owarte
Sound: Yao Bobby & Edgar Sekloka

Speaking Hip Hop Vernacular

Speaking Hip Hop Vernacular
Speaking Hip Hop Vernacular

What happens when Salome MC, one of the first female Iranian rappers meets bilingual MC Shing02 from Hawaii, Honolulu? Watch the video documentary from the 1+1 project on the production of the collaborative track «Passenger».

Author: Norient
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Design: Studio Otwarte
Photo: Studio Otwarte
Sound: Salome MC & Shing02

Boris Blank – Painter of Sound

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Boris Blank gained worldwide fame as a pioneer of electronic pop music and sound designer. Here he talks about his passion for electronic music, the shift from analog to digital and the magic of pre-sets.

Author: Immanuel Brockhaus
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Quote: Boris Blank
Design: Des Flor de Fuego
Photo: Immanuel Brockhaus
Sound: Yello, Boris Blank
Remix: Hannes Liechti

David Toop - the Posthuman Composer

Norient Snap by fertig design

«I can almost imagine my music as pop music, but for a different era of human history, maybe a history of insects». The composer and writer David Toop talks about about his interest in distortion and why he doesn't listen to music anymore.

Author: Mischa Mathys
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Quote: David Toop
Design: fertig design
Photo: Fabio Lugaro
Sound: digifishmusic/freesound
Remix: Daniel Jakob

Soundtrack des Verfalls

Norient Snap by Imtiaz Nasir

Im Stadtteil Pigneto im Osten Roms floriert die «italian occult psychedelia»-Szene. Die morbide bis psychedelische Musik verarbeitet die Krise und setzt auf düstere und experimentelle Sounds.

Author: Olaf Karnik
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Quote: Valerio Mattioli
Design: Imtiaz Nasir
Photo: Mai Mai Mai
Sound: Father Murphy

Sampling Stories Vol. 4: M.E.S.H.

Norient Snap by Faisal Khan

In times of constantly bubbling news tickers that have long ago stopped covering sport events only, Berlin-based James Whipple has produced a LP that is dealing with the resultant feeling of information overload.

Author: Hannes Liechti
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Quote: Hannes Liechti
Design: Faisal Khan
Photo: M.E.S.H.
Sound: M.E.S.H.

Sampling Stories Vol. 7: Katie Gately

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

A psychological approach to sampling: the American avantgarde-pop musician Katie Gately samples familiar, sometimes scary sounds and noises form the everyday that are deeply connected to her childhood memory.

Author: Katie Gately
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Quote: Katie Gately
Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Sampling Stories Vol. 2: Ibaaku

Norient Snap by Imtiaz Nasir

Although it's been labeled as an afro-futuristic project and also comes along as such through an eclectic and futuristic sound collage, fashion, photography, and music videos, «Alien Cartoon» by Senegalese producer Ibaaku is deeply rooted in place.

Author: Hannes Liechti
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Quote: Ibaaku
Design: Imtiaz Nasir
Photo: Jean-Baptiste Joire
Sound: Ibaaku
Remix: Dhaka Dub Hierarchy