Die Kulturrevolution als YouTube-Kult

Ali Kazmi

Auch 40 Jahre nach dem Ende der Kulturrevolution ist die chinesische Popkultur voll von Mao Zedong und im chinesischen Internet bekommt die damals etablierte Propagandamusik neuen Aufwind. Eine Suche nach neuen Helden.

Author: Theresa Beyer
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Design: Ali Kazmi
Sound: Ali Kazmi

The New Hi-Tech Underground

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In the past decade, culture was longing for the nostalgic and authentic. The new Internet underground celebrates the contrary: hi-tech, artificiality and kitsch. Is it a critique of capitalism or a capitulation to it? Both and neither, says our author.

Author: Adam Harper
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Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Is This the New Punk?

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Punks didn't give a fuck. Dux Content cares. Read a second commentary on the music video «Life Style» by digital pop duo Dux Content. «It's entertaining» our author states. And: «It leaves imprints of zapping images that will fit each viewer’s obsessions.»

Author: Michael Kinzer
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Quote: Michael Kinzer
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

A Satire of Digital Culture?

The cultural content of the digital age is an endless permutation of the same

Dux Content is one of the less well known but arguably most interesting acts under the umbrella of the controversial new London-based label PC Music. The first of two commentaries on their colorful music video «Life Style».

Author: Adam Harper
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Quote: Adam Harper
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Norient Keyphrase: Place I

Norient Snap by Javier Lourenço

A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Javier Lourenço (Argentina).

Author: Norient
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Design: Javier Lourenço
Sound: Woo

Femua Festival: «Our Place Is Here!»

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The FEMUA festival in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, boasts around 100,000 spectators. Today it's an important springboard for artists who are starting out, from hip hop to zouglou. A report from a gathering that strives for conduit of union and social cohesion.

Author: Elisabeth Stoudmann
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Quote: Tiken Jah Fakoly
Design: Safwan Subzwari
Sound: Aam Taateel

Sounds of Pakistan: The D/A Method

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The progressive rock band The D/A Method has been described as a unique addition to the Pakistani music landscape. With Gali Films and its director Kamal Khan, they recently published a video clip of the song «The Desert Journey». An interview.

Author: Pascal Rudolph
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Design: Ali Sayah
Sound: Ali Sayah

Ratkiller: Meta Music for the 21st Century

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The Estonian musician Ratkiller is a master of intertextuality. His recent album «Dreamhammer» is full of samples from different sources: from Death Metal to 1980s Funk or porn movies. A review comment.

Author: Lucia Udvardyová
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Design: Juliana Adhikary
Photo: Ratkiller
Sound: Miss Auto

Loneliness in the Mix

Norient Snap by Ali Sayah

Ukrainian electronic artist Zavoloka produced an experimental sound piece accompanied by selected speech fragments from Olimpia Splendid, Ali Gul Pir, Ethiopian Records, and others who expressed their thoughts on the subject of loneliness.

Author: Kateryna Zavoloka
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Sound: Ali Sayah

Finding Unity Through Sound

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In their self-produced podcast the Finnish underground punk band Olimpia Splendid talk about existential loneliness, the economic depression, their own DIY approach, and their music video «Jukka-Pekka».

Author: Jonna Karanka, Katri Sipiläinen
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Quote: Heta Bilaletdin
Design: Arlene
Sound: Junn

From Clubmusic to Permaculture

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The electronic musician FIS combines broken rhythms derived from somnambulant drum & bass and cinematic melodies with notions of a futurist naturalism. Martyn Pepperell talked to him about noise, permaculture and perfect harmony.

Author: Martyn Pepperell
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Quote: Oliver Perryman
Design: meLê Yamono
Photo: Sophie Schnell
Sound: Morgan Sully