Soundscapes from the Edges

by Thomas Burkhalter

Musicians, sound artists and composers from Beijing, Mumbai, Beirut to Sao Paulo, from Istanbul, Belgrade, Lagos to Johannesburg create music and soundscapes that reflect the effects of localisation and globalisation processes on various levels. We hear new representations beyond exotic East-West-Formulas, we hear the noise of World Politics, Propaganda and War in challenging settings. This podcasts offers a short glimpse into the multimedia performance «Soundscapes from the Edges» with artists who work towards new definitions of what is local and global music – main focus: The Middle East.

Voice: Eric Facon (Swiss National Radio DRS)

Sounds Played

Iranian Orchestra for New Music «Chahargah» Hermes Records (Iran)
Das Neue Original Appenzeller Streichmusik Projekt «Glocken» Musikszene Schweiz (Switzerland)
Luc Ferrari «A Cypress at sunset. Tuscany» Subrosa (France)
Zimoun «Kabel» Leerraum (Switzerland)
Mani Matter «Ir Ysebahn» Zytglogge (Switzerland)
Kamilya Jubran + Werner Hasler «Nafad Al-Ahwal 2»  Unit Records (Palestine/Switzerland)
Mahmoud Refat «Mass» Leerraum (Egypt)
Asmahan «Unknown» (Egypt)
Elias Rahbani «Barilla Macaroni» (Lebanon)
Mazen Kerbaj «Starry Night» (Lebanon)
Raed Yassin «Feat. Hind Rostom» (Lebanon)
Mazen Kerbaj «TAGADAGADAGDAGA» Al Maslakh (Lebanon)
Shanghai Sound Unit «Leili Fengxing» Post-Concrete (China)
B6 «Pussy in the Taxy» Shanshui Records (China)
Sandeep Bhagwati, Ensemble Modern «Sangit Sambhav» (Germany/India)
Mzekezeke «Imbongo (Pedos)» EMI (South Africa)
Mzekezeke «Izinyoka» EMI (South Africa)

Published on August 25, 2008

Last updated on January 16, 2020


Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist and cultural producer from Switzerland. He is the founder and director of Norient – Performing Music Research (, and artistic director of the Norient Film Festival. Recent main projects include the documentary film «Contradict» (2019), the AV/theatre/dance performance «Clash of Gods» (2018), and the re-launch of Norient (2019). He published the book «Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut» (Routledge), and co-edited «The Arab Avant Garde: Musical Innovation in the Middle East» (Wesleyan University Press).
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