• Kateryna Zavoloka
    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.
  • Quote

    «It's a lonely world, if you don't question it and try to fight it.»

    Heta Bilaletdin, member of Olimpia Splendid (Finland)

  • Andy Bennett
    The relationship between music and place has a long history. This article discusses the academic discourses regarding the relationship between music and place.
  • Angie Balata
    In Egypt, the high amount of digitalization has not translated into monetization for most musicians. This is not just because most families live at or below the poverty line. So what does this mean for the future of local artists?
  • Serge Yared
    In Beirut every gunshot has a different meaning. There are sounds of war and of celebration. The Lebanese musician Serge Yared explains how they are used in music and aestheticized.
  • Dylan Culhane
    In this photo series South African photographer Dylan Culhane stages artist Umlilo in collage portraits and evokes a sense of multiplicity.
  • Taimoor Salahuddin
    An impressive and moving testimonial of rapper and comedian Ali Gul Pir from Karachi, Pakistan, who is faced by death threats due to his art. In the podcast he talks about what makes him feel lonely when living and working as a musician in Pakistan.
  • Henriette Gunkel
    What reads at first sight as a rather classic «coming out» story is not a linear narrative. In the music video «Magic Man» South African artist Umlilo and director Jasyn Howes produce a temporal and spatial disorder through fragments of moving images.
  • Manal Faheem Khan
    «Nowadays no song is independent», says journalist Manal Faheem Khan from Karachi and explains how the Pakistani music business works. The music video «#Kholo BC» by Ali Gul Pir and Adil Omar might be a rare exception here.
  • Umlilo
    For rapper Umlilo music is freedom and therapy at the same time. In his music he addresses issues of homophobia and bends the common images of gender. «Gender has always been something very natural to me to fuck with», he explains his approach.
  • Percy Mabandu
    Percy Mabandu takes us through a maze of hit music videos to study the genre’s fascination with performed exotica. African clichés or a re-connection with tradition and the past by nostalgic modern taste-makers?
  • Tendai Chari
    Zimbabwe has some of the richest pastors in the world who made their money by preaching the gospel of prosperity. Music has become an effective discourse for hegemonic constructions of the current social order.
  • David Verbuč
    Various American music scenes are not identified in terms of genres but more in terms of space. The example of DIY touring in the US delineates this.
  • Derek Walmsley
    Violence may be a frequent theme in UK grime music, but its influence on the aesthetics of the music is stronger than its connection to real life disputes. War is everywhere in grime lyrics, but violence is fictionalized.
  • Sandeep Bhagwati
    Sandeep Bhagwati works in various musical traditions and has roots in Asia, Europe and North America. He self-identifies as a Native Alien and claims: to feel unquestioned ties to one’s own place.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and the political turmoil in the years since have changed the country. How did underground musicians, DJs and songwriters from Cairo react, and how did the events influence their art?
  • Cande Sánchez Olmos
    The ways in which music videos generate money have changed since the days of MTV. The rise of YouTube came along with the hope for democratization, but this as been diluted due to corporatization. Is this a threat to cultural diversity?
  • Kommando Himmelfahrt
    Im Zeitalter der universellen Verfügbarkeit sind einzelne Menschen obsolet geworden. Dafür jedoch, sagt das Hamburger Künstlerkollektiv Kommando Himmelfahrt, sind sie weniger einsam, oder nicht?
  • Julian Bonequi
    For the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World» the Mexican hybrid artist and label owner Julian Bonequi compiled a mixtape taken from live performances, radio shows, and studio recordings from his label Audition Records.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Karachi-based rapper and YouTube star Ali Gul Pir wants to be a man who matters. He attacks powerful warlords with satire and opposes the YouTube ban in Pakistan. For this he received death threats.
  • Jaimie Baron
    Recycling footage has long been a practice in music videos. By freeing images from their original temporality and intended pupose and setting them to music, artists transform their meaning and generate an emotional experience of the past.
  • Isuru Kumarasinghe
    For the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World» the Sri Lanka-based musician and label owner Isuru Kumarasinghe compiled a special experimental music mixtape with sounds from mainly Asia.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Bishi Bhattacharya and Matthew Hardern have been working together for ten years now. Composer, artist, performer, and club impresario Hardern (aka Glamorre) tells us about the hidden politics and intentions of their project.
  • Bernard Clarke
    War has a sound. For his mix «shots were fired» for the section «war» from «Seismographic Sounds» the Irish radio journalist Bernard Clarke combined news samples with musically deconstructed war sounds.
  • Holger Lund
    Soziale Gefüge benötigen beides: Zusammenhalt und Platz für den Einzelnen als Einzelnen. Aktuelle Musikvideos zeigen das Ringen um eine soziale Positionierung zwischen Vereinzelung als Gefahr und Einsamkeit als Befreiung.
  • Gizem Oruç
    For the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds» Gizem Oruç aka 6zm compiled a mixtape. It is, in her own words, a collage of works of artists from the bubble she exists in, such as Maria F. Dolores, Zeynep Özcan and Çağrı Erdem.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    David Oppenheim is a drummer and runs a label for extreme music in Tel Aviv. He talks about the difficulty an Israeli artist faces when trying to balance art and activism. Musicians in neighboring, but closed off, Lebanon know this difficulty.
  • Norient
    War is the most horrible drama of human kind. Yet the noises of war – from swords clanging to modern machine guns – have fascinated musicians for centuries. We asked international musicians how to make a war audible. A virtual debate.
  • Johannes Kreidler
    For his mix for the section «money» from the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds» the german composer Johannes Kreidler transformed radically chopped sound samples into sonic goods that creep into your unconscious. Listen to it below.
  • Kimberley DaCosta Holton
    After the 1974 revolution in Portugal, folklore music was still alive — and even more politicized as it caused tension within the different folklore groups. Ethnomusicologist Kimberly DaCosta Holton about the culture of the «ranchos folclóricos».
  • Rudolf Eb.er
    Is noise music a rebellion against liberalism, propaganda and conformism? Is it warfare against overfed, ignorant and cold societies? We asked noise artist Rudolf Eb.er what noise music is about. Here he guides us through names, artistic concepts, and subgenres.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Lebanese-Swiss duo Praed experiments with sounds that cultural elites call trash or kitsch. Through Praed’s style, they attack cultural canons within the Arab World, and they present a fresh mix towards Europe. Here is a different take on Exotica.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Glo mobile, a subsidiary of Nigerian Globacom Limited, fights for customers in the contested Ghanaian market. Musicians are key in advertising the brand. We talked with Eugene Hoggar, who is in charge of the company’s music ambassadors.
  • Jovica Radisavljevic
    Im Video zum Stahlberger-Song «Du verwachsch wieder nume...» verwischt Regisseur Jovica Radisavljevic die Grenzen von Realität und Wahn. Hier erzählt er, wie es dazu kam und was es heisst, mit Minimal-Budget maximal kreativ zu sein.
  • Yassin «The Narcicyst» Alsalman
    Iraqi-Canadian rapper The Narcicyst knows how it feels to be young and Muslim in a post-9/11 world. Today, he considers himself a world citizen and aims for an individual identity that includes his origin, his home, and his community.
  • Oliver Seibt
    Ethnomusicologists used to travel to exotic islands to research local music. Today, their fieldtrips lead to scattered urban place. German scholar Oliver Seibt conducted three months of research in the Tokyo visual-kei scene, and stood out of the crowd.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Irish radio broadcaster Bernard Clarke creates intense radio pieces that combine contemporary music with history and recent politics. In «Tracing A-7063» he narrates stories of Holocaust survivors through audio memories.
  • Norient
    Musicians need to pay rent and taxes. They are also affected by the daily business of producing music: How much does a new computer cost? How can I pay for advertising my new track on social media? We asked musicians how to get heard in global music.
  • Angie Balata
    The digitalization took away the centralized power of the music industry, but for some people it also became a secret tunnel out of prison. For the underground music scene in Cairo, digitalization was an avenue of freedom – well, at least for a while.
  • Hannes Liechti
    «Das Internet ist nicht demokratisch», sagt Andreas Ryser, Präsident des Musikverbands IndieSuisse. Und in sozialen Netzwerken bestimme das Geld, welche Musik gefunden werde. Doch die Digitalisierung birge auch Chancen für die Finanzierung von Musik.
  • Greg Feldwick (Slugabed)
    To belong to a place, a country, or a city is an old fashioned way to live in a world of multi-sited modernities. Instead, we create our belonging through friends, information, images, and sounds across the globe. A «belonging» mix by Slugabed.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Swiss-Ghanaian singer and musician Joy Frempong of the duo OY made a trip to Southern and Western Africa to collect sounds and stories for their music. She tells us how she re-works these samples and what she is sometimes worries about.
  • Gerald Van Waes
    The history of «Exotica» is rich in amazing music, sounds, instruments, and stories. Gerald Van Waes collects these often rare and obscure sounds and writes about them on his blog psychevanhetfolk. For us he wrote a manifesto for exotica.
  • Christophe Thockler
    «Images can hit harder than war», writes the music video director Christophe Thockler. Here, he reports about the shoot of the song «Arterial» from the Electronica musician Lusine for which he used real ox blood.
  • Tosyn Bucknor
    Nigerian singer Temi DollFace finds herself on a «one-woman mission to put the theatrics back into live music». In the podcast she talks about fashion, being a female artist in Nigeria, and the gap between critical acclaim and mainstream chart success.
  • Hannes Liechti
    The viral music video «Formidable» of the Belgian musician Stromae reached almost 120 million YouTube hits in two years. We talked to the Belgian music video director Jérôme Guiot about the process of creating a marketing buzz.
  • Kerstin Klenke
    Jennifer Lopez, Kanye West and Rod Stewart did it. They pimped their income by playing court musicians in Central Asia. This places them at the heart of very dirty politics. Do they care? Do we care?
  • Vladimir Lenhart
    The Serbian musician and journalist Vladimir Lenhard, founder of the tape label Lenhart Tapes, has remixed sounds, interviews, videos, and other material from the section of «exotica» from the Norient exhibition Seismographic Sounds.
  • Renato Martins
    The Brazilian music style funk ostentação is the South-American version of the «pimp model» in U.S. rap. In his comment, Renato Martins asks why an MC would «sing about expensive cars and motorbikes».
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Chino Amobi is heavily sampling in his tracks, from airport soundscapes to chicken clucks and – not least – gun shots. In this short quote he explains why the latter are in fact uniting people.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    With his project Gazelle, Xander Ferreira aims to show the diversity of cultures in South Africa, and to translate the political strategies of African dictators to the world of pop music. Ferreira is white, which became an issue.
  • Svetlana Maraš
    The Serbian sound artist has remixed material from the section of «desire» from the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds». A mix full of humor, but also with some deep thoughts on discrimination, sexuality, and individualism.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Mit dem Noiseprojekt Sudden Infant befreit der Schweizer Musiker Joke Lanz unterdrückte Körperklänge. Seine Noise-Sprache ist das Resultat seiner biografischen Prägung und Sozialisierung in den Achtzigerjahren.
  • Helmi
    French director Helmi (Division Paris) directed the 2014 music video «Champs-Élysées» by Bonnie Banane and Walter Mecca (Waltaa). For Norient he reflects on the making-off, nostalgia, the aesthetics of the 1990s – and the money.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Hip hop is always changing, and recently LGTB and Queer Hip-Hop – for long time out of sight – has seized the stage. Not as a subgenre, but a part of hip hop culture that has a long history. It's a history about activism, too, in the USA and worldwide.
  • Jan Dvorak
    Der Song «Sugarbread» der Gothic-Musikerin Soap&Skin alias Anja Plaschg ist eine Teenager-Tragödie. Aber auch ein Exorzismus - und Plaschg eine Besessene und Priesterin zugleich. Denn sie ahnt: Der Mensch ist ein liebesunfähiges Wesen.
  • Sonja Eismann
    Hinterteile sind in Videos von US-Popsängerinnen ein wichtiges, aber streitbares Accessoire. Sonja Eismann über Miley Cyrus' und Taylor Swifts ironisches Twerking und den tobenden Arschkulturkrieg um den Big Booty.
  • FrankJavCee
    The Internet genres vaporwave and seapunk mix slowed-down 1990s smooth jazz with house music, and cannot live without images of dolphins, palm trees and Greek marble statues. A round up.
  • Emma Dabiri
    Changes are happening in Africa. A younger generation realizes that Europe need not provide the blueprint anymore. In the arts, African Women are promoting a new consciousness. The West rushes to describe this art as «feminist» – an imposed label.
  • Norient
    In this podcast, musicians, composers, and sound artists from the Norient network reflect on the difficult but long alliance between war and music: what is so fascinating about working with war samples?
  • Katyussa Veiga
    The photo series on the Bolivian underground punk band Gato Diablo represents the band's constant search for new places. It is a fragmentary, urban spirit, deeply rooted in tradition that speaks out to us here.
  • Jenny Fatou Mbaye
    In this clip from the news show «Journal Rappé» from 2014 Senegalese hip hop pioneer Xuman used the famous hit «Formidable» by Stromae and turned it into a parody on a fallen local politician.
  • Aisha Deme
    Since 2013 the Senegalese news show «Journal Rappé» merges rap with daily news. The concept of the two hip hop pioneers Keyti and Xuman is innovative and creative, as our authors think; and the means of parody has become crucial to the show.
  • Marcus Staiger
    «Ein Schlag in die Fresse der bildungsbürgerlichen Gesellschaft», so kommentiert unser Autor das Video «Saudi Arabi Money Rich» von Haftbefehl: «In diesem Video dampft der deutsche Rapper die Welt, wie sie sich ihm darstellt, auf das Wesentliche ein.»
  • Shonegrad O'Connor
    «Esi Mi Dobar» by Serbian rap group Bad Copy tackles issues of contemporary Serbia head-on by providing us with an image of contrast and contradiction. The 2013 video resembles a moussaka dish.
  • Vladimir Lenhart
    The 2013 video «Esi mi dobar» by Serbian hip hop group Bad Copy is a persiflage on postwar Serbia where the true gangsters are not getting caught and no one seems to care. The video shows kids playing with big guns. Exotica or bitter reality?
  • Johanna Hilari
    «Somos Sur» by Ana Tijoux, featuring Shadia Mansour, is an anti-colonialist statement of autonomy. To underline this, the video clip re-contextualizes two significant folk dances, which historically are linked to both socio-political identification and struggle.
  • Norient
    Jonathan Ward is the founder of the free music archive Excavated Shellac (USA). In this short quote from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds» he tells about what makes him feeling lonely as a music enthusiast.
  • Jonna Karanka
    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».
  • Ariel Altamirano V.
    In Chile the video clip has become an important artistic tool and a socio-political weapon. Our author Ariel Altamirano V. from Discos Pegaos comments on a music video by Chilean rapper Ana Tijoux.
  • Theresa Beyer
    In low-budget music videos, necessity is the mother of invention. One of the best examples of this is «Picolé», a clip co-directed by forty-five directors. Javier Lourenço from the Argentinian collective Flamboyant Paradise takes us behind the scenes.
  • Norient
    In this series from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds» we learn about different strategies of artists to fund their music. In short quotes musicians tell from their own perspectives. Today: DJ Black from Ghana.
  • Michal Sapir
    Most Israeli Jews have only a sketchy idea of what goes on in neighboring Arab countries. Through abstractions like maps, heads of state, standardized language, and propaganda, Israeli noise artist David Opp confronts a paranoid anticipation of war.
  • António Madureira
    MC Sacerdote ist angolanischer Kuduro-Musiker. Im Norient-Podcast erzählt er, welche Rolle das Geld in seiner musikalischen Laufbahn spielt. «Wir brauchen immer einen Plan B», sagt einer, der schon früh gelernt hat, sich mit nur wenig davon durchzusetzen.
  • Norient
    In dieser Serie aus dem Norient-Buch «Seismographic Sounds» berichten wir über verschiedene Strategien von Künstlern zur Finanzierung ihrer Musik. Heute: die Schweizer Pop-Band The bianca Story.
  • Emma Dabiri
    With her video «Orangutan» Italian artist and activist Karima 2G responded on racist comments of Italian politicians in the context of the election of Italy's first black government minister Cécile Kyenge in 2013.
  • Rudolf Dethu
    In their video «House of Greed» Indonesian heavy metal band Burgerkill talks about the massive corruption in their home country. Indonesian journalist Rudolf Dethu shows how robbery affects the music business and jeopardizes youth-driven subcultures.
  • Jesse Samba Wheeler
    In 2013 Curitiba-based electropop band Bonde do Rolê released their music video «Picolé». A video celebrating the popsicle and directed by forty-five directors. Our author asks: How is this possible?
  • Norient
    In this series from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds» we learn about different strategies of artists to fund their music. In short quotes musicians tell from their own perspectives. Today: Charbel Haber, singer and guitarist from Lebanon.
  • Norient
    In this series from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds» we learn about different strategies of artists to fund their music. In short quotes musicians tell from their own perspectives. Today: Algerian rapper Rabah Ourrad.
  • Jeremy Wallach
    Our author comments on the 2014 music video «House of Greed» by the Indonesian metal band Burgerkill. He thereby talks about the tradition of popular music as a vehicle of political and social criticism in Indonesia.
  • Mona Aurich
    Our author understands the 2014 music video «I·M·A·M (jj Remix)» by Swedish rapper Silvana Imam as a call for fight. She finds proof in both the lyrics and the video footage. Further she asks: who will be included in the revolution, proclaimed by Imam?
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Israeli sound artist Meira Asher combines art with political activism. In this podcast she talks about her latest projects that deal with militarization and her artwork «One Blanket Lost» about Nigerian girls being prostituted in the European sex business.
  • Kalle Berggren
    Silvana Imam is changing Sweden’s contemporary hip hop landscape. In this jj remix of her song «I.M.A.M.», classical hip hop video references are characteristically interchanged with images of political protests and LGBT Pride marches.
  • Raffael Dörig
    An average pop song counts around one thousand notes, while a typical Black MIDI track is several millions. Black MIDI composers – called «Blackers» – try to challenge computers, ears, and eyes with enormous numbers of super-short and dense notes.
  • Ziad Nawfal
    Hamed Sinno is the lead singer of the Lebanese alternative rock band Mashrou' Leila. In this podcast he talks about belonging, identity, and representation. And about what does it mean to make music as a Lebanese artist in a global context.
  • Theresa Beyer
    The Nigerian Afro-Pop diva has energy enough for two – even in a dark hotel room, in jogging suits and straight out of bed. She is very young, but knows the Nigerian music business well and occupies her own place within it. An interview.
  • Laetitia Bouloud
    In this photo series we explore the Israeli underground scene around experimental sound artists such as Meira Asher or David Opp. Portrayed in their home environments the they show the artists in connection or disconnection from the region they live in.
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Anlässlich des 2014 erschienenen Musikvideos «Du verwachsch wieder nume i dinere Wonig» von Stahlberger, blickt unser Autor auf die Geschichte des Mediums Musikvideo zurück und dekonstruiert die Codes von Bandvideos.
  • Daniel Arthur Panjwaneey
    In Karachi, Pakistan, very early in the morning, you hear the birds. Then, around seven, buses and rickshaws tune in. Then more and more people. They don’t talk here, they yell. A short quote from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds».
  • Ali Gul Pir
    In their 2014 music video «Whales» Hail Mary Mallon rap their message by using simplicity: Two colorless, homeless men telling us how it is. A commentary from a Pakistani perspective.
  • Tara Mahadevan
    Rap is slowly moving away from being money-centric to again, being about the music. This is what Hail Mary Mallon completely miss with their 2014 music video «Whales», an ironic view on wealth in hip hop culture. A critical commentary.
  • Olaf Karnik
    In seinem Werk thematisiert der Deutsche Komponist der Neuen Musik Johannes Kreidler immer wieder das Thema Geld. Im Norient-Podcast und im Interview erläutert er dessen Auswirkungen auf die Konzepte seiner Musik.
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Im Videokommentar zu «Du verwachsch wieder nume i dinere Wonig» der Schweizer Mundart Philosophen Stahlberger erscheint das im Video inszenierte Therapiegespräch als «Psychogramm einer in sich selbst vereinsamten Schweiz».
  • C-drík Fermont
    Dmytro Fedorenko and Kateryna Zavoloka are two Ukrainian composers from Kiev who moved to Vienna two years ago. Zavoloka's EP «Volya» is inspired by the Ukrainian revolution. An interview on music, war, and protest.
  • Antti Ahonen
    In this photo series we get an insight into the musical underground of Finlands capital Helsinki. Here, the photographer captures a – in his own words – «positive side» of loneliness.
  • Hillegonda C. Rietveld
    An echo is historically coded as the sound of a lonely disembodied voice, able to produce a decentered sense of alienation. This is illustrated here through the urban echoic production work of Burial (William E. Bevan).
  • Norient
    Today the sampling of all material from infinite sources challenges the «spectacular aura» of the pre-recorded original in order to claim autonomy. We asked musicians from the Norient network: how does the digital availability of sources change music?
  • Maxime Pasques
    A second commentary in French on the video «Formidable» by Belgium singer Stromae, written for our book «Seismographic Sounds. Visions of a New World». An elaboration on the typical Belgian «bonhomme» mentality.
  • Michael Rebhahn
    Als «Neue Konzeptualisten» konfrontiert eine junge Komponistengeneration die Neue Musik mit Multimedialität und globaler Vernetzung. Sie sie die erstarrten Spielregeln der Kunstmusik infrage und rüttelt am Werk- und Kunstbegriff.
  • Shonegrad O'Connor
    Wikluh Sky is part of the hip hop trio Bad Copy from Serbia. In the podcast he talks about making art in Serbia, their video «Esi mi dobar», and about what would happen when Hans Zimmer would call him and offer him a job.
  • Wanlov The Kubolor
    I was thoroughly fooled by Stromae’s video for «Formidable» the first time I saw it. I found Stromae to be very intelligent, beautiful, meticulous and his music made me want to dance. A commentary from a Sub-Saharan perspective.
  • Jesse Weaver Shipley
    The song «BRKN LNGWJZ» and its video announce the FOKN Bois as critical, global, political, and absurdist hip hop voices. It marks the birth of international pidgin rap not only as a style once can dance to, but as a modernist multi-media art form.
  • Mutombo da Poet
    When «BRKN LNGWJZ» by the Ghanaian rap duo FOKN Bois was released, I had to watch the video over and over again. It was different from what I have seen in other videos by Ghanaian artists. A commentary.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    «It's like a deformed anger which comes out us», says Wanlov the Kubolor, one half of the Ghanaian rap duo FOKN Bois. With his musical partner M3nsa he talks about their visions and their way of doing art in a religious context.
  • Rudolf Dethu
    In this podcast the guitarists from the Indonesian heavy metal band Burgerkill talk about the massive corruption in the country, their economical situation, the consequences of digitization and their protest song «House of Greed».
  • Simon A. Akindes
    When African musicians denounce corruption in music videos, they often focus on its pettiness. Seun Kuti and Fiesta Black are two examples of artists who also tackle international, corporate-based corruption.
  • Noko 440
    They love to provoke and they love to extravagate. London-based underground musician Bishi Bhattacharya and her musical partner Matthew Hardern talk about their biographies, race, and their common project «Albion Voice».
  • Bernardo Reb Rojas
    Bernardo Reb Rojas from the Bolivian underground punk band Gato Diablo writes about the video clip «Nunca Tendremos Mar» (We'll Never Have the Sea), the making of and the national trauma, that has been processed in the video.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    The austrian artist Soap&Skin makes highly dialectic music. In her self made video with grainy black-and-white images of the song «Sugarbread» she invokes nothing less than the cleansing power of the apocalypse.
  • Miguel Hilari
    In the podcast the two members members of the Bolivian experimental hardcore punk band Gato Diablo Bernardo Reb Rojas and Espírito speak about what it means to live in Boliva, funding strategies of their music and nationalistic feelings in Bolivia.
  • Refantho Ramadhan
    In his photo series for «Seismographic Sounds» on heavy metal band Burgerkill Indonesian photographer Refantho Ramadhan tries to give you a sense about how the government in Indonesia is massively corrupt.
  • Martin Daughtry
    By sampling footage from contemporary sci-fi and action films, the video «Mecha» by Nguzunguzu appears to take the same delight in the spectacle of combat as the Italian Futurists did at the beginning of the last century.
  • Ethiopian Records
    In this experimental podcast Ethiopian producer Endeguena Mulu speaks about what makes him feeling lonely as an African and Ethiopian artist, the access to the digital World, and traditional music.
  • Arie Amaya Akkermans
    Media converts real wars into long distance entertainment. But the condition of war and the fantasy of it belong to the same articulation of a collective desire. It's this what the energetic US clubmusic duo Nguzunguzu is using as sonic elements in their music.
  • Norient
    In the 21st century, the world’s musical hits and trends are often created in bedrooms, where musicians exchange files online without meeting. But can a bedroom producer change the world?
  • Werner Hasler
    In the podcast Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran talks about her biography, being a musician in Europe, the power of music, and her song «Suite Nomade, Pt. 1», based on poetry from World War I about the state of war and how it effects fragile communities.
  • Guido Naschert
    For her audio-visual cut-up composition «Matter of Fact», Serbian composer Svetlana Maraš has used sound and interview material from Seismographic Sounds.
  • Samson Young
    In «Memorizing the Tristan Chord» Hong Kong-based artist Samson Young invited participants to invent a string of Cantonese characters that fits to the notes of Richard Wagner's famous chord from the opening of «Tristan and Isolde».
  • B Camminga
    In Post Apartheid South Africa a new generation of young artists are drawing on the country’s idiosyncratic past and its unsettled present. They express queer visions for the future. See Dope St Jude at the 8th Norient Musikfilm Festival 2017.
  • Lucia Udvardyová
    A 20-minute transition through perpetual transition, a looped past-future-past, an ode to the «former» Eastern Europe: from Budapest to Bucharest, Prague to Belgrade, Vienna to Bulgaria, conjuring an imaginary landscape open to contingency and adventure.
  • B Camminga
    The video of «Magic Man» of the south african musician Umlilo questions issues of race and masculinity and speaks to the constant negotiation that is the suffocating entanglement of past and present South Africa.
  • Luca Gricinella
    The first article on Norient.com in Italian is a commentary on the 2014 music video «Orangutan» by artist and activist Karima 2G. A commentary from the Norient book «Seismographic Sounds».
  • Nabeel Zuberi
    Bishi's video of «Albion Voice» is reminiscent of the Sex Pistols. She subverts imagery of the national flag while she inserts herself into a pastoral old England to question white Britishness.
  • Norient
    Which form of musical protest is most effective to provoke change? This we asked musicians and scholars around the world, from composer Dave Philipps to the ethnomusicologist Martin Daughtry. Their answers are quite different. A virtual debate.
  • Louise Gray
    The music of the british artist Bishi Bhattacharya works perfect as a comment on Brexit. In her songs and artwork, she is hijacking and redefining notions of being «british» and claims a multicultural commonwealth.
  • John Hutnyk
    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.
  • Hannes Liechti
    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.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Queer feminist Swedish rapper Silvana Imam questions privileges and fights for a global feminist movement. However, the interview shows that her protest is not made out of empty slogans, but out of strong beliefs.
  • Eduardo Navas
    Just like words to create sentences, songs and artworks have become building blocks for new ones. In his essay, Eduardo Navas proposes a future in which constant updates and connectivity will become ubiquitous.
  • Kay Thompson
    The song «Pata Pata» from the nigerian singer Temi DollFace refers to a long tradition of protest music. Influenced by Fela Kutis critical songs it is also a symbol for a new feminism that questions traditional relationships.
  • Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah
    The nigerian singer Temi DollFace claims womanhood as a source of strength. Her song «Pata Pata» is a lively example for deconstructing patriarchal norms and clichés with a lot of humour, that stays critical.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Environmental sounds challenge Matthew Herbert more than a piano does. With noises of exploding bombs, collapsing buildings, and a dying pig he creates both abstract tracks and happy dance music. Challenging territories.
  • Ali Haider Habib
    In their 2014 music video «#Kholo BC» Karachi-based rapper and comedian Ali Gul Pir and rapper and singer/songwriter Adil Omar criticize the Pakistani government for banning the video-sharing site YouTube.
  • Chris Saunders
    In his photo series for the Norient book and exhibition «Seismographic Sounds», photographer Chris Saunders portrays the vivid and now exploding South African music scene. With Tshetsha Boys, Nozinja, DJ Spoko, DJ Invizable and Spoek Mathambo.
  • Jorge Verdin
    Another view on the anti-violence song «La Bala» by Mexican norteño stars Los Tigres Del Norte. For Jorge Verdin, this song is «toothless and tame», mainly because «it does not address the issue of poverty as one of the factors that may lead to a life of crime.»
  • Elijah Wald
    In their 2014 music video «La Bala», the Mexican narcocorrido stars Los Tigres Del Norte condemn the life of crime – quite unusual for norteño musicians. Here, our author talks about the ambivalence one can see in the band's public representation.
  • Ben Verghese
    Present day South African artists like Nozinja and Okmalumkoolkat let time and cultures collide, and in mixing languages, slangs, dances and rituals they create new homes. Commentary on the recent music video «Allblackblackcat» by the latter.
  • Adam Harper
    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.
  • Michael Kinzer
    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.»
  • Adam Harper
    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».
  • Norient
    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Jake Slee aka Activia Benz (USA).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Ben Aqua (USA).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Tomasz Jurecki (Poland).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Shonegrad O'Connor (Serbia/Canada).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Artem Proot (Ukraine).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Javier Lourenço (Argentina).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by KIAT from Syndicate Collective (Singapore).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Jorge Verdin (Mexico/USA).
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    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Peet Pienaar (Argentina).
  • Atiyyah Khan
    Rapper Okmalumkoolkat channels his experiences from South Africa into his music with ease. He looks inward, back into the past, and forward to an imaginary future. In his video «Allblackblackkat» he mixes a variety of dreamlike elements.
  • Antti-Ville Kärjä
    A reinforcement of outmoded and stereotypical ideas about Finnish-ness, without even the slightest hints towards nostalgic irony? Another commentary on the music video «Jukka-Pekka» by Finnish underground punk band Olimpia Splendid.
  • Daniel J. Gilman
    Sha‘ban ‘Abd al-Rahim is the most famous Egyptian singer to comment on politics in the contemporary era. His political statements impress fans. Egyptian governments, however, have treated him as a distasteful but useful tool.
  • Giacomo Bottà
    A lonely and sad man, sitting on a conveyor belt, scanning fizzy drinks and marshmallows. That's (almost) all you see in the video «Jukka-Pekka» by Olimpia Splendid. A critique of the capitalist labor system: that's how our author reads it.
  • Britt Brown
    Olimpia Splendid transcend Finland’s tight-knit free folk scene with giddy punk recklessness. This year they released their debut album. With their video clip «Jukka-Pekka» they are part of the Norient book and exhibition «Seismographic Sounds».
  • Cande Sánchez Olmos

    «In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power.

  • Wayne Marshall
    A kaleidoscopic tumble through decades of international street fashion, the video clip «Champs-Élysées» by Bonnie Banane poses puzzles about class and style. It’s not clear that it transcends the pitfalls of classface minstrelsy, or even gives a shit.
  • Petra R. Rivera-Rideau
    Dances such as perreo in reggaeton receive much criticism for being sexist. But what do women who actually dance to them think? Our author sheds a different light on reggaeton’s sexual politics.
  • Julio Mendívil
    The Peru-born author performed with folkloric groups on the streets and squares of Germany to earn his living. Here, he discusses amongst others how Andean musicians changed their repertoire to meet German tastes.
  • Carlos Pérez
    Gato Diablo's music video «Nunca Tendremos Mar» (We'll Never Have the Sea) discusses Bolivia's national trauma: the loss of its access to the sea in the War of the Pacific between 1879-1883.
  • Javier A. Rodríguez Camacho
    It is one of Norient's most favored music videos from the past years: «Nunca Tendremos Mar» from the Bolivian underground band Gato Diablo. A commentary by rock critic Javier A. Rodríguez Camacho.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Not many performers reach the intensity, harshness and nastiness of Israeli sound and noise artist and activist Meira Asher. Norient met her to talk about her main topic «reducing militarism».
  • Norient
    In dieser Serie aus dem Norient-Buch «Seismographic Sounds» berichten wir über verschiedene Strategien von Künstlern zur Finanzierung ihrer Musik. Heute: Andreas Ryser von der Schweizer Pop-Dub-Band Filewile.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Beirut based Syrian-Filipino Rapper Chyno writes lyrics and produces video clips dealing with the Syrian Civil War, a suicide bomber and other topics of the world he lives in. An interview.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Blank Banshee creates audio-visual works full of samples and exotic images. He is often mentioned as one of the pioneers of Vaporwave. We tried to interview this desktop artist from Vancouver. And we probably failed.
  • Monzer Darwish
    In Syrian Metal is War, I provide a portrait of musicians who play metal music during the Syrian war. While other people choose to fight and kill, they play music. Screened as a Partial Rough Cut on January 17, 2015, at 6th Norient Musikfilm Festival.
  • Florian Sievers
    Der südafrikanische Musikproduzent Nozinja hat die traditionelle Musik seines Volks radikal entkernt, elektrifiziert und beschleunigt. Er bewahrt die Traditionen dadurch, dass er sie ständig verändert.
  • Theresa Beyer
    When Sonidero DJs in Mexico build up their huge sound systems in the streets a long night of dancing lies ahead. Mirjam Wirz documented these «Bailes» and has published the photo-book «Sonidero City».
  • Jonathan Fischer
    Der schwule Rapper Le1f mischt mit Witz und knalligen Videos den Hip-Hop auf. Als Gay-Aktivist sieht er sich aber nicht. Und Musikjournalistinnen, sagt er, sollten sich weniger mit seiner sexuellen Identität und mehr mit seiner Musik beschäftigen.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Bounce ist energetischer, afroamerikanischer Rap mit hinternbetonten Tänzen aus New Orleans, der Anfang der 1990er Jahre entstanden ist. Eine besonders schillernde Gestalt der Bounce-Szene ist Big Freedia Queen Diva.