• Andrin Uetz
    Since the 2014 Umbrella Movement, Hong Kong’s art and music industries have been baptized by a political awakening. Creatives like Kacey Wong and Denise Ho rebel against the pro-Beijing establishment, and now a number of artists got elected into district councils (Chow 2019). Among them, Susi Law stands out with a passion for listening and sounds. She is not one for big speeches or loud campaigning. Instead, she is a city explorer, a curious stroller. In this commentary, I want to point out how her aural sensitivity could be beneficial to Hong Kong’s current political crisis.
  • Jan Chudožilov
    Georgia's capital Tbilisi has a vivid electronic music scene. Although more and more artists are involved, there are hardly any official live venues in the city. Read Jan Chudozilov's photo series about informal music spaces.
  • Shayna Silverstein
    For centuries dabke was a local tradition in Syria, but in the late 1990s, it has become urban. Thereby, the popular dance music was reimaginated and globalized. Under the name «new wave dabke» special stylistic idoms have become noticeable.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    Often, the politics of a song are carried in its lyrics. However, can instrumental electronic music also create concrete criticism? An investigation of D. Glare's song «Gentrification Death Certificate».
  • Oli Warwick
    The metropolis Hong Kong is a world finance and multi-cultural capital. But when it comes to culture, local artists call it an «art desert». Yet, the underground club music scene is working on a change.
  • Leandro Ramírez
    In this playlist by Argentinian musician Leandro Ramírez aka El Murki we dive into the experimental sounds of the musical underground of Buenos Aires and its surroundings. All tracks belong to artists that he respects a lot and that influenced him in many ways.
  • 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».
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Gqom edit 004 / Experimenting with interview formats // We meet gqom producer Dominowe in his house in Newlands East in Durban to discuss what this dark electronic music genre is all about.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Gregory Markus
    We trace the history of the carillon of the biggest church in Rotterdam, the Grote of Sint-Laurenskerk. Its bell sounds play an important role in the tracks of the compilation «010», released by the Dutch initiative RE:VIVE.
  • Jenny Tang
    Under Trump, the US government is actively depriving artists, while the US media wants their citizens to truly listen to each other. How does the musical «underground» react to this? An essayistic report about artistic protest in New York.
  • Ute Fendler
    The Neo-R&B musician Minje is influenced by a multitude of music styles and art forms, such as Nam June Paik's video art or Chet Baker's trumpet-playing. For him, music is always hybrid and creates a wave that is constantly moving to connect people.
  • Hannes Liechti
    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.
  • Olaf Karnik
    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.
  • Faisal Mohammed Khan
    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.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Sound artist and composer Svetlana Maraš is part of the new scene for experimental and improvised music in Belgrade and speaks about the laptop as an instrument in improvised music, and samples that attract her.
  • Robert Rigney
    Shazalakazoo from Belgrade transform traditional serbian music into electronic dance music. But not everyone loves their Trubaci-Mixtures at home.
  • Alison Fensterstock
    Katey Red, Sissy Nobby, Big Freedia: These successful Sissy Rappers turn New Orleans around. Plus many other cities as well.
  • Gregory Scruggs
    Re-Sounding Space For a New Rio de Janeiro. // As an anthropologist and urban planning researcher with specialties in music and sound, we have combined our backgrounds to examine the politics of reconstructing soundscapes in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Torie Rose DeGhett
    The multimedia-webdocumentary «The song of Tahir square. Music at the heart of revolution» by Hussein Emara and Priscille Lafitte invites to dive in contrasting places of music in Cairo. An interactive approach.
  • Wolfgang König
    Seit 13 Jahren ist es am letzten März-Wochenende in Kapstadt Zeit für „Africa’s Grandest Gathering“, so die Selbstbeschreibung des Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    Die Grime-Szene in der britischen Hauptstadt steht unter scharfer Beobachtung der Polizei. Nach den Riots im Sommer 2011 müssen Clubbetreiber und MCs besonders kreativ sein, um ungestört feiern zu können.
  • Stefan Franzen
    «Coz Ov Moni» («Wegen dem Geld») ist das erste Pidgin-Musical der afrikanischen Filmgeschichte. – Am 3. Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern.
  • Stefan Müller
    In Indiens Clubszene ist eine neue Generation angetreten und leistet Aufbauarbeit. Noch ist die Szene klein und überschaubar. Aber die Demografie spricht für eine riesige Expansion in den nächsten Jahren.
  • Michael Spahr
    Heute ist World Listening Day. Wir hören uns Emeka Ogbohs Soundscapes von Lagos an.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Ägyptens Machthaber kontrollieren das Kulturschaffen in Ägypten seit Jahrzehnten. Jetzt demonstrieren auch viele Künstler Tag und Nacht auf dem Tahrir-Platz.
  • Werner Graebner
    Jagwa Music: A bricolage of old-style Zaramo drums; a battered stool beaten with sticks; a small Casio hand organ; and singers belting out songs on how to survive in the urban maze of Dar es Salaam.
  • Jasper Walgrave
    A Documentary Film about the Angolan capital Luanda. The film captures its madness, its music, and people.
  • Michael Spahr
    Ein Plädoyer für freie Kulturräume: Eine persönliche Geschichte über die Reistchule, das kulturelle Zentrum von Bern.
  • Christoph Lenz
    Jetzt schalten sich die Künstler ein: Mit einer CD wehren sich 22 Berner Bands und Musiker gegen den Verkauf der Reitschule. Steff La Cheffe und Kuno Lauener erklären, warum.
  • David-Emil Wickström
    Durch die Berliner Russendisko ist russische Populärmusik in Deutschland längst kein Geheimtipp mehr. Eines der musikalischen Zentren dieser Musik ist St. Petersburg, dessen aktive Musikszene nie vom aktuellen Musikgeschehen der Welt wirklich abgeschottet war.
  • Klaus Raab
    Zola ist Südafrikas bekanntester Gangsta-Rapper, und gegen seine Biographie wirkt die des US-amerikanischen Rappers 50 Cent wie lauwarmer Hüttenkäse.