• 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?
  • Ksenija Stevanovic
    In the digital era we perceive modular synthesizers as elusive chimeras of a pre-networked, authentic past. The legendary «Donaueschinger Musiktage» offer in its 2018 edition a different perspective. In the commissioned pieces, the composers Marcus Schmickler and Florian Hecker take the sounds from the past to the now.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sidney Sutter
    The final episode of the web documentary on Eritrean exile music in Switzerland focuses on networks and Eritrean graphic design. With a visit at the studio of the famous Eritrean exile singer Andit Okbay in London.
  • 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.
  • 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».
  • Eric Mandel
    Tamer Abu Ghazaleh is one of the key figures of Egypts independent music scene. Norient caught him to talk about curating music, Cha'abi and egyptian futurism.
  • Kasper Aebi
    Neue Musikvideos von MusikerInnen wie Holly Herndon und Kevin Abstract beschäftigen sich mit der Dualität von Laptopscreens – und changieren zwischen virtuellen Fantasiewelten und politischen Realitäten.
  • Philipp Weichenrieder
    Some call it a hybrid of breakbeat and house, some call it «apocalyptic riot music». But for the producers from the townships of Durban, South Africa, Gqom is more than a clubmusic style.
  • Immanuel Brockhaus
    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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Contemporary tracks remix sounds from different places and times. To analyze the manifold constellations in and shapes of these remixes is challenging. Peter J. Burkholder made a first attempt, here is yet another.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Ghana offers contemporary music, inspired by international trends like trap and dancehall, mixed with local rhythms and melodies, sung in different languages, with topics related to corruption, to religion to champagne. Enjoy new tracks and clips.
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Mit The KLF eroberte Bill Drummond einst die Hitparaden. In Stefan Schwieterts Dokumentarfilm «Imagine Waking Up Tomorrow and All Music Has Disappeared» ist er jetzt Chorleiter.
  • Norient
    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Ben Aqua (USA).
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Bruno Spoerri is a saxophonist, composer, and a pioneer of electronic music in Switzerland. We interviewed Spoerri about his ways of working with synthesizers, virtual instruments and samples.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Seit 35 Jahren dreht Christian Marclay Versatzstücke der Popkultur durch den Fleischwolf. Genüsslich bewegt er sich zwischen Kunst, Musik, Film und Performance. Ein Streifzug durch sein Werk.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    Die meisten Menschen hören heute Musik auf Smartphones und Laptops. Das verändere auch die Musikproduktion, sagt der Musikethnologe Wayne Marshall im Interview. Die sich ausbreitende Treble Culture sei aber kein Grund zum Kulturpessimismus.
  • Julio Mendívil
    Die Geschichte des Fachs Musikethnologie ist von ständigen Reflexionen darüber geprägt, wie der Forschende dem «Anderen» begegnen soll. Die Enträumlichung und die virtuellen Distributionswege verlangen nun eine neue Inventur.
  • Daniel Künzler
    It was on 11 February 2014 in the Kariakoo neighbourhood in Dar es Salaam when I learned the sad news: The tape is on the brink of extinction.
  • Sydney Hutchinson
    Fieldwork in Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic (Ongoing since 2004). From the Norient book «Out of the Absurdity of Life».
  • Georg Milz
    Wer alte und neue Musik aus Angola sucht, surft am besten auf den MP3-Blogs des Angolaners O Toke É Esse. Elf seiner rund hundert Blogs stellen wir hier kurz vor.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Peter Doolan from the MP3-Blog monrakplengthai collects amazing audio cassettes from Thailand. Enjoy these tracks and a short podcast.
  • Simon Grab
    Patricia Bosshard, a violonist and composer from Lausanne, is a floating musical nomad between Free Improvisation, Composition, Electroacoustic Experiments, Musique Concrète and Noise Electronics.
  • Cumbiónico
    The MIDI East project by Brian May aka DJ Delay discovers new distributions of music and combines them with the use of old MIDI technology. A trip by carriage and airplane criss cross through the virtual electric folk-clubs in the MIDI east.
  • Portia Seddon
    Within the past decade, African-, Latin American-, and Caribbean-centered popular music weblogs have emerged as complex mediated spaces of cultural debate and transformation. // Notes on the Ethnography of Mediated Music.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Im digitalen Zeitalter hat die mechanische Klangerzeugung einen besonderen Charme. Das Musikautomatenmuseum in Seewen stellt Aufnahmen seiner Spieldosen, Uhren und Drehorgeln ins Netz – eine Einladung für Soundtüftler.
  • Michael Spahr
    Der Film «Hit Me With Music» bietet vielseitige Einblicke in das jamaikanische Musikgenre Dancehall. - Am 3. Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern.
  • Michael Spahr
    Nikos Papastergiadis speaks about the globalization of culture and its meaning for people and institutions involved in the world of the arts.
  • Camilo Rocha

    The Brazilian journalist Camilo Rocha interviews the ethnomusicologist, DJ and norient writer Wayne Marshall about the latest musical