• 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.
  • Christophe Jaquet
    Christophe Jaquet describes in his fan confession, that the radical musician, thinker, hacker, philanthrope, activist, and curious figure Goodiepal saved him from being depressed about the future of music.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Samčo Brat Dáždoviek
    Grown on the Czech music platform bandzone, anti-music is a trashy music wave that is about music that nobody wants to listen to: amateurish lo-fi recordings made by funny and nerdy «musicians» who play old and broken music instruments.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Peter Gonda
    Constanza Piña is a chilean dancer, electronic musician and craftmaker. In her art, she questions the use of technology as a (male) ideology. Peter Gonda aka gnd met her at the Piksel Festival in Bergen, Norway.
  • 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».
  • Milena Krstic
    Seit sechs Jahren findet das Chale Wote Street Art Festival in Accra statt – und ist ein Ort der radikalen Inklusion. Das kostenlose Event in Ghanas Hauptstadt zeigt moderne Kunst auf der Strasse statt in schicken Galerien.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rana Ghose
    Producer Rana Ghose from REProduce Artists curated a Playlist for Norient introducing a new and unheard generation of exciting artists from New Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore between noise, electronic music and experimental.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Gqom edits 001/002 / Experimenting with interview formats // We meet gqom producer Citizen Boy and his grandmother in the Avoca Hills township of Durban to discuss about dark electronic gqom tracks.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Jonas Engelmann
    Punk war nie so offen, wie er gerne predigte. Trotz Kritik an Sexismus und Rassismus, war der Stil vor allem ein Soundtrack männlicher, weisser Vorort-Jugendlicher. In L.A. war das immer schon anders, zeigt der Film «Los Punks: We Are All We Have».
  • Eric Mandel
    Aus der Geschichte gelernt: Der Film «A Story of Sahel Sounds» erzählt von einem Labelmacher aus den USA, der Musiker aus Afrika veröffentlicht und Touren organisiert – mit DIY- und Fairtrade-Ethos statt kultureller Ausbeutung.
  • 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.
  • Andy Markowitz
    In some Jamaican jails, prisoners can join a music-focused rehabilitation program. The award winning documentary «Songs of Redemption» is a fascinating portrait about the power of music. An interview with the co-director Amanda Sans.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    The label Terror Negro from Lima is a lively home for south american bassmusic hybrids. The founder Deltatron talks about subverting the eurocentric mainstream and the micropolitics of Perus club culture.
  • 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.
  • Dylan Valley
    With «Beats of the Antonov» Hajooj Kuka paints a beautiful picture of music, war and identity in the Sudanese Blue Nile and Nuba regions. A deep exploration of a nation in an identity crisis.
  • Norient
    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by Jake Slee aka Activia Benz (USA).
  • 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».
  • Ed Linton
    A brief insight into some really amazing videos and sounds from the past few years out of the small kingdom Bhutan in South Asia, compiled by Ed Linton, owner of the small internet record label Avant-Garbe Records.
  • Miguel Hilari
    Making a video-clip is not really a moneymaking activity in Bolivia. However, there is important production going on at the margins of traditional industry standards. For our series, it's Miguel Hilari's turn, director and producer from La Paz.
  • Norient
    In «Sound Translations», Peter Guyer (Recycled TV AG) and Thomas Burkhalter (Norient) narrate stories around seven video clips and audio tracks from selected musicians worldwide.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Grime tracks from the UK keep reaching us: noisy, harsh, power- and playful instrumentals and war dubs. London based producer Footsie tells us why Grime is on its way back. An overview.
  • Renato Martins
    As some of you know, there is a new movement coming from de Rio de Janeiro, in a new style called Rasterinha. Some producers call it raggafunk or axé funk. An brief introduction to a new genre.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    Do. 9. Januar 2014: 5. Norient Musikfilm Festival. Unser Autor bezeichnet «Elektro Moskva» von Elena Tikhonova und Dominik Spritzendorfer über die sowjetische Elektronikmusik seit 1910 als «einer der wichtigsten Musikgeschichtsfilme zurzeit».
  • Philip Vlahos
    Revolutionshymnen sind nichts für die Electro-Szene in Kairo. Sie hat es auch nach Mubarak nicht leicht und schliesst sich zu Kollektiven zusammen. Eines davon ist Kairo is Koming – es elektrisiert nun die Schweiz, Wien und Berlin.
  • Julian Voloj
    Alles braucht eine Geburtsstunde und so besagt die Legende: vor genau 40 Jahren, am 11. August 1973, erfand DJ Kool Herc den Hip-Hop in der Bronx. Susanna Petrin spürt der damaligen Atmosphäre in New Yorks berüchtigtsten Stadtteil nach.
  • Ralph Kronauer
    15 years ago Egyptian metal-heads were indicted with Satanism and accordingly controlled – since then little has been heard from Egypt’s metal scene. Insight into a scene that is stranded somewhere midst assimilation and throw-off.
  • Daniel Künzler
    Kenyan musician Bamzigi was flying ahead of the current electronic dance music craze from South Africa and Angola. However, his eclectic mix Mizuka resonates more abroad than in Kenya where he is not invited for performances.
  • Pan An
    It was almost 17 years ago, when techno and electronic music arrived in Athens. Many years in a row, «the new genre» and contemporary subculture was shaking the night life of Athens, where until today there is always a desire for a creative escapism.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    Dubstep’s philosopher Rob Ellis aka Pinch from Bristol keeps alive the sound of early dubstep. In the interview the founder of the label Tectonic speaks about embryonal well-being, and dance music patience and pressure.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    A new electro/rap album from Beirut inspired me to continue clicking through the World Wide Web. Within transnational Lebanese networks I found great, crazy, funny, strange and sometimes also worrying videos, tracks, as well as a book.
  • 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.
  • Miriam Gazzah
    This is a story about the empowering force of (Moroccan) hip hop.
  • Andreas Glauser
    Der griechische Improvisationsmusiker, Klangkünstler und Labelbetreiber Tasos Stamou aus Athen präsentiert Ausschnitte aus seinen akustischen Experimenten mit Gegenständen aller Art. Ein Interview.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Reverend Beat-Man is a mad trash rock’n’roll artist and owner of the label Voodoo Rhythm Records. Norient visited him on their quest for sonic traces in Switzerland.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Allenbach
    Sympathisch wie seine Heldin: Der Porträtfilm «Steff la Cheffe – im Momänt». Er kommt zur richtigen Zeit.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Metal, Rock und Zensur im Libanon. Eine Radiosendung von Thomas Burkhalter
  • Camilo Rocha

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

  • Klaus Raab
    Tansania besitzt eine vitale Rap-Kultur, die die gesellschaftlichen Probleme des Landes diskutiert – und den Musikern wie im HipHop-Heimatland USA sozialen Aufstieg verheisst.
  • Klaus Raab
    Zola ist Südafrikas bekanntester Gangsta-Rapper, und gegen seine Biographie wirkt die des US-amerikanischen Rappers 50 Cent wie lauwarmer Hüttenkäse.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Wir befinden uns im Jahr 2002: Der algerische Rap drückt mit Worten aus, was die Jugendunruhen in Algerien mit Gewalt demonstrieren. Sie nehmen kein Blatt vor den Mund und formulieren lautstark ihren Zorn.