• Martyn Pepperell
    When Peter Guyer and Thomas Burkhalter started making their film «Contradict» about the music scene in Ghana, an early topic of discussion was how to deal with the ethics of representation. Together with local artists, they decided to shoot a documentary that was not just about the scene, but created with it.
  • Friedemann Pestel
    The Slovenian band Laibach has been invited to perform in North Korea. Friedemann Pestel says: this tour differs clearly from cultural diplomacy in the traditional sense.
  • Quote

    «Am I allowed as a Swiss to speak about for example South African music? Or how can I speak about it?»

    Thomas Burkhalter

    Thomas Burkhalter

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hannes Liechti
    With the #rojava campaign female:pressure aimed to raise awareness around the resistance movement in Northern Syria. We meet one of the artists who have contributed and sampled women fighters.
  • Hannes Liechti
    The heavily sample-based tracks by Estonian electronic producer Mihkel Kleis show the total disembodiment of the samples from their sources. This approach becomes apparent when both listening to the tracks but also looking behind the scenes of its production.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The British musician Matthew Herbert samples sounds of bombs. In this podcast we expand the Norient debate about the ethical boundaries of sampling war sounds.
  • Hannes Liechti
    With her new project, COOL FOR YOU, Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Vika Kirchenbauer tends to «decompose harmonies as colonizers». What comes out are high-pitched voices, unfamiliar harmonies, and rumbling and raw rhythms.
  • Kerstin Klenke
    Im Film «Bonfires and Stars» trifft ein Moskauer Electronica-Musiker auf tscherkessische Volksmusiker. Statt des erwarteteten «Culture Clash» entsteht eine Kollaboration auf Augenhöhe, die jedoch nicht konfliktlos ist.
  • 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.
  • Hannes Liechti
    In this new series, Norient talks about sampling and remixing with different musicians from all around the world: Why, how and what do they sample? Meet Israeli electronic industrial artist Ptyl in this first sequel.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Norient
    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by KIAT from Syndicate Collective (Singapore).
  • Christian Werthschulte
    Solange Pop seine eigenen Spielregeln thematisiert, wird schon etwas Gutes herauskommen – für Ariel Pink oder das britische Künstlerkollektiv PC Music gilt diese Formel nicht mehr.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    Radiofeatures wie Human Shields von Bernard Clarke zeigen, dass experimentelle Radiokunst über das Internet ein breites Publikum anspricht und viel zu sagen hat. Zu hören am 17. Januar um 15:30 Uhr am 6. Norient Musikfilm Festival in Bern.
  • 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.
  • Helena Simonett
    Sa. 11. Januar 2014 // 5. Norient Musikfilm Festival: Schonungslos dokumentiert «Narco Cultura» den Drogenkrieg in der mexikanischen Stadt Juárez – und die Musik, die ihn verherrlicht.
  • Benjamin J. Harbert
    This work was part of «California Prison Arts Archiving Project» that Ben Harbert led for the UCLA University Archives Summer 2008 to Spring 2010. From the Norient book «Out of the Absurdity of Life».
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    MP3-Blogger in den USA und Europa bieten alte Schallplatten und Kassetten aus Afrika, Asien und Lateinamerika im Internet frei und franko zum Download an. Ein Podcast.
  • Michael Spahr
    Popsternchen und Musiklegenden covern Bob Dylan. Für einen guten Zweck: Der Gewinn geht an Amnesty International. Leider sind die Stimmen aus dem globalen Süden auf diesem Album kaum zu hören. Ein Radiobericht.
  • Michael Spahr
    Nikos Papastergiadis speaks about the globalization of culture and its meaning for people and institutions involved in the world of the arts.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Dr. Andra McCartney asked important critical questions about soundscape studies and compositions.
  • Gregory Scruggs
    With their CD «Proibidão C.V.: Forbidden Gang Funk from Rio de Janeiro» the US-American Label Sublime Frequencies aims to portrait a moment in time in Brazil. Gregory Scruggs however criticises them as uniformed explorers.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    A plea for more intercultural musical exchanges between Switzerland and the Balkans, presented at the International Symposium «Urban Music in the Balkans» in Tirana 2006.
  • Sandeep Bhagwati
    Interkultureller Dialog klingt schön. Aber kann eine intermusikalische Zusammenarbeit wirklich funktionieren? Und wenn ja, unter welchen Bedingungen? Ein Plädoyer in zwölf Punkten.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die israelische Musikerin Meira Asher regt auf einer radikalen CD und in Konzerten mit schockierenden Bildern und kompromissloser Musik zum Denken an.