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

    Heta Bilaletdin, member of Olimpia Splendid (Finland)

  • Oliver Seibt
    In the Japanese «aidoru bunka» (idol culture), grown men kneel down to mimic their infantile stars. When watching Kyoko Miyake's film Toyko Idols, musicologist Oliver Seibt sees a strong connection between this ritual and the sacred – which has a potential to create a sense of belonging.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
    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.
  • 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».
  • Pascal Rudolph
    The progressive rock band The D/A Method has been described as a unique addition to the Pakistani music landscape. With Gali Films and its director Kamal Khan, they recently published a video clip of the song «The Desert Journey». 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.
  • 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».
  • 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).
  • Katie Gately
    A psychological approach to sampling: the American avantgarde-pop musician Katie Gately samples familiar, sometimes scary sounds and noises form the everyday that are deeply connected to her childhood memory.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Eric Mandel
    Yasmine Hamdan, hyped singers of the Arab world, talks about her fascination for Asmahan Al-Atrash being the first female punk and Western misconceptions of the Arab worlds.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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».
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Looking For The Perfect Beat ist eine filmische Stadttour durch Los Angeles und besucht die Musikerinnen und Musiker, die in ihren Heimstudios an neuen Beats tüfteln.
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Musikerinnen und Musiker erforschten im Jahr 2012 süssen Lärm, inspirierende Leere und zerbrechliche Hits. Doch welche Sounds bleiben hängen? Schlaglichter auf ein bewegtes Pop-Jahr.