• Martyn Pepperell
    UK Funky DJ Bamz' music is informed by a sense of history and a glimpse into the future of bass driven club music. At the core of this is the «riddim» as the aesthetic backbone.
  • Norient
    Wie und warum benutzen Musiker*innen Samples? Wie positionieren sie sich durch ihre Wahl? Können Samples ein gesellschaftlicher Kommentar sein? Solche Fragen stellt der Musikwissenschaftler Hannes Liechti in seiner Doktorarbeit.
  • Hannes Liechti
    Berlin-based producer Kritzkom rarely works with samples and, accordingly, on her 2016 techno track «Inner March for Utopia» synth basses and melodies dominate. But if one digs deeper one can find the traces of a sample of the Kurdish national anthem.
  • Jaimie Baron
    Recycling footage has long been a practice in music videos. By freeing images from their original temporality and intended pupose and setting them to music, artists transform their meaning and generate an emotional experience of the past.
  • Hannes Liechti
    After being invited by the Iwalewahaus Bayreuth the Nairobi-based electronic musician and producer DJ Raph did an artist residency in Germany, rummaging through the institution’s extensive music archive of ethnographic field recordings from Africa.
  • Hannes Liechti
    In the tracks of the San Francisco-based artist, sampling is as much identity-generating as a political tool. Here are five reasons why sampling is so important in the ambient-shaped tracks of the upcoming producer.
  • Hannes Liechti
    Tracing the genesis of a track by producer Ian McDonnell (Eomac, Lakker) we can follow the steps to learn how sampling is used to replace a conventional vocal track and discuss questions on the circulation and handling of media material in times of Web 2.0.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Lebanese-Swiss duo Praed experiments with sounds that cultural elites call trash or kitsch. Through Praed’s style, they attack cultural canons within the Arab World, and they present a fresh mix towards Europe. Here is a different take on Exotica.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Swiss-Ghanaian singer and musician Joy Frempong of the duo OY made a trip to Southern and Western Africa to collect sounds and stories for their music. She tells us how she re-works these samples and what she is sometimes worries about.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Chino Amobi is heavily sampling in his tracks, from airport soundscapes to chicken clucks and – not least – gun shots. In this short quote he explains why the latter are in fact uniting people.
  • 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.
  • Svetlana Maraš
    The Serbian sound artist has remixed material from the section of «desire» from the Norient exhibition «Seismographic Sounds». A mix full of humor, but also with some deep thoughts on discrimination, sexuality, and individualism.
  • Norient
    In this podcast, musicians, composers, and sound artists from the Norient network reflect on the difficult but long alliance between war and music: what is so fascinating about working with war samples?
  • Theresa Beyer
    Jamaican musician Lee Perry, inventor of dub music, and Swiss producer Dubkoaj, inventor of the genre «Alpine dub» met for a session. Some thoughts about this special encounter.
  • Somar Ashkar
    A group of students, musicologists, and musicians at the Humboldt University of Berlin aimed to reach out to contemporary artists from underground scenes in Pakistan. An interview with Anaasir aka Alien Panda Jury about his hybrid music project «Mandal».
  • Immanuel Brockhaus
    Im Buch «Kultsounds – Die prägendsten Klänge der Popmusik 1960-2014» geht der Pianist, Komponist und Wissenschaftler Immanuel Brockhaus auf die Suche nach prägenden Einzelsounds der Popmusikgeschichte.
  • Hannes Liechti
    «Volya» is the only record so far in which the Ukrainian experimentalist has used sampling material with a strong political connotation: field recordings from the revolutions in Kiev. A background talk about the soundscape of the Maidan.
  • Lucia Udvardyová
    The Estonian musician Ratkiller is a master of intertextuality. His recent album «Dreamhammer» is full of samples from different sources: from Death Metal to 1980s Funk or porn movies. A review comment.
  • Hannes Liechti
    It is the very discrete mixture of samples, jazz vocals, folk spirit, live instrumentation and experimental electronics that characterizes the weird and beautiful song sketches of interdisciplinary artist Yatta Zoker from Brooklyn, NY.
  • Hannes Liechti
    Aniruddha Das understands sampling as a political, yet militant instrument. In the interview he gives insight into his sampling practice and talks about musical exoticism, political meaning, and his use of distortion.
  • Hannes Liechti
    Digging samples in the tracks of Daniel Jakob led me to two interesting potentials of the production method: sampling as a hidden means of producing tracks and sampling of ambient sounds as cultural signifiers.
  • 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».
  • C-drík Fermont
    Dmytro Fedorenko and Kateryna Zavoloka are two Ukrainian composers from Kiev who moved to Vienna two years ago. Zavoloka's EP «Volya» is inspired by the Ukrainian revolution. An interview on music, war, and protest.
  • 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).
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Toiret Status from Japan came to my attention a while ago thanks to his rough mixing of samples, drum-beats, fun effects and field recordings. For my new series «A Portrait Of – Experimenting with Interview Formats» I sent out an email with questions to him and received his answers in Japanese. Using Google Translator, I mixed this podcast with his voice, music and sounds.
  • Norient
    Today the sampling of all material from infinite sources challenges the «spectacular aura» of the pre-recorded original in order to claim autonomy. We asked musicians from the Norient network: how does the digital availability of sources change music?
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Hannes Liechti
    In times of constantly bubbling news tickers that have long ago stopped covering sport events only, Berlin-based James Whipple has produced a LP that is dealing with the resultant feeling of information overload.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    The austrian artist Soap&Skin makes highly dialectic music. In her self made video with grainy black-and-white images of the song «Sugarbread» she invokes nothing less than the cleansing power of the apocalypse.
  • Martin Daughtry
    By sampling footage from contemporary sci-fi and action films, the video «Mecha» by Nguzunguzu appears to take the same delight in the spectacle of combat as the Italian Futurists did at the beginning of the last century.
  • Hannes Liechti
    In «Libres» Argentine producer Moro is bridging the Atlantic slave trade with the current refugee crisis. The main element of the track is a sample of chain sounds, transformed into a historically meaningful rhythm.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Immanuel Brockhaus
    And.Ypsilon is a real sound scientist. As a beat maker for Die Fantastischen 4 he shaped the sound of german hip hop. Norient met him in his studio in Stuttgart to talk about his love for electronic music and his re-discovery of modular synthesizers.
  • Immanuel Brockhaus
    And.Ypsilon ist ein echter Klangforscher. Als Beatproducer für Die Fantastischen 4 prägte er den Sound des deutschen Hip Hops. Ein Gespräch über elektronische Musik und seine Wiederentdeckung von Modular-Synthesizern.
  • 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
    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.
  • Norient
    A keyphrase from the Norient project «Seismographic Sounds» designed by KIAT from Syndicate Collective (Singapore).
  • Javier A. Rodríguez Camacho
    It is one of Norient's most favored music videos from the past years: «Nunca Tendremos Mar» from the Bolivian underground band Gato Diablo. A commentary by rock critic Javier A. Rodríguez Camacho.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    When Mainstream Pop Sounds get manipulated with cheap audio software, cut-up in bits and pieces, pimped with audio effects, we get exited – at least at times. Is this music dramatizing the decline of good taste at the hands of modernity? A Round-Up.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Blank Banshee creates audio-visual works full of samples and exotic images. He is often mentioned as one of the pioneers of Vaporwave. We tried to interview this desktop artist from Vancouver. And we probably failed.
  • Olaf Karnik
    Olaf Karnik zeigt anhand Simon Reynolds vielbesprochenem Buch «Retromania. Pop Culture’s Addiction to Its Own Past», warum der Nostalgie-Modus und die Faszination am Archiv für unsere Zeit so prägend sind.
  • Meg
    Naples-born singer Meg has chosen five video clips from Italy for our series. Her selection shows: Italy is the place to be for electronic music. And: electronic music can't live without strong imageries.
  • Norient
    Manipulating Oriental melodies and rhythms with digital software seems in vogue - once again. This is what this collection of grime, dub-, breakcore-, hip-hop-, noise-, new-wave-dabké- and mahragan-tracks seems to suggest.
  • 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.
  • Norient
    Norient keeps searching for new sounds and puts together a monthly selection from Soundcloud. Enjoy or skip through tracks from upcoming and well-known artists from a wide variety of places. And read what some artists wrote about their tracks.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    What happens to Exotica when unfamiliar sounds are only few mouse-clicks away? Is listening to «foreign» music a private matter or a political activity? An email interview with scholar Martin Stokes.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Vinyl ist auch im Bereich der experimentellen Musik angesagt. Die Edition DUMPF und ihr Gründer Martin Lorenz orientieren sich aber weniger am Trend, als an der Tradition der Turntablisten. Ein Porträt.
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Der libysche Bürgerkrieg auf dem Dancefloor: Matthew Herbert hat sein neues Album aus Kriegsgeräuschen gesampelt. Ein radikales Konzept mit beklemmend schönen Momenten.
  • Milena Krstic
    Auf einer Reise durch Afrika hat die in Berlin lebende Schweizghanaerin Joy Frempong Tonextrakte gesammelt, die sie auf ihrem 2. Album «Kokokyinaka» seziert.
  • Michael Spahr
    Schweizer Klänge treffen auf Cumbia: Die EP Delire Nostalgique des Projekts «Swiss Conspiracy» von Moses Iten und Christoph Müller erscheint im Frühjahr 2013. Für Norient geben die beiden im Skype-Interview erste Einblicke in ihr Work-in-Progress.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The singer and musician Joy Frempong associates lively Avant-pop, odd electronica, abstract hip-hop, futuristic soul, Dadaistic world music and Debussy-esque classical music.
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Ein Manifest für die Copyleft-Kultur, ein spielerischer Umgang mit Copyrights, propagiert dieser Dokumentarfilm auf polemische, humorvolle Weise.