• Eric Mandel
    The musician Ata Ebtekar, aka Sote, is helping to build an experimental music scene from Iran and Iranians abroad: contemporary music that engages with tropes of the past. On the occasion of his performance «Parallel Persia» at the music festival «Donaueschinger Musiktage», which is dedicated to adventurous music since its founding in 1921, Norient asked how much this music might tell about the future.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    With the term «liminal», the CTM Festival has chosen a delicate, yet fitting theme for this years' edition. On one side, it describes best the condition of the present challenged by climate change or the global tendency of re-nationalisation. On the other side, it refers to a state in which critical ideas and art can evolve, as the vast line up of concerts, club parties, panels and art installations will show.
  • Quote

    «This is the beginning. This is the beginning of what will happen in Europe in the next fifty years. The impact of African music in Europe music will be incredible. […] Every time you switch a TV on and you see immigrants, immigrants, immigrants.

    Michè Calandra Achode, Filmmaker of «Woza Taxi», London, 2018

  • 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?
  • Philipp Rhensius
    The music of of the electronic musician and singer Aïsha Devi creates a world of unheard sounds and utopian ideas. Read a sonic fiction in advance of her audiovisual live show at our new concert series.
  • Adam Harper
    Music is not escapism. It is a machine that creates reality. This is the core of Kodwo Eshun's masterful book «More Brilliant than the Sun». How Sonic Fiction challenges the oppressive prison called reality.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Israeli sound artist Meira Asher combines art with political activism. In this podcast she talks about her latest projects that deal with militarization and her artwork «One Blanket Lost» about Nigerian girls being prostituted in the European sex business.
  • Philipp Rhensius
    On his recent release «Tar», the Tehran-based drone musician Siavash Amini creates thick walls of sound that conjure eerie landscapes and feelings of disorientation. But if one is brave enough to face the grim textures, it creates an effect of empowerment.
  • Ute Fendler
    The Neo-R&B musician Minje is influenced by a multitude of music styles and art forms, such as Nam June Paik's video art or Chet Baker's trumpet-playing. For him, music is always hybrid and creates a wave that is constantly moving to connect people.
  • 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.
  • 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 Shonegrad O'Connor (Serbia/Canada).
  • Elizabeth Clendinning
    Tron, a computer program champion who fights for the human Users against the megalomaniacal Master Control Program of the ENCOM computer mainframe.
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Zehn Jahre war Jeff Mangum untergetaucht. In dieser Zeit mutierten seine Lieder mit der Band Neutral Milk Hotel zu Hymnen für Trostsuchende und Widerständige. Nun spielen Neutral Milk Hotel wieder Konzerte.
  • Hannes Liechti
    Rudolf von Steiger verwandelt wissenschaftliche Daten in Musik. Im Interview spricht der Weltraumphysiker über sonische Phänomene im All und erklärt, weshalb er die Utopie der Marsbesiedelung für Unsinn hält.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    Letzter Teil der Serie Sonische Symptome. Während es die letzten Male um ein akustisches Andocken an die Gehirnströme ging, materialisieren sich die sonischen Abenteuer der Beat Science im vegetativen Nervensystem
  • Benedikt Sartorius
    Seit 32 Jahren baut Christian Pfluger an der einzigartigen Welt der Welttraumforscher. Nun kann dieser Solitär der Schweizer Kulturlandschaft im Kunsthaus Langenthal entdeckt werden.
  • Benjamin Court
    Psychedelic Echoes of German New Left Negative Utopianism.
  • Brooke McCorkle
    Music and the Future in Wong Kar-wai’s «Chungking Express» (1994)
  • Barbara Mürdter
    Denkt man an Protestsongs und musikalische Rebellen, fallen einem die Folkies der frühen 1960er und die Punks der 1970er ein. Deren Übervater wäre dieses Jahr einhundert geworden: Woody Guthrie.
  • Simon Grab
    Rudolf Eb.er created Schimpfluch 1987 in Zurich, an audio-artists collective for extreme performances and irritating audio/visual works. The psycho-active musician talks about his performances and rituals - on a ferris wheel.
  • Theresa Beyer
    In ihren Mixes bürstet DJ Marcelle aus Amsterdam verschiedenste Genres und experimentelle Sounds gegen den Strich.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Teil 2 des Norient Reggae-Specials: Anstatt an Ruhestand zu denken, bringt der Pionier des Afro-Reggae Alpha Blondy ein Live-Album heraus und tourt um den Globus.
  • Olaf Karnik
    «Hauntology» versucht die schillernden Klänge von Elektro-Formationen wie Burial oder den Sound des Ghost-Box-Labels ästhetisch zu erklären. Es scheint, als meldete sich hier in alten Klangsignaturen Unheimliches und Verdrängtes.
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Heutige Bands orientieren sich gerne an den harmonischen Klängen aus den goldenen Epochen des Pop. Ein paar Beispiele.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Alan Bishop from Sublime Frequiencies about natural hybrids and self-conscious ones