• Lisa Blanning
    The documentary film «Matangi/Maya/M.I.A.» portrays the popstar M.I.A. as a multi-faceted person.
  • Anna Trechsel
    Monzer Darwish's compelling documentary «Syrian Metal Is War» captures the story of how the Metal underground in Syria seeks to survive during war.
  • Serge Yared
    In Beirut every gunshot has a different meaning. There are sounds of war and of celebration. The Lebanese musician Serge Yared explains how they are used in music and aestheticized.
  • Derek Walmsley
    Violence may be a frequent theme in UK grime music, but its influence on the aesthetics of the music is stronger than its connection to real life disputes. War is everywhere in grime lyrics, but violence is fictionalized.
  • 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.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    The Egyptian Revolution of 2011 and the political turmoil in the years since have changed the country. How did underground musicians, DJs and songwriters from Cairo react, and how did the events influence their art?
  • 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
    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.
  • Norient
    War is the most horrible drama of human kind. Yet the noises of war – from swords clanging to modern machine guns – have fascinated musicians for centuries. We asked international musicians how to make a war audible. A virtual debate.
  • Rudolf Eb.er
    Is noise music a rebellion against liberalism, propaganda and conformism? Is it warfare against overfed, ignorant and cold societies? We asked noise artist Rudolf Eb.er what noise music is about. Here he guides us through names, artistic concepts, and subgenres.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Shonegrad O'Connor
    «Esi Mi Dobar» by Serbian rap group Bad Copy tackles issues of contemporary Serbia head-on by providing us with an image of contrast and contradiction. The 2013 video resembles a moussaka dish.
  • Vladimir Lenhart
    The 2013 video «Esi mi dobar» by Serbian hip hop group Bad Copy is a persiflage on postwar Serbia where the true gangsters are not getting caught and no one seems to care. The video shows kids playing with big guns. Exotica or bitter reality?
  • 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
    «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.
  • Michal Sapir
    Most Israeli Jews have only a sketchy idea of what goes on in neighboring Arab countries. Through abstractions like maps, heads of state, standardized language, and propaganda, Israeli noise artist David Opp confronts a paranoid anticipation of war.
  • 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.
  • Bitten Stetter
    Der angolanische Tanz Kuduro, der seit einigen Jahren internationale Beachtung findet, verleiht Menschen mit Behinderung neue Lebensfreude. Eine Reportage aus Luanda von 2014 von Bitten Stetter und Francis Müller mit Fotos von Flurina Rothenberger.
  • 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.
  • Eric Mandel
    The Lebanese musician Malikah started to rap out of rage. She travels between the streets of Beirut to Europe's avant-garde spaces. Norient caught up with her to talk about her sense of belonging in an English-speaking, male-dominated hip hop scene.
  • Shonegrad O'Connor
    Wikluh Sky is part of the hip hop trio Bad Copy from Serbia. In the podcast he talks about making art in Serbia, their video «Esi mi dobar», and about what would happen when Hans Zimmer would call him and offer him a job.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Arie Amaya Akkermans
    Media converts real wars into long distance entertainment. But the condition of war and the fantasy of it belong to the same articulation of a collective desire. It's this what the energetic US clubmusic duo Nguzunguzu is using as sonic elements in their music.
  • Werner Hasler
    In the podcast Palestinian singer Kamilya Jubran talks about her biography, being a musician in Europe, the power of music, and her song «Suite Nomade, Pt. 1», based on poetry from World War I about the state of war and how it effects fragile communities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Carlos Pérez
    Gato Diablo's music video «Nunca Tendremos Mar» (We'll Never Have the Sea) discusses Bolivia's national trauma: the loss of its access to the sea in the War of the Pacific between 1879-1883.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Not many performers reach the intensity, harshness and nastiness of Israeli sound and noise artist and activist Meira Asher. Norient met her to talk about her main topic «reducing militarism».
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Music, sounds and noises from the Arab World – The Norient Performance is out now! Collected and mixed by the Norient collective. Vinyl and digital.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Beirut based Syrian-Filipino Rapper Chyno writes lyrics and produces video clips dealing with the Syrian Civil War, a suicide bomber and other topics of the world he lives in. An interview.
  • Monzer Darwish
    In Syrian Metal is War, I provide a portrait of musicians who play metal music during the Syrian war. While other people choose to fight and kill, they play music. Screened as a Partial Rough Cut on January 17, 2015, at 6th Norient Musikfilm Festival.
  • 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.
  • Andrea Grieder
    Donnerstag, 15. Januar 2015 am 6. Norient Musikfilm Festival. Ruandische Frauen finden sich zu einer Trommelgruppe zusammen und wollen gemeinsam ihre traumatischen Erfahrungen im Genozid aufarbeiten.
  • Rédha M.
    Starting with the godfathers of raï and early algerian hip-hop and ending with extreme Metal and a poem, Rédha M. from the podcast Radio Tashweesh rewrites a part of the history of the Algerian music for Norient.
  • Daniel Künzler
    On 9 July 2014, South Sudan turned three years old. Decades of civil war, high flying hopes, disillusionment, humor and creativity shape the musical creation of South Sudanese artists.
  • 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.
  • Heinrich Deisl
    Untergründige Spurensuche auf verschlungenen Poppfaden: skug-Chefredakteur Heinrich Deisl unternimmt im ersten Band seiner Serie «Im Puls der Nacht: Sub- und Populärkultur in Wien» Touren durch die Kultur der Nacht.
  • Lucia Udvardyová
    An aural assemblage of field recordings from various locations across Syria, made in April and May 2011. The composition is a great example of suspense and orchestration of ready-made sounds.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die alternativen Musikszenen in Kairo sind in den letzten Jahren stark gewachsen. Metal, Indie Rock, Punk, Rap, Elektronika, Mahragan - es sollen rund 600 Bands, Kollektive und DJs sein. Ein Überblick.
  • 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».
  • Theresa Beyer
    Der syrische Komponist Hassan Taha erzählt im Interview von seinem musikalischen Weg von Damaskus über Maastricht nach Bern, von der Notwendigkeit des globalen Denkens und den Sorgen um seine Heimat.
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Der libysche Bürgerkrieg auf dem Dancefloor: Matthew Herbert hat sein neues Album aus Kriegsgeräuschen gesampelt. Ein radikales Konzept mit beklemmend schönen Momenten.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Mit seiner Ngoni-Laute hat sich der malische Musiker Bassekou Kouyate aufgemacht, das Repertoire seines Grossvaters Bazoumana Sissoko, neu zu vertonen. «Jama Ko» heisst sein neues, drittes Album. Ein Interview.
  • Daniel Lis
    Fr 11.1 // Einblicke in ein weniger bekanntes Israel, mit dem charmanten und engagierten Jeremy. - Am 4. Norient Musikfilm Festival.
  • Lucia Vasella
    Mit multiplen Balkansounds und kritischen Texten tourt das Septett Dubioza Kolektiv aus Bosnien-Herzegowina durch Europa. Nach dem Konzert in Bern März traf Lucia Vasella den Bassisten Vedran Mujagić.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Junge palästinensische Rapper*innen wollen mit ihren Reimen und Beats den Bedingungen ihres Alltags auf den Grund zu gehen. Mit dem Anspruch, diese verändern zu wollen.
  • Theresa Beyer
    Der afghanische Rubab-Spieler Khaled Arman ist Artist in Residence beim Musikfestival Bern, das am Donnerstag unter dem Motto «Flucht» eröffnet wurde. Eine norientalische Wiederbegegnung.
  • Christoph Fellmann
    Heutige Bands orientieren sich gerne an den harmonischen Klängen aus den goldenen Epochen des Pop. Ein paar Beispiele.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Reflections on the new multi-local musical Avant-Gardes of the 21st Century. An essay on the Lebanese musician Tarek Atoui, Luigi Russolo, Mazen Kerbaj and many artists more.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Metal, Rock und Zensur im Libanon. Eine Radiosendung von Thomas Burkhalter
  • Keith Kahn-Harris

    During my time doing research on the Israeli metal scene in 1998 I heard an interesting story: Apparently an Israeli metal fan was doing his military service in an undercover unit in Hebron. Every day he was woken up early by the call to prayer from a nearby minaret.

  • Boris Previsic
    Boris Previsic uncovers interlinks between the economic, political and the cultural situation in the Balkans. He finds huge contrasts between the successes of the visual arts and literature, and music. The latter was very much abused during the wars in the 90s.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Musicians from Beirut talk about their sonic memories from the Lebanese Civil War (1975-1990) and the 2006 war between Israel and Hizbullah.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Seit dem Bürgerkrieg war Krieg immer ein Thema in der Musik Libanons. Nach den jüngsten Bombenangriffen wurden nun alte antiisraelische Protestlieder hervorgeholt und neu auf CD gebrannt. Die Generation der Musiker, die im Bürgerkrieg aufgewachsen ist, verarbeitet den Lärm von Bomben heute in subkulturellen Sounds.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Beirut hat die lebendigste Musikszene im Nahen Osten. Ihre Lieder erzählen von Bürgerkriegserfahrungen und von der Sehnsucht nach Frieden. Nun liegt das Land in Trümmern. Wie reagieren libanesische Künstler auf die Rückkehr des Krieges?
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Die libanesische Sängerin Fairuz ist die Ikone des libanesischen Liedes. Mit ihren Komponisten, den Gebrüdern Rahbani, hat sie der libanesischen Musik und Kultur eine starke Identität gegeben.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Der in Genf lebende afghanische Musiker Khaled Arman im Gespräch.
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Junge Belgrader Popmusiker suchen Anschluss an überregionale Szenen und Märkte. Eine Reportage von 2004! Norient sucht Updates...
  • Thomas Burkhalter
    Zur Chance der Musik in Afghanistan – der Musikethnologe John Baily im Gespräch. Aus dem Norient-Archiv.