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Nusasonic at CTM Festival 2019

CTM Festival’s 20th anniversary edition took place 25 January – 3 February 2019 in Berlin. With the title, Persistence, CTM 2019 examined the aesthetic and societal potentials and pains of perseverance, and of its opposite: the transient and the provisional, and considers the struggles that come with balancing continuity and changeability.

About Nusasonic at CTM Festival 2019

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Artists

Andreas Siagian © Andreas Siagian

Andreas Siagian

Andreas Siagian is an interdisciplinary artist with a background in Civil Engineering (Graduate of Atma Jaya, Yogyakarta). His initial interest in interdisciplinary practice began when he was in college, where he studied programming languages to create a software for highway geometric design calculation and planning.

Bhakti Prasetyo ©Bhakti Prasetyo

Bhakti Prasetyo

Improviser, bass player, and one of people who started to experiment with noise in the early wave of the noise scene in Yogyakarta. His Melcyd band was included in a compilation tape titled Pekak! Indonesian Noise 1995-2015, released by the Syrphe label.

Caliph8 ©Caliph8

Caliph8

Caliph8 deploys sheets of polyrhythmic beats, one-note samples, and deconstructed cut & paste sound sequences. His arsenal of methods also includes sample-based and granular synthesis, as well as free-form improvisation in which he combines sound manipulation techniques and samples with prepared gear or objects.

Cheryl Ong © Cheryl Ong

Cheryl Ong

A Singaporean percussionist who is active in music performance and education, Cheryl Ong regularly performs with avantgarde rock group, The Observatory. She has also played with SA, a trio that fuses traditional Chinese instruments and electronics.

Gabber Modus Operandi ©

Gabber Modus Operandi

Gabber Modus Operandi was accidentally founded by Kasimyn and Ican Harem following their fad staging at an underground punk concert in Denpasar. After some DJ- and MC-ing, Kasimyn began producing tracks for the duo using the smallest musical instrument: the Mini Synth Teenage Engineering OP-1, while Ican Harem provides vocals and joke-filled improvisation.

Kok Siew Wai ©Sebastien Gesell

Kok Siew Wai

Hailing from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Kok Siew-Wai is a vocal improviser, video artist, and organiser who has shown video works and performed in Asia, Europe, Canada, and USA. Siew-Wai has a deep passion for experimental and improvised arts, and the DIY effort undertaken in promoting them.

Lintang Radittya ©Lintang Radittya

Lintang Radittya

Self-taught instrument builder and sound artist/ performer based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. His current interests include DIY analog electronics, the relationship between sound and space, randomness, javanese futurism, and the meeting points of electroacoustic, noise, and experimental music.

Sarana ©Sarana

Sarana

Sarana is a dark ambient / experimental unit from Samarinda, East Kalimantan that uses both electronic and non-electronic sounds. The project was born when Sabrina Eka, already active in the noise music scene, spontaneously asked Annisa Maharani and Istanara Julia Saputri to fill a vacant performance slot. Since then, they have been active in the experimental scene, producing their debut single, “Binatang” in 2016. The track heralded the release of a first EP, Heal that same year, which explored various self-healing strategies. Their full-length Grow album was just released this past June 2018.

Yuen Chee Wai ©Peter Gannushkin

Yuen Chee Wai

Yuen Chee Wai is a musician, artist, and designer based in Singapore. Often inspired by ideas drawn from philosophical and literary texts, and perspectives glimpsed through the filmic eye and photographic lens, Yuen’s stylistic oeuvre in improvised music is marked by internalized reflections on memory and loss, invisibility, and indeterminacy.

Setabuhan ©Setabuhan

Setabuhan

Setabuhan is a project created by Rully Shabara in 2017. In essence, it is a modern reinvention of tribal trance music delivered by the pure muscle and stamina of two heavy percussionists (Ramberto Agozalie and Caesarking), with voice (Rully Shabara) as the only other instrument. The project is originally inspired by the monotonous and interlocking beats of the ancient Central Sulawesian ritual, Balia; a dance associated with animism and sacred objects, particularly relating to traditional medicine used to treat someone who is affected by evil spirits.

Rully Shabara ©Rully Shabara

Rully Shabara

Born in Palu, Central Sulawesi, Indonesia, Rully Shabara is interested in exploring oral traditions, folkloric texts, and the human voice as a medium of creation. Shabara is perhaps best-known internationally for his work as one-half of duo Senyawa (with Wukir Suryadi), where he explores the limits of the vocal range and vocal textures. As a solo artist, he has releases on labels dualpLOVER, Morphine Records, and Yes No Wave Music.

Adythia Utama ©

Adythia Utama

Adythia Utama is an audiovisual enthusiast based in Jakarta, who takes on the roles of director, videographer, and editor. Adyth graduated in 2010 with BA degree from Jakarta Institute of the Arts concentrating in documentary film. His audiovisual and film works have been screened internationally. Bising is his first feature documentary film.

Cari Padu ©

Andrea Neumann

Andrea Neumann is an electroacoustic composer based in Berlin, who has pioneered the ‘inside piano’ approach to sound generation. She has been involved in the avant-garde community since the mid-1990s, establishing “Labor Sonor,” an experimental film and music series in Berlin, in 2000. Neumann is also a regular collaborator of trumpeter and composer Sabine Ercklentz.

C-drik © by Andrea Kriszai

C-drík

Born in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo), and currently based in Berlin, C-drík is a musician, activist, curator, DJ and author. He runs Syrphe, a recording label focusing on electronic and noise music from Asia and Africa, and establishing connections between different disciplines and media. 

Marta Zapparoli © Corinna Harl

Marta Zapparoli

Marta Zapparoli is an experimental sound artist, improviser, performer, and musician based in Berlin. She is known for crafting evocative sound pieces using a wide variety of recording techniques, devices, and self-made microphones, in addition to her use of real-time tape manipulation.

Nguyễn + Transitory ©

Nguyen + Transitory

Nguyễn + Transitory is composed of Nguyễn Baly and Tara Transitory. Their work crosses disciplines of sound, performance, and installation. Together, the two attempt to approach sound, synthesis, noise, rhythm, and performance from a postcolonial lens. 

Nguyen Hong Giang © Morishita Ayane

Nguyen Hong Giang

Nguyen Hong Giang is a Vietnamese producer, composer, and label head, currently based in Saigon. With 11 years of training at the Ho Chi Minh Conservatory behind him, he now works primarily with experimental noise music. 

Nonplus © Brendan Goco

Nonplus

Maia Reyes, aka Nonplus, is a sound and visual artist from Manila. As one of the few consistent female sonic experimenters and DJs in the male-dominated Manila electronic music world, Nonplus has been earning her scene cred since the 90s.

Peter Kirn © Maria Kuzmina

Peter Kirn

Peter Kirn is an audiovisual artist, composer/musician, technologist, and journalist. He is the editor of CDM (createdigitalmusic.com and createdigitalmotion.com) and co-creator of the open source MeeBlip hardware synthesizer (meeblip.com).

Pisitakun © Keith Jones

Pisitakun

Thai experimental artist Pisitakun Kuantalaeng is a purveyor in noise, folding personal loss with the fraught recent political upheaval of his native Thailand.

Rabih Beaini ©

Rabih Beaini

Lebanese-born producer and DJ Rabih Beaini (formerly known as Morphosis) specializes in grainy, imaginative analogue techno. In the past year however, his Morphine label has telescoped in on key (often overlooked) voices in avant-garde electronic and outernational music.

Raed Yassin ©

Raed Yassin

An artist and musician, Yassin's work often originates from an examination of his personal narratives and their workings within a collective history, through the lens of consumer culture and mass production.

Cari Padu ©

Ramberto Agozalie

Ramberto Agozalie is a percussionist and member of Indonesian experimental punk band Zoo. For CTM 2019, he will perform both as part of the band, as well as with Kombo, a DIY platform that aims to facilitate and develop a dialogue between local and international improvisational music scenes.

Cari Padu ©

Rambo

Using self-built music machines as modular synths, effects pedals, and circuit-bent instruments, Rambo’s musical arsenal is comprised of an array of electro-acoustic oddities. His instruments are built using recycled cheap and low-cost materials, or what he terms “dirtronics.” 

Riar Rizaldi ©

Riar Rizaldi

Riar Rizaldi is an Indonesian artist currently based in Hong Kong. His main focus is on the relationship between humans and technology, consumer electronics, theory-fiction, image circulation, and network intervention.

Sabine Ercklentz ©

Sabine Ercklentz

Born in Monchengladbach but now residing in Berlin, composer and brass player Sabine Ercklentz has been performing solo and in collaborative projects over the past two decades. Ercklentz' performances are known to showcase her eclectic approach to the trumpet and electronic sound manipulation.

Sodadosa © Asian Music Network

Sodadosa

Sodadosa is a moniker of Krisna Widiathama, an artist based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. He is a well known participant in the country's experimental music scene, active in many bands and sound projects such as Black Ribbon, Liwoth, The Spektakuler, Punkasila, Feces Anatomy, Sulfur, and more.

Tarawangsawelas ©

Tarawangsawelas

Tarawangsawelas is a musical duo from Bandung, who mainly perform a contemporary version of Tarawangsa, the sacred music from Sundanese West Java. Their album Wanci features teacher and maestro Pak Pupung Supena together with musician Pak Jaja.

Zoo © Luca Caciagli

Zoo

From Yogyakarta, Indonesia, are four-piece experimental and progressive rock group Zoo. Forming in 2005, the group were initially known for their fast-paced noise music—however over the years, Zoo have begun incorporating traditional Indonesian folk into their sound, carving out a new style of rock music.