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Nusasonic at CTM Festival

CTM Festival 2019 – The 20th Anniversary Edition | 25 January - 3 February 2019 | Berlin, Germany 

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About Nusasonic at CTM Festival

Nusasonic presented a large number of musicians and projects from Southeast Asia in the CTM 2019 program.

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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 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 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 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.