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Nusasonic in Yogyakarta

The Nusasonic initiative kicked off 2–13 October 2018 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Assembling 43 artists from Thailand, Singapore, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Indonesia, it began as a multi-day lab where new artist pairings, a hacklab, and a sonic wilderness group play together and create new musical works, ideas, and possibilities. The event culminated in a festival showcase, sharing the results of the lab and featuring performances by other invited artists within a programme of concerts, club nights, guerrilla outdoor events, and daytime programme of talks, panels, and workshops. 

About Nusasonic in Yogyakarta

Fauxe Yogya 2018 Arcadaz Speakeasy © Doni Maulistya


Experience powerful concerts and explore new collaborations as performed during the Nusasonic festival in Yogyakarta





Antye Greie-Ripatti, i.e. AGF or poemproducer, has produced a formidable amount of output stretching across exhibitions, soundtracks, mixes, performances, and releases. Born in East Germany, she has been living and working in Hailuoto, Finland since 2008.

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.

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Arnont Nongyao

Born in Bangkok, Arnont Nongyao lives and works in Chiang Mai. His practice centres on experimentation with vibrations that are derived from humans and other living organisms, as well as objects, and exploring their interaction in the environment and society.

Asa Rahmana © Asa Rahmana

Asa Rahmana

Asa Rahmana began her musical journey as a singer-songwriter with an electronic group called Belkastrelka (2009-2017), initiated the group Jalan Emas (Garasi Performance Institute, 2014), and was involved in the project Menara Ingatan (Garasi Performance Institute, 2017) as performer, songwriter, and researcher.

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Ayu Saraswati

Ayu Saraswati got to know Yogyakarta’s local music community after moving there for college, and quickly started getting involved with diverse musical projects. Over the years, she has also taught piano/keyboard at various schools in the city.

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.

Dangerdope ©Dangerdope


Dangerdope baut ständig auf seinen Sampling-Fähigkeiten auf, nimmt seltene und bisher ungehörte Musikstücke auf und bearbeitet sie zu Phrasen für seine Tracks. Viele seiner Tracks enthalten Dutzende von Samples.

Duto Hardono © Laura Fiorio

Duto Hardono

Originally trained in painting, his practice traverses the two-dimensionality of collages and drawings into the dynamic incorporation of readymade materials such as everyday objects, old musical instruments, records, and cassette tapes in his installations and performances.

Erick Calilan ©Erick Calilan

Erick Calilan

Sound artist, hardware hacker, and experimental musician whose works mainly focus on the illogical use of consumer-based electronic devices and the reverse-engineering of technology. His practice includes sound, kinetic and interactive installations, sound-based compositions, and field recordings.

Evans Storn © Evans Storn

Evans Storn

Electronic/experimental music artist, instrument builder, and DIY electronics practitioner based in Bandung, Indonesia. Storn’s artistic output often takes the shape of sound or interactive installations. He also leads analogue and digital synthesizer workshops. He is the founder of Storn System, a company that repairs, sells, and builds custom analogue synths.

Fauxe © Fauxe


His 2015 EP, titled Huh Fuck Another Beat Tape, sampled recently dug up recordings of Singaporean tracks from the 60s, creating incredibly melodic grooves by “twisting them in a Dilla-like fashion” (Bandwagon Asia). The EP was produced and recorded within 24 hours, using only the first takes from contributing rappers Mediocre Haircut Crew.

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.

Ikbal Lubys ©Ikbal Lubys

Ikbal Lubys

After studying Western classical music and classical guitar, his work moved to a focus around the exploration of dynamic and experimental relationships with the guitar in terms of its sound and function, and interlacing performances with visuals. Lubys has collaborated with artists from Asia and Europe, spanning diverse fields including performing art, visual art, dance, and film.

Jessica Ekomane © Silje Nes

Jessica Ekomane

Berlin-based musician and installation artist Jessica Ekomane creates situations in which sound functions as a form of catharsis. Her work intersperses noise and melody, playing with listeners’ perception of rhythmic structures and seeking to transform the space between sound and audience.

JNB Group © JNB Group

Jogja Noise Bombing

Jogja Noise Bombing (JNB) is an open community for noise artists from around the city of Yogyakarta that focuses on experimental audio, noise, harsh noise, ambient, drone, circuit bending, and other exploratory sound forms.

Joee and I ©Joee and I

Joee and I

Joee & I is an electronic music act by musician and multimedia artist Joee Mejias and various collaborators. Her music combines field recordings, traditional and found instruments, electronics, and voice, forming songs that evoke inner memories, altered dream states, and fragments of real or imaginary journeys.

Johanes Moong Santoso Pribadi ©Johanes Moong Santoso Pribadi

J.'Mo'ong' Santoso Pribadi

Bangkok-born and Java-raised, Johanes “Mo’ong” Santoso Pribadi is an experimental music composer and instrument builder. His main area of study is music Nusantara, or the music of Indonesia.

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.

Mahamboro ©Mahamboro


Filled with dark, industrial, and techno-inspired sounds, his latest albums take on titles such as Akaa (“root”), Klawu (“grey”) or Surup (“sunsets”), alluding to the musician’s fascination with personal environments, in-between states, unresolved moods or impressions, the divide between the inner and the outer...

Menstrual Synthdrone ©Menstrual Synthdrone

Menstrual Synthdrone

Dyah Isaka Parameswara (Woro) was born in Malang and now lives and works in Yogyakarta. Under the moniker of Menstrual Synthdrone, she explores her interest in the various sounds that can be produced by synths, pedals, and analogue electronics. Her musical style spans ambient, drone, and hypnotizing harsh noise.

Mica Agregado ©Mica Agregado

Mica Agregado

She fabricates idealised visions through upcycled kinetic sculptures in plastic, pseudo-corporate zines, faux natural landscapes, and pattern-frenzied karaoke machines, lingering over the ambiguity between class and chintz, corporations and singularity, and mass production and specialty.

mobilegirl ©Niclas Hille


Berlin-based Bao-Tran Tran or mobilegirl is an affiliate of STAYCORE, a label launched by Stockholm-based producers Dinamarca and Ghazal and Scandinavia’s darker, outward-looking answer to the marketability of London’s PC Music. mobilegirl shifts tempos and adds triplet bleeps and bloops, metallic crunches, or reggaeton kicks to turn R&B classics into futuristic Afro-Caribbean dance tracks.

Nadah el Shazly ©Nadah el Shazly

Nadah el Shazly

Starting out singing Misfits covers in a local punk band, Cairo’s Nadah el Shazly has since been making a name for herself in the city’s underground scene by producing her own electronic tracks. Her debut album, Ahwar (2017), emerged via Nawa Recordings, a label run by Khyam Allami that focuses on Middle Eastern artists.

Nadya Hatta © Nadya Hatta

Nadya Hatta

Nadya Hatta learned classical piano during her childhood but gradually became interested in exploring the piano’s sound (digital piano and effects) and creating music compositions.



N.M.O. is the project between drummer Morten J. Olsen and synthesis aficionado Rubén Patiño. N.M.O. is an acronym that serves to frame the work of a rolling computerized ceremonial aerobics unit operating in a hybrid territory between club music, performance, and inventive forms of sound spatialisation.

Opium Hum © Kate Coffee

Opium Hum

Opium Hum aka Michail Stangl nourishes his DJ sets via sombre, hazy drones and fantastical soundscapes permeated by deep and shifting rhythms to create what can only be called a waking dream.

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).

Potro Joyo ©Potro Joyo

Potro Joyo

Potro (Patrap in Javanese) indicates a behaviour or attitude that is aiming for consciousness. Joyo is a symbol of cultivating superior behaviour in one’s life. To be “Potro Joyo,” you have to always try to understand your identity.

Riska Farasonalia ©Riska Farasonalia

Riska Farasonalia

Semarang-based Riska Farasonalia is a musician, journalist, and member of an inter-local feminist collective called Kolektif Betina. She is part of Samber Nyawa, a collaborative project based on improvisation, where band members as well as the music played can change according to the circumstances and soul of the era.

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.

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.

Ruben Patiño © Ruben Patiño

Ruben Patiño

Rubén Patiño is an artist working in the field of electronic music, operating in a hybrid territory that incorporates elements of club culture and contemporary art. Most of Patiño's work takes shape as time-based proposals that incorporate sound, light, video, text, and diverse materials.

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.

Sote © Malthe Ivarsson


Ata Ebtekar aka Sote is an electronic music composer and sound artist based in Tehran, Iran. Over the last two decades, he has published his work via established labels such as Warp, Sub Rosa, Opal Tapes, Morphine, Digitalis and Repitch, among others. He is a co-founder of the SET Festival in Tehran.

Sudarshan ©Sudarshan


Sudarshan Chandra Kumar is a musician and improv artist that regularly participates in the Serious Play Improv Lab (SPIL); a monthly experimental music series in Kuala Lumpur. Working with music for theatre, he is the music facilitator for Main Wayang (2015-2016), a children’s theatre workshop which emphasizes on the basics for orchestrating D.I.Y multimedia performances.

Tad Ermitaño ©Tad Ermitaño

Tad Ermitaño

Tad Ermitaño is a key figure in new media art in the Philippines and Southeast Asia. His sphere of influence reaches back to the late 1980s, when he co-founded the media collective Children of Cathode Ray, one of the first experimental sound art groups in the Philippines.

Tony Maryana ©Tony Maryana

Tony Maryana

Recording artist, composer, electronic musician, percussionist, and musicologist Tony Maryana is based in Yogyakarta, the centre for arts in Indonesia. Graduating from the Indonesian Institute of the Arts, he has worked on several sound installations and performances with musicians from across the globe.

Uwalmassa ©Uwalmassa


The concept behind the trio named Uwalmassa is the fusion of international sounds – from traditional to modern – with translation through an Indonesian lens. Uwalmassa acknowledge that the Indonesian identity is not something that is diminishing, but rather in need of being reconstructed – that it is still subject to reinterpretation.

Yennu Ariendra ©Yennu Ariendra


Composer/musician Yennu Ariendra was born in Banyuwangi, East Java, Indonesia. Most of his work takes traditional Indonesian values, history, and realities as starting points and weaves them into today’s world.

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.