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.
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.
Phitthaya Phaefuang, also known as Sun, was born in Thailand, and then moved to Norway when he was 3 years old. He graduated from Oslo National Academy of the arts in 2011, with a bachelor in modern and contemporary dance.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Jon Romero a.k.a. Bastard of Beats / Tribal Control is part of Children of the Cathode Ray, one of the oldest experimental groups in the Philippines, and Elemento. He is also the co-founder of the long-running experimental music platform "Ruthless Expert Trip Mental Music" at Today X Future.
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.
Known for their frenetic energy and devil-may-care attitude during live sets, Bombo Pluto Ova is the longest, if not the only, rock n roll band that pushes the limit between static and sonic (or between noise and nuance) in Cebu’s current music scene.
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.
Conducted by Rully Shabara (Senyawa, ZOO, Setabuhan) and originally commissioned for Biennale Jogja 13, Cari Padu is a public choir formed with the intention of mocking how society is governed, in pursuit of awareness and harmony to achieve universal love.
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.
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.
Children of Cathode Ray was established in 1989 and regarded as one of the earliest experimental sound art groups in the Philippines. Its original members were: Tad Ermitano on video, visuals, bass, synthesizers, electronics, efx, computers; Jing Garcia (a.k.a. autoceremony) on audio, synthesizers, electronics, efx, computers; Blums Borres on lead guitars, efx, graphics, computers; Peter Marquez on lighting effects, electronics, photos, and visuals; Regiben Romana on percussions, efx; Magyar Tuazon on visual effects, bass, electronics
Chris Murillo is an artist, sculptor, and designer. An avid explorer of the possibilities of sounds – he has been on a constant quest to find any of the infinite number of varied sound sources and sounding materials around us.
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.
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.
Eileen is one-half of The Council, a collective dedicated to promoting music from Singapore, Asia, and beyond. She is also the driving force behind three of Singapore’s most exciting alternative music venues and nightclubs: Headquarters, TUFF CLUB, and Somewhere.
There is fine art, with its highly elite conceptualizations and strict inclinations towards the academic on the one hand, and on the other end, there is folk art, which takes inspiration from popular culture or pop art.
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.
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.
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 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.
.GIFKIDS /dot-jif-kids/ ist ein Animations-Duo, das mit glitzernden 3D-Illustrationen & Animationen spielt. Sie stellen zufällige und skurrile Ästhetik und Storytelling mit dynamischen Frames und anregenden Bewegungen nebeneinander.
Interspecifics are an independent artistic research bureau founded in Mexico City in 2013. They have focused their research on the use of sound and AI, to explore patterns emerging from biosignals and the morphology of different living organisms as a potential form of non-human communication. With this aim, they have developed a collection of experimental research and education tools they call Ontological Machines.
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.
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.
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 & 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.
Joe Kidd is a writer, designer, underground music activist, and youth subculture archivist. One of the pioneers of the punk subculture in Malaysia, he has been actively involved in the country’s underground music scene since its nascent beginnings.
Originally from a ghetto in North Jakarta, and now a resident in Southern Bali, Kasimyn has been cited by Fact magazine stylistically as “a mayhem of anti-aesthetic fun”. He has also been featured in Boiler Room’s Pure Rave Article and contributed a mix for its’ Global Hard Dance Mix no 9.
Khyam Allami (born in Damascus 1981) is an Iraqi-British multi-instrumentalist musician, composer, researcher and founder of Nawa Recordings. Primarily a performer of the Oud, his artistic research focuses on the development of contemporary and experimental repertoire based on the fundamentals of Arabic music, with a focus on tuning and microtonality.
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.
Kyaw Kyaw is the co-founder and lead singer of Rebel Riot, a punk band from Yangon, Myanmar. The band was formed in 2007 after the onset of the Saffron Revolution. Rebel Riot want to use music as a way to speak about freedom and the errors of the current political system.
Lafidki is the moniker of London-based Saphy Vong, who has been releasing experimental electronic music since 2008. The London-based sound/visual artist is also founder of Chinabot, a platform and collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music.
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.
Madam Bwakeva as The Karaoke Superstar is essentially rooted from the magic charm of BOHOVEE; the grand alter ego of Martin de Mesa. Martin is a Filipino Interdisciplinary Artist who has core practices in performance art, addressing issues about BOHOVEE.
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...
Mark Omega is a self-titled experimental musician based in Roxas City, Capiz, Philippines. He primarily works in the field of noise but frequently drifts into numerous mediums of sounds such as improvisation, dark industrial, and environmental ambient music which focuses on his intent to visualize his inner sub consciousness and explore his natural environment through field recordings.
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.
Rooted between Berlin and Lisbon, marum’s unashamed worship sessions of hypnotic, acidic techno, thoughtfully binding fast-paced rave beats with meditative soundscapes, have been spreading throughout numerous parties, clubs and festivals.
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.
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.
Miko Revereza is a filmmaker based in Manila, Philippines. His upbringing as an undocumented immigrant in the United States informed many of his films; DROGA! (2014), DISINTEGRATION 93-96 (2017), No Data Plan (2018) and Distancing (2019).
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.
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.
Die Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe stammt aus Uganda und ist dafür bekannt, auf einem großen Ensemble-Instrument namens Embaire zu singen und aufzutreten und hypnotische, fröhliche Musik zu machen. Nachdem sie ihr Publikum nach einem umjubelten Auftritt beim Nyege Nyege Festival stark vergrößert haben, sind sie eine der wenigen verbleibenden Gruppen, die das Embaire spielen.
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 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.
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.
Noisebath PH is a loose collective of noise and experimental artists based in Metro Manila. Started by Ryan Pangilinan (Hibernation) as an online platform for experimental artists to share their works and discuss things about experimental sound art and everything in between.
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.
Nuh Peace is a multidisciplinary artist / fashion designer based in Bangkok / New York whose mediums combine fashion, performance, video and party. Using elements of post-internet, club-kids, drag and cyberpunk, they embody multiple experiences collaging countercultures and popular subcultures such as punk, techno, goth, rave, cyber and drag.
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 (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.
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.
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.
Raja Kirik is a project by Yennu Ariendra and J. Mo'ong Santoso Pribadi. The project departs from the tale about the mythical King Menak Jinggo (the Dog King), who is at the centre of a war of narratives, and whose story is still reflected in the folk art of jaranan buto today.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Salem is an artist, composer, and head of Bedouin Records (BDN), an independent music, art, and fashion label he founded in 2014. After having moved around different home bases in Europe and Asia, BDN has settled in Bangkok in 2019.
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.
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.
Born in Cilacap, Setya Rahdiyatmi Kurnia Jatilinuar aka Setya RKJ is a recent Masters graduate of the Indonesian Institute of the Arts Yogyakarta. She has been actively teaching gamelan in different schools and villages, and has taken on the role of Music Coordinator at UKDW University Yogyakarta.
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.
Sooncrazy is Oduns, Oduns is Sooncrazy - a name inspired by the Apocalypse comic by Yuu Kuraishi and Kazu Inabe. Born in Gianyar, Bali, he has been active in the region’s experimental music scene since 2013 and consistently producing releases.
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.
spaaawn is a sound art project based in Iloilo City, Philippines. Exploring the subtleties of nature with electronics, stitching together an amalgamation of the past and present static into the daily stream of noise in the internet age.
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 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.
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.
The Observatory –a name that may suggest passive objectivity, but which really describes a band whose music is an impassioned response to the society it is enmeshed in. A world where politics have failed us, power and greed rule us, and hate and ignorance divide us.
Tin Titus is the alter ego of Lawrence Ang, a producer and performer of minimal techno and experimental electronic music. Tin Titus explores the grey area between organic and artificial modes of composition and sound design, drawing inspiration from captured sounds across various cultural contexts and experimenting with nature-based media to randomize the creative process.
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.
Tusa Montes is a percussionist, ethnomusicologist, and educator who specializes in the musics of the Philippines, Asia, West Africa, and Latin America. She graduated in 2012 with a MM Musicology degree at the University of the Philippines College of Music.
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.
An artist and curator that is active across the fields of contemporary art, design and music, Wok The Rock is a member of artist collective Ruang MES 56 in Yogyakarta, runs the music label Yes No Wave Music, curates a monthly experimental music concert series named Yes No Klub, and has initiated the Indonesia Netaudio Forum, among other.
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 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.
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.