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Digital Musics & Sound Art – Not Your World Music: Noise In South East Asia

Credit: Dimitri della Faille

Cedrik Fermont (CD/BE/DE), Dimitri della Faille (BE/CA)

Not Your World Music is one of the few publications about contemporary noise* and industrial, electroacoustic and experimental music and sound art in South East Asia (Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam), and it is, by far, the most comprehensive published resource on noise music in South East Asia.

The project seeks to analyze, document, and describe the diversity of the noise scene in this region, which receives little international attention. At the same time, it is a book about art, politics, identity, gender, and global capitalism. It contains political, historical, and sociological essays, exclusive interviews with artists and organizers, as well as an extensive bibliography of popular music from South East Asia and a thorough discography of noise and experimental music artists. The book is published together with a CD compilation. The project is the result of a journey halfway around the world. It is the attempt of two artists to present an “anti-sexist and anti-colonial” definition of this field of music.

* Noise refers to a genre of music, which replaces classical elements of music (tone, sound) sometimes completely with noise and dispenses with structures such as melodies or rhythms.