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Conceptual Listening

Listening is conceptual and becomes more and more conceptual, hence composing becomes more conceptual.

Johannes Kreidler

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Attuning Temporality

Hearing is a complex neurological process whereas listening is a selective learnt process, an ongoing tuning in and out, dynamic; mental and physically demanding.

Lara C. Geary
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LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Pricked Up Ears. A Lockdown Listening

Why am I happy to listen to beauty when I know that my culturally trained ears are just a better tool?

Anamaria Pravicencu

ESSAY

Proudly Disengaged

An investigation into non-European cultural influences on the experimental, avant-garde and innovative music.

Joe Morris

FEATURE

The Complex Case of Romanian Folklore in Pasolini's Oedipus Rex

Almost in its entirety, the diegetic sound of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Edipo Re (1967) is carefully mixed with traditional Romanian folk music.

Cosmin Nicolae

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Fernando Pessoa and The Newfound Existentialism

Less solace, less certainty, less cures, less normalcy, less identity, less togetherness: the paltry talking-head zoom-conference solo-concert isn’t cutting it.

Andrew Choate

LANGUAGE OF THINGS

Deflating History via Abandoned Pipe-Organs in Transylvania

An investigation into the unique character of derelict pipe-organs in Transylvania’s abandoned fortress churches and the various transformations that human-built ritual machines undergo once left devoid of human presence.

Stefan Fraunberger

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

The Nyépi-Demic

The topic is very much on the table - a table of a very stimulated society, for sure, addicted to new experiences, and sometimes craving to just ‘feel better’.

Vincent Moon

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LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Socially Overwhelmed By Isolation

Socially overwhelmed by isolation – the difficulty of self care versus the social sense of duty.

Thomas Venker

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Shadow Of A Life

I guess we could get used to living without interacting, remaining in isolation, fearing what’s out there. A shadow life. Or, perhaps more correctly, a shadow of a life.

Garth Cartwright

AROUND THE WORLD

The Dance of the Cosmos: Tarawangsa, the Art of Honoring

The fourth and final part of cultural expeditions in Indonesia focuses on tarawangsa.

Luigi Monteanni, Teguh Permana, Gigi Priadji

IN CONVERSATION

Plant A Tree: Hernan Don Camel Sforzini

A brief talk with Argentinian percussionist and activist Hernan Don Camel Sforzini.

Andrei Bucureci

AROUND THE WORLD

Jaipongan - a Sundanese Tale of Dance and Power Plays

The third part of cultural expeditions in Indonesia leads to Jaipongan, a Sundanese secular performance art.

Luigi Monteanni

ALBUMS OF THE YEAR

Favourite Albums of 2019

We asked some of our contributors, collaborators and friends to help us and share their favourite albums of 2019.

Dragoș Rusu

PERSPECTIVE

THE END OF THE WORLD

Lockdown List - Volume Two

Albums mirroring the present through the eyes (and ears) of our friends, collaborators, contributors and favourite artists.

ALBUMS OF THE MONTH

Staff Picks - April 2020

30 albums released in April 2020 to ease the unease.

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

11 albums from Manfredas

Manfredas selects 11 albums to stay away from the screen.

THE END OF THE WORLD

Lockdown List - Volume One

Albums mirroring the present through the eyes (and ears) of our friends, collaborators, contributors and favourite artists.

FIRST PERSON

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Attuning Temporality

Hearing is a complex neurological process whereas listening is a selective learnt process, an...

Lara C. Geary

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Pricked Up Ears. A Lockdown Listening

Why am I happy to listen to beauty when I know that my culturally trained ears are just a better...

Anamaria Pravicencu

ESSAY

Proudly Disengaged

An investigation into non-European cultural influences on the experimental, avant-garde and...

Joe Morris

LOCKDOWN & ISOLATION

Fernando Pessoa and The Newfound Existentialism

Less solace, less certainty, less cures, less normalcy, less identity, less togetherness: the...

Andrew Choate

Videos

IN CONVERSATION

Mark Stewart: Juxtaposing Is Always In My Life

Mark Stewart of The Pop Group on the '70s UK political climate, the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, Patti Smith, experimenting in the studio with dubmaster Dennis Bovell and more.

Andrei Bucureci

FOCUS ON

Magda Mayas - A Portrait of the Pianist with Three Grand Pianos

Accretion is a remarkable performance for three grand pianos and one pianist, and a collaboration between Berlin-based pianist and improvisor Magda Mayas, and Gothenburg-based choreographer Toby Kassell.

Andrew Choate

IN CONVERSATION

Stella Chiweshe - The Zimbabwe Queen of Mbira

A talk with Stella Chiweshe, after her performance at Outernational Days 3 festival.

Beatrice Sommer

DIARY

Europalia 2019: Diary Of A Collaboration

Find out more about our music project Milan W. and the Tulnic Ensemble of Avram Iancu, commissioned by Europalia 2019 festival.

Dragoș Rusu

AROUND THE WORLD

Investigating the Sundanese Ritual of Kasenian Réak

The second article exploring the vast territory of Indonesia investigates the Sundanese culture, specifically the ritual known as Kasenian Réak.

Luigi Monteanni

FOCUS ON

Indonesia For Beginners: Priangan and Gamelan Degung

Luigi Monteanni explores the vast music territory of Indonesia. First stop: Priangan and Gamelan Degung.

Luigi Monteanni