The Social Sources of Institutions: Thorstein Veblen

The English translation of my critical review of a book about Thorstein Veblen is now available on the website Books and Ideas (Collège de France):

Critical of capitalism and nationalism, the work of Thorstein Veblen focuses mainly on the analysis of institutions: their strengths, their weaknesses, and the way they manage to stabilize and build up in spite of their failures.


Our book on noise music in South East Asia is now available

Not Your World Music : Noise in South East Asia a book by Cedrik Fermont and Dimitri della Faille about art, politics, identity, gender and global capitalism is now ready. It took two years in the making.


The book covers music in South East Asia, from academic electronic music to do-it-yourself noise. Contemporary and past noise, electroacoustic, industrial, experimental music and sound art in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. With 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 by Syrphe (Berlin, Germany) and Hushush (Ottawa, Canada) and comes with a compilation (CD and electronic versions).

It is available as a softcover paper version that can be purchased at Thanks to a successful crowd funding campaign, the book is also available for free download

Excerpts from the introduction of the book (pages 2-4):

This book takes a rather hybrid form. It falls perhaps somewhere between the boundaries of a scholarly book, an essay, fan literature and accounts by practicians. The reason for this is that this book resembles us, our backgrounds and our struggles. We have grounded the book, its content and its concept on our own multifarious first-hand knowledge that we have accumulated throughout forty years of combined experience in performing noise, electroacoustic, ambient, industrial, experimental, avant garde or sound art in Europe, Asia, the Americas, Africa and the Middle East. But, it is also grounded in our activism and scholarly readings. While this book is based on our experience, the process of writing it made us more aware, and we dare to say, knowledgeable than we were when we started this common project two years ago. During the research for this book, we have constantly learned and discovered new facts, new ideas or new practices.

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