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.

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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 http://words.hushush.com/. Thanks to a successful crowd funding campaign, the book is also available for free download https://independent.academia.edu/noiseinsoutheastasia


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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Talk at the College of Music – University of the Philippines Diliman

I will be giving a talk about our forthcoming book « Not your World Music – Noise Music in South East Asia » at the College of Music – University of the Philippines Diliman on Monday 15 of August 2016.

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NOT YOUR WORLD MUSIC –
Dimitri della Faille on noise in South East Asia

15 August 2016 (Monday) | 10am | Abelardo Hall, UP College of Music

Dimitri della Faille, PhD, presents some of the research that went into « Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia (Art, Politics, Identity, Gender and Global Capitalism) », the first major publication on noise, electroacoustic, industrial, experimental music and sound art in the ASEAN countries (including Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam).

Written and edited by Cedrik Fermont and Dr. della Faille, the book includes historical, political and sociological essays, exclusive interviews with artists and organizers, as well as an extensive bibliography and discography. The book is also a manifesto against stereotypes and censure, especially when it comes to colonialism, ethnocentrism, male-centered perspectives and sexism. It aims to empower an independent, proud and strong scene. The book and its accompanying anthology CD will be officially released in early September 2016.

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New publication « Reflections about the social determinants of art and design »

My newest article has now been published by Revista Kepes. The article is entitled « Reflections about the social determinants of art and design: noise music in Latin America and Asia ( Reflexiones sobre los determinantes sociales del arte y del diseño: Música de ruido en América Latina y Asia) ».

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Available here: http://kepes.ucaldas.edu.co/index.php/ultimo-numero

Here is the abstract:

The paper is based on the author’s experience performing noise or experimental music in Latin America, East and South East Asia. In this paper, the author reflects on some social determinants of art and design. Dimensions such as technology, territory, identity, social characteristics and social acceptance are discussed. Additional topics such as class, gender, politics are covered. The author concludes that these do not shape the practice of noise music, they are also elements which provide frameworks on which artists and designer built.

Resumen en español.

Este artículo está basado en la experiencia del autor dando interpretaciones de música de ruido (noise music) o de experimentación en América Latina, Asia del Oriente y del Sur-Oriente. En el artículo, el autor reflexiona acerca de algunas determinaciones sociales del arte y del diseño como el territorio, la identidad, las características sociales y la aceptación social. Clase, género y política son otros temas discutidos. El autor concluye que la dichas dimensiones no dan forma a la música de ruido, ellas ofrecen un lienzo sobre el cual los artistas y diseñadores pueden construir.

Della Faille, D. (2015). « Reflections about the Social Determinants of Art and Design: Noise Music in Latin America and Asia », Revista Kepes, vol. 12, n. 12, pp. 57-84.