Prix Ars Electronica award for our book on music

Cedrik Fermont and I won the prestigious “Golden NicaPrix Ars Electronica for our book “Not Your World Music : Noise in South East Asia” and its companion compilation. We are very humbled and feel extremely honoured to receive this prize that recognizes creation and innovation in new media arts. Prix Ars Electronica has been compared to the “Oscars of digital arts”. Prix Ars Electronica has been awarded since 1987. Past recipients of this award in the “Digital music and Sound art” category include Peter Gabriel and Ryūichi Sakamoto.

We would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the making of this book. This award celebrates all of you, the hundreds of people dedicated to the arts in South East Asia and elsewhere.

Cedrik and I will present the book and accept the award at a ceremony in Linz (Austria) in September during the ARS ELECTRONICA Festival for Art, Technology and Society 7-11 September 2017.

Statement of the jury

“(…) an outstanding book and CD compilation project.“ (Statement der Jury) Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia is a book about art, politics, identity, gender and global capitalism. And it is one of the very few works about noise & sound art and about electro-acoustic, experimental and industrial music of the past and present in Southeast Asia. This volume contains political, historical and sociological essays and interviews with artists as well as an extensive bibliography on Southeast Asian music and noise & experimental musicians. Its compilers define Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia as a political, anti-sexist and anti-colonial contribution to a discourse on society, social representation, inequality, marginalization and colonialism.

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Publication de mon article dans le magazine en ligne de l’ACFAS.

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Dimitri Della Faille
Université du Québec en Outaouais
20 mars 2017

Notre ouvrage se situe quelque part entre une publication classique (style académique, problématisation, analyses, résultats et bibliographie) et une publication émergeant du milieu de la pratique musicale avec des codes stylistiques différents.

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Il y a quelques mois, avec mon collègue Cedrik Fermont, j’ai publié un livre en anglais intitulé Not Your World Music: Noise in South East Asia , qui porte sur la musique bruitiste (Noise Music) en Asie du Sud-Est. Ce genre musical regroupe plusieurs scènes de musique alternative expérimentale qui se caractérisent, entre autres, par l’exploration sonore extrême et le refus de certains codes esthétiques de la musique populaire. Cet ouvrage est le résultat de plus de deux ans de recherche commune.

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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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