A Separation of Insult and Criticism

A Separation of Insult and Criticism

[Jakarta, LTTW] In January 10, 2018, Joko Widodo along with the government and Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat or the People’s Representative discussed a bill that contains a law that prohibits people from insulting ...
Famous People Hologram for Sale

Famous People Hologram for Sale

Nobody can bring back the dead. With that in mind, they can still be immortalized through memories, ideas, medias and other inheritance that they left on earth. Artists who sing their way ...
Stephen Hawking: Returning to the Universe he called Home

Stephen Hawking: Returning to the Universe he called Home

Recently the world lost one of the most beloved men of science who constantly questions the universe. Stephen William Hawking passed away at the age of 76 in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The cosmologist was known for his ...
Women Against the Odds

Women Against the Odds

[Jakarta, LTTW] First thing first, although a little late, Happy International Women’s Day! It is very important for us to mull over and appreciate the role of women in establishing and nurturing ...
Not Being in the Moment, Courtesy of Our Phone

Not Being in the Moment, Courtesy of Our Phone

[Jakarta, LTTW] As we watch a music concert and gaze upon the stage, our sight can suddenly be blocked by gadgets that extend in the air—minimizing the full experience. This phenomenon happens ...
The Narcissist Art Bait

The Narcissist Art Bait

[Jakarta, LTTW] Google, the tech company who program search engine into our curios heads gives us something new to ponder. This time the 1996 founded company is taking a shot at persuading ...
Attacchi di Pane

Attacchi di Pane

[Jakarta, LTTW] December 6, 2017, Listen to the World had the pleasure to watch a contemporary dance performance from Italy; organized by the Italian Cultural Institute at the historical Jakarta Art Building ...
Maritime Museum

Maritime Museum

[Jakarta, LTTW] “Never forget the history.” That was what Soekarno, the First President of Indonesia, used to say. Yet recently—in the first month of the 2018—two historical buildings in Jakarta, Indonesia have ...
Freedom of Speech and Social Media

Freedom of Speech and Social Media

Freedom of Speech is important to us. It allows us not only to share our voices, but also to obtain and learn more knowledge from others. With (human) rights comes responsibility, but ...
Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

Journalism: Juggling with Politics, Money & Technology

[Jakarta, LTTW] Journalism operates within the freedom of speech and freedom of the press principles. In doing so, there are ethics and code of conduct that must be followed. Covering all sides, ...
Sidney Keys III: Cool Bros Read

Sidney Keys III: Cool Bros Read

[Jakarta, LTTW] The youngest generation of today, famously dubbed Generation Z (also known as iGeneration) was born in the middle of new and ever-changing technological advancement. It’s just normal if massive numbers ...
Obituary, Tim Rollins

Obituary, Tim Rollins

[Jakarta, LTTW]“…They all hated school but they loved art, so I went through art to make them love knowledge…” That was what Tim Rollins told Artspace when they asked him about his ...
teamLab, 21st Century "Cave Painters"

teamLab, 21st Century “Cave Painters”

[Jakarta, LTTW] There’s an online discussion going on at Listen to the World about environmental deterioration caused by human behavior and how we should respond. If we look upon what we’ve been ...
Muhal Richard Abrams, "The Renaissance Man" of 20th Century Music

Muhal Richard Abrams, “The Renaissance Man” of 20th Century Music

Jazz lovers all over the world mourned the loss of a music legend, Muhal Richard Abrams. The New York Times reported that Abrams, 87, was found lifeless on his Manhattan house, October ...
Climate Change vs. Economy

Climate Change vs. Economy

Environmental deterioration and extreme weather are real, the facts and figures are too obvious to be dismissed or neglected. One of TV commercials says, ”Nature does not need people; people needs nature.” ...
Loving Vincent

Loving Vincent

The World’s First Fully Oil-Painted Film[Jakarta, LTTW] “We cannot speak other than by our paintings” is a sentence from the last letter written by Vincent Van Gogh himself, which later inspired painter ...
Music is Art because it’s Political

Music is Art because it’s Political

A Reflection from the Roger Waters Concert Tour.About four months ago, Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters kicked off his North American tour entitled “Us + Them”. Although he performed many of old ...
I Am Human living in Diversity

I Am Human living in Diversity

"Thanks to J. M Basquiat who inspired me and people who fight against Racism, let’s keep the equality in humanity ...” - Adikara Rachman, 2017[LttW, Jakarta]. In recent years, diversity that was ...
Akar

Reintroducing cultural heritage to Indonesian diaspora in New York City

An interview with AKAR Foundation, with psychological insight on cultural roots and identity by Denny Putra.Raising children in this era is no easy task no matter where we live; external influences already ...
Independence Day

Independence Day

[Jakarta, LttW] Over a month ago, on July 4, United States celebrated its Independence Day. Just a few days ago, India and Pakistan celebrated theirs, and today is Indonesia’s turn to do ...
Human Ego, a Friend or Foe?

Human Ego, a Friend or Foe?

We are raising this issue because it may affect, influence, direct or even determine our future, particularly when involving individuals who we consider as the global “game changers”.Our world is populated by ...
Eid Al Fitr

Eid al Fitr: the Day Human Goodness should advance.

[Jakarta, LTTW]. After thirty days of refraining from physical needs and self-indulging desires from dawn until dusk, senses of gratitude, solidarity, and empathy are heightened, and the soul is repurified. The day ...
Terrorism

Terrorism: Brainless and Heartless Act

LTTW, Jakarta. The above artwork is dedicated to the innocent victims of the recent bombing in Manchester, UK. Let us stand united to demolish extremism and terrorism from the face of the ...
Is Democracy still Important

Is Democracy Dying?

Following the end of the Cold War in the 1990s, globalization seemed to be embraced as the way to world peace. Along with it, democracy and sense of freedom seemed to flourish ...
France National Identity

France, reaffirming her national identity:liberté, égalité, fraternité

[Jakarta, LttW]. After months of uncertainty and anxiety, the French people have finally spoken, and the world hears their voice loud and clear! Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron forged a historic and landslide ...
Equality in Diversity

Equality in Diversity

[Jakarta, LTTW] Diversity has become a daily vocabulary in society, but lately it is perceived more as a threat. The 21st Century that we live in is yet to decide how diversity ...
palmyra

ISIL Retook Palmyra: How the Hell That Happened?

[Jakarta, LTTW] War never has a positive side, no matter how we look at it. It’s an atrocity that gives nothing but agony, revenge, destruction, and death. The life-taking conflicts and war ...
Civil March for Aleppo

Civil March to end Human Tragedy in Aleppo

Humanitarian activists began their daring steps yesterday to end the war in Aleppo, Syria. The walk started in Berlin and headed for Aleppo. It is going to be the longest march ever ...
World War

World War III

The world had experienced terrible tragedies in the past, from bilateral & multilateral wars, dictatorship to genocide. But humans never seem to learn from those devastating pains. Today, the world is facing ...
Jean Jacques Perrey

Obituary: Jean Jacques Perrey

Jean Jacques Perrey died in Lausanne because of Lung Cancer. (USA, The AV Club, The Guardian) Jean Jacques Perrey famously known by his invention on electronic music. His instruments are mainly a ...
Graffiti and Mural

Graffiti and Mural

Arts in its all forms (such as performing, visual, street and literature) is perhaps too broad of a subject to discuss, not to mention the discussion on which of the cultural creation ...
What is Art's role in Society today?

What is Art’s role in Society today?

It has long been taken for granted that Art is present in all aspects of human activity and culture. That Art has roles in society. One role of Art is that Art ...
same-sex marriage

#LoveWins: the US Supreme Court declares same-sex marriages legal

The US Supreme Court effectively declares same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. What does this mean, legally and culturally, to the World? [Jakarta, LTTW] In a development of anti-discriminatory laws & ...
Sovereignty

Sovereignty and (Humanitarian) Intervention

Sovereignty basically is the rightful status of any nation to govern themselves, while Humanitarian Intervention is an act of interfering with another nation's (or someone else's) affairs in the name of Humanity ...
Social Media

Are we REALLY socializing when we use the social media?

With the growth of the Internet and technologies these days, we can search for our long lost friends and meet some new friends. We are even able to follow a wide range of ...
Slamet Abdul Sjukur

Obituary, Slamet Abdul Sjukur

RIP Slamet Abdul Sjukur, Indonesian music composer [Jakarta, LTTW] Indonesian Composer Slamet Abdul Sjukur passed away on March 24th, 2015. He died in Dr Soetomo General Hospital, in Surabaya, East Java, at ...
racism

If there is only one human race, then why are humans still racist?

[Jakarta, LTTW] We are today, as a globalized humanity, plagued by hate among fellow men, hate upon each other. One form of this manifest hate is fueled by a fear and loathing ...
digital art

Can Art be Created (Purely) Digitally?

In this Internet and Digital age, we increasingly witness many "purely digital" works and creations. Music has been composed & recorded using computers, with  simulated instruments that sound "indistinguishable from the real ...
vox de cultura

LttW and VdC: together towards a Fresh, Strong Start in 2015

Jakarta, February 2015 -- Listen To The World (www.listentotheworld.net) has relaunched on January 2015, with new editorial formats and tighter cooperation with sister site Vox de Cultura (www.voxdecultura.net). Both sites under supervision of the Sacred Bridge Foundation (www.sacredbridge.org), this ...
education

Have we reached our purpose in education?

The purpose of education is to create better human beings. Compared to our predecessors, with all the systems and unlimited source of knowledge we have today, have we made the world a ...
Can we listen to music whilst doing other things?

Can we listen to music whilst doing other things?

Since the practicalities of portable/mobile audio players, and digital-based audio players, everyone can listen to music at anytime, anywhere, anyhow; but really, can we ‘multitask’ music? ...
pot legalization

Does pot legalization matter to music?

Pot or marijuana experimentation is blatantly ‘common’ among music (and arts) enthusiasts. With the numbers of pot legalization’s support is significantly increasing in the Americas lately, will it be the gateway to ...
Classical Concert Etiquette

Classical Concert Etiquette

[Jakarta, LttW] Classical music has been around for hundreds of years, and has undergone a series of challenges now and then, whether big or small. In 2011, a BBC Radio 1 DJ ...
Kongar ol Ondar

Obituary, Kongar-ol Ondar

(KYZYL, THE NEW YORK TIMES) Kongar-ol Ondar, an internationally renowned master of Tuvan throat singing, the Central Asian vocal art died on July 25 in Kyzyl, Tuva’s capital due to complications after ...
Margaret Thatcher

Obituary, Margaret Thatcher

(LTTW, LONDON) Margaret Thatcher, a British Conservative Party politician who was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990 and the Leader of the Conservative Party from 1975 to 1990, ...
Iraq: Between War and Arts

Iraq: Between War and Arts

[Jakarta, LTTW] It’s been a decade since the Iraq War had begun. Did the “mission accomplished” fantasy last? Not from what it seems in many media portrayals of Iraq so far. Nonetheless, ...
Buying Music: Online Vs. Record Store

Buying Music: Online Vs. Record Store

[Jakarta, LttW] There are two types of music enthusiasts that we should be aware of: ones who buy music, and ones who don’t. For some of those buying ones, especially those who ...
Agung Waskito

Obituary, Agung Waskito

[Jakarta, LTTW] An Ethnomusicologist and our Program Supervisor Agung Waskito died at 55 last night, December 20th 2012, after three months of battle against his intestinal cancer in Universitas Kristen Indonesia Hospital ...
Would You Shape Your Children's Taste in Music?

Would You Shape Your Children’s Taste in Music?

[Jakarta, LttW] “When I was a kid, I remember clearly how my Dad used to play some of the 70’s great rock tunes for me, especially everything that comes from ELP, while ...
Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

Daniel Barenboim, Turns 70

[Jakarta, LttW] The Middle East conflict that flared up and caused civilian casualties on both sides in just recent days has ended with ceasefire. According to Al-jazeera, Israel and Hamas agree to ...
Marvin Hamlisch

Marvin Hamlisch, the Award-winning composer for Broadway and the screen, dies aged 68

[Jakarta, LTTW] Marvin Hamlisch was an American composer, and one of only eleven people to have been awarded the Emmys, Grammys, Oscars, Golden Globes, and a Tony Award. Hamlisch was the composer ...
english lyrics

In Some Parts of the World, Going Global Means English

[Jakarta, LTTW] Music is as common as language, and even likely almost as old. Different and unique music derived from different culture exist on Earth; from the most “complex” ones to the ...
54th Grammy Awards

The 54th GRAMMY’s This is how they role (and “rule” the world?)

[Jakarta, LTTW] Marked by the shocking and heartbreaking news of the death of Pop Diva Whitney Houston at 48, and the glorious return of young British singer, Adele, since having throat surgery ...
Ain’t Notting But Festivities

Ain’t Notting But Festivities

[London, LTTW] After days of cloud and rain, the sun finally shone on London as the Notting Hill Festival kicked off on Sunday morning, August 28, 2011. People of all ages, origins ...
On Zen Ceremony

The 5th On Zen Ceremony at Daitokuji Temple, Kyoto, Japan

[Kyoto, LTTW] On June 1, 2011, the sacred Dragon Hall of the Daitokuji Temple was once again used for a special ceremony after hundreds of years. For five years, the On Zen ...
who changed the world

100 Minorities Who Changed The World in the 20th Century

1. Ali, Muhammad A former American boxer and three-time World Heavyweight Champion, who is widely considered one of the greatest heavyweight championship boxers. In 1967, Ali refused to be conscripted into the ...
62nd Emmy

The 62nd Emmy Music Nominations

The 62nd Emmy Music Nominations Another story, another music, another industry [Jakarta, LTTW] At the beginning of this month of July, America's Academy of Television Arts & Sciences has announced the 62nd ...
Yazeed Djamin

Remembering Yazeed Djamin

Composer/Indonesian renowned musical figure “To learn classical music, you have to study in school, no way around it…” ...