www.listentotheworld.net is a web-based social media aimed at inspiring and triggering minds the world over, using issues surrounding music to tackle cultural matters while at the same time highlighting authentic, accountable, rooted music from cultures worldwide. It was originally initiated in 2001 by Sacred Bridge Foundation as a music program which explores all the good music that the world has to offer, intended for airtime radio-play across Indonesia. The program was re-initiated in 2009 in its current form as a website accompanied by a monthly offline series.
Music, like other forms of art, is a cultural manifestation originated from the interactions among human, environment, and often the divine world. Within this triangulation, contexts (social, technological, political, spiritual, historical, etc.) occur, and responded by human in the form of music. Since contexts vary from place to place, therefore a musical creation “belongs” uniquely to who creates and where it is created. In responding to contexts, music actually possesses roles and functions as a mirror of ourselves, system of thoughts, reminder of values, bond in social interactions, language of dialog, as well as healing and creative forces in human life. So, contexts, and these roles and functions are the ones that give values to music, including its commercial value. Hence, commercial benefit is just a subsequence, neither an objective nor a motivation in music making.
To reach such an ideal condition, we focus on improving the literacy of actors within the music-related world. We are committed to provide myriad and yet accountable information on and perspectives of music, to further the awareness and understanding on contexts and aspects of music so that the true roles, function, and true values of music can then be regained.
General questions may be addressed to our contact-desk email at
Adhianto Aryo – Chief Editor
Agung Waskito - Program Supervisor
Pattraditya Pangestu - Web Master / Finance Head
Adikara Rachman - Visual Concept Coordinator
David Tandayu - Merchandising
Kiking Syarif – Information Technology Consultant
Arie Syachri – Offline Program Consultant
Serrano Sianturi – Advisor
The name Maros is taken from the name of a district in South Sulawesi, Indonesia, rich in heritage with caves from prehistory aged thousands of years, where among one of the walls in these caves one could find a painting depicting layers of hand objects. Because of that, the name Maros and its name is homage to the historical traditions of visual culture which once thrived in Indonesia.
In the year 2005 – 2006, Adikara conducted educational research in visual arts focused on methods, curriculums, and contents, through comparative study across several universities in Indonesia, USA, Malaysia and the UK. The result was a regular workshop program on illustration which was named Maros Illustration Activity, managed by Adikara, David Tandayu and Dewi Hadin (resigned November 2008). Illustration, as a subject, was chosen in consideration with the interconnection between attributes in works of art and industry more current and more easily understood by participants than complex visual art.
On December 2008, Adikara and David Tandayu initiated a transformation of Maros’ foundation from a community into the Maros Visual Culture Initiative; this change was based on a wider attention towards opening rooms for activity, learning in visual culture with the agendas of drawing, illustration, and three dimensional arts (3D).
THE SACRED BRIDGE FOUNDATION
Sacred Bridge Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. Based in Jakarta, the foundation was founded in 1997 by Franki Raden, an Ethnomusicologist, Tony Rudyansyah, an Anthropologist, and Serrano Sianturi, an Economist. In 2005, Tony Rudyansyah left and started a research foundation of his own. Its advisory board provides an even more colorful picture, since it is lead by Stomu Yamash’ta, a Japanese musician/composer who is also Japan’s national treasure, and involves Professor Stephen Hill, former Director of UNESCO-Jakarta. Prof. Nurcholish Madjid, a well respected international Islamic scholar, also joined the Advisory Board until his untimely death in 2005.
Starting operations with limited resources, Sacred Bridge Foundation has been relying on sales generated funding, fees and project-based grants. Up to now, Sacred Bridge Foundation has not obtained program-based funding, let alone institutional grants. However, with the help of working partners and volunteers, it has been able to organize numerous world scale events. Since 2000, Sacred Bridge has been recognized as a counterpart by UNESCO.
We all want to make the world a better place. Sacred Bridge Foundation, though, believes that a better place means a harmonious relationship between man and nature. To reach this ideal condition, we also believe that people have to have faith in the integration of culture, economics and politics. Here, culture is of outmost importance. It is time to give culture a chance where economics and politics alone have often failed to provide solutions.
· People are inclined to develop the culture that has been so instrumental in mankind’s progress.
· Dialog based on equality is the basis for reaching a common ground of cohabitation, not only a tool to understand diversity.
· Sacred Bridge Foundation prioritizes the building of mutually beneficial relationships in its operations.
· All activities are guided by strategic planning, and support
· The values of prudence, honesty, modesty, teamwork, and deep commitment.
· It is mandatory to all managing Members of Sacred Bridge Foundation to constantly improve themselves.
The Sacred Bridge Foundation mostly acts on the basis of Action Research, in that we apply our knowledge of culture and society to take action in the field, and to take field notes as data to constantly improve our operations. The SBF concerns itself mostly within four domains: Intercultural Dialogue, Cultural Education for Children, Preservation of Indigenous Arts, and Capacity Building.
Based on our belief in dialogue to achieve harmony, we have facilitated several activities aimed at breaking cross-cultural barriers and spur collaboration.
· Sacred Rhythm: The Millenial Percussion (Bali, Indonesia Dec. ’99 – Jan. 2000); Sacred Rhythm: Millenium Event at City Hall (Kyoto, Japan Dec. 2000); Sacred Rhythm: Friendship Beyond Border (Nijo Castle, Japan Oct. 2002);
· Conscience in Harmony: Interfaith Music Clinic and Collaboration (Borobudur Temple, Indonesia Dec. 2003 – Jan. 2004);
· Earthquake and Tsunami: Friend or Foe -- Interdisciplinary Discussion on Natural Disasters (Jakarta, Indonesia Aug. 2006);
CULTURAL EDUCATION FOR CHILDREN
We believe that children are strategic assets of humanity; that the future of societies lay within their hands and on the values that children hold on to; values which we as society are responsible in providing for them.
· Hugging the City (A cultural pilgrimage series for the urban children in which they learn to recognize their urban roots, history, and surrounding potentials.);
· Hugging the Nature (Unison with nature and its communities by experiencing art activities together in a cultural setting and environment different from the urban living.)
PRESERVATION OF INDIGENOUS ARTS
Indigenous arts are the reflection of core values fundamental to the existence of cultures, societies, and nations. Many indigenous arts are fast disappearing and we seek to at the very least document their existence, if not prevent their disappearance at all.
· Listen To The World (a 120-minute music program exploring various music from all over the world, from the authentic traditional, hybrids, crossover, to the contemporaries.);
· Sacred Rhythm of Bali SACD (a recording of traditional indigenous Balinese music; part of an effort in cooperation with Sony Music Japan Ltd. to document and explore the disappearing and yet authentic indigenous music from many corners of the world.)
We believe the core of change and development within each society and nation must originate from within themselves; from among the people who are their members. In this purpose, each society must have the capacity built-in to develop themselves; if this capacity is seen as lacking or appears in need of repair, the SBF attempts to move in and affect change.
· Rising Above the Tsunami (a project initiated by UNESCO-Jakarta and The Sacred Bridge Foundation to facilitate a process of ‘Cultural Healing’ in Aceh after the devastation of the 26 December 2004 Tsunami)
· Rhythm Salad (a project to create a miniature chain of stakeholders, a self-reliant supportive system, that will enable the formation of a healthy music industry. Among Rhythm Salad activities are its clinics, and also the Rhythm Salad League.)
For more on the Sacred Bridge Foundation, visit our official website at http://www.sacred-bridge.org