Other-Self (An Existential Exercise) - Uncovering the Multisensorial Monsters of Blank Canvases by taking a Long, Hard Look in the Mirror!

Other-Self (An Existential Exercise) – Uncovering the Multisensorial Monsters of Blank Canvases by taking a Long, Hard Look in the Mirror!

Other-Self (An Existential Exercise): Collaborations are always full of surprises! We always begin with a blank canvas, with whatever mediums we are working with, and at the onset of the creative process, ...
Mudejar

Guitar, Music, Faith, and Brotherhood

Religion today is believed to be a political tool used to dominate and to determine who’s right and who’s wrong. Unlike today, religion in ancient time was practiced as guidance for humanity ...
Black Muslim in the USA - The Hidden Truth Beneath Our Eyes

Black Muslim in the USA – The Hidden Truth Beneath Our Eyes

Dig deep into the Black Muslims in the USA through their past and present. Nation of Islam, civil rights movement, and even hip-hop music—Islam interweave itself into the social, political, and cultural ...
UPIC: A Musical Instrument or A Drawing Device?

UPIC: A Musical Instrument or A Drawing Device?

UPIC (Unité Polyagogique Informatique du CEMAMu) is an electronic music program, where drawings are inputted onto a screen, and the resulting shapes and images are translated into sounds ...
Music, Museum, and Culture

Music, Museum, and Culture

Electronic music is resulted from the integration. It departs from (and still stand on) Classical Music that has found its way to progress and created its own path by utilising the technological ...
Gamelan Slonding

Gamelan Slonding

Gamelan Selonding is regarded as one of the oldest sets of gamelan that ever existed in Bali, even predating Gamelan Gambuh. This particular Selonding originates from Tenganan Pegringsingan Village of Karangasem, Eastern ...
Global music education

GAUNG: 21st Century Global Music Education

by Bob Rose At the end of April, a bold and ambitious journey took place in Bali to pave the way for 21st century global music. Participants were invited from all over ...
2020 Vision, and Post-SRRU Blues

2020 Vision, and Post-SRRU Blues

To say 2020 started off with a bang would be the ultimate cliché, although nonetheless it seems fitting to say this for various reasons at the start of the new decade, after ...
Songs of Earth Diversity in the Interstellar Space

Songs of Earth Diversity in the Interstellar Space

In voyager spacecrafts, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) placed two 12-inch phonograph records dubbed The Golden Record, which contained sounds and images of life on Earth and its cultural diversity. A ...
The Sound of Covid-19

The Sound of Covid-19

Would you ever think that, beside using microscopes, creating musical compositions could also help scientists in their pursuit of understanding the novel virus? ...
Senyawa – Lurking Beyond the Shadows, Beneath the Depths, and into other Dimensions

Senyawa – Lurking Beyond the Shadows, Beneath the Depths, and into other Dimensions

Senyawa are not a household name by any means, although over the past decade, they have been making a significant impact both in their native Indonesia, and also across the world amongst ...
Rhythm Salad Music Clinic [Picture]

Rhythm Salad Music Clinic [Picture]

Rhythm Salad League is one of Sacred Bridge's capacity building programs designed to increase the abilities, insights, and independence of musicians and actors within musical circles ...
Stockhausen – In Light of our Time

Stockhausen – In Light of our Time

The music of Karlheinz Stockhausen (1928-2007) occupies a certain (sacred) space in our time. Stockhausen was unique in the postwar avant-garde, in that there is no simple way to categorise him, given ...
African music

Africa: Rhythm of the Earth

by Serrano Sianturi Translated by Ferdi Zebua African Music is one of the richest in the world and acclaimed for its influence in other music on other parts of the world, until ...
Art is a Mirror of Life: The Volterra Project

Art is a Mirror of Life: The Volterra Project

[Jakarta, LTTW] In 2007, world renowned Greek classical guitarist, Antigoni Goni, created The Volterra Project, Summer Guitar Institute in Volterra, Italy. This yearly summer school does more than just teach guitar techniques, ...
Termites, the Instrument Maker

Termites, the Instrument Maker

[Jakarta, LTTW] The didgeridoo is a unique wooden trumpet “drone pipe" of Aboriginal origin, and many believe it to be made by termites. Yes, this is a fact! A genuine Didgeridoo is ...
#LTTWThrowback Crossing the Sacred Bridge – Celebrating Life

#LTTWThrowback Crossing the Sacred Bridge – Celebrating Life

By Jason Noghani The magical event that took place on April 26th 2019 (the second event of the Sacred Rhythm: Reborn Unison series, the first of which took place in August 2018) reaffirmed ...
A Celebration of Life, A Process of Reborn

A Celebration of Life, A Process of Reborn

by Bramantyo Indirawan Everything moves fast, information flows endlessly—the comforting technology and advances seemingly accelerate us into submission. At that pace we forgot what it means to be a living human being, ...
Music in Indonesia

Music in Indonesia

Potential wise, Indonesia should have played an important role in the world, not only as one of the authorities, but also as a source of inspiration that give colours to music development ...
MUSIC: REVISITED

MUSIC: REVISITED

In 2018, our sister web, Vox de Cultura, had an opportunity to interview a young experimental composer, turntablist, and electronic music artist who has been responding to her surroundings, may it be ...
Analogue Alchemy

Analogue Alchemy

The music of Shiva Feshareki addresses some of the most pressing questions concerning music and culture in our time. She is a highly versatile and diverse composer whose musical output encompasses a ...
Sacred Bridge Reborn, "FOCUS"

Sacred Bridge Reborn, “FOCUS”

[Jakarta, LTTW] January 13, 2019, our parent organization, Sacred Bridge, is reborn. In the eyes of Sacred Bridge, “reborn” is not merely rebirth, but also rethinking and revisiting its fundamental values based ...
Are There Too Many Music Festivals?

Are There Too Many Music Festivals?

Coachella unofficially kicked off the 2017 U.S. festival season in April, and while this year’s event in Indio, California included expanded space and more tickets available, there are concerning trends in the ...
Obituary, Chris Squire

Obituary, Chris Squire

Chris Squire (bassist of Yes), 4 March 1948 – 27 June 2015 [Jakarta, LttW] Chris Squire—co-founder, leader, and bassist for progressive-rock band Yes—has died at the age of 67. He was suffering from ...
David Bowie

David Bowie, a Pop Icon, Died of Cancer

[Jakarta, LTTW] Pop icon David Bowie has died on Sunday, at the age of 69 after battling cancer in secret for 18 months. His death was confirmed on his official Facebook page: ...
isao tomita

Isao Tomita, a Japanese Pioneer of Electronic Music, Died at 84

[Jakarta, LttW] Japanese pioneer of electronic music Isao Tomita has died of heart failure last Thursday (May 5th) at Tokyo Metropolitan Hiroo Hospital, at the age of 84. A private funeral on ...
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 ...
Equality in Diversity by Sacred Bridge Foundation

“Equality in Diversity”, A New Year Celebration by Sacred Bridge Foundation

A reportage by Rizky Aulia and Garry P. Poluan. Our parent organization, Sacred Bridge Foundation (SBF), a Jakarta-based non-profit organization focused on culture, recently held a new year event themed “Equality in ...
Larry Coryell

Farewell to A Dear Friend… Larry Coryell

[Jakarta, LTTW] One of the pioneers of Jazz Fusion, Larry Coryell, died on Sunday, Feb 19th, 2017 in New York from heart failure. He was 73 years old. Coryell had been in ...
Zap Mama

Zap Mama, Movement by a Woman (and an Unreleased Single!)

Music act of artist Marie Daulne "People recognize a soul, not a genre, and there is a longer life for that type of composition." ...
Arturo Sandoval

Arturo Sandoval, Life of Jazz

[Jakarta, LTTW] “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough”, is an Albert Einstein quote that, to us, describes Arturo Sandoval. We were fortunate enough to see his shows ...
Dr. Lonnie Smith

Dr. Lonnie Smith keeps playing live

Up to this day, the technology just keeps advancing and giving us further convenience including musical “experience”. The establishment of Youtube channel, Spotify, iTunes and so on, enables us to enjoy abundant ...
Obituary, One of The Pioneers of Sound Sampling in Rock Music, Holger Czukay

Obituary, One of The Pioneers of Sound Sampling in Rock Music, Holger Czukay

September 5, 2017, Co-founder and bassist of German Rock band Can, Holger Czukay passed away at the age of 79 and left us an abundance of legacies. He died eight months after ...
During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

During Vietnam War, Music Spoke to Both Sides of a Divided Nation

Lauren Rebecca Sklaroff, University of South CarolinaWorld War II influenced an entire generation – many say the “greatest” – but few of those who came of age in the 1940s would probably ...
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 ...
Gabon's Political Force is its Thriving Hip-Hop Scene

Gabon’s Political Force is its Thriving Hip-Hop Scene

Foreword from Listen To The WorldEveryone knows that Hip Hop was born in the South Bronx, United States, but we’re not too sure if this historic birthplace still matters to most Hip ...
creative economy

Music and the Ever Changing World

by Serrano Sianturi We are nearly at the end of the first decade of the 21st century, and humans continue to create changes (for better and worse), and at the same time ...
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 ...
I Nyoman Astita

I Nyoman Astita, Progressing Bali

Scholar/forerunner in Balinese contemporary performing arts “Now, be it new music, or it may be called urban music as well, it is no longer relevant to me, as long as they are ...
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 ...
Antigoni Goni

Antigoni Goni, The Volterra Guitar Project, and Beyond

Classical Guitarist/Teacher “Being an artist is not a “titleship” you acquire and is not something that anyone can take away from you.” ...
James Depreist

Obituary, James DePreist

(ARIZONA, LTTW) Mr. DePreist was one of the few African American conductors to achieve international renown; and he refused to let disability derail his career. He went on conducting after polio, contracted ...
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 ...
Lou Reed

Obituary, Lou Reed

(NEW YORK, CNN, BLUEFAT, LTTW) Lou Reed, who brought rock and roll into theretofore unexplored experiential realms with a literary and unabashedly adult voice as the vocalist and guitarist for the Velvet ...
Paco de Lucia

Obituary, Paco de Lucia

[CNN, BBC, LTTW, FLAMENCO WORLD] One of the guitar giants, Paco de Lucia, who is considered the world over as the Maestro of Flamenco Guitar, has died. He was 66. He is ...
Marzuki Hasan

Syekh Marzuki Hasan, Living the Acehnese Arts

Acehnese Traditional Arts Maestro "...many have associated me with the Sufism tradition; which I don’t quite agree with this. I’m still going for some earthly delights—friends, wealth, and such; I am nothing ...
bb king

Obituary, BB King

Obituary, BB King September 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015 [Jakarta, LttW] BB King, renowned & respected senior Blues Guitarist, has passed away this May the 14th, aged 89. He had been actively ...
caribbean carnival

Notting Hill Caribbean Carnival

by Agung Waskito Translated by Ferdi Zebua The Caribbean roots The Notting Hill Carnival is a Caribbean carnival held in England, taking place during the August Bank Holiday, with the largest visitor ...
Harmonium in the Western World

Harmonium in the Western World

The creation of a musical instrument is usually based on the limits of ability, on the presence of response towards a certain technological challenge upon a particular society’s culture and era, or ...
Kodo

Kodo: What A Way of Living, Learning, and Creating in Modern Times

[Jakarta, LttW] Music in the urban areas today, (read: the so called "modern times") are being tossed around in the midst of technological advancement, democratization, commercialization, “artists” population growth, and future challenges ...
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 ...
Syekh Lah Geunta

Obituary, Syekh Lah Geunta

Syekh Lah Geunta, August 10, 1946 — June 20, 2015 [LttW, Jakarta] Indonesia, and the people of Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam province, commonly called Aceh, has mourned since the recent death of Syekh ...
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 ...
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 ...
One of America’s Music Hometowns Files for Bankruptcy

One of America’s Music Hometowns Files for Bankruptcy

(DETROIT, TIME, LTTW) The city of Detroit, known for its rich musical heritage from infamous Motown record label, to the home of Techno in the ’80s and some of Hip-Hop’s most celebrated ...
George Dennehy

There Is George Dennehy The Armless Musician, and I’m Whining for A Perfect Studio

by Aryo Adhianto [VIRGINIA, DOGO, LTTW] I’m annoyed with myself. As a musician, I feel the need to have everything in advance—a fine instrument, first-rate sound system, and comfortable studio—to be able ...
Defining Tradition of Sound Culture: Questioning the Importance of Authenticity | Essay by Guoda Dyrzyte

Defining Tradition of Sound Culture: Questioning the Importance of Authenticity | Essay by Guoda Dyrzyte

Many people regard Western music as highly precise music with no space for improvisation – the absence of freedom. Is it true? Before we jump into conclusion, we should have a proper ...
Afro American

The Church and Afro-American Music

Recently, the Americans commemorated two major events. First was the 50th Anniversary of the famous Martin Luther King Jr’s speech “I Have a Dream”, and the 40th Anniversary of Hip Hop. These ...
Farafina

Farafina, Echoing an Everyday Living

Burkina Faso's best known musical group “Music has no border, and it is universal… but the roots will always be our base.” ...
Stomu Yamash'ta

Stomu Yamash’ta, The Man from the East

World renowned Percussionist/Zen Music Originator “I must first thank all the musicians who were unknown, never had even the slightest taste of fame and fortune, and still committed to music until they ...
listening to music

Working With the Music On: How to Pick the Right Music for the Right Task

by Veka Pramesthi This article is a form of response to LTTW’s previous Your Thoughts which raises the question, “Can We Listen to Music Whilst Do Other Things?” The writer, in this ...
A Musical Journey of Dave Scanlon

A Musical Journey of Dave Scanlon

Although it doesn’t relate to number of age, the word “exploration” is closely associated to young people; be it in the arts or other scenes. Talking about youth, LTTW recently had an ...
The healing power of hip hop

The healing power of hip hop

Alexander Crooke, University of Melbourne and Raphael Travis Jr., Texas State University Last year, New York’s then police commissioner Willam Bratton was quick to blame rap music and the culture around it ...
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 ...
El Sistema

El Sistema: Construction Dreams Through Music

by Aryo Adhianto [Jakarta, LTTW] As we often ask and talk about, what does music means to us now? Where will it go, or how far it will succeed in materializing a ...
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 ...
Rohingya refugees

The ‘floating people’ of Myanmar: how Rohingya refugees reclaim their identity through art and song

Farzana Kazi Fahmida, University Utara Malaysia The Moghs [the Rakhine people of Myanmar] refer to us as ‘floating people’ as we do not have citizenship in our country. My grandfather, father, and ...
How the brain perceives rhythm

How the brain perceives rhythm

Study finds the brain is biased toward rhythms based on simple integer ratios.Anne Trafton | MIT News OfficeWhen it comes to perceiving music, the human brain is much more tuned in to ...
A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave: Folk Singers from Western India Celebrate Diversity in the Face of Intolerance

A Delicate Weave (Jhini Bini Chadariya), a documentary film set in Kachchh, Gujarat in Western India, traces four different musical journeys, all converging in the ways they affirm religious diversity, syncretism (blending ...
John Wunsch

John Wunsch, A Humble Man of Music

Eminent Classical Guitarist/Teacher “The greatest value of music lies in how it can connect one soul to another.” ...
Yazeed Djamin

Remembering Yazeed Djamin

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

Timothy Walker, Strings of Life

Classical Guitarist/Former RAM Master-class Teacher “…a kid could come along and be pretty talented, but for one thing they could be put off doing it at all if they have a lousy ...
Maire ni Chathasaigh

Máire Ni Chathasaigh, The Harp’s Desire

One of Ireland’s most influential harpers “Even though “Celtic” is not a good or accurate label artistically or historically, as a commercial construct it has been inspired!” ...
Glen Velez

Glen Velez, Bang the Frame Drum

Frame Drum Maestro/Educator “I incorporate teaching into my creative process. Only when I feel that I am learning does my teaching feel successful.” ...
Amy Knoles

Amy Knoles, Voices and Machine

One of the Gurus of Electronic Music/Percussionist “Electronics was the beginning for me of a journey that is still taking me in fascinating directions and to fascinating lands…” ...
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 ...
chuck berry

Chuck Berry announces new album at his 90th birthday

Rock n Roll Legend Chuck Berry announces new album at his 90th birthday [Jakarta, LttW] Chuck Berry celebrated his 90th birthday on Tuesday, October 18th (born 1926) with announcement that he will ...
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 ...
Transcendental Evening with the Art Ensemble of Chicago

Transcendental Evening with the Art Ensemble of Chicago

On Monday the 16th of October, a rather breezy autumn night in east London, the Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC) transforms Café OTO into a spiritual space, where the world’s sounds meet ...
Jeff Mills

Jeff Mills; Detroit, Dream, and Persistence

[Jakarta, LTTW] The majority of urban youngsters have a big interest in night-life clubbing and willing to spend their time and money on partying on weekend. Sing and dance to the electronic ...
unescos cities of music

The UNESCO’s Cities of Music

[UNESCO.org, LTTW] We heard music on every city throughout the world; be it performed in cafes or bars or concert halls, or played at homes, streets, bus station or airports. Every city ...
My Struggling to Find Music’s Relation to Films

My Struggling to Find Music’s Relation to Films

by Veka Prameshti* [Jakarta, LttW] Recently I read news about Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails and Atticus Ross doing another film score for David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ – a movie adapted ...
Rock Music

The 10 Most Influential Rock Group/Musicians in the 60’s

[Jakarta, LttW] Rock music is known to the world as music that graced the history of pop music over the span of the second half of the 20th century. Over the span ...
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 ...
dj

DJ: Between Artist, Artistry, and Technology

by Aryo Adhianto The Disk Jockey, commonly shortened as “DJ”, many may have forgotten that in the past­—specifically in the 1960s—we would know them merely as someone who works behind a radio ...
Rai

Rai: When Art is (no longer) a Movement

by Agung Waskito This music was born in the middle of the Algerian people’s deterioration due to French colonialism (1841- 1962), which was followed by the rising & falling process in reaching ...
Electronic Music: Then, Now, and Later

Electronic Music: Then, Now, and Later

by Aryo Adhianto Translation by Ferdi Zebua As a music genre whose age has exceeded a century, electronic music of course have accumulated a warehouse of context regarding human civilization history and ...
Bambu Wukir

Bambu Wukir

Lessons in Music and Courage from the Streets by Aryo Adhianto & Agung Waskito Some time ago, on a noon quite brightly lit by Jakarta’s sun, we had a chance to chat ...