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woktherock on 12/13/2012 at 08:30AM

Zoo (Indonesia) Releases Long-Awaited Album "Prasasti"

Zoo "Prasasti" Boxset CD

ZOO is one of experimental rock retainers from Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In their earlier years, Zoo was playing noisy, fast, mathematical pattern a la Boredom, Melt Banana or Hella that can be found on their mini album "Kebun Binatang". In their first full album Trilogi Peradaban", Zoo began to combine textures of western experimental rock and the concept of Indonesian tribal music. This debut was released in limited number (100 copies) of Boxset consists of three CDs with a packaging made out of wood. This second album was also released to be downloaded for free in digital format by Yes No Wave Music and distributed on CD by Australian label Tenzemen and DualPlover.

After almost three year break, towards the end of 2012, Zoo comes back with a second full album called "Prasasti". This album contains 11 composed songs and 11 improvised songs. Here, Zoo ripens the concept that they started in "Trilogi Peradaban". The lyrics are using various traditional languages in Indonesia; Aceh, Bugis, Palembang, Dayak, Lombok, Kawi, Sulawesi Tengah, Banjar, and Minang. Not only that, Rully the vocalist/songwriter creates an alphabetical script called Zugrafi.

The packaging of "Prasasti" is made out of 1.7 kg granite, with the band name and album title carved on a stainless steel plate. Inside the packaging is also a sheet of recycled paper containing screen-printed lyrics and song credits. This packaging is only available for 200 copies, hand-numbered on the sleeve. The digital format was released for free download by Yes No Wave Music.

Zoo - "Manusia Baru" (06:10)
Zoo - "Manusia Baru" (06:10)
Zoo - "Plaba Umak" (01:30)
Zoo - "Plaba Umak" (01:30)
Zoo - "Pemuja Hari" (03:01)
Zoo - "Pemuja Hari" (03:01)
Zoo - "Tanah Ibu" (03:52)
Zoo - "Tanah Ibu" (03:52)
Zoo - "Suplemen 1" (00:53)
Zoo - "Suplemen 1" (00:53)
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woktherock on 11/09/2012 at 04:15PM

Creative Commons Indonesia is Launched!

Illustration by Creative Commons Indonesia

Finally after a long-waiting times, we have Creative Commons in Indonesia. As a netlabel owner who using Creative Commons to licensed the works, this is a very good news. Everytime I uploaded music on the Internet Archive or Free Music Archive, I have to choose the International domain. It is fine. But I always feel envious with anyone in the world who have their country listed in Creative Commons domain option. Also, I don't know any lawyer in Indonesia who aware about Creative Commons. So, I'm a bit nervous if I found out that there's a national television program or an illegal music sharing-site use one of my releases without any attribution to our artist.

The good news came in 2010 when I read on the Creative Commons' website that Indonesia is working to start a license in the country. And I was very happy when i met Ari Juliano —a lawyer, the guy who set up the license in 2010. After almost 4 years of work, the Creative Commons will be launched today, November 10th, 2012, in Jakarta, Indonesia at the Creative Commons Asia Pacific Conference.

The conference will be held from November 10th until the 11th at Grand Sahid Hotel in Jakarta. And I'm very glad to be asked to make a compilation featuring 15 Indonesian CC artists. This compilation featured tracks released by Indonesian netlabels including Yes No Wave Music, Soundrespect, Ear Alert Records, Hujan! Rekords, Megavoid, Kanal30 Netlabel, Tsfuela/Tsefuelha Records, Inmyroom Records and StoneAge Records. The compilation produced by Creative Commons Indonesia and Indonesian Netlabel Union is a give-away CD and free-downloaded files here in Free Music Archive. Enjoy and please share this good news with the world! 

 

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woktherock on 10/25/2012 at 02:45PM

Indonesian Netaudio Festival 1 - 2012

Design by Wok The Rock

Indonesian Netaudio Festival is an offline event hold by the Indonesian Netlabels Union. The festival involves all Indonesian netaudio agents, observers, and listeners in Indonesia. Besides being a social gathering among netlabels, artists and fans, the event will also involve offline file-sharing, selling merchandise for fund-raising, discussion, workshop, film screening, and live music performance by artists who release their albums through the Internet. This first festival will also mark Yes No Wave Music's fifth anniversary.

Indonesian Netlabel Union is a collective movement of Indonesian netlabels that aims to create a network among netlabels and to introduce the local netlabels to the public also to be a vessel in evaluating music discourses in the era of information technology. The early steps include releasing compilation album series simultaneously on 1 January 2011. Five active netlabels that took part in the compilation are Hujan! Rekords, Inmyroom Records, Mindblasting, Stone Age Records, and Yes No Wave Music. Indonesian Netlabel Union also opened an offline booth for sharing and merchandising at RRREC Fest #2 in Jakarta, 3–5 December 2011.

Date: 16-17 November 2012
Location: Yogyakarta, Indonesia
For further info and updates, visit: http://www.indonesiannetlabelunion.net


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woktherock on 06/23/2012 at 12:00PM

PUNKASILA: The Acronym Wars

PUNKASILA exhibition at Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia

PUNKASILA is an artist collective project formed by Danius Kesminas during his artist-in-residence at Yayasan Seni Cemeti (Indonesian Visual Art Archive) in Yogyakarta, PUNKASILA features seven young artists from Yogyakarta and Kesminas. PUNKASILA play custom-made, hand crafted mahogany guitars, built to simulate M-16’s, AK-47’s and other weapons. They wear camouflage-patterned hand-painted batik, tailored as military fatigues and play originals songs which highlight the multitude of acronyms and abbreviations that describe the full spectrum of Indonesian political, cultural and religious life.

In March 2007 Punksila present a concert (Permission to Fire) and CD launch plus an exhibition (Conspicuous Objects) at Kedai Kebun Forum in Yogyakarta. This followed by an exhibition at the Darren Knight Gallery, Sydney (April/May 2007).

The name, PUNKASILA, which literally means punk principles, derives from Pancasila, the five tenets devised for the unitary basis of Indonesian nationhood. While reading “The Politics of Indonesia” by Dr Damien Kingsbury, Kesminas found himself continually referring to the index of abbreviations and acronyms and it is this index that he chose as the basis for PUNKASILA’s “lyrics”. These acronyms became a set of abbreviated “songs” performed in a frenetic progressive-punk-rock idiom. The song titles are in fact the complete lyrics (with completed nomenclature echoed in Bahasa Indonesian).

Together with the band, Kesminas wrote 17 songs based on selected Indonesian acronyms and abbreviations. The genius of the pancasila as propaganda, condensed through its motto, “Unity in Diversity”, is to unify the wide ranging cultures of the Indonesian archipelago and to suggest that it is the five principles that they have shared in common since time immemorial. The concept that drives the Punkasila project is to distil the cacophony of disparate political, military, religious, cultural and bureaucratic organisations that constitute the Indonesian body politic to their abbreviated form of acronyms. It is hoped to make the songs both humorous and provocative in equal measure, in part by flattening out each organisations’ implied agendas, arbitrarily presenting them alongside rival, non-affiliated or completely disconnected groups. In addition, many of these acronyms have been popularly inverted using plesetan as a kind of subversive double-speak. This specifically Indonesian wordplay adds another layer of pathos and the ridiculous to PUNKASILA’s repertoire.

All the songs are original. The average length of each is about 1min 30sec with Kesminas singing the acronym repetitively and his co-vocalist Hahan howling its complete form in Bahasa Indonesian. Sometimes these roles are reversed. The song writing process is all the more interesting given the band members very limited English and Kesminas’ non-existent Indonesian. PUNKASILA’S first CD, “Acronym Wars” released in conjunction with the 2007 Yogyakarta & Sydney exhibitions/performances. To date PUNKASILA have played live shows in Semarang, Bandung and Yogyakarta and have been censored only once. PUNKASILA also performed at the 10th Biennale of Havana, Cuba in 2009.

TNI: Tentara Nasional Indonesia (Indonesian National Military), Tikyan Ning Idab-Idabi (Poor but Adorable)

PNU: Partai Nahdlatul Ummat (Islamic Community Awakening Party), Partai Nunut Udud (Party for Taking Cigarettes from your Friends)

TURBA: Turun ke Bawah*, Turuk Babi (Down to Earth*, Pig's Vagina) *This was a leftist ideology of the 1950's and 60's for the political and cultural mobilisation of the populous. It was later used by the Soeharto regime to spread New Order ideology to the villages.

KOPASSUS: Komando Pasukan Khusus (Special Force Command), Komando Pasukan Suka Susu (Milk Lovers' Force Command/Tit Lovers’ Force Command)

PKI: Partai Komunis Indonesia (Indonesia Communist Party), Penggemar Komik Indonesia (Indonesian Comic Fans), Penggemar Kaos Indonesia (Indonesian T-Shirt Fans), Partai Kaos Indonesia (Chaos Party of Indonesia)

RPKAD: Resimen Para Komando Angkatan Darat (Army Para-Commando Regiment Command), Rampung Kenthu Anake Duwekmu (We have Sex but the Child will be Yours)

In 2012, PUNKASILA writing and recorded their new album only in 2 days. This album “Crash Nation” telling the stories of disasters and its relation to the traditional myths and syncreticm based on the events in Indonesia. The “Crash Nation” will be released in June 2012 by Yes No Wave Music for free download.

 

PUNKASILA - "TNI" (01:25)
PUNKASILA - "TNI" (01:25)
PUNKASILA - "PNU" (01:34)
PUNKASILA - "PNU" (01:34)
PUNKASILA - "TURBA" (01:56)
PUNKASILA - "TURBA" (01:56)
PUNKASILA - "PKI" (01:19)
PUNKASILA - "PKI" (01:19)
PUNKASILA - "RPKAD" (01:44)
PUNKASILA - "RPKAD" (01:44)
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woktherock on 09/29/2011 at 02:11PM

Arrington de Dionyso's Malaikat dan Singa Indonesia Tour 2011

Arrington in Jogja

In September and October of 2011 Arrington de Dionyso will be making his first ever voyage to Indonesia, at the invitation of Yes No Klub -an experimental music collective from Yogyakarta. He will have several weeks’ residency in Yogyakarta where he will be teaching throat-singing workshops and creating murals while also collaborated with local musicians to create an entirely new version of Malaikat Dan Singa with Wukir Suryadi (Bambuwukir, Senyawa), Dani (Armada Racun), Ichan Sani (Armada Racun, Shoolinen) and other musicians from Indonesia. The tour will also featuring two finest contemporary artists: Senyawa and TerbujurKaku. Wukir Suryadi invite him to join his performance at four world music festivals, "Suara Mantra World Music Festival" in Mataram, Lombok island, "Space is Ours" in Denpasar, Bali island, "Bamboo World Music Festival" in Bandung, West Jave and a festival in Mount. Bromo, East Jave.

The journey with Malaikat Dan Singa started in Jakarta at SubStereo Oz Radio, "Jakarta Noise Fest #3" and at a fringe programme of "OK Video Festival"; then they will move forward to Bandung, Malang, Surabaya and the final performance will be held in Kedai Kebun Forum, Yogyakarta which also an exhibition of Arrington's drawings. He will also publish a book of whatever paintings are produced during my residency for publication in a small artist monograph edition. Some of these concerts will be documented by film maker Vincent Moon, famous for his work with A Take Away Show and La Blogoteque. This project supported by Yes No Wave MusicLanggeng Art Foundation, Common Room, Ruangrupa, Insomnium, WastedRockers, KUNCI Cultural Studies Center and Kedai Kebun Forum.


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woktherock on 05/31/2011 at 01:39AM

Senyawa Australian Odyssey

The Senyawa Australian Odyssey is a 3 city tour of Australia by Indonesian musicians Wukir Suryadi and Rully Shabara—focusing on performing at all the premiere experimental music events and with the heavy weights of the experimental music local and international.

The tour start in Brisbane with shows in collaboration with Andrew Mclennan, Yasukai Akai and Joel Stern. They will go on to perform in Sydney at GRUB with the well respected noise/glass eater Lucas Abela then onto Melbourne to form a trio with instrument maker Rod Cooper.

The highlight of the tour will be their performance at OVERGROUND 'a festival within a festival' at the Melbourne Jazz Fest collaborating and performing along side legends such as drone master Tony Conrad, Charlemagne Palestine, German Kraut rock band FAUST and also a possible collaboration between Rully and Japanese drummer and vocalist Tatsuya Yoshida (Ruins).

Senyawa were invited to tour Australia not only for their contemporary approach to traditional music styles but also for their unique ‘voice’ in the world of contemporary music today. A ‘voice’ that perfectly incorporates traditional Indonesian music styles and traditional instruments within a new and innovative framework.

BRISBANE
27 May The Mute Canary Project
29 May Bastard Theatre of Brisbane
1 June Spec Festival

SYDNEY
5 June GRUB with Lucas Abela
8 June Now Now Festival

MELBOURNE
10 June Stutter with Rod Rodney J Cooper
12 June OVERGROUND Festival as part of the Melbourne Jazz Festival 

Organiser: Kristi Monfries
Producer: Kate Ben Tovim
Supported by The Volcanic Winds Project, Australian Indonesia Institute and Asialink

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woktherock on 03/29/2011 at 11:00AM

Jogja Istimewa: A Compilation of Cutting-Edge Music From Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Installation by Kuswidananto Jompet

This compilation was initiated by Marzuki Mohammad of Jogja Hip Hop Foundation and Adi Adriandi of Kongsi Jahat Collective in May 2010 as an archival project of recent top-underrated Yogyakarta artists. It is curated by Wok The Rock (Yes No Wave Music), Ajie Wartono (Warta Jazz) and Anton Kurniawan (A&R of Warner Music Indonesia). The 10 artists selected to create new song for the compilation are Jogja Hip Hop Foundation, Serigala Malam, Frau, Zoo, Dubyouth, Armada Racun, Risky Summerbee & The Honeythiefs, Individual Life and DOM 65.

This album was planned to be release at Yogyakarta City 254th anniversary but then postponed due to the Mount Merapi eruption. The album was released on November 19th, 2010. Three tracks I uploaded here are from Ki Jarot (Jogja Hip Hop Foundation), Zoo and DOM 65. Jogja Hip Hop Foundation is a hip hop community who infiltrate hip hop with javanese language and traditional music. For this compilation, Zoo collaborate with Wukir to record one of their future material turning their previous noisy sound to be more clean and complex. DOM 65 is the first streetpunk band in Indonesia who are transcending their punk root toward progressive/psychedelic rock.

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woktherock on 01/08/2011 at 01:33PM

Indonesian Netlabel Union

Original image by digitalkitie

Indonesian Netlabel Union conduct collective action to widely introduce the existence of Indonesian netlabels. The first step begins with a series of compilation albums released simultaneously on January 1st, 2011. The participants are five active netlabels including Hujan! Rekords, Inmyroom Records, StoneAge Records, Mindblasting and Yes No Wave Music. The materials in these compilations are songs taken from singles or albums which released for free and legal through netlabel, webzine, official website, and free-hosting website.  

The netlabel phenomenon in Indonesia started widely by Yes No Wave Music in 2007. However, its existence is traceable marked by Tsefula/Tsefuelha Records in 2004 as a self-released label for indie-rock band Shorthand Phonetics. At the beginning of its presence, Tsefula/Tsefuelha Records created by the Ababil Ashari in Canada before returning to Indonesia in 2006. Then in 2008 to 2010, several other netlabel had appeared from various cities in Indonesia such as Invasi Records, Reload Your Stereo, Stone Well Sounds Records, Inmyroom Records, Hujan! Rekords, Mindblasting and StoneAge Records. The popularity of these netlabels is supported by articles about Yes No Wave Music in many mainstream media, and in a book entitled "Music Biz: A Smart Survival Guide in the Music Business Jungle", written by Wendi Putranto and published by Rolling Stone Magazine Indonesia.  

As a country that has a high level of music piracy, file-sharing method which implemented by the netlabel, have helped to decrease the practice of piracy. One example is Frau's mini album entitled "Starlit Carousel" released for free by Yes No Wave Music and then the physical version, in CD format, with the same song material released by Cakrawala Records in the box with a unique and affordable prices. In 3 months, the album had been downloaded 3,000 times and CD version sold over 1000 copies (the sales are good enough for a newcomer artist and without the promotion support in the media). This has proved that album which is distributed for free does not always reduce the sales value of its physical version, and until recently (6 months) has not found a pirated version of the CD. For that, a network representing netlabels which aims to socialize to a wider audience is needed. After releasing a collective compilation album, Indonesian Netlabel Union would organize some other action such as festival.

Happy New Year 2011!

   

   

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woktherock on 12/03/2010 at 08:58PM

Twenty Ten

Taken from Wok The Rock's LIE Project

2010 is a good-looking number despite it is the first decade of the 21st century. We also have a very good date, 10 / 10 / 10 (October 10th, 2010) where people try to make it as their special day. Also by this year, Indonesia had a big, striking pornography issue. The man on the cover art is Ariel, he is a famous musician from Indonesia. His two private-cellphone videos which he make-love with 2 other celebrities has been uploaded on the net. He tells everyone that the man on the video is not him.  Anyway, this mix feature a few tracks I like on FMA, and I just realized that I don't listen to many songs than in 2009. As this year is the first decade of the century, I think it would be much interesting to make a mix of entire FMA's archives rather than just top ten of year 2010. However, let's end this year with some noises!

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woktherock on 10/06/2010 at 10:45AM

New Young Tribe of Indonesia

Indonesia as an archipaelago country has a lots of traditional musics ranging from the wild-hard tempo, rhythmic-yet-trance to slowest-ambience tone of sound. There are some contemporary musicians who develop this music to the new form, a fusion. But usually they're come from people who has traditional art background or music academy education. But it's very rare for young people who grew up listening to popular music like pop, rock, or electronic to get into traditional music. It looks so old-fashion and not cool. So, it's very surprising if they play this un-trendy music and yet infuse it with the anger of punk attitude.

Rully Shabara is a frontman and vocalist of Zoo, a math-rock/experimental band based in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. In Zoo's latest trilogy album he develop the music direction with traditional music approach by using javanesse language and traditional instrument but still in the vein of punk music. Meanwhile, Wukir Suryadi devoted his life into traditional music even in his teen he also listening to rock and heavy metal (musical genre that very popular in Indonesia back in the '80s). He is best known when he create his own instrument named Bambuwukir by himself. This self-made instrument constructed from bamboo, reminds of the Sasando from Rote, an island part of the East Nusa Tenggara province of the Lesser Sunda Islands. A couple of distinct differences though between Wukir and Sasando music. Firstly, besides plucking the strings on the circular harp, he also bows the strings.

They were met when Wukir played at Yes No Klub gig -a monthly event organized by Yes No Wave Music and Performance Klub in Yogyakarta. Both were found the same interest and strong chemistry, then they start to rehearse a few times and think forward to record their works. The result is a 6 piece of powerful contemporary tribal songs entitled Senyawa and released it for free download at Yes No Wave Music, a netlabel from Indonesia. Different from Zoo, this collaboration more into traditional music feel. Since then, Wukir now join in Zoo and the band begin to write the new album for next year. It will bring the traditional music to young popular music scene in Indonesia and so the rest of the world. Enjoy.

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