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ange on 06/27/2013 at 02:45AM

Bottlesmoker: Electronic Music Made with Custom Toy Instruments in Bandung, Indonesia

Bottlesmoker is Anggung Kuy Kay and Ryan Nobie Adzanian, an electronic pop duo from Bandung, Indonesia. When their local record labels didn't know how to charecterize their sound, they turned to the web and Creative Commons to share their music under the belief that "if there are 10 people who hate your music, there will be 100 people or more out there who love your music elsewhere." They were right.

Their unique indietronic instrumental sound is created with self-made instruments and circut bending. Their favorite sounds come from toy musical instruments such as glockenspiel, hand bell, melodica, and pretty much any toy that reminds you of toy phones, radio or Nintendo DS. Inspired by musicians such as Lullatone, Dan Deacon, and Tidy Kid, they describe their music as "a happy place where you do your daily activities" such as sleeping, riding, reading and making art.

Their music first came to us as part of an incredible Indonesian CC Music Compilation brought to us by our curator XEROXED. You can download their full album Hypnagogic here on the Free Music Archive, and check out their website and Soundcloud page for more catchy tunes you'll want to take with you everywhere.

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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

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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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