Not Your World Music – Interview with Cedrik Fermont

Cedrik Fermont is one of the two authors of Not Your World Music, a book, so says the blurb “about art, politics, identity, gender and global capitalism.”

And more specificly, you will find that the topics range “from academic electronic music to do-it-yourself noise in South East Asia.”

The authors write about “contemporary and past noise, electroacoustic, industrial, experimental music and sound art in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar/Burma, The Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam.

The book is structured around “political, historical and sociological essays, exclusive interviews with artists and organizers.”

It gives you “an extensive bibliography of popular music from South East Asia and a thorough discography of noise and experimental music artists.”

Cedrik was in the Radio ON studio and talked about the book. He listened to our critical remarks, entered into a discussion on noise as a nominator for an attitude or a community, but most of all he told us about his experiences while travelling in South East Asia.

You will hear stories about noise concerts in Vietnam and Indonesie, political obstructions, meetings with musicians and families in Cambodia, and all through the program, that originally was scheduled to last for one hour, life and touring in South East Asia became more palpable.

Cedrik manages to present a very colourfull picture of the region and pays full respect to everyone he encountered. His musical choices range from early -pioneering- electronic sound works to contemporary art-noise.


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