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Dr. Thomas Burkhalter is an ethnomusicologist, music journalist, and cultural producer from Switzerland. The founder and director of Norient, he published the book Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut (Routledge) and co-edited The Arab Avant-Garde: Music, Politics, Modernity (Wesleyan University Press), Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World (Norient) and Out of the Absurdity of Life – Globale Musik (Norient/Traversion). He works as a researcher and project leader at the University of Basel and the University of Arts Bern (HKB), financed by the Swiss National Foundation (SNF). As the director of the Norient Musikfilm Festival, a documentary filmmaker and audio-visual performer, he places emphasis on transdisciplinary approaches between theory and practice.

See CV, publications, films and projects: Here

Dejot is Artist and Producer of Filewile since 2003, has done countless Remixes (Nicolette, True, Bass Sekolah, Lunik, Mike Ladd, Bonaparte, The Tape vs RQM, Pressure Drop, Sneaky, Dawn Penn etc..) and worked as a composer on film scores and soundtracks for award winning movies like Das Fräulein, Slumming, On The Line, Der Kameramörder, Songs Of Love And Hate.
He is co-owner of Mouthwatering Records. Dejot lives and works in Bern Switzerland.

Born and raised in St.Gallen, Bit-Tuner works and lives in Zürich today. He’s been producing electronic music with computers, mpcs, synthesizers, bass guitars and a fleet of analogue effect gear. He has a fondness for samples from old records, movies and has also been discovering field recording. Bit-Tuner works with heavy beats, blown up bass sounds, gloomy athmospheres, acid-driven melodies and uproaring soundscapes. His musical field of expression reaches from Experimental Hip-Hop to Electronica, from Bass Music to Noise, Theatre Productions, Fashion Shows and Shortfilm Soundtracks.

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One response to “South African Gqom Pushes Limits”

  1. […] Gqom from Durban is being added to our Norient playlists for quite a while now. On our recent South African tour we finally met some of the producers of this deep and dark electronic music in different townships around Durban. We interviewed them, and edited, mixed and manipulated their voices and music. Third take of our gqom edits: Dominowe. We met him at his house in Newlands East, Durban. Co-produced by Thomas Burkhalter, Bit-Tuner and Dejot. See older Gqom edits: Citizen Boy and Menchess. […]