Seismographic Sounds – the Book

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The second Norient book «Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World» introduces you to a contemporary world of distinct music, sounds and music videos. Niche Music from Johannesburg to Helsinki, Jakarta to Los Angeles that speaks of a changing geography of multi-layered modernities, far beyond old ideas of North versus South, West versus East. Edited by Theresa Beyer, Thomas Burkhalter and Hannes Liechti. Deutsche Version hier.

Content | Introducing Video | Imprint | Press Quotes | Order | Screenshots | Partners & Funders | The «Seismographic Sounds» Exhibition

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The Content

Scholars, journalists, bloggers and musicians from Bolivia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Switzerland and forty-six other countries discuss artistic expressions that may not make big headlines yet, but anticipate major changes to come. Produced in oftentimes small studios from Jakarta to La Paz, Cape Town to Helsinki, these works experiment with the new possibilities of the Internet age and illuminate new spaces beyond the confines of commercialism, propaganda, and bigotry. They foresee a changing geography of multi-layered modernities, far beyond old ideas of North versus South, West versus East. Discover this through a collage of articles, interviews, quotations, photographs and lyrics.

Topics. music and money, music an loneliness, music and war, exotica, gender, sampling-culture, post-digital pop

Examples. Punk in Bolivia and Indonesia, Electronic Music in Egypt, Underground Pop from South Africa and Nigeria, Rap in Pakistan, Serbia, Chile and Ghana, Noise Music from Israel, Seapunk and Vaporwave from the US, Post Digital Pop from the UK, Neuer Konzeptualismus, and much more.

Articles by Aisha Deme, Jenny Mbaye, Wayne Marshall, Cande Sánchez Olmos, John Hutnyk, Thomas Burkhalter, Andy Bennett, Theresa Beyer, Sandeep Bhagwati, Hillegonda C. Rietveld, Ali Haider Habib, Arie Amaya-Akkermans, Martin Daughtry, Hannes Liechti, Derek Walmsley, Elijah Wald, C-drík Fermont, FrankJavCee, Florian Sievers, Percy Mabandu, Louise Gray, Nabeel Zuberi, Kimberly DaCosta Holton, Julio Mendívil, Oliver Seibt, Nana Darkoa Sekyiamah, Emma Dabiri, Jonathan Fischer, B Camminga, Sonja Eismann, Michael Rebhahn, Eduardo Navas, Adam Harper, and many more.

Table of Contents & Introduction. Download PDF here.

Introducing Video
Musik: Slugabed (UK) – from Norient Mixtape for the Norient Exhibition «Seismographic Sounds»

Spotify Playlist
Tracks from Seismographic Sounds

Imprint

Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World
Editors: Theresa Beyer, Thomas Burkhalter, Hannes Liechti
Publisher: Norient Books, Bern
Year: 2015 (CH) / 2016 (Worldwide)
Pages: 504
Edition: 1
ISBN: 978-3-9524496-0-8
Languages: English (75%), German (24%), French, Italian (1%)
Art Design: gut & schön, Annegreth Schärli

Release Dates Book Stores:
November 2015, Switzerland / January 2016, Germany / July 2016, UK / September 2016, US / October 2016, South Africa / November 2016, Asia / December 2016 Latin America // Distributor: HEROLD (International) / Buchzentrum (Switzerland) / Traficantes de Sueno (Spain)

The book will be exclusively available for pre-sale in May 2016 in the following stores and via distributors countrywide:

UK: Rough Trade, The Wire
Italy: Santeria Shop, Reverend’s Shop, C/o Care Of
Spain: Traficantes de Suenos, El Argonauta, La Central
+ Norient mailorder (worldwide) – see info below.

Press Quotes

«This is a remarkable book. It is brilliantly messy, complex and compelling, just like the diversity of global musical life it celebrates and interrogates in fact.» Tony Herrington, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, The Wire

«Seismographic Sounds ist damit ein unverzichtbares Kompendium für kosmopolitische Liebhaber von Popmusik zwischen Lokalem und Globalem, Mainstream und Underground, Techno-Avantgarde und Folklore, Politik und Kommerz.» Jörg Scheller, Süddeutsche Zeitung

«Seismographic Sounds is a condensed encyclopaedia on one side, and a fast documentary on the other, dishing up complexity in current music culture in a very enjoyable form.» Neural Magazine

«Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World» schöpft aus dem Vollen. Es ist eine funkelnde, krachende, krakeelende, da und dort irritierende, auch romantisch säuselnde, aber vor allem zum Nachdenken anregende Wundertüte von 250 Essays aus fünfzig Ländern.» Hanspeter Künzler, Sonntagszeitung

«Das Schweizer Netzwerk und Onlinemagazin Norient präsentiert mit »Seismographic Sounds – Visions of a New World« eine beeindruckende Enzyklopädie, die sich musikalischen und visuellen, aber auch gesellschaftspolitischen und kulturellen Trends internationaler Musikpropduktion widmet.» Sofian Philip Naceur, Junge Welt

«Vor allem das macht die beeindruckende Vielzahl an Beiträgen unmissverständlich deutlich: Popkultur kann nicht als ein vorrangig westliches Phänomen verstanden werden, das Einflüsse nichtwestlicher Kulturen lediglich unter kolonialistisch konnotierten Labels wie »World Music« oder »Exotika« zu integrieren vermag. Vielmehr ist »Seismographic Sounds« eine Aufforderung dazu, die gängigen Konzeptionen von Popkulturgeschichte aus geographischer Perspektive zu dekonstruieren.» Robert Henschel, Jungle World

More press quotes below
Detailed clipping report see here

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Press Quotes

Detailed clipping report see here

«Die alte neutrale Schweiz als Mikrokredit-Drehscheibe in der neuen musikalischen Weltordnung.» Kasper Surber, WoZ – Die Wochenzeitung

«Mit «Seismographic Sounds» wird insbesondere die Lust geweckt, sich auf Entdeckungsreise nach neuen Klängen und Eindrücken zu begeben.» Michael Gasser, Schweizer Musikzeitung SMZ

«Was Norients Arbeit vor Ohren und Augen führ: Abseits des Mainstrrams hört der unter westlichem Diktat angerührte globalisierte Einheitsbrei auf. Dort regiert eine wilde, emanzipierte Klang- und Bildvielfalt.» Stefan Franzen, Badische Zeitung

«Alles bunt und schrill hier, anregend fremd und oft schräg die Neugierde weckend.» Markus Ganz, Neue Zürcher Zeitung

«Wir müssen wegkommen von den Europäern, die erklären, wie es anderswo ist. Ein nigerianisches Musikstück sollte auch von einem Nigerianer kommentiert werden.» Kurator Thomas Burkhalter, in Badische Zeitung

«Die Trends der Zukunft dürften in Ländern wie China, Indien oder Südafrika gemacht werden. In zehn Jahren wird es normal sein, dass auch Künstler aus diesen Ländern bei uns an Festivals auftreten, ohne dass sie Weltmusik machen.» Kurator Thomas Burkhalter, in Aargauer Zeitung

Partners and Funders

ProHelvetia  Migros

 ErnstGohnerStiftung

StanleyThomasJohnson StiftungRadioKultur

 

Swisslos-Kt-Bern Kultur_StadtBern

 

Burgergemeinde
Jubiläumsstiftung Schweizerische Mobiliar

 


 
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Norient searches for new music, sounds and noises from around the planet. We discuss current issues critically, close to musicians and their networks. Through the Norient Online Magazine, the Norient Musikfilm Festival, Performances, books, documentary films and radio programs we hope to orient and disorient readers, listeners and spectators. Find out about strong, fragile and challenging artistic positions in today’s fast moving, globalized, digitized and urbanized world.

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