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Performance: Out of the Absurdity of Life

Audio-visual Stories around subcultural and experimental music in Africa, Asia, and Switzerland today. Thomas Burkhalter, founder of Norient.com - Network for Local and Global Sounds and Media Culture - mixes music, video-clips and quotes from his physical and virtual fieldtrips. - In two formats: Performance or Sound-Lecture.

Lecture @ My Sound of Music Festival, Salzburg (Photo Lorenz Migsch)

Burkhalter discusses what he calls «World Music 2.0»: Musicians from Beijing to Tijuana, from Istanbul to Johannesburg, mix and manipulate local and global sounds and ideas within their music. They network with artists and multipliers (e.g., curators, producers, journalist, and scholars) worldwide and experiment with new ways of producing, distributing, and selling music. Style-wise, the sample is broad: commercially successful styles of pop music like reggaeton and kwaito, and electronic music styles like kuduro, tecno brega, baile funk, mahragan (electro sha’abi), shangaan electro, or cumbia electronica form the popular end of the spectrum. The experimental end offers African, Asian, and Latin American musique concrète, free improvisation, noise music, and sound art.


> 06.12.2014, Post Digital Cultures [1], Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne
> 16.07.2014, Eine Welt Haus, München [2]
> 15.07.2014, Mediendesign, Ravensburg [3]
> 26.06.2014, Noises Festival, Noises Festival, Koblenz [4]
> 12.06.2014, Aga Khan University, Karachi (Pakistan) [5]
> 28.01.2014, Palace, St. Gallen
> 03.12.2013, Völkerkundemuseum, Zurich
> 26.11.2013, Favorit Bar, Munich
> 13.09.2013, My Sound of Music Festival, Salzburg
> 06.09.2013, Berlin Music Week, Berlin
> 06.04.2013, Cully Jazz Off Festival, Cully
> 09.03.2013, 100Copies Space, Kairo


Performance or Sound-Lecture, 30 to 60 minutes, in English or German language.

Perfomance @ 100Copies Space, Cairo.