Nusasonic – Crossing Aural Geographies

Network Project

Nusasonic is a multi-year project establishing dialogue between sound cultures in Southeast Asia and Europe. The initiative will incorporate formats such as artistic labs, commissioned works, concerts, festivals, lectures, and more.

The initiative takes its title from “Nusantara,” an ancient Javanese term that is now used to refer to connections between Southeast Asian countries. Nusasonic's first edition took place in Yogyakarta, Indonesia, and played host to new artist pairings, a hacklab, and a sonic wilderness workshop. The programme, which featured artists such as AGF, Gabber Modus Operandi, Jessica Ekomane, and more, marked the start of an exciting cultural dialogue that will continue for years to come.

In January/February 2019, Nusasonic continued through a large presence of South East Asian artists at CTM 2019 Festival in Berlin. Several artists and projects that had performed within the inaugural festival in Yogyakarta, as well as new collaborators, performed in venues such as Berghain, HAU Hebbel am Ufer, and Festsaal. The MusicMakers Hacklab was also led by the same co-hosts as in the inaugural Yogyakarta event.

Several Nusasonic-supported residencies will take place in summer and winter 2019 in Yogyakarta and Singapore, while a larger presence is planned for the 10th anniversary edition of WSK Festival for the Recently Possible in Manila, The Philippines, in October 2019.

Through its ongoing activities, Nusasonic will explore how contemporary sound practices enable connections and dialogues within the Southeast Asian region and with Europe. It aims to pay critical attention to local contexts and ongoing global asymmetries. 

Adopting a multi-perspective approach, the project is collaboratively created by Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta), WSK Festival of the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore), and CTM Festival for Adventurous Music & Art (Berlin).

Related Events

Nusasonic – Crossing Aural Geographies

Yogyakarga, ID, Tue 02.10.2018, 12:00

Artistic Lab & Festival with AGF, Caliph8, Cheryl Ong, Fauxe, Gabber Modus Operandi, Jessica Ekomane, Sote, Uwalmassa ...

CTM 2019 Opening Concert

HAU1, Sat 26.01.2019, 19:00

Rabih Beaini & Tarawangsawelas, Linn da Quebrada

MusicMakers Hacklab: Input II

STATE Studio, Mon 28.01.2019, 17:00

Andreas Siagian & Lintang Radittya

As If We Were Seen

Berghain, Tue 29.01.2019, 21:00

Schtum, John Bence, Croatian Amor, Zoo

Resonances and Fractures in Nusantara

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Wed 30.01.2019, 16:00

Cheryl Ong, Kok Siew-Wai, Pisitakun, Rully Shabara. Moderated by Wok the Rock and Tengal.

Bising: Noise & Experimental Music in Indonesia

Kunstquartier Studio 1, Wed 30.01.2019, 17:30

Adythia Utama, Riar Rizaldi

As If We Were Heard

Berghain, Wed 30.01.2019, 21:00

Tim Tetzner, Caliph8 & Nonplus, 700 Bliss, Cocaine Piss

As If We Were Hopeful

HAU2, Thu 31.01.2019, 19:30

Nguyễn + Transitory, Dasha Rush, Valentin Tszin, Stanislav Glazov

As If We Were Free

Berghain, Thu 31.01.2019, 21:00

Nonplus, Eartheater, Gazelle Twin, Lotic, Prison Religion, Miss Djax, REKA

As If We Could Agree

Berghain Säule, Thu 31.01.2019, 22:00

Zanias, Rambo, Nguyen Hong Giang, C-drík, Lintang Radittya, Andreas Siagian & Peter Kirn, Sodadosa, AJA

As If We Could Feel

HAU2, Fri 01.02.2019, 19:00

Sarana, Jerusalem In My Heart

As If We Were Strong

Festsaal Kreuzberg, Fri 01.02.2019, 19:30

Lightning Bolt, Setabuhan

As If We Had Power

Berghain, Fri 01.02.2019, 22:00

Opium Hum, Gabber Modus Operandi, MCZO & Duke, Sote, Casual Gabberz, Putas Vampiras, Sentimental Rave, DJ AZF


HAU2, Sat 02.02.2019, 19:00

Andrea Neumann, Bhakti Prasetyo, Cheryl Ong, Kok Siew Wai, Marta Zapparoli, Raed Yassin, Ramberto Agozalie, Rully Shabara, Sabine Ercklentz, Yuen Chee Wai

As If We Could Live On

SchwuZ III, Sat 02.02.2019, 23:00

dj. flugvél og geimskip, Pisitakun, Vanligt Folk, DJ Marcelle

MusicMakers Hacklab – Adaptation

HAU2, Sun 03.02.2019, 16:00

Performances by Hacklab participants

As If There Were No Ifs

Paloma, Sun 03.02.2019, 23:00

Kasimyn,  ĀBNAMĀ,  Yves Tumor DJ,  DJ TVDiSKO,  xin,  Boo Lean