Selamat pagi orang-orang yang hormat,
I have recently returned from Java, Indonesia, conducting a Beat Tourism material gathering mission. And it has produced many musical treasures and surprises. Indonesia is an cultural diverse place where various types of music of all shapes and sizes is made for ceremonies and good times. It is a mix of multiculturalism where endemic cultures, eastern influence from the middle East, India and China collide with the west. All with a strong sense of connection to culture, language, place and family.
The excursion consisted of buying LPs on Jalan Surabaya, Jakarta mostly of 1970s Keroncong and 1960s Gogo music. Purchasing Sundanese pop, dangut and traditional music via tapes in Bogor markets plus Javanese ceremonial and wedding music in Yogyakarta. Field recordings were taken of street sounds, religious prayer and village soundscapes. Footage was captured on the trusty iphone using the 8mm app for future videos.
Over the next few months the data will be cut, dissected, rinsed and fused in my studio in North Perth in order to create another Beat Tourism project like Digerbodia and Sri Diger. Many rough sketches have been constructed already with various styles emerging.
The journey continues. Back to the lab.