The Jakarta Post
IN THE LOOP: Loop Studies by Duto Nugroho. (Courtesy of Duto Nugroho)Beneath the saccharine pop and poor man’s alternative rock that permeates the Indonesian music scene lies a subsection of artists whose minds stretch beyond the usual tried-and-tested music route, creating sound art that is intimidating and appealing.
Though the history of Indonesian experimental music is relatively young, there are a host of groups and musicians that, united-in-mindset, possess expansive sound and, while the artists themselves may scoff at the thought of a “scene”, there’s no denying the basic idea shared by all – to demolish any preconceived ideas about how music should sound. For all intents and purposes, these acts have been dubbed as “experimental”, “noise”, or “avant garde” artists – a blanket description of their output.
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