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Jakarta Post

Album Review: ‘Aroma Kahayan’ by Theo Nugraha and Arrington de Dionyso

  • Marcel Thee

  /   Fri, January 26 2018   /  12:40 am

Recorded in 2015, the collaborative album from Kalimantan noise musician Theo Nugraha and American experimentalist Arrington de Dionyso only found release late last year. It can now be bought on Dionyso’s Bandcamp page for a “pay-what-you-want” price.Considering the musicians involved in it, it comes as no surprise that the record sounds as expansive and eclectic as it does. A one-track, 30 minutes-plus odyssey of sounds, Aroma Kahayan conjures up everything from dissonant drones to pulsating electronics — ebbing and flowing with unpredictable dynamics. Just when things start to feel comfortable, Nugraha and Dionyso pick it up again with another deconstruction of sound. At times, its magic comes from not being able to tell the “real” instruments apart from the electronics.The record was recorded in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan, in 2015, while Dionyso was touring Indonesia...