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Sound of X: Exploring different cities through sounds, videos

  • Adityastha Rai Wratsangka

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Fri, July 3 2020   /  01:00 am
Urban reimagination: Sound of X was initiated by Goethe-Institut as an international project with a focus on Southeast Asia before the coronavirus crisis struck.(Courtesy of Groupe Dejour/-)

Using sounds and acoustics as the basis for their urban reimaginations, artists and musicians explore their sonic environment to propose a unique way to reconnect with cities and spaces at the time of the pandemic, which has forced people all over the world into isolation. The explorations were conducted as part of Sound of X, an international digital project initiated by Goethe-Institut that showcases video soundscapes. For the project, artists and musicians from cities across Southeast Asia, Australia and New Zealand examine the ignored soundtrack of a city and how the musicality of everyday life reveals its characteristic social fabric. “People who grew up in different cities have sounds that act as a background [soundtrack] to our daily activities; the sounds that end up being dear to us,” said sound engineer Rani Fitriana Jambak, one of the creators of a video h...