BorderMovement

BorderMovement www.bordermovement.com merging music from south asia and germany. Disclaimer: http://www.bordermovement.com/disclaimer/ www.bordermovement.com is a platform that aims to encourage interaction between the electronic music scenes of South Asia and Germany.

Based in Berlin, we hope to raise awareness by providing content and discourse on artists, labels, trends, developments, clubs, festivals, house parties, free parties, jam sessions, happenings, exhibitions, installations, screenings,concerts, demonstrations/protests, releases, projects, players, promotors, creators, movers, shakers and innovators in both regions. With support from the Goethe Insti

Based in Berlin, we hope to raise awareness by providing content and discourse on artists, labels, trends, developments, clubs, festivals, house parties, free parties, jam sessions, happenings, exhibitions, installations, screenings,concerts, demonstrations/protests, releases, projects, players, promotors, creators, movers, shakers and innovators in both regions. With support from the Goethe Insti

An in-depth account of Sri Lanka's alternative nightlife over the last decade featuring some great insight from key indi...
08/12/2020
The Evolution Of Sri Lanka’s Alternative Nightlife

An in-depth account of Sri Lanka's alternative nightlife over the last decade featuring some great insight from key individuals: “I think a lot of our initial energy as movers and shakers was spent fighting the general hierarchical systems here of club owners and ‘star’ DJs that have done less for music and more for their own egos.”

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Image courtesy of Booka Booka

Image courtesy of Booka Booka In 2018, popular British-Norwegian EDM artist Alan Walker graced Sri Lanka for a performance. The country’s foremost alternative electronic music label Jambutek Recordings went to Berlin for a showcase. Burgeoning homegrown band The Soul crowdfunded their way to a tou...

"Dhaka’s music community has undergone a rapid evolution and, as we enter a new decade filled with a new set of socio-ec...
24/11/2020
Staying The Path: How Bangladesh’s Music Scene is Evolving with the Help of Dedicated Grassroots Movements

"Dhaka’s music community has undergone a rapid evolution and, as we enter a new decade filled with a new set of socio-economic, political and cultural challenges, what obstacles must Dhaka’s independent scene overcome and how are they planning on doing it? What kind of sonic aesthetic will come to define this city post-COVID?"

A fantastic read from Uday Kapur exploring the current state of the music industry in. Bangladesh…

Image of Embers In Snow by Siam

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Image of Embers In Snow by Siam If you’re looking for an institution that can help you trace the evolution of Dhaka’s independent music scene, look no further than Rainbow. Founded in 1982 by Abdul Kabir Murad, the small store served as a space for young musicians and fans to access catalogues o...

Check out this great resource compiling all the workshops from the Electronic Music Journalism editorial residency led b...
16/11/2020
Global GROOVE: Electronic Music Journalism - How to Watch the Workshops - Groove

Check out this great resource compiling all the workshops from the Electronic Music Journalism editorial residency led by GROOVE-Magazin and Goethe-Institut. There are sessions on everything from 'How to Write A Pitch and Get Your Story Published' to videos on 'Conflicts Of Interest and Criticism' and 'Boundaries and Ethics in Music Journalism'.

https://groove.de/2020/08/12/global-groove-electronic-music-journalism-how-to-watch-the-workshops/

You will be able to stream the Global GROOVE workshop programme in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut live on YouTube. Here's how.

Interesting read from writer Amaan who participated in the GROOVE-Magazin and Goethe-Institut editorial residency earlie...
13/11/2020
Cream crowd-only: Why inclusivity in Indian Nightlife is turned away at the door

Interesting read from writer Amaan who participated in the GROOVE-Magazin and Goethe-Institut editorial residency earlier this year...

“Who gets in and who doesn’t?” is a quandary found at the doors of nightclubs around the world. In India, that separation is often meted out based on appearance and through the misuse of policies like “no stag”, to turn lower-class ravers away at the door in favour of higher-paying clientele. Amaan Khan probes into the factors motivating this segregation and what it might take to bring these barriers of entry down.

“Who gets in and who doesn’t?”: Amaan Khan probes into the factors motivating segregation at the doors of India's nightclubs and what it might take to bring these barriers of entry down.

“Given the loosely defined and unorganised nature of the industry—which is more a collection of clusters and movements, ...
07/10/2020
The Evolving Role Of Labels In South Asia

“Given the loosely defined and unorganised nature of the industry—which is more a collection of clusters and movements, rather than a consolidated entity—groups tend to take traditional industry roles and adapt and reimagine them in this space. To develop a sort of fundamental ethos and take it from there, rather than merely recreating western modes.”

Akhil Sood interviews a number of people across the region to explore the evolving role that labels play in the independent, non-film music communities.

"Ghose, an economist by training, says: “I had a thought that, inherently, the music industry is unsustainable. We can see now — it’s an example of how precarious the whole thing is. When it works, it works. But when it doesn’t, it just falls apart. As ever, there’s a push-pull between art and commerce, but it’s comforting to know that, as the music industry in the subcontinent comes into its own and expands, there are enough voices out there with integrity and love for music.”"

http://www.bordermovement.com/the-evolving-role-of-labels-in-south-asia/

Image credit: Malaka MP

w/ REProduce Artists Jambutek Recordings Azadi Records Consolidate Forever South Music

Image of Sunara playing at Pettah Interchange in Colombo. Image credit Malaka MP Old-timey incarnations of record labels — glitz, glamour, big money and big exploitation — are great to watch in movies, but their relevance has diminished over the past two decades. The music industry, internationa...

Akshatha Shetty in conversation with Perera Elsewhere about her relationship with music and creativity and the intersect...
22/06/2020

Akshatha Shetty in conversation with Perera Elsewhere about her relationship with music and creativity and the intersection of culture and identity prevalent in her work...

"Perera unknowingly explores the reconfiguration of the relationship between culture and identity with ‘Thrill’; a beautiful coincidence that manifested into digital-art for the EP featuring an old photograph of young Perera. “I was the only brown girl amongst seven white girls. I had won silver in the gymnastic competition held at school. The photographer placed me in the centre since I didn’t fit in anywhere else.”"

Image credit: Andrew Charles Edman

http://www.bordermovement.com/we-intrinsically-glamourise-the-past-in-order-to-heal-an-interview-with-perera-elsewhere/

Tejaswi Subramanian in conversation with Tejas Nair about  SPRYK, his early experiments with tech and installation art p...
10/06/2020

Tejaswi Subramanian in conversation with Tejas Nair about SPRYK, his early experiments with tech and installation art playing with sound frequencies and water all the way through to APEX, the dazzlingly immersive audio visual experience at Magnetic Fields Festival.

“Through SPRYK, I was applying all my learning in the digital and commercial world to building projects that I could only dream of, and finding ways to do it without a ridiculous amount of money to build a tech experience around it. It was a sweet spot for how I can present my music in interesting ways,”

Credit: Magnetic Fields Festival / image by RC Photography

http://www.bordermovement.com/apex-tejas-nairs-quest-for-the-ultimate-music-festival-experience/

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Ruhail Qaisar interviewed Sri Lanka based Genocide Shrines vocalist C-Trident who breaks down some of the releases under...
25/05/2020
C- Trident: Raavan Kommand & Sri-Lankan Power-Electronics

Ruhail Qaisar interviewed Sri Lanka based Genocide Shrines vocalist C-Trident who breaks down some of the releases under his noise label Raavan Kommand / HDAP Operations …

“The releases feature a hybrid of local themes and sounds incorporating syncretic offshoots of harsh noise walls layered with audio from military marches, historical speeches, with either political, apolitical or metapolitical lyrics and imagery related to war and organized violence.”

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Image credit: Royville Media Fantasizing about a noise that could bludgeon an audience into submission, William Bennett from the band Whitehouse coined the term ‘power-electronics’ in the early 80s. The genre draws on static, screeching waves of feedback, analog synthesizers, warping sub-bass pu...

A glimpse into Pulpy Shilpy’s residency in Berlin. Image Credits: Pulpy Shilpy
07/04/2020

A glimpse into Pulpy Shilpy’s residency in Berlin. Image Credits: Pulpy Shilpy

A glimpse into Pulpy Shilpy’s residency in Berlin. Image Credits: Pulpy Shilpy

A glimpse into Manuel Jesus's residency in India. Images courtesy of Manuel Jesus
31/03/2020

A glimpse into Manuel Jesus's residency in India. Images courtesy of Manuel Jesus

A glimpse into Manuel Jesus's residency in India. Images courtesy of Manuel Jesus

“I had the idea that when I go there, I’ll walk into a large network of people and tap into. But it’s actually very diff...
17/03/2020

“I had the idea that when I go there, I’ll walk into a large network of people and tap into. But it’s actually very difficult; it’s a very insulated community. [...] There were all these parties happening, but there’d be lines of 300 people waiting outside. I wasn’t used to that."

Akhil Sood interviews Orbs Cure Labs founder and artist/producer Pulpy Shilpy about her experience in Berlin as part of the 2 month Border Movement Residency program.

Image: Still of BMR film by Petra Hermanova

w/ Musicboard Berlin Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi Ableton Wild City Goethe-Institut

http://www.bordermovement.com/pulpy-shilpy-electronic-music-the-rebirth-of-hope/

"Not only did the artistes forge a strong bond with one other but the sculptural heft of their musicality crafted a soun...
11/03/2020

"Not only did the artistes forge a strong bond with one other but the sculptural heft of their musicality crafted a sound that both honoured their individuality and resonated with moments of familiarity. A journey that once began with strangers, isolated melodies and fragmented spaces bore witness to poignant moments when barriers and boundaries dissipated in their midst."

Akshatha Shetty shares a beautiful account of the Fieldlines residency project that took place in the run up to Magnetic Fields Festival. The project was realised with a grant from the Goethe-Institut's International Coproduction Fund.

http://www.bordermovement.com/creating-social-spaces-that-celebrate-honour-togetherness-fieldlines/

Image credit – Avirat Sundra

W/ Gebrüder Teichmann Noland Goethe-Institut / Max Mueller Bhavan New Delhi Alsisar Hotels

Nafis writes about 10 producers and artists based in Bangladesh to check out... "This era has just started to embrace ar...
19/02/2020
Ten Producers & Artists From Bangladesh To Watch Out For

Nafis writes about 10 producers and artists based in Bangladesh to check out...

"This era has just started to embrace artists who are bold and experimental, pushing the limits of lyrical expression and localising sounds."

Image: Siaminium – Courtesy of Rishova Hayat

w/ লীলা ।। Leela EIDA C3ll Project DHAKA Minimal. NAOHA Taraga Siaminium Chitropot Goethe-Institut Bangladesh

Siaminium - Image Courtesy of Rishova Hayat The last few years in Bangladesh have seen rapid economic success; the cost of which seems to drown under the voices of the people and the many problems on the ground; however artists continue to take a stance and speak through the language of music. We ha...

"When a listening session can be based on various genres, technologies, and sensibilities, it helps us to remove ourselv...
10/02/2020
The Strange World of Audio Engineering in Dhaka – Part 2

"When a listening session can be based on various genres, technologies, and sensibilities, it helps us to remove ourselves from imitating electronica and dance cultures that remain largely irrelevant and have previously failed to enable the growth of the electronica scene here."

Writer Maliha Mohsin explores the spaces and infrastructure of the music community in Dhaka "with the hope of understanding why we have continually, over time, failed to establish an adequate music industry for musicians to practise and thrive."

Image: taraga - Naked Music in the Concealed City – 28 June 2019, performance at 3rd Space / Photo: 3rd Space

Image: Karkhana Collective meet at Studio 6/6 Image Credit: Siam I ended the first part of this article with a few essential questions that shift our attention from training to the practice of audio engineers and music producers, neither of which can be understood in isolation of each other. To answ...

"As someone who is invested in facilitating sonic arts and is interested in exploring how communities engage with sound,...
17/01/2020
The Strange World Of Audio Engineering In Dhaka – Part 1

"As someone who is invested in facilitating sonic arts and is interested in exploring how communities engage with sound, I want to explore various factors that work together to create scopes for audio engineering in this city."

Over the next two articles, writer Maliha Mohsin explores the music community of Dhaka through the lens of audio engineering, training and opportunities.

Image: Box III performs freestyle over beats by Space/Ghost – Ghurni: beats/verses, at Jatra Biroti / Image Credit: Siam

Image: Box III performs freestyle over beats by Space/Ghost - Ghurni: beats/verses, at Jatra Biroti / Image Credit: Siam It’s a strange scenario, really. It is important to position this article in the current climate of arts, new media, and technology in the country if we are to critically explor...

“Ragas are embedded in opinions -- in what rhythm, at what tempo and with which words -- on how to play them. It has its...
12/12/2019
I Want To Be Able To Hold Sound, Throw It Around, Play With The Invisible & Make It Tangible: Arushi Jain

“Ragas are embedded in opinions -- in what rhythm, at what tempo and with which words -- on how to play them. It has its own scale, its own set of allowed and forbidden notes, of accidentals and note clusters. Each raga comes with its own emotional cocoon in which I sit and absorb the sentiment before starting to sing and create. I rely on this heavily to help control my own emotional spectrum. I truly believe I’ve discovered an art form that I will be working with for the rest of my life.”

Akshatha Shetty in conversation with sound synthesist, singer and producer Ose.

Image curtsey of the artist.

Image: Ose opening for Suzanne Ciani - image curtesy of the artist “I compose in ragas. In the simplest form, a raga is a compositional philosophy with a certain set of rules within which one could improvise,” explains Arushi Jain , sound synthesist, singer, producer and academician who is also ...

Earlier this year, Dhaka based producer, artist and curator Nafis aka The Black Box, spent 2 months in Berlin as part of...
28/11/2019
REFLECTIONS: BMR BERLIN #10 WITH THE BLACK BOX PROJECT

Earlier this year, Dhaka based producer, artist and curator Nafis aka The Black Box, spent 2 months in Berlin as part of the Border Movement Residency Program.

Check out this short video filmed and produced by Petra Hermanová that embodies the passage of transition for the artist…

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Image credit: Still from film about The Black Box Project created by Petra Hermanova The tenth Berlin based Border Movement residency saw Dhaka based producer, artist and curator Nafis aka The Black Box Project get selected to spend 2 months in Berlin. Check out the video below for a glimpse into Th...

"I think music creates safe spaces outside the ‘norm’ where people can be themselves and think freely. For music values ...
15/11/2019
Manuel Jesus: I Want To Make Music That’s Alive, That Contains Emotions

"I think music creates safe spaces outside the ‘norm’ where people can be themselves and think freely. For music values individuality more than conformism."

Akshatha Shetty interviews Berlin based artist Manuel Jesus who is currently in India as part of the Border Movement Residency South Asia program.

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Image Credit - Cloat Gerold “I think music creates safe spaces outside the ‘norm’ where people can be themselves and think freely. For music values individuality more than conformism. Art and music bring people from all walks of life together. In my opinion, art is leading everything farther t...

Akhil Sood in conversation with Shoumik Biswas about his latest release, his very well received theatrical tour and his ...
21/10/2019
Disco Puppet, The Complications Of Human Interactions, & A Murder

Akhil Sood in conversation with Shoumik Biswas about his latest release, his very well received theatrical tour and his uncertainty about politically inclined art...

‘Aranyer Dinratri’ is a documentation of [Disco Puppet's] journey, from uncertainty to a place of acceptance and positivity. “The narrative is: I have no f*ing idea what’s happening right now. I was so out of inspiration then. Make music, go to work, come back, sleep, get up, make music. I didn’t notice at the time but my cycle had completely wiped me out.” As he continued to work on the songs, he felt more secure, more confident. “At the end of it, I was like, ‘I actually know how to do this!’ It became clearer to me.”

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Image credit: Ali Bharmal

Image credit: Ali Bharmal Is Shoumik Biswas growing old? He’s definitely growing up, if his new Disco Puppet album, ‘Aranyer Dinratri’, is anything to go by. Disco Puppet’s past works have been defined by unpredictability, perhaps even a kind of designed recklessness. In his own words, his s...

Akshatha Shetty in conversation with Dhaka based musician and artist Nafis about politics and arts in Bangladesh, making...
20/09/2019
Art Can Inspire Us To Create A Movement: Nafis Ahmed

Akshatha Shetty in conversation with Dhaka based musician and artist Nafis about politics and arts in Bangladesh, making music and his plans and intention behind his new moniker LiveCube...

"I am optimising all my learning within a large framework. One may define it as an arts project, a live production company, a live installation or an artist/character. It definitely is a conjunction between many of these functions. I intend to create conceptual shows fusing artistic components such as audio, visuals, lights, motion and space with technology and branding to support it along the way. I see the mind as a universe in itself, and LiveCube is nothing but a representation of that."

LiveCube is currently in Berlin as part of the 2019 BMR program and will be performing a live set at NEBULÆ – THE 5TH EDITION - more info here: https://m.facebook.com/events/586098815251314

Image credit: Nafis

w/ Goethe-Institut Bangladesh Musicboard Berlin Wild City Ableton Nebulæ

Image credit: Nafis Ahmed, LiveCube “Here, in this land of equality, black and white are not buried in separate graveyards; nor do black and white pray in separate rooms and churches. There are no conflicting religions, no cacophony of conflicting scriptures. The priest and the padre, the mullah a...

A glimpse into LiveCube’s residency in Berlin. Image Credits: Nafis
10/09/2019

A glimpse into LiveCube’s residency in Berlin. Image Credits: Nafis

A glimpse into LiveCube’s residency in Berlin. Image Credits: Nafis

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