26 April 2014

The Sound of Killing Mixtape

(hey Grey, let's separate out tracklist from liner notes.   

 

Stage Boundary Songs  tracklist

The Act of Killing audio excerpt- TV Talkshow host: "Ladies and Gentlemen we meet again"

Pattie Bersaudara - Pergi Ke Bulan   "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 FIRE! "  

Yanti Bersaudara- Djangger  

Lilis Suryani- Genjer Genjer (aka Gendjer-Gendjer)

Filastine & Jessika Kenney- Fitnah

A. Rafiq- Pantun Berjudi

White Shoes and Couples Company- Tjangkurileung

Euis Komariah & Yus Wiradiredia- Pengkolan

Yanti Bersaudara- Anggrek Merah

Sitompul Sisters- Solei Solei

Rully Shabara & Wukir- Senyawa

Anto Baret - Ken Arok

Artmoschestra - Madurasa

Filastine- Jakarta train station field recording 

Djuhana Sattar- Pandangan Menggoda

Mang Koko- Sabilulungan

Gamelan Ubud- Queen Mother's Funeral Procession

The Act of Killing audio excerpt- a paramilitary group leader accidentally speaks the truth "it's very important that youth can remember, that the future not forget this history"

Lilis Suryani- Ontoek PJM Presiden Soekarno

Wukir Suryadi- Kereta Tak Berhenti Lama

Madesya Group & Aan Darwati - Sapu Nyere Pegat Simpay

Filastine & Nova- Gendjer2

Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang- Kidung

 

 

 

LINER NOTES) italics are texts that need work

 

The Act of Killing-   TV Talkshow host: "Ladies and Gentlemen we meet again"  

 

Pattie Bersaudara - Pergi Ke Bulan   "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 FIRE! "  

 

Yanti Bersaudara- Djangger  

Like many of the track in this mixtape, this song comes off some 60's-era vinyls collected by the Museum Musik Indonesia in Malang. This album is warped slurring and pitch drift, making this incredible song even more dreamy. In Balinese so we can't tell you what the lyrics are.

 

Lilis Suryani- Genjer Genjer (aka Gendjer-Gendjer)

An innocent song about an edible wild plant, the songwriter Mohamed Arif was arrested in 1965 and never seen again.

Gendjer-Gendjer was used as an anthem by Gerwani, the women's organization of the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI). This song was banned after the coup, except for it's use in the anti-communist propaganda film G30S PKI, broadcast yearly as required viewing on a national holiday.  

 

Filastine & Jessika Kenney- Fitnah

Fitnah means false accusation, sedition, tribulation. A collaboration with Jessika Skeletalia Kenney from the album Dirty Bomb (2009) that now finds a perfect home in this mixtape. The tune and lyrics are traditional: "Fitnah (false accusation) is worse than murder. Sharper than a sword, more vicious than a lion"

 

A. Rafiq- Pantun Berjudi

The chorus goes like this: "If whiskey wasn't haram (forbidden) I'd have a swimming pool of it inside my house"

 

White Shoes and Couples Company- Tjangkurileung

We aren't sure if they are on the vanguard of a whole movement to rediscover this classic 60's Indonesian rock, or a unique case, but White Shoes & the Couples Company are deservedly loved in Indonesia right now. See them here performing this song on TV.

 

Euis Komariah & Yus Wiradiredia-   Pengkolan

If this song doesn't make you cry than maybe your tear ducts are broken.

 

Yanti Bersaudara- Anggrek Merah

more spooky harmonic psychedelia

 

Sitompul Sisters- Solei Solei

Sumatran pop from the mid 60's, this would have been on the radio around the time Anwar Conga & friends were at their peak thuggery.

 

Rully Shabara & Wukir- Senyawa

Collaboration between two heavyweights in the broad noise/punk/experimental music scene of Jogyakarta. See this interview and video

 

Anto Baret - Ken Arok

The lyrics are about Ken Arok, a peasant that assassinated the king of the Java and founded the Singasari Empire.  

The singer/composer is Anto Baret is an advocate for street musicians that founded Bulungan, a social center in Jakarta where criminals can learn music and become buskers. This song features guitar by Toto Tewel,   perhaps Indonesia's most famous guitarist… and Nova's dad. His rock bands SWAMI and Elpamas were often banned during the New Order era.

 

Artmoschestra - Madurasa

In their own words, "a group artmusik backgrounds will search the social space that is not stable in this pluralistic interaction sometimes requires a lot of energy thinking very big in translating keruang arts… we try to align the major kambiun minor, harmonic, disharmonis it into something wonderful"

 

Filastine- Jakarta train station

recorded with mobile phone (2008)

 

Djuhana Sattar- Pandangan Menggoda

This sounds very Indian because it comes from the brief period between colonialism and dictatorship, when a powerful vision of pan-third world solidarity emerged. In 1955 Indonesia's first president Sukarno joined invited leaders from across the developing world to meet in Bandung, Java, later the he'd be part of the the anti-imperialist all stars team along with Nehru from India, Nasser from Egypt and Yugoslavia's Tito, in founding the Non-Aligned pact. After this brief period of cultural fusion Indonesia's pop music would never be the same.

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Mang Koko- Sabilulungan

We wish we knew more about this Sundanese indy gem.

 

Gamelan Ubud- Queen Mother's Funeral Procession

A marching gamelan plays as a corpse-bearing tower is paraded then burned. From the field recordings of photographer Steven Miller

 

The Act of Killing-   a paramilitary group leader accidentally speaks the truth "it's very important that youth can remember, that the future not forget this history"  

 

Lilis Suryani- Ontoek PJM Presiden Soekarno

A syrupy praise song to socialist president  Sukarno. In hindsight this song is drenched with irony, because Lilis Suryani later sang patriotic ballads for the New Order.

 

Wukir Suryadi- Kereta Tak Berhenti Lama

Wukir uses home made instruments of bamboo and recycled metals, records brilliant lofi compositions

 

Madesya Group & Aan Darwati - Sapu Nyere Pegat Simpay

Jaipong is freakishly strange music that somehow became the pop soundtrack of Sunda (west Java). With roots in a deliberate movement to modernize and re-popularize indigenous art forms over western imports, Jaipong that has flourished despite the dismantling of this agenda after 'the 65 coup,   more about it here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaipongan

 

Filastine & Nova- Gendjer2

Our version of this song with such a deep history.

 

Jessika Kenney & Eyvind Kang- Kidung

Jessika is an avant-garde vocalist that used to live in Java, where she sang with everything from death metal to televised performances of intricate classical music.