Indonesian Traditional Music is No Less Cool Than Modern Music

Instead of debating between studying tradition or modernity, why don't we respect and maintain our traditional music by studying it according to the present context? After all, our ancestors are no less cool than whoever’s currently trending on social media or Spotify.

Dangdut Sebagai Media Kampanye Politik

Dangdut adalah salah satu musik yang paling populer dan paling digemari masyarakat Indonesia. Namun, sejak tahun 70-an hingga sekarang dangdut tetap mendapatkan stigma sebagai musiknya rakyat atau musik kalangan menengah ke bawah. Stigma yang melekat ini yang menjadikan dangdut kemudian dimanfaatkan oleh politisi maupun partai politik untuk menjadi media kampanye politik. Dangdut digunakan sebagai alat … Lanjutkan membaca Dangdut Sebagai Media Kampanye Politik

What I Want To Write This Year

Music. (Pic: Vector Stock) Disclaimer: This is a 'curhat' writing. After publishing my first book PIAS: Kumpulan Tulisan Seni dan Budaya in 2017, I was keen to write and publish at least two book titles this year. My first book PIAS studied extensively art and culture (music, fine arts, film, literature, etc.). So, the two titles I will write this … Lanjutkan membaca What I Want To Write This Year

In Vernacular Music We Trust

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It is a well-known pattern in the cultural-studies field: the dichotomy between established and vernacular culture. Although the former is always remarkably known when we mention culture, the latter somehow has its own importance to the continuity of culture. Specifically in music, the pattern always has similarity to our historical timeline. For instance, for the … Lanjutkan membaca In Vernacular Music We Trust