Music

Ethnography in the Club

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A Review of Dance Music Spaces

From No Man Is an Island
On May 18, 2022
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Goodnight, Oscar Levant, Wherever You Are

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An appreciation for the unappreciated.

From Popula
On March 7, 2022
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The (Apocryphal) Queen of Soul

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she had it in the bag

From Popula
On February 14, 2022
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Taiwanese Noise Legend Dino Passes Away at Age 45

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The following article originally appeared on Electric Soul, a Hong Kong-based electronic music magazine and ticketing platform, on January 19th.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 21, 2022
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Best Taiwanese Indie Albums of 2021

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New Bloom members Peter Freestone and Brian Hioe pick some of their favorite indie albums from 2021, focusing on bands from Taiwan. ​This is the fourth in a series of Best Album lists compiled by New Bloom.

From No Man Is an Island
On January 7, 2022
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The History of Queer Parties in Taiwan

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Brian Hioe spoke to Levin Lo, or DJ Rainbowchild, a veteran of the queer party scene in Taiwan. Among other things, Rainbowchild was the DJ that played at the wedding banquet party that celebrated the legalization of gay marriage in Taiwan in May 2019, as the first place in Asia to legalize gay marriage.

From No Man Is an Island
On December 17, 2021
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Promoting Taiwanese Indigenous Culture with Electronic Music

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An Interview with Dungi Sapor, an Amis Indigenous DJ from Hualien.

From No Man Is an Island
On November 2, 2021
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A Haunting Meditation on Fukushima: Ryuichi Sakamoto’s “Is Your Time”

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RYUICHI SAKAMOTO and Shiro Takatani’s art installation, “Is Your Time,” proves a powerful meditation on the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. This is presented through the piano at the centerpiece of the installation, which was discovered by Sakamoto in the ruins of a building in the affected Fukushima prefecture, left behind by its owners—wherever they might be now.

From No Man Is an Island
On October 19, 2021
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Toward an Architecture of Sound

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An Interview About Soundctuary (音廟) at Treasure Hill

From No Man Is an Island
On October 12, 2021
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Playlist to go with My Own Personal Jesus

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Co-editor Mike Kanin was so inspired by Joe MacLeod’s Monday Thought about Bela Lugosi as Jesus that he made a playlist about it. We hope you enjoy it.

From Preachy
On September 17, 2021
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Ultimate Maestro – Victor Uwaifo (1941-2021)

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Siwo siwo siwo Siwoooooooooooooo

From Olongo Africa
On September 14, 2021
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Playlist: Music to go with Death to the Baobobs!

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From Salawu Olajide, our colleague at Olongo Africa, who is also the author of Death to the Baobobs!

From Olongo Africa
On August 29, 2021
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Redreaming the Sound

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What does it mean to trace the trajectory of one’s life through old records and albums? It is not new. Humanity owes gratitude to the ingenuity of artistes, their sound, or perhaps the science of sound and human cognition—for this otherworldly phenomenon.

From Olongo Africa
On August 26, 2021
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