Nusasonic at CTM

Crossing Aural Geographies

Zoo plays at Berghain for CTM 2019. Photo by Camille Blake.

In recent years, CTM has been increasingly building and intensifying truly mutual collaborations with like-minded partners around the globe. Thanks to Nusasonic, the newest and biggest collaboration to date, a large number of musicians and projects from Southeast Asia will be featured in the CTM 2020 programme.

Adopting a multi-perspective approach, Nusasonic is a collaboration between CTM Festival and Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila, The Philippines), and Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore) that explores how contemporary sound practices enable connections and dialogues within the Southeast Asian region, and with Europe. An initiative of Goethe-Institut Southeast Asia, the project kicked-off with a two week long Artistic Lab and Festival in Yogyakarta in October 2018, and in 2019 headed to Manila for WSK Festival of the Recently Possible. 

For its 2020 edition, CTM welcomes a special collaboration between Gabber Modus Operandi, Wahono, and the Nakibembe Xylophone Troupe, co-commissioned by CTM and Nyege Nyege Festival. Raja Kirik builds on the folk art of jaranan buto to consider the war of narratives that shape histories, while Y-DRA fuses koplo, IDM, and techno to create a "No-Brain Dance." Tad Ermitaño joins Peter Kirn in hosting the 2020 edition of the MusicMakers Hacklab. 


Nusasonic is collaboratively created between Yes No Klub (Yogyakarta), WSK Festival for the Recently Possible (Manila), Playfreely/BlackKaji (Singapore), and CTM Festival (Berlin). It is an initiative of Goethe-Institut.