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Now Hear This: Senyawa | Alkisah

The Indonesian duo's sonic masterpiece is being released by 40+ labels at once.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Alkisah is the new album by Indonesian duo Senyawa. Alkisah is being co-released by a multitude of independent record labels from all over the globe — each with different packaging and design, with multiple versions of remixes by various artists.

Senyawa are an experimental music duo with Rully Shabara and Wukir Suryadi. The music that they create is a combination of the former’s extended vocal technique and the latter’s homemade instrument. Suryadi’s instrument was handcrafted by master instrument builder Wukir out of one long piece of bamboo. It is a string instrument with guitar pickups, amplified and processed through several effects pedals, but at times is played as an acoustic instrument, percussion and string instrument.

Senyawa are located in the ancient city of Jogjakarta, Central Java, Indonesia and their music is a reflection of their traditional Javanese heritage filtered through a framework of contemporary experimental music practices. Senyawa try to push the boundaries of both traditions in an attempt to mix the music of the east and the west to create a new sound.”

Photo by Muhammad Asranur.
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