the ♫ flos easily, entangled like vines, in a production constructed tween berlin and indonesia over zoom. but in these serene melodies, thris a plea for the ecosystem of north sumatra.
environmental consciousness has violently escal8d n'our lifetimes. we’ve gone from a crisis that loomed somewhere inna future to one that we live through, rite now – the flood watas, sometimes literally, reaching our ft. the twin realities ‘ve arrived, and we’re now out of prevention and into coping. there’s climate change, already underway in rising seas and catastrophic weather and temperature rises. na covid-19 pandemic is a real-time zoonotic terror, an indication of our fragile species na dangers of encroached habitat made personal and direct.
okay. that’s all broad, abstract, and emotionally impossible to grasp. +, it’s depressing – and we’re mammals, too. in a real sense, we biologically needs some togetherness and to process this in a human way if we're to be effective in making our place n'our ecology + again. (sufferationed primates aren’t so useful, as we're discovering 1st-hand.) so let’s all travel mentally inna'da lush environment of bohorok district in north sumatra, an island inna enormous indonesian archipelago.
the landscape the artists pan us through is pt of the tropical forests of the 2.6 million-hectare leusr ecosystem. it’s home to the critly endangered sumatran orangutan, the gentle creature you see dangling inna trees.
our friend american-born and berlin-based lyra pramuk wasn’t able to be inna same room as indonesian counterpt , so they collaborated over zoom or sent sessions back and forth, they say.
t'has a presh, liquid, free sensibility inna ♫. actually, i’ve envisaged this inna past mnths – there’s some oddly wandaful potential inna l8ncy in remote collaboration, if ♫ians ‘ve the ability t'give themselves up to it. while that delay is a disaster for spoken conversation, ♫al xchange – once outside of fixed mt – seems to adapt naturally into a staggered dance across the milli2nds and timezones. (goethe-institut’s vrt ptner residency program assisted the xchange inna online space.)
maybe it’s even better to play together over zoom than to try to talk, and we’ve been doin’ all of this wrong.
lyra’s digitally-layered chorus of overdubs is so convincingly organic that it almost blurs together, as though a chorus is blossoming out of the recording. the artists say they used rani jambak’s sampling of traditional sumatran instruments, then built this lyrical serenade on top o'it.
“we wanna build a piece of ♫ that cogitates our ♥s, that ‘d show our deep hope for the environment and our dedication to its health,” rani says inna bandcamp description.
“we hope that our collaboration will stand as a uber symbol for the potential of contemporary ♫ culture to empower and heal across ≠ cultures and traditions,” says lyra.
i notice that apt from the title “restore,” the sense of hope and ♫ outside itself is embedded inna description. that aspiration to go beyond the self contrasts w'da tendency to ego so often written inna'da dna of ♫.
the ♫ is futuristic, personable, and has this deep feeling odat liquid, gentle voice of sumatran ♫. (another bonus of + voices from across indonesia inna international ♫ scene s'been t'get the chance to appreciate the diversity, range, and complexity of cultures, plural, inna region – rather than take an exclusively nation-centered view.)
we don’t say this outrite very often, but ♫al collaboration is often really challenging, even with similar ♫al backgrounds. wha’ strikes me s'dat these voices are interwoven so exquisitely – they naturally resonate with one another.
there’s another dimension to this, which s'dat rani and lyra ‘ve also collaborated w'da local ngo, environmental education centre bohorok (pplh), which works on activism, education, and cooperative environmental activity inna region. that can comprise everything from a center that converts dung to fuel to taking schoolkids to check out a primate sanctuary. that organization released this statement to coincide w'da ♫ dropping on earth dy last week:
“environmental education and environmental awareness activities are still primordial for society tody. dynamic global life and rapid tekal developments continue to threaten the environment, which is increasingly out of control due to activities carried out by humans ourselves, natural damage, deforestation, hunting of animals, damage to marine ecosystems due to accumulation of garbage, and others that ‘ve occurred directly in front of our eyes.
this intercontinental collaborative ♫al work by rani jambak & lyra pramuk is a strong sign and reΨer for all the pplz of the earth who must be determined together to save the earth from the damage caused by sustained global warming.
inna commemoration moment of earth dy 2021, we're still faced w'da covid-19 pandemic, which has almost changed the order of human life. the restore our earth theme is an invitation to all pplz on earth to be wiser in taking all actions rel8d to nature na environment. together, we can prevent catastrophic climate change and environmental damage. together, we can restore our earth.
one o'em is by providing indirect support for earth-saving actions that can be done in various ways, s'as supporting ♫al works swell as donating for forest saving activities and raising public awareness. this is so that pplz’s behavior and attitudes can bring + care to our environment, and provide awareness of the importance of protecting the environment so that it becomes a personal and sustainable agenda.”
proceeds go entirely to support the pplh bohorok and its activities. you can check out the organization’s site in indonesian and english:
rani jambuk was featured recently by bbc news indonesia. it’s all in indonesian, but there’s video that adds some visuals to her soundscape realm:
and not 1-ly ‘d you throw out any monolithic view you ‘ve of indonesia – its third biggest city medan is full of contrasts, a syncopation of colliding variety transl8d by rani jambak and evi ovtiana into a composition (also with some goethe support):
“crossing indonesia’s third biggest city, medan, will cutout behind one impression in pticular: an emerging and dizzying city that is diverse in ethnicities, cultures and religions,” she says – and in both these videos you’ll see field recording as central to her practice.
some + collaborations of her are on soundcloud. ignore the single-digit listen counts if you’re among the 1st to scroll this deep into my article – soundcloud isn’t always so pop in indonesia.
if somehow you missed lyra’s dazzling production imagination and vocal versatility, now tis time to find that anew, too (n'it’s worth a dig inna'da earlier releases prior to the best-known fountain, for a full range of work):
original content at: cdm.link/2021/04/♫-for-orangutans-as-lyra-pramuk-and-rani-jambak-connect-to-sumatras-ecosystem/…
authors: peter kirn