Ujikaji means experiment in Malay (Bahasa Melayu). Ujikaji Records is an independent music label and mail order store. Our interests lie in the curation of fiercely experimental works falling loosely in the realms of power electronics, lowercase, free jazz, freak folk, modern composition, glitch electronics, psych rock and/or avant pop. We are physically based in Singapore.
This podcast is produced by Ujikaji specially for the SEA Artsfest 2013, a London festival which champions and develops the work of the artists of South East Asia and those inspired by South East Asia. Ujikaji Radio hopes to introduce music of the region to an international audience, focusing on contemporary music of an experimental, off-kilter bent, but also occasionally taking a dip in the historical and traditional.
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Playlist with notes
[0:33] Timpun (chant) sung on the lansaran by Muruts of Semanbi tribe (North Borneo) (from Murut Music of North Borneo LP, Folkways FW04459/FE 4459, 1961) - "Men of the Semambu tribe of the Muruts chant together on a single tone. The pitch never varies, even when the chant and dance last all night. The percussion tone is made by the lansaran. The floor of houses is flexible, the houses are high up on stilts. The lasaran is built up under the floor so that when the dancers step hard on the floor, it touches the lasaras and makes the percussion sound heard in the record. This dance step is uniform in rhythm, so that the lasaran sounds an equal beat (beats all about equally loud) about what we would write down as a quarter note apart, or 1/4 meter. Thus both the pitch and the meter are as simple as it is possible to find." Recorded by Ivan Polunin.
[2:32] Untitled by Yong Yandsen (from Disillusion LP, Doubtful Sounds doubt10, 2013) - A pioneer of the Malaysian Chinese rock scene until he gave it up for experimental music and free jazz. A member of cult band Klangmutationen.
[7:30] Gonekid by Swirling Light (from The World is Full of Noise CDR, self-released, 2009) - Swirling Light is a shoegaze and alternative rock band from Bangkok, Thailand. They are inspired by My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Slowdive, and other bands from the 1980s and 1990s.
[12:07] Layar Maya by Sawi Lieu (from Pasaraya cassette, Constellation Tatsu PURR 0032, 2013) - Coming from Jakarta, Indonesia, Sawi's brand of trippy hypnagogic electronics have begun to stream to little corners around the world. His latest work on the Oakland, California tape label Constellation Tatsu, is his best yet.
[17:05] Ominhex by Awk Wah (from Ava LP, Ujikaji UJI-003LP, 2013) - Ujikaji is proud to work with this outsider genius from Singapore. His new work charts the meeting points of avant garde, experimental, and techno.
[20:10] Khen Le Molam by Unknown Artist (from Ethnic Minority Music of Southern Laos CD, Sublime Frequencies SF036, 2007) - This soulful performance was recorded by ethnomusicologist Laurent Jeanneau, who documented the music of the Harak and various Brao ethnic groups in Southern Laos. This music forms the roots of Molam, a sort of folk-blues music that is indigenous to the regions of Laos and Thailand.
[25:30] They're Not Musicians by Elemento (from As It Is CDR, self-released, 2011) - Elemento was a project led by Lirio Salvador, a prolific sculptor who created numerous experimental instruments based on his own concept of ethno-industrial art/music. Sadly, Salvador was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in December 2011 and remains in a coma today.
[29:54] Tu Dai Oán by The Six Tones (from Signal in Noise CD, dB Production, 2013) - The Six Tones are made up of Nguyen Thanh Thuy, Ngo Tra My and Swedish guitarist Stefan Ostersj. Tu Dai Oán is their performance of a traditional Vietnamese piece... in a non-traditional way! Played on dan tranh, 10-string guitar and live electronics.
[41:22] Don't Run Away by Nan Su Yati Soe feat. Kyaw Htut Swe (from Moe Ma Myin Lay Ma Myin CD, 2008?) - Nan Su Yati Soe is a popular singer, actress and model from Myanmar. This song is the only English song on her album Moe Ma Myin Lay Ma Myin.
[44:22] Tek Tum (Big Water) by Cambodian Space Project (from 2011: A Space Odyssey CD, Metal Postcard METAL 030CD, 2011) - The Cambodian Space Project is a cross-cultural project of Australian and French musicians and the distinctive Khmer vocals of Cambodian chanteuse Srey Channthy. They have been huge festival favourites internationally with their repertoire of classic Khmer rock 'n roll. Tek Tum is their psychedelic take on a traditional Khmer tune.
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