NEXXG::NU-SUBSTANCE 2007 – electronic music & media arts gathering, Bandung – Indonesia
February 19, 2007, 9:52 pm
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23 – 25 Februari 2007
Venue: Common Room & CCF Bandung

The first regular program that is dedicated to encourage
the development of electronic music and media arts practice in Bandung
Indonesia. Initiated by Bandung Center for New Media Arts/Common Room Networks Foundation in collaboration with NexxG, this program is also being supported by CCF Bandung. For the first series of NU-SUBSTANCE 2007, this particular program presents experimental instrument exhibition, workshop (electronic music, video jockey & open source music/sound recording); as well as electronic music concert that will be participated by media artist, musician, scientist and open for public participation.

Program Schedule

Friday, 23th February 2007
Experimental Instrument Exhibition

Venue: Common Room, Jl. Kyai Gede Utama No. 8
Exhibition: 23 Februari – 9 Maret 2007
Opening: 23 Februari 2007, on 15.00 PM
Presenting: Hendy Hertiasa aka Party Maker Inc., NRZ,
Elang EBY. and Evan (Storn)
Special Appearance : ADEMUS

Saturday, 24 February 2007
Workshop Program (electronic music, video jockey & open source music/sound recording)
Common Room, Jl. Kyai Gede Utama No. 8
Time: 14.00 PM. – 20.30 PM
Presenting: Deena (Homogenic), Niang aka chainsmokingbastard (Biosampler/UVG) and Andi Sugandi ( Bandung Linux Club)
Participation Fee: Rp. 50.000,-/person
Special Appearance: XONAD (Cerahati)

Sunday, 25 February 2007
Electronic Music Concert
: Auditorium CCF, Jl. Purnawarman No. 32
Time: 19.00 s/d 22.30 PM
Presenting: Souldelay, Ape on the Roof, Biosampler and Homogenic

Artist Profile


ADEMUS (b. 1974)
Muslim’s long standing DJ Ademus, active for over ten years and known to cultivate a healthy obsession with electronic music. Architect and director of the famous essential clothing brand “EAT”. The man behind 347/EAT, Ripple magazine, Spills records, Ex:stence the independent system and movement in Bandung since 1996. Imposes his octopus-like musical tastes on the turntables, making him one of the most eclectic dj’s in Bandung. Next to electronics like minimal, electro, house, techno, braindance, industrial, rock, (free)jazz, postrock, ambient, ragga, dub, reggae, psychedelica, noise, drones, psychfolk, postpunk, free rock grime and many other (mutant) genres.


Xonad (b. 1974)
Known as the bad boys in the local DnB scene in Bandung, Xonad started his career in local music scene with POC
, were he played punk with Anggareza and Koseng in 1994. Later on, he formed an experimental band called Adalah Mati in 1997 and continuing his passion in music with Bahamas in year 2003. He also often involves in some multimedia performance project together with Biosampler and also known as the member of Cerahati, local production house that are known for its cutting edge music videos. Up until now Xonad is work as video artist and a DJ who plays heavy DnB music with extreme speed, raw distortion and experimental noise.



This band was formed in year 2005 as a result from an on going experimentation made by its personnel. After several research and experimentation, they decided to plays in trio format involving Indra (beat keeper, sound designer), Gigi (glitch, vocal) and Bueno (analog bass). Their music heavily resemblance some influence from Tahiti 80, Telefon tel aviv, Apparat, N.E.R.D, In flames, Manitoba, LO-FI FnK, M83, B. Fleischmann, Milosh, Helios, Boards of Canada, Alva Noto and many more.



Ape on the Roof
Ape on the Roof was started as collaborative project from Utari Syaukat and Aghi Naratama when they studied at Seattle. Their music explores acoustic and electronic sound, accompanied by Tari’s voice who often wrote lyrics that plays with imaginary symbol and irony; besides her personal criticism on daily Jakarta’s urban surroundings. Their first self-titled album (Ape on the Roof, 2003), gain some positive response from music fans in Seattle. After they reside in Jakarta, they continue the collaborative project. This time they involve more talents from Jakarta’s music scene, started from DJ OREO a.k.a AGE (The Jonis), Iman (LAIN, ZEKE & THE POPO), Bemby Gusti (LAIN, SORE), Lens (THE MISKINS), Fe (ex JINGGA), Batman (Goodnite Electric), Agrikulture (DJ ANTON, DJ HOGI), and Junko (HERDY, DJ WINKY).


The year 2000 was the early stage of collaborative meeting from a group of people with similar concern and interests. An intense gathering in a house that located in a dense suburban area in Bandung has emerging into a so-called ‘collective attitude’, which is regarded as an act of self-indulgement through a creative process. Each member of this collective often use computer technology, creating piles of works in some digitalized format of sounds, music, images, animations, films, etc. From personal activities, it then has expanded into a collective act to form artistic composition through the creating sensation of sounds, light, and space; which is done spontaneously and sometimes with diverse goal and objective. Some surprising results often happen from their freedom to act and create, as well as dialogues and intervention. What they did has been growing from a daily attitude into an art performance. For NU SUBSTANCE 2007 they play in trio, involving chainsmokingbastard, Party Maker Inc. and Dante von Kelly.



Homogenic is a three-piece electronic band from Bandung – Indonesia. They have released two full albums. The first one is called Epic Symphony, released back in 2004. The second one is called Echoes of the Universe, released back in 2006. Their music is influenced by the magic of electronic music such as MUM, Bjork (this is where they got their name), and Portishead. The most interesting thing from Homogenic’s music is the perfect match between the angelic sounds comes from their vocalist and light-electronic elements from their programmers. Homogenic is songwriter, keyboardist, and programmer Dina Dellyana, singer Risa Saraswati, and programmer Grahadea Kusuf.



Niang aka chainsmokingbastard (b. 1975)
Niang is known as multimedia experimentalist that initiated Biosampler together with Sulasmoro, Xonad, Pumpung/Punjung, David Stress, Domekide, Gustaff H. Iskandar, ROIM, Iweng, Hendy Hertiasa and other friends. One of his personal project is Jaeger Boy Transistor, an electronic rock music experimentation that also involving Gustaff H. Iskandar (media artist & researcher), Egga (graphic designer, media artist & DJ), Dandy aka Achong (graphic designer and vocalist of Teenage Death Star) and Hendra (electronic music producer and former initiator of Rock ‘n’ Roll Mafia). Besides working on some of his own project, Niang also work as a VJ and part of United Visual Guerilla (UVG) and often plays in Bandung, Jakarta and Singapore.



Gustaff H. Iskandar aka Dante von Kelly (b. 1974)
H. Iskandar was graduated in 1999 from Fine Arts Department, Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB). Starting from 1999, Gustaff entered art management scene, wrote, participated in some visual art exhibitions and organized publishing of Trolley Magazine for some years. By the end of 2001, along with R.E. Hartanto and T. Ismail Reza , he founded Bandung Center for New Media Arts, an organization that
are focusing on the development of media arts & multidisciplinary artistic practice in Indonesia. Having partnership with his wife Reina Wulansari and other colleagues, Gustaff is working on his art, working for the organization, curates exhibition, write and speak on discussions and symposiums. In year 2003 he developed Common Room Networks Foundation (, an artist initiative space that is co-organized together by Bandung Center for New Media Arts & Tobucil. Gustaff currently lives and works in Bandung – Indonesia. Selected projects and exhibition consist: International Symposium for Electronic Arts/ ISEA2004 (Helsinki – FI, 2004); Place, Ground & Practice (Auckland – NZ, 2005), Hetero Utopia: Mapping the Urban Terrain (Bandung -ID, 2006) and Futuresonic Festival 2006 (Manchester – UK, 2006).



Elang EBY. (b. 1981) and Evan (STORN)
After discontinuing his study at Law Faculty Unisba, Elang decided to follow his path in the music field. For quite sometime, Elang has been interested to explore sound by using analog and digital equipment. To fulfill his passion, he formed Tragicomedy (1999-2001), Polyester Embassy (2002 – now) and Alphawaves (2006 – now). He also often works together with Evan (Storn), instrument designer and hardware builder for analog and digital instrument. One of his works is the modified theremin, which is basically being developed after the original theremin that was made in year 1919 by Léon Theremin (1896-1993). If the original theremin uses radio signal as its proximity sensor, the new version were equipped with modern chip so it can reach higher frequency. This modified theremin allows us to explore shine wave, which are similar to violin sound. Not only that, it can also produce pulse wave for lower pitch.



Hendy Hertiasa aka Party Maker Inc. (b. 1970) and NRZ (b. 1979)
Hendy Hertiasa aka Party Maker Inc. were known as graphic
designer besides works as a lecture at Visual Communication Design, FSRD – ITB. Up until now, he often involves himself in some collaborative project with Biosampler, a multimedia performance group that was being established in year 2000. During that period, he also initiated a collaborative project with Nurus Syaifullah aka NRZ (b. 1979) who graduated from Physics Department ITB in 2003. Together, they started to applied experimentation on sensor technology, particularly on ultrasonic sensor. The first prototype that was made by NRZ is being used for the first time by Hendy during Insomnia48, a visual arts project that was held at the Old Parliament House (Singapore, 2004). He performs together with Biosampler under the project called no_placia, which also involves Sulasmoro, Ademus, Gustaff H. Iskandar, Niang and KRSGT.

**This program is being initiated by Bandung Center for New Media Arts/Common Room Networks Foundation in collaboration with NexxG and CCF Bandung. Organized by Electro Killer Corps. More information please contact: Nunung at 022-70800620

Bandung Center for New Media Arts/ Common Room Networks Foundation

Jl. Kyai Gede Utama No. 8
Bandung – 40132

West Java – Indonesia

PH. 022-70800620

Fax. 022-2503404



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If you listen some of Bjork’s songs: Hyperballad, Possibly Maybe, you may think some of songs from Homogenic are STRONGLY influenced by these songs. It is quite annoying since I thought Homogenic would bring original rhytm instead of copying from Bjork.

Comment by buruh migran

Yes. It is obvious isn’t it? But I think they had potential in the future. Cant wait to hear they new album.

Comment by Gustaff

yup let’s talk about the future…next album must be better (hopefully….)

Comment by gigi

very interesting, but I don’t agree with you

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