Make A Silence - Musical Dialogues in Asia

"Make a Silence - A sensory feast of musical and visual experimentation"

The Hanoi New Music Festival 2018 was an historic event. It was the largest festival of exploratory forms of new music that has ever been held in Vietnam, and artists from countries across Southeast Asia and Japan came to Hanoi to participate. The film Make a Silence: Musical Dialogues in Asia showcases the diverse, multimedia performances that took place at the Festival, including sound art for theatre and video, underground music and free improvisation. Like the Festival itself, Make a Silence is a sensory feast of musical and visual exploration. Combining vivid artistic images, conversations with musicians and footage of concerts, the film meditates on transnational dialogue in the contemporary music scene in Asia. Artists featured in the film include Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Trần Thị Kim Ngọc (Vietnam), Jiradej Setabundhu (Thailand), Red Slumber (Vietnam), Siew-Wai Kok (Malaysia), Otto Sidharta (Indonesia) and Yii Kah Hoe (Malaysia).

The film is based on long-term ethnographic research in Vietnam by the director. It examines how transnational circuits of musical exchange in the new music scenes in Asia intersect with postcolonial politics, thereby challenging the often-presumed hegemony of Euro-American lineages of contemporary music.

  • Barley Norton
    Director
    Hanoi Eclipse - The Music of Dai Lam Linh
  • Otomo Yoshihide
    Key Cast
  • Trần Thị Kim Ngọc
    Key Cast
  • Jiradej Setabundhu
    Key Cast
  • Red Slumber
    Key Cast
  • Siew-Wai Kok
    Key Cast
  • Otto Sidharta
    Key Cast
  • Yii Kah Hoe
    Key Cast
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    CẤT LÊN IM LẶNG - CÁC ĐỐI THOẠI ÂM NHẠC TẠI CHÂU Á
  • Project Type:
    Documentary
  • Runtime:
    29 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    November 1, 2019
  • Country of Origin:
    United Kingdom
  • Country of Filming:
    Viet Nam
  • Language:
    English, Vietnamese
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • "For the Record" Program - Asian Film Archive

    Singapore
    August 22, 2020
    Singapore Premiere
    Selection
Director Biography - Barley Norton

Barley Norton is a Reader in the Music Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to Make a Silence, he is the director of the film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (56 minutes, 2010) distributed by DER (see http://www.der.org/films/hanoi-eclipse.html).

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