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"[Exclusive] Gaung Rilis Album Penuh Perdana, 'Opus Contra Naturam'"

Terbentuk lebih kurang empat tahun lalu sebagai proyek eksperimental tunggal, Gaung—kini berformat duo—akan merilis album penuh perdana pada pertengahan Juni mendatang dengan tajuk Opus Contra Naturam.

Ada sembilan lagu cadas dengan sentuhan progresif yang termuat dalam album ini, semuanya instrumental. Menurut pihak band, konsep ini "membuat setiap nada, tekstur suara, komposisi, dan denyutannya terbuka sehingga dapat diinterpretasikan dalam berbagai makna, terlepas dari genre-nya."

Sebagian lagu pada Opus Contra Naturam milik Gaung mengambil inspirasi dari karya tulis, baik itu puisi, fiksi, maupun hasil wawancara. "Lucinae" merupakan musikalisasi dari puisi berjudul Water and Dreams oleh Gaston Bachelard, "Hole of Paradiso" berasal dari Inferno karya Dante Alighieri, sementara "Evidence of Extraordinary Bliss" menyimpan wawancara jurnalis CNN Indonesia Hanna Azarya Samosir dengan Marc Navales selaku pria yang selamat dari pembantaian jurnalis di Maguindanao, Filipina.

"Mengapa Filipina? Selain hubungan Indonesia dan Filipina memang sedang hangat diperbincangkan karena kaitannya dengan jaringan terorisme internasional, alasan lain adalah untuk memberikan khazanah agar Indonesia dapat menekan pertikaian yang disebabkan oleh perbedaan politik dan agama, sebelum terjadi pertikaian yang terlampau ekstrem seperti di Filipina Selatan," ungkap pihak Gaung yang terdiri dari Ramaputratantra (gitar, bas, synthesizer, cello) dan Rendy Pandita (drum, vokal).

Album penuh perdana Gaung ini dirilis melalui label rekaman Orange Cliff Records dan rencananya akan tersedia dalam berbagai format, yaitu cakram padat, kaset, piringan hitam lathe cut ganda dua belas inci, dan digital lewat sejumlah layanan streaming musik.

Opus Contra Naturam persembahan Gaung bisa didengar perdana dan eksklusif melalui di bawah ini: -

"Our Favorite Local Music of 2016"

We put together a list of our favorite albums, songs, and singles that came out in Indonesia in the last year.

"2016 has been a bad, bad, bad year because…"

That's how most year-end write-ups began. You already know the story—2016 really, really sucked—so we're going to spare you more of the same. (Plus it's already 2017, so shouldn't you be a bit more positive by now?) Instead, we're going to list off some of the music we loved in 2016—in case you missed it, or in case you just like the validation of seeing your own opinions reflected back at you. Either way, we've got you covered.

So, here's our list of the best local music from the last year. And by "local" we mean Indonesia (duh) and (at times) the rest of Southeast Asia. If you're looking for a list of the best international music from 2016, fear not, our friends at Noisey already published that list a few days ago.

Here at VICE Indonesia, we're not going to limit this list to full-length albums only. We're also going to include singles (a relatively new format in Indonesia), EPs, and music videos. So, without further ado, here's our list:

Our Favorite Local Albums of 2016

Fromhell – March On Gravitation

No extreme metal band had more balls this year than Fromhell. The band started their second album March on Gravitation with "A Million Castor & Stellar Space"—a massive 22-minute opening track. The song is a masterpiece, with each transition executed perfectly as the band plows through influences that include Ihsahn, Devin Townsend, Fen and of course, Indonesian weirdo-metal heroes Kekal (before they turned all electronic. Ulver anyone?). And that's just the first song. But even if Fromhell stopped there, March On Gravitation would still be my favorite album of the year.

The rest of the album is five more tracks of sci-fi themed metal that's as fun as it is heavy. It's all refreshing as hell (Especially since we haven't a forward-thinking metal band since Kekal moved to Canada and turned into a collective). — Abdul Manan Rasudi

Senyawa - Brønshøj (Puncak)

Senyawa is a difficult band to listen to. They're not exactly accessible, even to those of us who listen to "extreme music" like hardcore or metal. But this is all part of the appeal. This Yogyakarta-based duo have managed to make experimental music that sounds fresh and original thanks, in no small part, to Wukir Suryadi's ability to turn nearly anything (bamboo, spoons, etcetera) into a homemade instrument. Vocalist Rully Shabara compliments Wukir perfectly with a vocal range that goes from low, wild, manic screams to calm and serene in a matter of seconds.

With Puncak, Senyawa shows why they are masters of dark, moody, and atmospheric music. The opener "Brønshøj 1" sounds like the soundtrack for an intense horror film, while "Brønshøj 2," "Brønshøj 4," and "Brønshøj 5" use delay pedals, loops, and heaping amounts of fuzz to create a more mystical, and dare I say "laid back" sound. Puncak sounds significantly more calm than Senyawa's last album Menjadi—which was all aggressive and intimidating. If you're a fan of Swans, than Puncak is right up your alley. —Yudhistira Agato

Rajasinga – III

If grindcore was a religion, Rajasinga would be devout adherents. The trio play fast and vicious grindcore with lyrics that focus on Indonesia's social ills. I'm not exactly the biggest fan of the genre, but that's why I think Rajasinga's III is so good. The album is accessible to people outside Napalm Death's fanbase, or fans of today's "pig squeal" variant of grindcore. Don't believe me? Give songs like "Pancasila (Negrijuana Version)," "Orang Gila," and "Weekend Rocker" a listen. You'll find a short sampling of fun lyrics—like a crazed rambling version of Indonesia's founding constitution—mixed with a riff lifted from "Smells Like Teen Spirit," random blues guitar licks. These are songs that make you smile—laugh even—while still ruminating on how fucked up Indonesia can be (especially recently). — Abdul Manan Rasudi

Joe Million - Vulgar

Critics heralded 2016 as the year Indonesia's hip-hop scene finally broke. But while the likes of Young Lex and Rich Chigga grabbed all the attention here and abroad, it takes more than a hot remix or a viral music video to topple Joe Million from the throne. This Papuan MC's album Vulgar is an all-out assault of braggadocio and politics—with much to be said of the Indonesian government's long and troubled history in Papua. Joe Million touches on these themes of repression and discrimination in "Katamorgana," the strongest track on the album, rapping "Melihatku mendekatimu mendadak kau risau/serentet kalimat terarah kau pilih pistol." (Seeing me getting closer gets you anxious / instead of spitting out well thought-out sentences, you go for the gun). His lyricism is only enriched by a liberal use of the local Papuan language and dialect, that add a level of mature authenticity to his songs. —Ardyan M.E

DÈTENTION - Youth Detention Program For Reckless Teenagers

DÈTENTION chose a Emma Goldman quote for the sleeve of Youth Detention Program For Reckless Teenagers. The first page of the album sleeve reads "If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution." So I could be forgiven for expecting a quick burst of hardcore punk along the lines of early Black Flag or Discharge. But the opener "Urinoir Wisdom" roars to life with thick, dissonant cords not unlike 90s mathcore giants Deadguy and Rorschach. And the chorus on "Nation on Fire" is more My War than Damaged, but band lives up to its promise with the straightforward hardcore ripper "Lollypop Squad Pogo Attack." DÈTENTION's unique sound comes, in part, from the fact that the three piece doesn't have a bassist. Guitarist Perfect Jay turns up to 11 to create a sound that's thin, bright, and raw. Vocalist Farid 'Pelor' Amriansyah, who also sang in a now defunct rock/metal outfit Auman and is now busy running Rimauman Music, still has a lot to say. "Nation On Fire" focuses on the government's inaction over deforestation and annual forest fires. "Act Of Propheteering"criticizes religious people who act "holier than thou," while commodifying religion for profit. But the prevalent theme throughout the album seems to be the importance of thinking for yourself On "Society's Will, Society Kills", Pelor yells "This is society's will/ oh the will that could force you to kill/ They told you how to live/ oh but never taught you how to love." Or for those of you who prefer getting right into the point, 14 second "Fuck Off" should do it, "Kau asik dengan hidupmu/ Jangan usik hidupku!" (Live your own life/ Don't interfere with mine!).—Yudhistira Agato

Dialita - Dunia Milik Kita

Dialita is a choir group made up of survivors and political prisoners of Indonesia's brutal 1965 communist purge. They sing songs—some with Indonesian indie darlings such as Frau or Cholil of Efek Rumah Kaca fame—written by contemporaries who were also targeted during killings. Their songs are distributed for free by one of Indonesia's net labels during a time when the communist scare is still very much alive. Dialita's gigs had to be kept secret out of fear of interruption from government officials. This album, for me, is the most punk thing to come out this year. Nothing else comes close.—Abdul Manan Rasudi

Beast Jesus - In Various States of Disassembly

Post-Internet. Post-Left Anarcho Sass. Shoegrinding. Deep Web Sludge. Dreamo. These are all terms used by Beast Jesus to describe themselves on Facebook. I have to say all of those are pretty spot-on. It's tough trying to classify this Manila-based quartet. It is obvious though that the band's musical diet comes from hardcore/metal/noise labels like Robotic Empire Records, Level Plane Records, and Hydra Head Records. But they're also not afraid to throw some dream pop and shoegaze elements into the mix. On "Scoliosis Backbrace," they sound like Torche jamming with The Blood Brothers. "Corpse Medicine," my favorite track of the album, features early 2000 hardcore/screamo chorus, complete with jazzy bass lines. On the third track, "Double Tuck," Beast Jesus tone down the intensity and start the song with some reverberated swirling guitar action before finally stepping on the distortion pedal, transforming the song into a muscular and energetic shoegaze number. Guitarist Francis Maria—an ex-member of the Philippines' seminal hardcore/screamo band Caitlyn Bailey—said the album is about the experience of dealing with mental illness and the internal dialogue that a depressed person often has to face. With its strong songwriting, unique identity, and ability in adopting different musical influences, In Various States of Disassembly has elevated Beast Jesus to one of the most interesting bands in Southeast Asia right now.—Yudhistira Agato

Mondo Gascaro – Raja Kelana

Soft rock might sound like an odd choice for 2016, but that's exactly what Mondo Gascaro offers on his latest album Raja Kelana. When "A Deacon's Summer" came out in the second half of the year, I had two thoughts: 1) Damn, there is so much detail in this song! It must have taken ages to make. 2) How the hell didn't I notice the Steely Dan influence on Raja Kelana? To be fair, that song was simply an appetizer, a taste of what was about to come. "Oblivion Oblivion" for example, is more vibrant and complex. But, to be fair, it's the ballads that get me, especially "Lamun Ombak" (featuring Aprilia Apsari, of White Shoes and The Couple's Company) and "Butiran Angin." These two tracks makes me realize immediately why Sore—a well established Indonesian indie band Mondo used to sing for—sounds average now and that Raja Kelana is one of Indonesia's best soft rock albums.—Abdul Manan Rasudi

Annie Hall - Saudade EP

Indonesia's shoegaze scene tends to skew heavily toward dream pop, post-rock, and Brit pop. After the demise of Mellow Yellow, I've been waiting for a band who is willing to venture into heavier, more saturated sounds. Thankfully, we now have Annie Hall. This Jogja "supergroup," features ex-members of Talking Coasty, Cloudburst, and Deadly Weapon. None of those bands could even remotely be considered shoegaze, but the genre must have some serious fans in Jogja. On Saudade, Annie Hall offers a more modern, more "metal" version of shoegaze. The production is cold and sterile, with prominent drums and a sound that instantly reminds of Nothing or Cloakroom. The opener "Locked Room" is all soaring guitars and a synth melody that sounds like something Jesu would release. "Hollow," the clear single here, is a strong showing marred only by stereotypical "friendzone" lyrics. But the album's atmosphere, and well-balanced production, more than make up for lackluster lyrics. I'm excited to hear what Annie Hall comes out with next.—Yudhistira Agato

Bin Idris – Bin Idris

As a frontman for Sigmun—one of Indonesia's leading psych rock band—Haikal Azizi often appears one-dimensional: often too formal or too mournful. Haikal's social media persona, however, brings out a side that doesn't get to come out in Sigmun: his wittiness. These hidden qualities are a lot more present in Bin Idris, his debut solo album. On "Temaram," Haikal sounds like a newbie who just find out about Yogyakarta's now defunct dark-folk duo Rabu. While on "Tulang dan Besi," Haikal transforms into a blues troubadour singing an elegy for marginalized people kicked out of their own homes by the government. He can also suddenly turns sweet, like he does on "Rebahan." But for me, "Jalan Bebas Hambatan" is the best song here. Check out these lyrics, which describe the experience of Indonesians traveling for hours or days, back home for Lebaran: "Santai saja engkau menyupir/ Kalau mengantuk tinggal melipir ke rest area/ Beli gorengan 2000 tiga." ("Take it easy on the driving/ When it's hard to stay awake/ Just pull over by the rest area/ Don't forget to buy some gorengan") This has to be wittiest road trip song to come out of Indonesia all year.— Abdul Manan Rasudi

Wormrot - Voices

Grindcore is a difficult genre. it's straight forward, abrasive as hell, and usually pretty one dimensional. It's not a scene that's known for hooks or melodies. But Singapore's Wormrot manages to do something different with grindcore. On Voices, the band manages to keep it varied enough to keep listeners interested without straying too far from the core. On "Hollow Roots' the band opens with dissonant chords that wouldn't sound out of place on a Converge or Cursed album before switching back to a familiar blastbeat formula. "Oblivious Mess" is full of headbanging grooves, "Fallen Into Disuse" is all thrash, and "The 1st World Syndrome" even throws a few catchy guitar licks into the mix. But purists need not worry. Voices still packs in 20 songs in less than 30 minutes.—Yudhistira Agato

More Favorites of 2016

Gaung - "Killing with Virtue"

In 2016, Bandung's Orange Cliff Records put out a new single almost every month—an impressive feat. None were as good as Gaung's "Killing With Virtue." The song is a ton of bricks, a ferocious single with melodic riffs and a huge sound. It was enough to make me stop and say "Holy shit, what's this?" It's apparently just a taste of what's to come. If Gaung's upcoming Karya Menentang Alam is anything like "Killing With a Virtue," then count me in.

Zero One - "Anjing"

Young Lex is a controversial musician. But he's also an eagle eyed entrepreneur. It's the latter that inspired Young Lex to bring Niska and Laze, both bright, young rappers, together for Zero One. With "Anjing," the pair offers up a typical trap track full of bragging swagger and radio-friendly hooks. But it's also a way to showcase Niska's stunning lyricism. Who else can rap about President Jokowi, fashion designer Sebastian Gunawan, Perum Peruri, and the Benoa Bay Reclaimation project in a single breath?

Bars of Death - "Tak Ada Garuda di Dadaku"

"Tak Ada Garuda di Dadaku," the second single off Ucok and Sarkasz's reunion project Bars of Death, offers listeners an education worthy of anything taught in school. The song, which means "No Garuda in My Heart," is a treatise on complicity between the government and big business to steal the land of poor farmers. Ucok asks some big questions about the value of humanity in Indonesia, questions that Bars of Death are never afraid to ask.

Dipha Barus feat. Kallula - "No One Can Stop Us"

Indonesia's electronic music scene has been thriving for the at least three years. But Dipha Barus' latest single "No One Can Stop Us" may just pave the way for other underground EDM stars, like CVX, to enter the mainstream market. This single has become an anthem on dance floors across the country. Never one to sleep, the Jakarta-based producer and DJ also churned out another banger this year: "Lemme Get That" featuring Rinni Wulandari and Teza Sumendra.

Bin Idris - "Jalan Bebas Hambatan"

This song was so good that we felt the need to include it here and name check it above.

Collapse - "Given"

Do you remember Foo Fighters after There is Nothing Left To Run, when Chriss Shiflett had just joined the band and Dave Grohl wasn't yet the next godfather of modern rock n roll? They managed to churn out an excellent guitar-driven album without the ego. "Given", the first single released by Collapse—a solo project by Dika, the guitarist of the Indonesian mathcore band ALICE—is that good.

Jason Ranti - "Bahaya Komunis"

"Bahaya Komunis" might be the funniest folk song of the year. The song highlights Indonesia's unwillingness to let go some of its more outdated phobias (see: 2016's "red scare"). Check out this verse : "Maka pertama kuamankan keluarga dari bahan pangan/ Yang mengandung unsur komunis/ Yang manis-manis/ Yang manis-manis/ Yang marxist-marxist/ Akan kularang/ Itu chinese food/ Itu babi merah/ Itu kolang kaling/ Vodka Rusia dan sayur genjer/ Semua kubredel." Jason Ranti sarcastically sings about saving his family from communism-flavored food ingredients, Marxism, Chinese food, pork, Russian vodka, so on. These are some of the most ridiculous lyrics of 2016.

Randy Pandugo - "I Don't Care"

Indonesia's pop scene has been dominated by singles this year, and Randy Pandugo might be the brightest star so far. He's got the looks, the vocals, and the slick music video production, all good recipes for wide exposure. It's not a walk in the park though. Rizky Febian and Teza Sumandra—his strongest competitors—are ready to battle it out with Randy for the spot as best pop male artist along with Kunto Aji whose hotly anticipated second album is due any month now. Let's see how all well these rising stars hold up when its time to release a full-length album.

Wreck - "O' Heaven, I Am Bored!"

Bandung's post-hardcore quartet Wreck has improved by leaps and bounds with this new track. The band is sounding more like In/Casino/Out era At The Drive-In. But despite the new focus on experimentation, these guys manage to be both modern and old-school at the same time. The band sings about disdain for life and finding their own definition of living: "It's time for living / because life has no meaning", before they finish the song with "There is no exit / but I'm ready to go / Quit." Dramatic? Hell yes. But life often is, and if life always sounded this good, I would be more than willing to join them for the ride.

Rich Chigga - "Dat $tick"

Does this even need an explanation? Sensations like this don't happen often. This song made a huge impact and turned people onto Indonesia's rising hip-hop scene. If 2016 is the year of Indonesian hip-hop, then Rich Chigga is its shining star. Hopefully his light won't fade too soon. -

"Eksplorasi Suara dan Bebunyian Dari Band Eksperimental Gaung Lewat Single Kedua"

Secara keseluruhan musikalitasnya tak menggunakan penggalan lirik untuk menyampaikan pesan pada audiens.

Gelombang suara dan bebunyian yang sangat dekat dengan kehidupan sekitar nyatanya memiliki sudut pandang berbeda di benak para musisi ketika merampungkan sebuah karya musiknya. Selain lirik, berbagai bebunyian juga dapat mewakili dalam menuangkan berbagai pemikiran untuk dinikmati oleh publik yang lebih luas. Hal tersebut baru saja dilakukan oleh duo Gaung lewat single keduanya yang berjudul “Global Problem Listening Class”.

Gaung mengusung konsep yang serupa dengan single sebelumnya “Killing With Virtue” berupa karya menentang alam (opus contra naturam). Gaung pun nampaknya telah memperlihatkan sedikit demi sedikit wajah musik mereka seperti apa nantinya, yang dituangkan secara lugas dalam album perdananya mendatang. Mengusung aliran musik rock experimental dalam single keduanya ini, Gaung jauh lebih agresif, lewat ketukannya yang sangat garang ditambah dan dibarengi dengan alunan efek yang dihasilkan dari sang gitaris. Secara keseluruhan musikalitasnya tak menggunakan penggalan lirik untuk menyampaikan pesan pada audiens, namun ada sedikit penggalan layaknya dialog yang mencerminkan kehidupan sosial sebagai sajian soundscape mereka. Sentuhan thrash metal, post-metal, stoner rock, experimental hardcore dan aliran musik lainnya, sangat terasa pada setiap partisi musiknya.

“Suara orang banyak acap adalah tirani saat tercemar pemikiran yang intoleran, fasis, kapitalis, kolonialis. Polusi argumen dalam media digital maupun nyata menjadikan masalah dunia terendap oleh hal-hal yang tidak penting. Kolase suara pada lagu diambil dari diskusi dalam kelas dan ruang publik,” ungkap Gaung lewat press rilisnya.

Gaung yang mungkin sempat menghilang dari keberadaannya dalam bermusik nyatanya tak cuma sekedar menghilang. Mereka menyiapkan materi terbarunya yang digarap oleh Ramaputratantra (gitar) dan Rendy Pandita (drum). Tak hanya sekedar mengeluarkan single terbaru, sebagai pelengkap Gaung juga menampilkan artwork terbaru untuk single ini, yang dikerjakan oleh Djali aka Achmad Rizzali. -

"Gaung teases forthcoming debut album with latest single 'Summa Injuria'—listen"

Gaung is a Bandung-based Indonesian band, formed by Raden Rama Saputra better known as Ramaputratantra. The current line-up of the band is made of Ramaputratantra on guitar, bass, synth and Rendy Pandita on drums and vocals. When performing live they're joined by Dena on bass / guitar and Benny on modular, sequencer and synth. The band got their name from the Indonesian word 'gaung,' which translates to resonance, albeit a quiet one. Gaung built their sounds based on experimental rock that is heavily influenced by the 60's-70's progressive rock, art rock, krautrock, space rock and zeuhl. They'd characterize their music as a collective intuition described by rhythm and newly incorporated style of music venturing into realm of various genres like stoner rock, post-rock, metal and math rock.

They released their latest single titled 'Summa Injuria' on April 15 which serves as an introduction to their upcoming debut full-length album Opus Contra Naturam, released on May 15 through Orange Cliff Records. The song 'Summa Injuria' describes the search for justice and affection through a composition that starts off unadorned, like commands, rules, and laws that are enforced literally. The state is built on supreme truth and certainties are rivaled by feelings. Like a maxim, 'Summa Injuria', an absolute truth gives birth to an absolute error. Or as Ramaputratantra explains:

"The arrangement of this instrumental makes the title the main anchor for the interpretation. Apart from that, the narration and mood of the song is only implied through the rhythm progressions, chord selection, and the texture of the instruments. It's a presentation of multi-faceted music for the listeners."

To date, the band has released songs such as 'Killing With Virtue' & 'Global Problem Listening Class' in 2016 digitally and in 2017 on cassette through Orange Cliff Records. 'Summa Injuria' was produced by Gaung. The latest single is now available to stream through Soundcloud and Bandcamp and other digital distribution channels will follow soon. -

"Gaung Kembali Bergema Lewat Single Terbaru, ‘Summa Injuria’"

Salah satu roster Orange Cliff Records yang mengedepankan sisi ekperimental dalam tiap karyanya, Gaung, kembali meresonansikan single teranyar bertajuk “Summa Injuria”. Lagu yang sudah terunggah sejak 15 April lalu dan bisa didengarkan melalui laman Soundcloud serta Bandcamp ini diakui menjadi jembatan untuk album perdana bertitel Opus Contra Naturam yang rencananya akan rilis pada 15 Mei mendatang. Sebelumnya, duo ini sempat melemparkan dua lagu berjudul “Killing with Virtue” dan “Global Problem Listening Class” yang dirilis secara digital dan diterbitkan dalam format kaset analog dalam jumlah terbatas.

Melalui “Summa Injuria”, band yang berpersonelkan Raden Rama Saputra (gitar) dan Rendy Pandita (drum) ini mengemukakan gambaran perihal pencarian keadilan dan kasih dalam bentuk komposisi instrumental yang memadukan sentuhan progressive, stoner, kraut rock, hingga space rock.

“Seperti sebuah maxim; Summa Injuria, kebenaran mutlak melahirkan kesalahan mutlak. Mungkin adil dan kasih tidak ada dalam salah satu sumbu benar atau salah, tapi di antara perbedaan,” pungkas Rama dalam sebaran rilisan pers.

Selain melalui situs yang sudah disebutkan sebelumnya, single yang turut dibantu Sean Kratzert pada divisi artwork serta Adhit Android untuk urusan engineering ini akan segera hadir di beragam layanan streaming seperti Spotify dan Itunes. Klip video untuk lagu ini pun akan segera menyusul dalam waktu dekat ini. -


Penulisan dan aransemen lagu oleh GAUNG (Ramaputratantra dan Rendy Pandita), pengerjaan kover single dilakukan oleh Sean Kratzert, seniman/musisi asal Connecticut, Amerika Serikat, proses mixing dan mastering dikerjakan oleh Adhit Android di Infinite Labs, dan foto pers dikerjakan oleh Robby Wahyudi Onggo. Selain dirilis dalam format audio, GAUNG dan Orange Cliff Records juga sedang bekerjasama dengan sutradara muda Nitya Putrini dalam pengerjaan video musik Summa Injuria.

Anindito Ariwandono, Orange Cliff Records

“Summa Injuria” menggambarkan pencarian keadilan dan kasih lewat komposisi berawalan lugas, layaknya perintah dan larangan dalam kamusmu, undang-undangmu, serta aturanmu yang (entah mengapa) ditegakkan secara harfiah. Sang ahli lantas merancang keadaan atas nama kebenaran yang maha eksak, ditengahi nuansa gamang, diakhiri penolakan dari pemberontak paling mutakhir: perasaan. Seperti sebuah maxim, ‘summa injuria’, kebenaran mutlak melahirkan kesalahan mutlak. Mungkin adil dan kasih tidak ada dalam salah satu sumbu benar atau salah, tapi di antara perbedaan.

Komposisi lagu tak berlirik menjadikan judul sebagai jangkar utama dalam penafsiran. Selepas itu, narasi dan mood disiratkan hanya dalam progresi ritme, pemilihan chord, dan tekstur bunyi instrumen. Sebuah sajian musik multitafsir untuk pendengar.
Ramaputratantra, GAUNG

Produced by GAUNG & Orange Cliff Records
Performed by Ramaputratantra (Variety Instrument) & Rendy Pandita (Drum)
Engineered by Adhit Android of Infinite Lab
Cover Artwork by Sean Kratzert -


Duo instrumental/post-metal asal Bandung, Gaung telah merilis single terbaru berjudul “Summa Injuria” melalui laman Soundcloud dan Bandcamp label mereka, Orange Cliff Records, pada 15 April lalu.

Setelah merilis single “Killing with Virtue” dan “Global Problem Listening Class” dalam format kaset single C10 beberapa waktu lalu, duo Raden Rama Saputra (bass/gitar/synth) dan Rendy Pandit (drum/vokal) merilis “Summa Injuria” lewat Orange Cliff Records sebagai single dari album debut mereka, Opus Contra Naturam yang dijadwalkan rilis pada tanggal 15 Mei mendatang dalam format CD dan kaset.

“Summa Injuria” juga akan dilepas lewat layanan streaming musik digital lainnya dalam waktu dekat. Menurut siaran pers yang diterima SuperMusic.ID, single tersebut juga akan diterjemahkan ke dalam format video klip.

Musikalitas “Summa Injuria” masih memperdengarkan kemahiran Gaung menyusun berbagai spektrum musik rock dan metal seperti stoner, math, juga progressive ke dalam hibrida musik yang padat. Seperti dua single Gaung sebelumnya, “Summa Injuria” menukar presisi dengan dinamisme komposisi dan penjelajahan sound.

Menurut Rama, judul lagu “Summa Injuria” adalah titik utama penafisran makna lagu. Komposisi tanpa lirik ini memuat narasi dan mood lewat siratan progresi ritme, pemilihan chord, dan tekstur bunyi. Istilah Summum jus,summa injuria sendiri berasal dari bahasa Latin yang berarti “Keadilan ekstrem adalah ketidakadilan yang ekstrem.”

Menurut Rama, judul “Summa Injuria” adalah penggambaran “pencarian keadilan dan kasih lewat komposisi berawalan lugas, layaknya perintah dan larangan dalam kamusmu, undang-undangmu, serta aturanmu yang (entah mengapa) ditegakkan secara harfiah,” menurut pengantar singkat Rama dalam siaran pers single tersebut.

“Sang ahli lantas merancang keadaan atas nama kebenaran yang maha eksak, ditengahi nuansa gamang, diakhiri penolakan dari pemberontak paling mutakhir: perasaan. Seperti sebuah maxim, 'summa injuria', kebenaran mutlak melahirkan kesalahan mutlak. Mungkin adil dan kasih tidak ada dalam salah satu sumbu benar atau salah, tapi di antara perbedaan,” tulis Rama. -

"Killing With Virtue, Curhatan Kegelishan Polemik Sosial Ala Gaung" - Band Rock, Gaung, baru-baru ini merilis single perdana dari album pertama mereka yang bertajuk Karya Menentang Alam (opus contra naturam). Mengusung konsep instrumental tanpa lirik single bertajuk Killing With Virtue ini, menjadikan judul sebagai jangkar utama dalam penafsiran.

Rama Putra Tantra, yang meciptakan lagu ini, menuturkan selepas narasi dan mood disiratkan hanya dalam progresi ritme, pemilihan chord dan tekstur bunyi instrument. Komposisi yang menjadikan Killing With Virtue sebagai sebuah sajian musik multitafsir untuk pendengar.

“Lagu ini merupakan kegelisahan saya terhadap pelbagai polemik dalam agresi sosial yang bersifat paradox disekitar kota, sehingga muncul pertanyaan, keburukan untuk kebaikan? atau sebaliknya, kebaikan untuk keburukan? “ tukas Rama Putra Tantra mengungkapkan latar belakang inspirasi penciptaan Killing With Virtue dalam keterangan tertulisnya.

Gaung yang beranggotakan Rama Putra Tantra (Lead guitar/synth/bass) dan Rendy Pandipta (drum/voc/guitar) ini merupakan salah satu rooster indie label berbasis di kota Bandung, Orange Cliff Records. “Killing With Virtue” telah dapat dinikmati secara streaming melalui kanal resmi Gaung , serta sejumlah platform music digital seperti Soundcloud, Spotify, iTunes, Deezer, Apple Music. by -

"7 Nama Muda di Kancah Lokal Yang Akan Merebut Perhatian Kalian"

Hadirnya mereka membuat pergerakan musik domestik yang bagus tidak akan pernah kering.

Oleh Salman Achmad

Terkadang dibutuhkan suntikan baru untuk membuat hidup ini lebih riang, beragam, dan bersenang-senang. Sesuatu yang ‘baru’ dapat menghidupkan kembali gairah yang tidak biasa dibandingkan dengan hal yang berjalan monoton. Hal ini sama seperti ketika kalian membutuhkan sesuatu yang baru untuk didengarkan. Cenderung bosan (terkadang) untuk mendengarkan musik yang sama secara berulang-ulang, apalagi sang musisi tidak datang dengan formula baru yang cemerlang.Dalam musik, pendatang baru sangatlah ditunggu-tunggu. Ya siapa tahu mereka punya sesuatu yang baru di telinga kalian dan dapat menjadi The Next Big Thing selanjutnya. Memasuki tahun 2017, banyak muka pendatang baru yang hadir dan mencuri perhatian, walaupun hanya secuil. Berikut 7 nama pendatang baru yang layak diikuti pergerakannya.

1. Pelteras

Pelteras tiba-tiba meluap, hadir dengan salah satu single perdana bertajuk “Meranggas”. Sebuah lagu yang mencekam, dengan not gelap berpadu post-punk bervokal kelam. Ketika memasuki intro, kita seperti dikerubungi awan hitam yang disusul dengan petir-petir tajam.Terbentuk di akhir tahun 2015, Pelteras digawangi oleh Techa Aurellia sebagai vokalis, basis Adam Bagaskara, gitaris Adam Pribadi dan dramer Achmad Raditya. “”Meranggas” merupakan representasi dari persepsi kami mengenai konsep ‘hidup sepenuh-penuhnya’. Nomor ini menjadi pengingat untuk sebaik-baiknya mengenal kehendak diri agar dapat memenuhi hasrat dalam hidup,” cetus Adam.

2. Gascoigne

Nafas rock di Indonesia terus berhembus tak pernah mampus, bahkan banyak sekali band rock bagus yang dapat kau endus. Gascoigne salah satu band baru yang berisikan muka lama. Sang vokalis dulunya mempunyai band bernama Mutombo, sedangkan dramer-nya mempunyai sebuah record label bernama Leeds Records. Hadir di akhir November 2016, mereka langsung mengeluarkan single bertajuk “Stolen War Emblem”. Dengan alunan gitaryang meliuk pandai sampai ketukan drum yang konstan dan stabil membuat nomor tersebut enak disimak sambil berjalan menyusuri trotoar perkotaan.“Soal influence, sih macam-macam. Sebagian besar band-band college rock dan indie rock era 80-90an seperti Pavement, The Feelies, Yo La Tengo, Neutral Milk Hotel sama Silver Jews,” ujar Zaka Sandra Novian, si penggebuk drum. Jadi wajar saja kalau mereka sangat terdengar 90an. Gascoigne berformasikan Alvi Ifthikhar sebagai gitar dan vokalis, Dimas Hafidzhan pada bass dan Zaka Sandra Novian pada drum. Selain “Stolen War Emblem”, ada salah satu single baru yang diunggah yakni “Life Lesson In Drop D”.

3. Gaung

Duo rock ini sungguh ajaib. Memadukan beberapa aliran musik dalam satu paket bernama Gaung. Ada sisi eksperimental rock, stoner dan progresif dalam diri Rama Saputra yang memegang kendali gitar dan Rendy Pandita di drum. Band yang terbentuk di tahun 2013 ini coba memperkosa telinga pendengarnya dengan riff sengit yang dilengkapi ketukan drum tanpa kenal lelah yang terus melaju. Eksperimen mendengarkan “Killing With Virtue” sangat memainkan emosi lewat nada yang ditunjukkan; tempo kencang menggebu. Dan uniknya, semua instrumental. “Lagu ini merupakan kegelisahan kami terhadap pelbagai polemik dalam agresi sosial yang bersifat paradoks disekitar kota, sehingga muncul pertanyaan:‘keburukan untuk kebaikan?’ atau sebaliknya, ‘kebaikan untuk keburukan?’,” seperti tertulis di laman soundcloud Orange Cliff Records, label yang menaungi mereka.

4. Collapse

Nama Andika Surya melekat dengan band hardcore yang sedang vakum, A.L.I.C.E. Di sini Mencoba menyalurkan sisi lainya dengan sebuah proyek alternative-rock, yakni Collapse, yang menjadisemacam alter-ego baginya. Tidak hanya itu, Andika juga memimpin rekaman dengan memainkan instrumen bass dan drum, seperti terlihat dalam sebuah video yang diunggah kanal Royal Yawns, label yang menaungi grup ini.Tampak juga Alyuadi Febryansyah dari Heals yang mengisi gitar dalam single anyar “Given”, lagu berdurasi tiga menit yang berisi petikan gitar mulus. Selain bermain di Collapse dan A.L.I.C.E, Andika juga sempat memperkuat band cadas lainnya macam Blind To See, Pitfall dan Megamaut.

5. Secret Meadow

Ada juga kuartet indie-pop asal Jakarta yang tak boleh luput dari perhatian, Secret Meadow. Dinahkodai oleh Ricardo Taufano sebagai vokalis sekaligus gitaris, Jaro Petang pada gitar dan synth, Arief Wijaya pada bass serta dramer Mulyana Viqry. Akhir tahun lalu mereka menyapa dengan “Water In The Flowing River”, sebuah nomor anyar perdana yang terdengar syahdu nan ceria. Pada bulan lalu mereka mengeluarkan EP bertitel Same Old Fear yang dirilis oleh Kubis Records asal Jakarta. Tidak hanya dalam negeri, EP ini tersedia di Amerika Serikat melalui label asal Seattle yakni Jigsaw Records. Sang vokalis pun angkat bicara soal isi dari Same Old Fear,“Lirik lagu yang ada di EP ini merepresentasikan ketakutan-ketakutan gue sebagai orang yang berada di awal umur 20-an, seperti ketakutan akan masa depan, anxiety, rasa kesal dalam rutinitas, bahkan hal-hal yang sifatnya abstrak.”

6. Vira Talisa

Tidak hanya band yang layak dipantau pergerakannya. Ada juga seorang musisi cantik belia bernama Vira Talisa. Penyanyi pop folk yang menghabiskan masa studinya di Perancis ini sering sekali melakukan coverversion, dan memampangnya di akun soundcloud pribadi. Semasa waktiu tempuh kuliah di Perancis, perempuan yang satu ini bermain dengan lingkaran musisi kota Rennes. Dari sanalah desakan datang agar menjadikan lagu-lagu gubahannya tersebut ke dalam sebuah mini album. Setelah balik ke Indonesia, pada bulan Oktober 2016 Vira hadir dengan single”Walking Back Home”, nomor santai dengan petikan gitar manis, drum kalem setenang air yang terbalut vokal indah dari dirinya. Sampai akhirnya dia mewujudkan desakan teman-temannya dengan merilis sebuah EP self-titled via Orange Cliff Records.

7. Original Gbrand

Geliat hip-hop belakangan ini sedang merambah naik. Banyak rapper bermunculan dengan segudang mantra. Diantara nama-nama besar dari Rich Chigga sampai yang fenomenal, Young Lex, Original Gbrand merupakan satu nama yang patut diawasi dan diamati. Lagunya berjudul ”Immortal” di mana dia mengoceh dengan bahasa Maluku. Rimanya pun tak asal untai, liriknya jelas dan menendang pantat kalian. Simak nomornya yang bertajuk ”Frasa” atau ”Gue Gak Suka”. -

"A look into Indonesian experimental rock band Gaung's debut album 'Opus Contra Naturam'"

Gaung's debut album, Opus Contra Naturam, will be released later this month. There's no doubt that Gaung is one of 2017's most exciting thought-provoking musical acts. Hailing from Bandung, this rock band started out as Ramaputratantra's solo experimental / jam-based project, operating in Bandung's sub-underground scene, by bringing veritable visuals and texts. He then invited a couple of close friends to join as band members, turns out it didn't work as expected.

The band then went on a hiatus in 2014 due to loss of other musical instruments followed by the departure of other members, making Gaung once again a solo experimental project. As explained by Rama in the press release:

During the hiatus, I composed and wrote all the album material alone before later recruiting Somnium's drummer Rendy Pandita to fill the position as a drummer. In November 2016, we officially reactivated Gaung with the release of the single 'Killing With Virtue' followed by 'Global Problem Listening Class' in December 2016."
Opus Contra Naturam, which means a work against nature, is the title of the album that became the common thread of all the songs. Rama said:

We hope this album can trigger a dialog between us, through our work, with the listeners, and can convey its beauty through the dialogue."
The album will feature nine, mostly instrumental songs, making each tone, sound and composition open for interpretation. The album was executively produced by Gaung and Anindito Ariwandono. All songs were written by Ramaputratantra, recorded at Infinte Labs, Escape and Rebuilt Studio; it was also engineered, mixed and mastered by Adhit Android. The album artwork was done by Dann K Miller, and the layout was designed by Kendra Ahimsa, better known as Ardneks.

The instrumentation on the album was performed by Ramaputratantra on guitar, bass, synthesiser, cello, and others, and Rendy Pandita on drums and vocals. When performing live, they have additional members, namely Dena Prabandara (bass), Benny (noise box & electronic instruments), and Tommy (synthesizer & electronic instruments).

Ramaputratantra explains the inspiration behind the album, ranging from the essay Water and Dreams by Gaston Bachelard, Dante's Inferno to the concept of 'canon'.

For me, the initial goal was to make an album about the relationship between human beings with themselves and the society, where there are plots and phases in each track; like daily metaphors.

Contemplation: 'Lucinae' and 'Hole of Paradiso'

Deconstruction: 'Eridanus Supervoid' and 'Summa Injuria'

Rebellion: 'Killing with Virtue', 'Old Masters' and 'Opus Contra Naturam'

Self Acceptance: 'Kanon' and 'Evidence of Extraordinary Bliss'

The content is very subjective, whatever I felt, heard and saw, I looked toward the metaphors of those ideas from those references. For instance, I set Gaston Bachelard's 'Water and Dreams' [an essay] into sound. There's also a conversion of persona about someone and their story which I can relate to, like in track 9."
Here's the full list of songs, plus the inspirations behind them, according to Rama:

1. 'Lucinae': an adaption from a poetic essay titled 'Water and Dreams' by Gaston Bachelard, which places the lake as a symbol of contemplation of self-reflection.

2. 'Eridanus Supervoid': an expansion of the term eridanus supervoid, which means 'black hole.'—detailing the loss of human values.

3. 'Hole of Paradiso': an adaptation of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri's fiction book, 'Inferno.'

4. 'Killing with Virtue': a song on anxieties over wars and social aggressions.

5. 'Old Masters: A Comedy': an adaptation of a book titled 'Old Master: A Comedy', a satirical book.

6. 'Summa Injuria': an adaptation of the text, 'Summum Jus Summa Injuria' which means 'absolute truth gives birth to absolute error'

7. 'Opus Contra Naturam': a song on the common struggles against tyrannical human fixed notions.

8. 'Kanon': an adapation of the text, 'Canon' which means "a general law, rule, principle, or criterion by which something is judged." The song tells of an anxious person, a victim of discrimination, war, indoctrination and abandonment and also his path to enlightenment.

9.'Evidence of Extraordinary Bliss': Intended as a form of sonic journalism, the song was inspired by a journalist from CNN Indonesia, Hanna Azarya Samosir, who interviewed a journalist from the Philippines, Marconi Navales, who survived a deadly witchhunt of journalists, due to their persistence covering the roots of radicalism in South Philippines.

Gaung's debut album Opus Contra Naturam will be released through Orange Cliff Records in CD, cassette tape, 2x12" Lathe cuts vinyl (limited to 20 copies), and digital through major music streaming services. -


"Killing With Virtue" (Single), Digital release

Produced by GAUNG and Orange Cliff Records

Written and recorded by Ramaputratantra

Drums recorded by Rendy Pandita

Artwork by Visual DTS / Dito Setiasa

Released by Orange Cliff Records on November 2016 as the first single from upcoming debut album

"Global Problem Listening Class" (Single), Digital release

Produced by GAUNG and Orange Cliff Records

Written and recorded by Ramaputratantra

Drums recorded by Rendy Pandita

Artwork by Djali / Achmad Rizali

Released by Orange Cliff Records on December 2016 as the second single from upcoming debut album

"Killing with Virtue / Global Problem Listening Class", Single Cassette

Double sided singles, ‘Killing with Virtue’ on A side, ‘Global Problem Listening Class’ on B side. Only sold during live performances.

"Summa Injuria" (Single), Digital release

Produced by GAUNG and Orange Cliff Records

Written and recorded by Ramaputratantra

Drums recorded by Rendy Pandita

Artwork by Sean Kratzert (Austin, TX)

Released by Orange Cliff Records on May 2017 as third single from upcoming debut album

"Opus Contra Naturam", debut full-length album

CD, Cassette, Lathe cuts

Track list:

  1. Lucinae
  2. Eridanus Supervoid
  3. Hole of Paradiso
  4. Killing with Virtue
  5. Old Masters: A Comedy
  6. Summa Injuria
  7. Opus Contra Naturam
  8. Kanon
  9. Evidence of Extraordinary Bliss



GAUNG is an experimental rock band from Bandung, Indonesia. Incorporating progressive, psychedelic, punk, musique concrète / concrete music, and sonic journalism, they derive their name from a form of sonic phenomenon in Indonesian language.

They seek to turn subversive texts, words, narrative, poetry, news of social distortion, madness of civilisation, and portraits of people struggling against the power, seeping in their creative process and translate them into a form of less lyrical and more instrumental music.

Formed in 2013 by Ramaputratantra whom also the composer slash player (guitar, bass guitar, synth, field recordist, and various other instruments), GAUNG began as an experiment in turning words and notes into music, implying expression in and through rhythm progressions, chord selections, and textures of sound. At some point in 2016, Rendy Pandita from Somnium joined the band as the drummer, along with some live members: Dena Prabandara from Siksa Kubur on bass, and occasionally Benny & Tommy Herseta on synth, noise boxes, and other electrical instruments.