Weaving together contemporary electronic music and traditional folkloric influences, Pararatronic is a collaborative release from Indonesian composer KUNTARI and British artists ADDICTIVE TV. The Pararatronic name refers to the Pararaton, the ancient Indonesian book of kings and its stories of legacy, contradiction and the legends of Ken Arok.
With textured aural layers, at times dark and haunting and at others ethereal and joyous, the project features four idiosyncratic and captivating tracks, two from each artist. The compositions are based on field recordings made by KUNTARI and ADDICTIVE TV, including with traditional sinden singer Nur Handayani in Indonesia.
Pararatronic is supported by the British Council Indonesia as part of their Connections Through Culture initiative.
released February 11, 2022
Addictive TV, known for their innovative use of audio/video sampling, created two tracks for their acclaimed project Orchestra of Samples, where for over a decade they’ve recorded an array of distinctive sounds on their global travels, sampling and creating musical conversations, connecting cultures around the world.
Sampled musicians from field recordings:
Nur Handayani - vocals
Perumal Varudaraj - bansuri flute
Vera Joshi - Russian flat bells
Remi Stengel - guitar
Pierre-Antoine Sims - guitar
Anna Skodbo - harp
Baha Zhelderbayen - dombyra
Composers/electronics: Graham Daniels, Michael Neo
Project producer: Francoise Lamy
Mixed and mastered by Adhitya Wibisana
Artwork by Rakasu