An organisation called eurient which works for cultural dialogue, has developed the following proposal. Looks very exciting and I hope they get the funding. Who would have imagined that Metal could save the world!
A Transmediterranean Clash of Sound
- project details -
The starting point for the idea of the Clash of Sound-Project is the critique of a number of popular conceptions conceiving culture as a territorial concept which is embedded into a national container-society. Today’s most topical and popular version of such ideas has been formulated with the theses of the Clash of Civilizations and the global awakening of religious fundamental movements in the aftermath of September 11th.
These politically motivated and essentialist traits of thought are opposed to a global development that gives way to a quite different perspective on our future. Cultural globalisation processes speed up and gain strength as the global distribution of media and communication systems proceeds. The digital revolution of the last decade provides the basis for a wide access to almost indefinite cultural resources and identity options – a chance especially young people take advantage of. This global availability of cultural resources dislocates processes of identity construction from local or national contexts. As a consequence global youth cultures are growing ever stronger. Though each is bound to a specific local context they are interconnected in a network that trespasses national and religious borders. The main point for concept of a Clash of Sound is the collective consciousness that grows within many of these youth cultures defying all national, religious or ethnic background.
Heavy Metal represents one of those youth cultural phenomena that see a world wide reception and appropriation within most different social and cultural contexts. CDs, video clips, concerts, magazines, and the virtual components of the Internet (e.g. web-sites, chats…) convey its specific image and life style to young people of very different origin.
Aims and purposes
The aim of the project is to point out new chances of intercultural dialog beyond religious and national boundaries. This proceeds on the assumption that the globalisation of cultural identities is about to determine the thoughts and actions of the younger generation, not a clash of civilisations. The project wants to bring young musicians together who consider themselves to belong to the same music and youth culture. This intends to create a common space of experience for intellectual and cultural exchange between musicians of different national, religious and ethnic origin. With the encounter of various musicians from
Germanywe want to show that a peaceful togetherness is still possible in spite of September 11th, fundamentalism and terrorism. By means of a high-quality media representation of the project we urge to initiate public reflections on this trans-cultural phenomenon thereby helping to soften preformatted and essentialist conceptions of culture.
The musicians: The Clash of Sound-Project consists of the bands Nu.Clear.Dawn from
Syria(contact: Shant Hagopian), Sould Sacrifice from
Turkey(contact: Maksim Kırıkoğlu),
Israel(contact: Kobi Farhi) and Disillusion from
Germany(contact: Rajk Barthel). Criteria for the selection of the artists are the following:
1) With the exception of Disillusion the musicians know each other from a joint musical show at the ‘Rock the Nations Festival’ in
Istanbulin summer 2004. They have been on friendly terms even before and much more after the show.
2) Besides the national composition of the project, the ethnic-religious compositions of each band are highly relevant. Highlighting the ethnical aspect, the Turkish Band Soul Sacrifice includes a member of
Istanbul’s marginalised Bulgarian-Christian minority; two members of the Syrian Band Nu.Clear.Dawn descend from survivors of the genocide that had been committed against the Armenian people of
Anatolia90 years ago; the other members of the band are of Arab-Muslim and Arab-Christian origin. The musicians of
Landderive from different ethnic roots as well, reflecting the background of their families which migrated to
Israelfrom various regions. If we were to believe in the concept of the Clash of Civilizations an encounter of muscians from such politically laden contexts would be simply impossible surfacing a vast variety of political-religious conflicts.
3) Last but not least, there is the musical professionalism of the artists and the idea of offering them a forum for their artistic work outside the rather narrow possibilities within their respective native countries.
Date of Realization: April 2006
Course of Programme: As a first step, the musicians will be brought to
Leipzigwhere they meet their German colleagues from Disillusion. The stay in
Leipziglasts for one week. During that time, the musicians gather for musical sessions in order to develop a common language and to do some first recordings. This first week is also dedicated to the intercultural dialog among the members of the bands. This dialog will be further deepened by an appropriate way of group accommodation.
The second step consists of musical shows envisioned for
Stuttgartand two other cities within
Germany. Following this tour, a last day in
Leipzigis scheduled for a joint review of the project in combination with a press conference.
Media Representation: A professional film team (NATURFILM, contact: Rolf Sziringer) will be accompanying the musicians during all phases of the project. Focusing on scenes of everyday life as well as on personal interviews with the band members, the emerging Clash of Sound-Documentary is aimed to be broadcatsted on the German-French TV-channel ‘arte’. Negotiations with ’arte’ are already under way.
Furthermore, the project is supposed to enjoy a wide media coverage in public as well as in relevant magazines of the Heavy Metal scene in- and outside
Germany. We have already received letters of intent from a great variety of newspapers, magazines and radio stations in- and outside
Germany. Further contacts with representatives of different medias are due for the coming weeks and months.
Finally, a CD is produced from the material athered during the sessions in
Leipzigand the live shows. This CD should be distributed free of charge by relevant music magazines and labels in
Given a successful realization of the Clash of Sound we envision a stay of German bands in
Turkey. Contact to local organizers of the ‘Rock the Nations’-Festival in
Istanbul(contact: Erdem Çapar) and the ‘Rock Station’ (contact: Hicri Bozdağ) and representatives of different medias are already established.
With regard to the ALF guidelines we plan to bring a second European band into the project. Negotiations are under way with the Hungarian band Ektomorf (contact: Thomas Jentsch). But we would like to draw the attention to the point that a fifth band would render the realization of the project a lot more difficult und costly regarding the joint musical shows, the recording studios and the means of transportation. Alternatively, we would want to suggest considering Soul Sacrifice from
Turkeyas the second European band!