Cultural Convergence – Traditional / Ethnic Music

Most of today’s generation did not appreciate traditional culture as to the previous generation. With example, my parents do appreciate and enjoys traditional culture more than me. Because I was raised with different environment, technology, and society.

Wayang Pandawa - Wayang is a Javanese word for shadow, Shadow Puppet or Puppet Theatre. Wayang is an example of traditional entertainment before its replaced by radio, television, and now computer. Pandawa is a one of many types of wayang.

As a nation, we have to preserve our culture. Without culture, we lost our identity as a country. So, in order to preserve the culture, we must introduce them to everyone, especially our own people. The thing is, most of people in our generation did not find our culture and history to be excited or boring.

To make things more exciting, people start to converge traditional culture with “new culture”. Music for example. By combining traditional music and modern music, it creates a new vibe as the music fuse together. It introduces something new to the community, hence people started to listen and find it more and more interesting as the music became more popular. People started to looked and do a bit research on the background, how did this music came to be. Not only it helps to preserve the traditional culture, it creates a new market too for this kind of music, and it automatically introduces the traditional music within the music itself to the world.

People started to gain interest in the culture, and they also find it interesting to fuse modern musical instrument with other traditional instruments. Indonesia has lots of traditional instruments, with more than 300 ethnic group with its own music style. There is more than just, i.e dance, painting, building structure, and more.

 

 

The video is an example of fusion between balinese traditional music and modern music.

Thanks for Bali Maharani Records for the music on their album Bali Relaxation Lounge, and if you like it, you can find it in iTunes store 🙂

 

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For Love, Art, or Money?

In this post, I’m not going to promote and artist or anything (he is already famous, in my country :p) I just want to share a thought from one of Indonesian singer and musician, Sandhy Sandoro. Should you hear his voice without knowing anything about him, you might even guess that he is an African-American singer because the way he sings is so “black”. He surprises many who hear his voice first.

On an interview after his performance, he said that he is fine with people copying and sharing his music anyway people like. “I’d like to share my songs with people *everywhere*, so that they can enjoy my music,” Sandhy says. He does not say that he is fine with piracy, but if the people can’t afford the high price of a single album or CD, why should someone forces them to buy it?

My latest post about “Why poor country has high piracy rates” explained or expressing the same thing that he said in the interview. Why record label bother to fight against piracy if they did not understand or realise the root problem of the matter, which in my opinion is the high price of a single album or CD that majority of the people can’t afford to buy it.

Even the artist did not complain whether they receive less money or not. Well, maybe there are some artist that quarrels, but I did not know because it is not exposed (and it is bad for their popularity too if they did). But I know that most of them do this because they love it, so they are fine with people sharing their music because to them it is the best marketing tool that they had and they don’t want to disappoint them, especially for them who just start to enter this industry.

There are more things important than money. Music as an art cannot be treated and valued by money. If we always value something by money, I guess for the music industry, it won’t be like what we had today. People will only make music when they can make a lot of money from it. Sometimes many people create music just because they love it.

In the end, I just want to share the achievement that Sandhy does outside Indonesia. As an Indonesian and fellow musician, I am proud of him and what he has achieved so far. Enjoy! 🙂

The Next Best Thing In Digital Media

Digital Media in Indonesia - Info graphic ( CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 - Trixia Yong )

Indonesia is the next best thing in digital media. Why? The info graphic in the left clearly tells us why.

In 2007, students from Singapore Management University (SMU) created a wiki page on digital media across asia.

Indonesia is the 4th largest population in the world with more than 228 million people.

Indonesia is the world’s second largest number of Facebook users and the third largest number of Twitter users. According to TNS survey, 87 percent of Indonesians who go online have social networking site accounts, but only 14 percent access the sites daily. It is far below the global average of 46 percent, due to many of them access the internet from internet cafes or they still using old fashioned smart phones.

48 percent of Internet users in Indonesia used a mobile phone to access the Internet, whereas another 13 percent used other handheld multimedia devices. Indonesia is the highest dependence on mobile Internet access in Southeast Asia.

Despite all of that activities, sadly Indonesia still has the lowest level of overall Internet penetration in Southeast Asia, yet.

Based on Communication Ministry data, at end of June 2011, there are 45 million internet users in Indonesia, which 64 percent or 28 million users on the age of 15 to 19. But 28 million people is only 21 percent of Indonesians aged between 15 and 49. The remaining did not use often or perhaps never used it before.

Indonesia is an archipelago that spans more than 17,000 island. It is still hard to establish an internet connection over the suburban islands. The internet has not come to Indonesia since 1988, so it is still considered new. The government runs the biggest communication company, PT. Telkom, and they provide internet connection among with other private companies. Since then, the internet users grew and now the internet penetration has gone up.

The news or the media is affected as well. Based on Yahoo Net Index survey released in July 2011, Internet in Indonesia sat in the second row after television. 89 percent of users connected to social networking, 72 percent web browsing and 61 percent read the news. The media are shifting towards electronic or internet to publish their news, which makes quite a significant decrease among printing media or hard copies. But that is good, save paper, save tree, save the world, no global warming! 😀

This just the beginning. We still have the other 183 million people that has not use internet, yet. The potential, not only applicable for news and entertainment but more, is huge, from marketing a business to spread warnings. 5-10 years from now, the internet users in Indonesia will increase significantly, whether they access it from home or their mobile phones.

Four students from SMU also created a video, explaining why Indonesia is the next big thing in digital media and went on to share with us 5 big trends in the country.

“The uniqueness of Indonesian culture is fitted to the nature of social media. Indonesians love connecting and with a huge population, we somehow became a huge social media nation. The video is a great way to summarize digital media in Indonesia. The students did a great job,” Andi Primaretha, a social media consultant at Virtual Consulting (Indonesia) commented after watching the video.

Have An Eye For

Top 20 Country With Highest and Lowest Piracy Rates - BSA/Penn Olson

Indonesia is listed as number 11 for country with highest piracy rate for softwares, according to BSA (Business Software Alliance). In their report, they said that the value of software without licenses that are installed on personal computers reached $1.32 billion in 2010. Even many companies in Indonesia uses unlicensed software (the company whom I used to work with did that X_X ).

To some people, the problem is because of money (previous post about “Why poor country has high piracy rates?”). But I want to talk about different point of few here. To other people that has the money, they just don’t want to spend on something that they know they can get it for cheaper price and works perfectly as original. Some companies did that as well because they think that it is a waste of money to buy licensed softwares. The problem with these people is that they can’t or do not want to give an appreciation to those people or companies who build and make the softwares. It works the same with music, movies, etc. People want to be appreciated with what they’ve done.

Let’s say you are a musician. You buy pirated recording softwares, which don’t give profit to the company that made the software. You produce your music and it becomes a hit. Suddenly you realise that lots of people that had your song in their iPod or MP3 gets it from their friends whom they share music with. How would you feel about that? That is what the company that made the recording software also feel about you buy their pirated software.

These people that create music, movies, softwares, etc. had put their hard work and creativity in it to produce something great. They are the reason we live in the world today, filled with music, films, designs, softwares that makes our work easier, and more. Why can’t we give them an appreciation for what they’ve done by buying their original product?

Digital Identity

Translation : Getting Around The Digital Trend Used By Children And Teenagers

In a short sentence, I guess digital identity is About Me, published in the internet. Honestly, I didn’t know what to write. I hate writing. And since my english is not good, I don’t want to embarrassed myself. But when I was looking for inspiration for writing this post about digital identity, and I found this book. It is written in Indonesian and the target reader is aimed towards parents apparently. This book made me remember quite a serious case about missing people in Jakarta.

It started quite a while not long after social network such as facebook and twitter came out. Every case, the story is almost the same. The story told by the closest person of the missing person, either her family or close friends. The story goes like this. The person who is missing use facebook, add some friends that she know and accept some friend request from other people that she didn’t know. They started having conversation for a while, and they arrange a meeting. They meet for sometimes, and the last thing you know she’s missing. (There are no case involving twitter, yet :s)

According to local newspaper, the are approximately 100 case about missing people because of facebook. Almost 90% of the people missing aged between 13-20 years old. I’m not going to blame anyone on this post regarding this matter. I’m just going to write my opinion. Please don’t judge me. Haha 😛

First of all, to me the reason why the victims mostly children and teenager is because of their parents. They are still children and they need guidance. It’s the parents job to prevent their children miss use the technology nowadays. Parents have to monitor their children until they are sure that their children mature and responsible and can take care their own life. The school does not help in this matter.

Now I’m not being stereotypical for what I’m going to write. But lots of this cases happened to low-middle class family. And in my opinion, the reason being is because perhaps the parents didn’t spend much time at home but working to gain more money to have a better life. It’s not a wrong thing to do, but the parents responsibility is more than just working for money to survive everyday. They must take care of their children as well.

So then, less care and attention given to the child. And since they are still a child, they didn’t know much. The parents bought them computer and laptop, their friends have social network account. The child had nothing to do at home because their parents is not home, hence the child make one, use it, having conversation with lots of people, and suddenly the child goes to meet the person and boom! Gone! The kidnapper may ask for ransom, or if she’s a teenager, she might be raped and worst, killed after being raped.

Sometimes children and teenage didn’t know what they are doing. You can’t rely on school, especially when the education system in my country is bad. Most of the victims went to public school where the learning environment is bad. Even some of the school building itself is unacceptable and some can lead to collapse. The government does not care. The case rarely happen on the middle-high class family because the parents can afford sending their children to private school where the learning environment is better and safer. Still, like I said, there is cases involving middle-high class family but rare.

The advancement of technology nowadays is huge and fast. There is nothing wrong with the technology, it’s just the people who use it must be careful and aware to the people that miss use the technology to get what they want. Today, it seems like we can’t live without internet. The internet has made a huge impact in our life. Having digital identity is recommended, because you can connect with lots of people in the world by using just one of many social network platform available.

We have to be smart. Nobody cares about you except your love ones. But they are not going to stay here with us forever right? I guess no matter how old are you, there is no such thing is to early to grow up, mature, being responsible and take an action, so you can be independent and be successful. Don’t do something stupid and regret it in the end. Life is to short. Your life is the most important thing in the world. Take a good care of it and enjoy most of it!

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