Looking for something different to do in Cambodia? Want to see engaging new art, listen to live music, or go to a decent club night?
Phnom Penh is a dynamic and expanding city, so it’s about time I updated my earlier post suggesting some resources to assist you on your quest for entertainment. The capital of Cambodia has a burgeoning arts & culture scene and a range of art exhibitions, theatre, movie festivals and live music events in a number of venues throughout the city.
What to do in Cambodia
It’s easy to get vital information on the latest events from a number of websites, free magazines, and other publications. Here is my updated list:
- Interviews and gig listing (in print format and PDF download) in The Advisor
- Good coverage of all events are available on the Expat Advisory website
- For up-to-date listings of all mainstream and underground music events, look no further than Leng Pleng
- Lady Penh is another listings website
- There’s also coverage in Asia Life magazine but they haven’t updated their site in 6 months so you’ll have to find print copies around town
Even though it pains me I would also check event listings on Facebook. Feel free to suggest resources you think are worthwhile in the comments below. Hope to see you about town…
2013 will start with the release of a retrospective collection of ZoiD tracks from the past seven years. We’re releasing the album for free on the 25th of December SoundCloud and on Bandcamp. Happy Christmas….
ZoiD is one of the many projects of Daniel Jacobson, a Dublin-based musician and producer.
He began using this particular moniker while living in New Zealand in 2005, and it’s been his main outlet for jazz-tinged electronica ever since.
In 2006 he was a participant at the Red Bull Music Academy in Melbourne where he attended workshops and seminars with Soundmurderer, Mu-Ziq, Mark Pritchard, Cut Chemist, Derrick May and others.
His first album, “ZoiD Versus the Jazz Musicians of Ireland Vol 1″ (2007, Diatribe) was a battle between ZoiD’s electronics and six prominent Irish jazz musicians – “this is either the future of jazz, or the end of jazz as we know it” Cormac Larkin, Sunday Tribune. “wonderful future-bop realms” Jim Carroll, Irish Times.
After taking a three year hiatus for world travelling and meditation, he returned in 2011 with “Sundillion EP” by zoiBand. According to Harmless Noise, this was “…a mesmerising, singular release that melds the spirit of jazz with the ghosts of future sounds”.
The Colour of Music
We were privileged to have Phoenix Jay call to our studios and interview Dina Chhan and myself. Being compared to László is an honor. We will have Interactive painting walls at our gigs in 2013 so we hope to live up to the claims
If you’re in Phnom Penh, Cambodia this Saturday the 22nd of December, come down and party at Meta House. We will have live painting, 5 projectors, artwork galore and 5 DJs with a range of styles.
96 Minutes of relaxation
I created this mix because I was inspired by one of Ambienteer’s blog entries a few months ago. James wrote about using an old 70′s transistor radio to listen to shortwave transmissions. He recorded samples from the radio, and distorted and looped them to use as elements in a number of his tracks. After reading about these endeavors I began collecting music that reminded me of the tones, phase shifting or noises you would find on the HF bands. I remember listening to broadcasts from the International Space Station and numbers stations using a Sony ICF-2010 receiver so every time I discovered a track with a similar characteristic to these broadcasts I put it aside for this mix.
The opening track by Ambienteer uses samples from the Russian space program ‘Soyuz’, amazingly this program started in 1967 and is still in use today. James obtained the samples from Sven Grahn who has a repository of samples of various satellites recorded near Stockholm, Sweden. Gurdonark’s weirdbient track Katykids reminds me of the selcal tones used to communicate with aircraft, check out his new album and other fantastic releases on the We Are All Ghosts Netlabel.
I’m delighted to hear the Archaic Horizon Netlabel has some new releases out. Dance of the Cryptids by Heroines of the U.S.S.R and Earlyguard’s epic Habitat phase back and forth like the effects of tropospheric propagation. Nice by Luis Marte has an off kilter warble, similar to that of RTTY data transmissions. Yggdrasil by Artificial Sun Project has eerie samples of numbers stations and a few of the other tracks contain elements that remind me of the infamous Russian Woodpecker. . Fond memories indeed, I’ll have to throw a wire out the window and fire up the receiver soon.
Thanks to Basil for the cover photograph. Discover more of his beautiful photographs here Until next time, enjoy the transmission.
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Artist – Track Name
- Ambienteer – Soyuz
- Gurdonark – Katydids
- Heroines of the U.S.S.R – Dance of the Cryptids
- Logic Moon – Polygon Garden
- Artificial Sun Project – Electrifying Sunlight
- Apta – Figures of ’62
- Luis Marte – Nice
- Artificial Sun Project – Yggdrasil
- Earlyguard – Habitat
- Phillip Wilkerson – Weightless
- Bing Satellites – Space
- ebauche – Kiriom – Invisible Agent Records (2013)
- Daniel Robert Lahey – Aujourd-hui