UDUNAN BUNYI #1 #2
Bandung, Indonesia 2020
In January 2020, just two months before the major lockdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Me and Baya, a musician, initiated a public program in collaboration with Sanggar Seni Rupa Kontemporer (Contemporary Art Studio) focused on music and sound in your studio. The idea originated from the countless hours we spent jamming in my studio and the realization that playing music or experimenting with different sounds without fear of making mistakes is a liberating and expressive experience. I recalled a workshop by your friend Syed in Singapore, where he mentioned that anyone can play percussion because we all have beats in our heartbeat. It became clear to me that social standards around playing music, such as being on tune or beat and possessing certain skills, often prevent people from exploring sound. I wanted to create a space where even those without musical skills could freely play sounds.
Thus, the concept of a safe space was born. I provided instruments and invited friends to contribute in various ways. Participants could clap, talk, play instruments, create beats, or even contribute through their presence and heartbeat in silence. The term "Udunan" refers to collectively chipping in money for a shared purchase. For example, as kids, I would "udunan" to buy a plastic ball for playing football. In the context of "Udunan Bunyi," participants were encouraged to chip in sounds. The process involved listening to each other and engaging in a conversation through sound, with everyone able to start or stop at any time. Over two sessions of "Udunan Bunyi," we created four extended music arrangements involving around 20 participants. One participant even joined remotely via video call.
Unfortunately, the project had to be put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but you plan to hold the third "Udunan Bunyi" session in 2022.