With a lot of recent deaths because of suicide among musicians in the past few years, mental health in the music industry has been a major talking point, with a lot of artists being open about their mental health and also advocating it at the same time. Efforts to accommodate musicians’ mental health have also risen in recent times.
One of Indonesia’s leading figures in music and performing arts, Djaduk Ferianto, passed away last week. With a career spanning for decades, he has contributed to Indonesia’s arts and music scene in a way that is indelible for years to come.
“Soto Ayam Bu Karti” has been in our staff members’ conversations for the past few weeks. This absurd short parody by Mamang Kesbor references the style of trap hip hop artists (most obviously Playboi Carti) to tell a story about a chicken soto street food stall. Speed of Sound Mag’s editors and staff writers collaborated on an editorial reviewing the song and the extent of which “Soto Ayam Bu Karti” impacts Indonesian culture, however niche it could be.
The Hallyu wave has introduced us to Korean drama (K-drama) and its OSTs (original soundtracks). Yet some OSTs became forgotten in a few years, despite deserving more recognition from the general public.
In a scene originated and also dominated by African-American artists, there are some good shout outs for artists of Asian descent who are starting to make a scene in contemporary R&B, including 88rising’s Joji and NIKI, Malaysian singer Yuna, and Indian-American singer Raveena.
South Korean singer-songwriter Sulli died a week ago in Seoul. Sulli, who started her career through the girl group f(x), remains largely recognizable through her work in K-pop and the Korean entertainment industry at large. Her untimely death reminds us that the strenuous music industry needs to care more about mental health and self-care among both producers and consumers of music.
With the amount of remixes growing at a substantial rate, questions emerged whether remixes are a good thing or vice versa, and whether they are necessary to be done or not.
Korean girl group f(x) is well-known for their experimental dance-pop tracks, the members’ outstanding dance skills, and their quirky image. In this article, we have compiled a list of underrated f(x) tracks, especially ones that highlight the experimental side of their music and their high quality production.
It’s always interesting to talk about the most controversial era and one of the most iconic eras of Indonesian music - the era where local Malay pop bands dominated the scene and released what would later be national sad karaoke anthems.
The Speedofsound Mag Team recently (partially) gathered to assemble our current faves from the local music scene - ranging from folk ballads to heartwrenching melodic punk to chill R&B. Sit back and enjoy the rest of the week with our picks.