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A podcast looking at the social history of Indonesia, through the songs of Navicula, the best band you’ve probably never heard of. In each episode of the show, we dig deep into one Navicula song, and the story of why and how it was made. Find out more at: http://soundtrackofresistance.net/

A Soundtrack of Resistance Ewa Wojkowska & Gede Robi

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A podcast looking at the social history of Indonesia, through the songs of Navicula, the best band you’ve probably never heard of. In each episode of the show, we dig deep into one Navicula song, and the story of why and how it was made. Find out more at: http://soundtrackofresistance.net/

    Episode 8: Orangutan

    Episode 8: Orangutan

    With their pensive expressions, boundless curiosity, and frequent bursts of playfulness, it’s not hard to see just how closely biologically related we are to orangutans. But despite them being so closely related to us and their name literally meaning 'person of the forest' - we have threatened them with extinction.

    In this episode we’re looking at an issue that has come to represent Indonesia’s darkest environmental reality: deforestation and habitat loss in Sumatra and Kalimantan, the Indonesian part of Borneo, through Navicula’s song Orangutan.

    Writing and Production: Ewa Wojkowska , Julia Winterflood, Vanessa Harsamto
    Production and sound design: Gede Robi
    Co-production: Sergina Loncle, Andre Dananjaya
    Mixing and Mastering: Cipta Gunawan, Tude Arta Sedana
    All Music: Navicula
    Podcast Artwork: Krishna Adipurba
    Web design: Jay Sims, Vanessa Harsamto, Fleava, Major Tom
    Photography:  Penny Lane
    Show notes, source and bonus material:
    https://naviculamusic.com/en/podcast/orangutan/

    • 51 min
    Episode 7: Bali Berani Berhenti (Bali Dares to Stop)

    Episode 7: Bali Berani Berhenti (Bali Dares to Stop)

    In this episode of the podcast, we're looking at Nyepi through the Navicula song, Saat Semua Semakin Cepat Bali Berani Berhenti, or as everything gets faster and faster Bali dares to stop.­­
    Released in 2016 it's the band's love letter to Nyepi - Bali’s day of silence during which the entire island shuts down for 24 hours. A gentle acoustic folk ballad the song is an ode to the Island's bravery to continue celebrating its traditions in the face of globalization and to slip into stillness amidst so much noise.
    But Nyepi isn't the only example of Bali’s bravery to go against the status quo. In 2019, the province became the first in Indonesia to pass a regulation, banning the use of certain types of single use items, including plastic bags, styrofoam, and plastic straws, in restaurants, cafes, shops, and markets. This was a significant step in tackling Indonesia's widely acknowledged plastic waste crisis.
    In this episode we are joined by two experts on Balinese culture - historian, Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan and community activist and event organizer Odeck Ariawan. We’ll also meet environmental activist and lawyer Tiza Mafira to learn about the extent of Indonesia's plastic waste crisis. 
    We also have two bonus episodes, featuring the full conversations with Tiza Mafira and Dr Wayan Jarrah Sastrawan available at soundtrackofresistance.net
    Writing and Production: Ewa Wojkowska & Julia Winterflood
    Production and sound design: Gede Robi
    Co-production: Vanessa Harsamto, Sergina Loncle, Andre Dananjaya
    Mixing and Mastering: Cipta Gunawan, Tude Arta Sedana
    All Music: Navicula
    Podcast Artwork: Krishna Adipurba
    Web design: Jay Sims, Vanessa Harsamto, Fleava, Major Tom
    Photography:  Penny Lane
    Show notes, source and bonus material:
    https://naviculamusic.com/en/podcast/baliberaniberhenti/
    This podcast is a labor of love and each episode takes our team hundreds of hours to produce. If you like this podcast and if you are in a position to do so, please consider supporting us via Patreon so that we can continue to tell the story of an incredible band and this complicated country.  

    • 1 hr
    Episode 6: Mafia Hukum / The Legal Mafia

    Episode 6: Mafia Hukum / The Legal Mafia

    In this episode we are getting into a topic that every Indonesian across the country thinks about, corruption. We're going to do our best to give you a picture of why it's such a big issue in Indonesia and introduce you to some of the people and organizations who are tackling corruption at different levels in very diverse and creative ways.
    We're looking at all of this through the Navicula song that has become the anthem of Indonesia's anti-corruption movement, Mafia Hukum, or the legal mafia, a song that is arguably one of the band's biggest hits. 
    This episode features: Dandhy Laksono, Documentary Filmmaker; Saut Situmorang, Deputy Commissioner of KPK (2015-1019), Sely Martini, Indonesia Corruption Watch; Edward Andrews, Musician; Gede Robi, Vocalist & Guitarist of Navicula. 

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Episode 5: Everyone Goes to Heaven

    Episode 5: Everyone Goes to Heaven

    This is the second of a two-part episode on violent religious extremism. If you haven't already, listen to  Aku Bukan Mesin - I Am Not a Machine, first.
    In this episode, we are looking at how and why people become violent religious extremists, and explore “Everyone Goes to Heaven” - one of the songs Navicula released in response to  a turbulent time in Indonesia’s history.   
    We are joined by Sidney Jones, a widely renowned expert on religious extremism and conflict in Indonesia, and Heidi Arbuckle, an expert on tolerance and on the role of music and the arts in creating an informed and tolerant society. 

    • 39 min
    Episode 4: Aku Bukan Mesin / I Am Not a Machine

    Episode 4: Aku Bukan Mesin / I Am Not a Machine

    In this episode, we are exploring violent religious extremism, through Aku Bukan Mesin (I am not a machine), one of the songs that the band recorded in response to terrorist bombings that shook Bali and Jakarta in the early 2000, and a turbulent political transition in Indonesia which saw conflict flaring up in various parts of the country. The conflicts were dividing communities across religious lines and resulted in large scale destruction, violence, displacement, and the deaths of thousands of people. Joining us in this episode is a special guest, Sidney Jones - a widely renowned expert on religious extremism and conflict in Indonesia.

    • 35 min
    Episode 3: Merdeka / Freedom

    Episode 3: Merdeka / Freedom

    We're going back to the very beginning - back to 1996, the year that Navicula was formed, and talking about the band's journey over the past 25 years - to how they got to where they are today.  There's a lot in this episode, we're speaking with the whole band - Robi, Dadang, Palel and Krishna, as well as two of the band's former managers, Rudolf Dethu, and Lakota Moira. We'll hear about Navicula's experience recording at Record Plant Studios in Hollywood, and the band's deal with Sony and their subsequent split with the record label. We'll find out why Gembul, Navicula's former drummer left the band. And we'll also hear about the tragic loss of Made, Navicula's Bass player, three years ago.  In this episode, we're exploring  Navicula's song, Merdeka, which means freedom. We'll hear about the inspiration for this song, as well as how over the years, this song, as well as the meaning of freedom has evolved for the band.

    • 57 min

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