Virus Setan: Risalah Pemikiran Musik

November 10, 2014 § 1 Comment

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Kalau mau jujur, dan mungkin ini agak nyeleneh, sebetulnya sumbangan musik untuk dunia itu nggak ada.

Tetapi itu menurut orang yang tidak tahu musik. —Slamet Abdul Sjukur, Virus Setan

Virus Setan adalah fragmen pemikiran musik terkini  dari sosok Slamet Abdul Sjukur, komponis 77 tahun yang menuliskan ‘musik’ sebagai ‘agama’ di formulir pembuatan KTP-nya. Ia pun berdebat seru dengan petugas kelurahan. Ia lebih percaya musik daripada agama? Atau musik adalah imannya?

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On This Day, January 7

January 7, 2018 § Leave a comment


On January 7, 1839, members of the French Académie des Sciences were shown products of an invention that would forever change the nature of visual representation: photography. The astonishingly precise pictures they saw were the work of Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre (1787–1851), a Romantic painter and printmaker most famous until then as the proprietor of the Diorama, a popular Parisian spectacle featuring theatrical painting and lighting effects. Each daguerreotype (as Daguerre dubbed his invention) was a one-of-a-kind image on a highly polished, silver-plated sheet of copper.


Source: The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Read more » Daguerre (1787–1851) and the Invention of Photography


On This Day, December 23

December 23, 2017 § Leave a comment


Jane Austen’s[i]  Emma was published in 1815.



Paperback, Penguin Classics, 474 pages.
Published May 6th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published December 23rd 1815). Source: Goodreads

“I never have been in love; it is not my way, or my nature; and I do not think I ever shall.”

Beautiful, clever, rich—and single—Emma Woodhouse is perfectly content with her life and sees no need for either love or marriage. Nothing, however, delights her more than interfering in the romantic lives of others. But when she ignores the warnings of her good friend Mr. Knightley and attempts to arrange a suitable match for her protegee Harriet Smith, her carefully laid plans soon unravel and have consequences that she never expected. With its imperfect but charming heroine and its witty and subtle exploration of relationships, Emma is often seen as Jane Austen’s most flawless work. (Source: Goodreads)

Jane Austen? Why I go so far as to say that any library is a good library that does not contain a volume by Jane Austen. Even if it contains no other book.” —Mark Twain


[i] Jane Austen was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature, her realism and biting social commentary cementing her historical importance among scholars and critics.

Jane Austen

Austen lived her entire life as part of a close-knit family located on the lower fringes of the English landed gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own reading. The steadfast support of her family was critical to her development as a professional writer. Her artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about 35 years old. During this period, she experimented with various literary forms, including the epistolary novel which she tried then abandoned, and wrote and extensively revised three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811 until 1816, with the release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma (1815), she achieved success as a published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both published posthumously in 1818, and began a third, which was eventually titled Sanditon, but died before completing it.

Austen’s works critique the novels of sensibility of the second half of the 18th century and are part of the transition to 19th-century realism. Her plots, though fundamentally comic, highlight the dependence of women on marriage to secure social standing and economic security. Her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime, but the publication in 1869 of her nephew’s A Memoir of Jane Austen introduced her to a wider public, and by the 1940s she had become widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a Janeite fan culture. (Source: Goodreads)

On This Day, December 16

December 16, 2017 § Leave a comment


Ludwig Van Beethoven was born in 1770.

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven when composing the Missa Solemnis, Joseph Karl Stieler (1781–1858), 1820

Portrait of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770–1827) when composing the Missa Solemnis, Joseph Karl Stieler (1781–1858), 1820. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Beethoven’s music is all the more amazing because he wrote so much of it when he was almost or totally deaf. At the end of the premiere of the Ninth Symphony, the composer had to be turned around to see the ovation he could not hear.

Beethoven Symphony #9 in D minor Opus 125, 4th movement. Leonard Bernstein, Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

If you’re going to write a big symphony, you might as well make it the biggest one ever composed (at the time). And if you’re going to make it about something, you might as well make it about the triumphant union of mankind. No pressure, then. Beethoven’s final symphony is a beast, but arguably the most rewarding of all of them. Listen to how the opening of the first movement turns from aimless wandering to mammoth crashes, the skipping strings in the second and the choral splendour of the finale… Everywhere you look in this epic symphony there’s something to enjoy. So as you stand on the sofa, shouting along with the Ode To Joy and knocking your cup of tea over, remember that all this noise was made by someone who was, by this point, almost entirely deaf.

(Source: Classic FM)

Where to start with Beethoven’s symphonies? It’s tempting to think it’s just too much effort to plough through all of them, but with our handy symphony-by-symphony guide, you can listen out for the important bits and really get the most out of these monumental works. Let’s start at the beginning… » Beethoven’s Symphonies: Where To Start

Dari Bunyi ke Kata, Panduan Praktis Menulis Tentang Musik

December 15, 2017 § Leave a comment


Judul: Dari Bunyi ke Kata, Panduan Praktis Menulis Tentang Musik
Penulis: Erie Setiawan
Cetakan: I, 2017
Ukuran: 14 x 21 cm
Tebal: 110 halaman
Penerbit: Art Music Today
Harga: Rp. 50.000,- (baru, di luar ongkos kirim)

Tentang buku ini:

  • Buku pertama di Indonesia yang membahas bagaimana menulis tentang musik.
  • Berisi tidak hanya sekadar tips praktis, tapi disertai kunci-kunci pendalaman wawasan teoritik.
  • Membantu siapa-saja: baik jurnalis, mahasiswa, dosen, atau masyarakat umum yang ingin menulis tentang musik sesuai kaidah jurnalistik dan ilmu musik.

“Salah satu bukti material yang menjadi acuan sejarah bangsa adalah tulisan. Ini juga berlaku untuk sejarah musik. Erie bersama Art Music Today, yang telah lebih dari sewindu bergelut dengan bidang musik dan penulisan, melihat lemahnya dokumentasi musik di Indonesia. Lewat buku ini Erie mengajak kita belajar bagaimana menulis segala sesuatu tentang musik dengan teknik yang tepat. Sebuah pedoman praktis yang juga bermanfaat bagi kami.” —Hengki Herwanto, Museum Musik Indonesia

“Harapan saya atas terbitnya buku ini adalah mampu memberikan pencerahan, khususnya bagi para jurnalis musik untuk memahami kinerja mereka dalam menulis tentang musik, supaya tidak asal-asalan. Dan yang pantas diingat, bahwa musik itu bukan sekadar hiburan, melainkan bisa menjadi media kontemplatif.” —Denny Sakrie, alm., Pengamat Musik



Mendengar di Bali, Sebuah Buku Harian Bunyi

December 14, 2017 § Leave a comment


Judul: Mendengar di Bali, Sebuah Buku Harian Bunyi
Penulis: Gardika Gigih Pradipta
Cetakan: I, 2017
Ukuran: 14 x 21 cm
Tebal: 178 halaman (Hard Cover)
Penerbit: Art Music Today
Harga: Rp. 120.000,- (baru, di luar ongkos kirim)

Buku ini adalah catatan harian komponis-pianis Gardika Gigih selama 31 hari tinggal di Bali (Juli–Agustus 2017). Setiap hari tanpa henti ia mencatatkan pengalaman kreatifnya, mulai dari mengunjungi sanggar, menonton pertunjukan gamelan, aktifitas rekaman musik, hingga impresi-impresi atas karya musik yang ia dengar dengan dilengkapi data historis yang informatif. Buku ini adalah buku Gardika Gigih yang kedua, setelah Merindukan Awajishima (2016), yang menceritakan proses kreatif bermusik selama di Jepang.

Buku terkait: Musik untuk Kehidupan, oleh Erie Setiawan.

Filosofi Pendidikan Musik, Kritik dan Renungan

December 14, 2017 § Leave a comment


Judul: Filosofi Pendidikan Musik, Kritik dan Renungan
Penulis: Erie Setiawan
Cetakan: I, 2017
Ukuran: 14 x 21 cm
Tebal: xiv + 174 halaman
Penerbit: Art Music Today
Harga Rp. 59.000,- (baru, belum termasuk ongkos kirim)

Sejak dekade 1950-an hingga kini, pendidikan musik di Indonesia telah berkembang sedemikian rupa. Namun, bukan hal yang mudah untuk menghadapi tantangan-tantangan yang terjadi. Pendidikan musik di Indonesia belum memiliki identitas yang kuat, landasan filosofis yang kokoh, dan belum bisa dikatakan maju. Secara kritis, buku ini mengurasi abstraksi atas permasalahan-permasalahan yang terjadi dalam dimensi filosofis. Menjadi renungan bersama demi menuai asa di masa selanjutnya.

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Musik untuk Kehidupan

December 11, 2017 § 1 Comment

Judul: Musik untuk Kehidupan (Kumpulan Tulisan)
Penulis: Erie Setiawan
Cetakan: I, 2016
Ukuran: 14 x 21 cm
Tebal: 204 halaman
Penerbit: Art Music Today
ISBN: 978-602-1268
Harga: Rp. 50.000,- (baru, di luar ongkos kirim)

Buku ini memuat 50 esai dengan dilengkapi prosa untuk menggambarkan berbagai fakta musik atas kaitannya makna-makna bagi kehidupan manusia. Ditulis dalam rentang 1 tahun (2015-2016), buku ini adalah lanjutan dari seri Short Music Service yang dicanangkan Erie sebagai memoar kumpulan tulisan-tulisan musiknya. Musik Untuk Kehidupan adalah Seri Short Music Service yang keempat, setelah Refleksi Ekstramusikal Dunia Musik Indonesia (2008), Memahami Musik dan Rupa-rupa Ilmunya (2014), dan Intuisi Musikal (2015).

“Seandainya musik bukan bagian dari nafas-nafas kehidupan individual, kehidupan sosial, dan kehidupan kebudayaan, maka musik di Indonesia sudah lama mati, dan Erie Setiawan, melalui bukunya ini, mengingatkan kita akan hal itu.” —Rizaldi Siagian, Etnomusikolog

“Pikiran Erie melengkapi dan mencari-menemukan pasca perspektif era Dungga, Amir Pasaribu, Suka Hardjana, Remy Sylado, dan sekian esais kolom cetak kertas koran mapan. Kuota dimensi musikal Erie beda tajam melebihi mitos musikolog, komposer, instrumentalis dan operator non-digital, rekayasawan industri, pra online, dan hantam kromo. Erie punya ketekunan berharga, dan buku ini penting bagi generasinya.” —Sutanto Mendut, Budayawan