Weaving together contemporary electronic music and traditional folkloric influences, Pararatronic is a collaborative release from Indonesian composer KUNTARI and British artists ADDICTIVE TV. The Pararatronic name refers to the Pararaton, the ancient Indonesian book of kings and its stories of legacy, contradiction and the legends of Ken Arok.
With textured aural layers, at times dark and haunting and at others ethereal and joyous, the project features four idiosyncratic and captivating tracks, two from each artist. The compositions are based on field recordings made by KUNTARI and ADDICTIVE TV, including with traditional sinden singer Nur Handayani in Indonesia.
A departure from his classical and jazz background, award-winning Tesla Manaf, aka KUNTARI, traded in his guitars for sequencers, effect pedals and synthesizers to create the intricate analogue soundscapes for the project. Addictive TV, known for their innovative use of audio/video sampling, created two tracks for their acclaimed project Orchestra of Samples, where for over a decade they’ve recorded an array of distinctive sounds on their global travels, sampling and creating musical conversations, connecting cultures around the world.
Pararatronic is supported by the British Council Indonesia as part of their Connections Through Culture initiative.