Screening Make a Silence-Musical Dialogues in Asia

DomDom and TPD, with the support of the British Council in Vietnam, are delighted to present the premiere screenings of MAKE A SILENCE – MUSICAL DIALOGUES IN ASIA

followed by a discussion and Q&A with London-based ethnomusicologist and filmmaker Barley Norton.

Time: two sessions – 7pm and 8:30pm, 2 Oct 2019 – please register in advance via
Venue: TPD Centre, 51 Trần Hưng Đạo Street, Hanoi.

Free entry, limited seating (40 people each screening), so registration is required. To register, please see the URL above.
Any further information please contact Hải Anh: 0912 120 598

30 minutes, 2019, directed by Barley Norton, edited by Louise Boer
Languages: English and Vietnamese, with English subtitles

“Make a Silence – A sensory feast of musical and visual experimentation”

The Hanoi New Music Festival 2018 was an historic event. It was the largest festival of exploratory forms of new music that has ever been held in Vietnam, and artists from countries across Southeast Asia and Japan came to Hanoi to participate. The film Make a Silence: Musical Dialogues in Asia showcases the diverse, multimedia performances that took place at the Festival, including sound art for theatre and video, underground music and free improvisation. Like the Festival itself, Make a Silence is a sensory feast of musical and visual exploration.

Combining vivid artistic images, conversations with musicians and footage of concerts, the film meditates on transnational dialogue in the contemporary music scene in Asia. Artists featured in the film include Otomo Yoshihide (Japan), Trần Thị Kim Ngọc (Vietnam), Jiradej Setabundhu (Thailand), Red Slumber (Vietnam), Siew-Wai Kok (Malaysia), Otto Sidharta (Indonesia) and Yii Kah Hoe (Malaysia).

About the director:
Barley Norton is Reader in Ethnomusicology in the Music Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. In addition to Make a Silence, he is the director of the film Hanoi Eclipse: The Music of Dai Lam Linh (56 minutes, 2010) distributed by DER (see He is also the author of the book Songs for the Spirits: Music and Mediums in Modern Vietnam (University of Illinois Press, 2009), and is co-editor of two volumes: Music and Protest in 1968 (Cambridge University Press, 2013), which won the American Musicology Society’s 2014 Ruth A. Solie Award; and Music as Heritage (Routledge, 2019). At Goldsmiths, he set up the filmmaking course “Ethnographic Film and Music Research” as part of the MA in Music (Ethnomusicology).

About the editor:
Louise Boer is a London-based video artist and associate lecturer in Visual Anthropology and Ethnographic Film and Music Research at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her film work spans documentary and experimental film but revolves mostly around music; creating visuals as well as live and produced music videos. Louise’s work has a distinctive personal, experimental and dreamlike aesthetic, characterised by creative and intuitive editing, hand-held camera work, ethereal light play and a strong focus on natural elements and textures. Over the past ten years Louise has been collaborating extensively with internationally renowned bands such as Squarepusher’s Shobaleader One, Philip Gropper’s Philm, Lauren Kinsella, Vula Viel, Marius Neset and the London Sinfonietta.