— 08 NOV / 20H
Born in Zaire (now Democratic Republic of the Congo), and currently based in Berlin, Cedrik Fermont is a composer, musician, activist, curator, radio host and author. He runs Syrphe, a recording label and platform focusing on electronic, electroacoustic and noise music from Asia and Africa, aiming to establish connections between different disciplines and media.
His musical style ranges from electroacoustic to electronica, dark ambient to industrial and field recordings to harsh noise.
Prior to living in Berlin, Cedrik was based in Belgium, where he studied electroacoustic music under the direction of Annette vande Gorne, and in the Netherlands, while constantly travelling across Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. He has been performing and conducting both academic and journalistic research, an effort he first embarked on in 2003.
Between 1991 and 1996, he ran a tape label, Sépulkrales Katakombes, which published music from bands from locations as disparate as the Netherlands, South Africa, Japan and Chile, before establishing Syrphe in 2002. As a researcher, Cedrik’s work in South East Asian music led him to co-author Not Your World Music:Noise In South East Asia with Dimitri della Faille, published in 2016. Considered “[t]he first book aiming to chart the spread of noise music across South East Asia,” (The Wire) Not Your World Music contains essays and interviews with artists, and an extensive discography of noise and industrial music from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This led to Cedrik writing “Power through networking: Reshaping the underground electronic and experimental music scenes in East and Southeast Asia” for CTM’s New Geographies publication in the same year. The book was awarded the Golden Nica by Prix Arts Electronic in the Digital Musics & Sound Art category in 2017.