Experimental Vietnamese Music

So who says that Vietnamese music is all about sad songs and Trinh Cong Son and cai luong and Linda Trang Dai? Not C-drik. C-drík runs a web site dedicated to African and Asian alternative music, including a section on Vietnamese experimental music. Check it out, send him some suggestions and links. This is neither red music nor yellow music (red music being revolutionary music, and yellow music being the kind of thing the revolution outlawed after 1975 for being romantic and sappy, as in sapping revolutionary fervor. For more on yellow music, see Philip Taylor’s excellent chapter on it in Fragments of the Present: Searching for Modernity in Vietnam’s South). You have to scroll way down in C-drik’s site to get to the section on Viet Nam, but pasted below are the links on the site devoted to Viet Nam, and a couple of video clips. Strange, noisy, awesome.

— Viet Nguyen

Audio artists

above: from the Kim Ngoc Music Theater Channel on Youtube

  • Kim Ngoc Tran Thi Youtube [experimental, electro-acoustic, classical]
  • Linh Dung Nguyen [experimental]
  • Lương Huệ Trinh [experimental]
  • Nguyễn Hong Giang MySpace [noise, see Writher]
  • Nguyễn Mạnh Hùng Site MySpace [experimental, ambient, noise]
  • Nguyễn Văn Cường [experimental]
  • Nguyen Xuan Son
  • Six Tones, The MySpace [traditional, electro-acoustic, experimental, Vietnam/Sweden]
  • Tri Minh MySpace [ambient, electronic, pop, techno]
  • Vu Nhat Tan Site MySpace [electro-acoustic, experimental, drone]
  • Writher MySpace [noise]

above: Writher/Nguyen Hong Giang @ Hanoi Soundstuff 2010

Parties / Events / Venues / Booking / Festivals/ Schools / Centres

  • Anh Khánh Studio Site [contemporary art, dance, theater, sculpture, electronic music]
  • Camafestival Site [pop, rock, electro, noise, experimental, etc.]
  • Hanoi New Music Site [experimental, classical, avant-garde, etc.] (new – August 2010)
  • Hanoi Sound Stuff Festival Site Facebook [experimental, electronic, electro-acoustic]
  • Tadioto Site [bar, art and experimental music space]


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