For most of us, the turntable is nothing more than a DJ’s tool. It’s this… thing that plays vinyls, and makes ‘scratching’ noises that sounds pretty cool when laid over the tracks we’ve come to know and love. But the humble turntable is more than that. It has a rich history that goes way back […]

In the first of a two-part series, Contented explores busking – street performance that breathes life into a city – and why it is gaining popularity with buskers and audiences alike in Singapore. Some 20 years ago, busking got a bad rep when laws were flouted by those who performed in non-designated areas. Fortunately, National […]

It’s a dream job that’s probably easier dreamt up than done – throwing unique parties and festivals while making music and DJing for a living. Australian-based events organiser, DJ and producer Jerry Poon has done both with flourish, dreaming up award-nominated festivals and parties that have garnered a cult following while also managing his own […]

The noise of Hanoi city can be to some ceaseless, incessant and tiresome, but to classically trained composer Vu Nhat Tan, it’s a never-ending opus. The 44-year-old Vietnamese musician has spent his life fusing classical music with ambient noise and sounds from field recordings to create a series of sometimes serene and, most times, frenetic […]