Indra Menus

Indra Menus

Indra Menus is a stage name of Martinus Indra Hermawan, a musician based in Yogyakarta , Indonesia. He sparked the Hardcore Punk band, To Die, which later developed into Experimental Noise projects and manage to do an extensive tour throughout Asia, Australia and Europe.

 

Indra is also active in the independent music gig organizers, Kongsi Jahat Syndicate; band tour booking agency, YK Booking; General Manager of independent records label, Doggy House Records; and engaged in zine archives and exhibition, Jogjakarta Zine Attack!. Indra also working as a director in Jogja Records Store Club, a collective of records store and records label based in Yogyakarta.

 

In 2009 he became one of the initiators of Jogja Noise Bombing (JNB), a collective focussed on Experimental Noise musics in Yogyakarta. JNB is known to organize an annual international Noise festival called Jogja Noise Bombing Festival.

 

In 2015, after an extensive research for more than 5 years, he released a compilation of 123 Experimental Noise musicians from Indonesia that record their music between 1995 - 2015. Titled Pekak! Indonesian Noise 1995​-​2015: 20 Years of Experimental Music from Indonesia, the sampler cassette released on New Zealand based label, End Of The Alphabet Records. The DVD audio version contains music and a written report released 2 years later through Berlin based label, Syrphe.

 

Indra also writing about music in a Malaysian based music magazine called Shock and Awe as well as Yogyakarta based Warning Magazine. Under Japan Foundation's Asia Center 2016 fellowship program, Indra Menus started his music research titled “Building a Network between Experimental Noise Scenes in South East Asia and Japan". In 2017, he released a book based on his research titled, Pekak! via Warning Books. In 2019 along with Sean Stellfox, he released his second book Jogja Noise Bombing: From the Street to The Stage released by Warning Books.

Presentations

Jalmo Angkoro Mati Murko (12‘18“).

 

Jalmo Angkoro Mati Murko is a Javanese proverb that says that a person is harmed by his own anger. This is a main theme of the work, which describes the post-apocalyptic state of the earth caused by wars between countries that use nuclear, biological, etc. Weapons. Weapons. The major wars happened a long time ago, and the stories are often passed down from generation to generation in traditional ways, such as wayang stories. This wayang is interesting to me because I often listened to wayang on the radio at night when I was a child. I like to wake up when the radio broadcast is over, and it just so happens that this wayang broadcast continues until the morning. So a lot of those wayang stories subconsciously flow into the theme of the music or other things I do.