Rani Jambak is a composer, producer, and vocalist of Minangkabau descent from Medan. After completing her Master of Creative Industries Studies at Macquarie University in Sydney, Rani started her solo career. Explore electronic music and soundscape collected in various places in Indonesia.

Rani’s musical works often talk about socio-cultural and the relationship between humans and their ancestors through soundscapes. Her latest project, #FUTUREANCESTOR, is her way of finding her cultural identity as Minangkabau, tracing the traces of Minangkabau ancestors and nature. This project has released Suara Minangkabau – Darek, Orang Piaman, and Merantau (in progress), which played at the Indonesian Composers Week 2021.

Rani also pioneered the #FORMYNATURE project, an environmental campaign through music, and collaborated with NGOs such as PPLH Bohorok and Orangutan Haven.

In the last two years, Rani has participated in several international residency programs such as Virtual Partner Residencies by the Goethe Institute, OneBeat, Mutual mentorship for Musicians, Open Contemporary Art Center Taiwan, and Musicians in Residence with Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival by the British Council.

In this episode on Extended Asia Vol. 3, “Discovery,” They have a work entitled NON-RAPID EYE MOVEMENT (NREM) in collaboration with K. Oktorina [Kae].

NREM explores audio and visuals that occur during one of the stages of sleep when the body, mental, and mind are on the threshold of reality and the subconscious, better known as NREM.

In this phase, the brain produces small, fast beta waves as if our eyes are closed, and the brain experiences hallucinatory or hypnagogic sensations.

In this NREM phase, it is not uncommon for us to be able to hear the sounds around us and see visuals from the shadows around us even though we are not fully awake from sleep. In this work, Rani combines various audio sensations in the form of natural, urban soundscapes and sounds that are often heard but sometimes go unnoticed. The visuals of these diverse soundscapes combined with various video footage and generative images processed from the beats, rhythms, melodies, and pitches contained in the soundscape.


Photo by Evi Ovtiana

This work is part of “Islandwide Coverage,” a multi-site, multi-author project by AWKNDAFFR is an artistic operation situated at the intersection of art, theory, and praxis by Wayne Lim and Soh Kay Min.

Part of “Natasha,” Singapore Biennale [SB2022]—across a network of sites, including the Singapore Art Museum [SAM] at Tanjong Pagar Distripark. It will take place from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023.