3 beatboxers...12 kecak dancers...1 sound...
Vocal percussion & human chanting were one of the oldest music form ever created by civilization. Some of them were used to imitate musical instrument, while other may represent the sacred voice of an ancient ritual.
Meet Billy, Jevin, Yori. They are Indonesian human beatboxer. They produce drum beats, rhythm, and musical sounds, using their mouth, lips, tongue, and voice. The art itself has been developed from hip-hop culture, which grow in the urban street of America, being one of "the elements". Together with other musician/beatboxer such as Indra Aziz, Tito Gomez of 'Fade2Black' & Aria 'Gorboman' Hamdani, they founded Indobeatbox; The Indonesian Beatboxing Community.
Today, Indobeatbox has become one of the largest beatboxing community, with member & supporters spread accross the continent, starting to take part of global beatbox movement. But that's not all. Our 3 beatboxer decide to take human beatbox into another level, by having a 'musical journey', back to the roots of their own culture.
Billy, Jevin & Yori, goes to the depth of Ubud, one of the most beautiful site in Bali, to learn about Kecak. It's a form of Balinese dance and music drama, which consist a lot of male performers wearing checked cloth around their waists, percussively chanting "cak" and throwing up their arms, usually depicts a battle from the Ramayana. In it's true form, Kecak has roots in sanghyang, a trance-inducing exorcism dance.
Developed from such genuine culture, Kecak became one of the most famous traditional heritage that attracted many people- local & foreign- to come & watched it's captivating performances. More of that, there's also sincere wisdom that can be found within it's form.
This music-documentary will tell us their story, to absorb the essence from musical technique & philosophy of Kecak, as well as to create something new out of it. This is an inspiring story, from an urban art to a traditional art. It's a simple dedication to a thing that we owe so much: music.
Indobeatbox (The Indonesian Beatboxing Community)
in association with
Ruang Kinarya Ariekotama & PiggyBank Pictures
THE CHANT; WHEN BEATBOX MEETS KECAK
Billy BdaBX, Jevin Julian, Yori Melano - Indobeatbox
Prof. I Wayan Dibya
Sanggar Seni "SEGARA GIRI"
Big Family of GEOKS Art & Cultural Centre
director of photography: Rudy Satria Iskandar
production research & support: Diyan Surya & Andina Retriani
production assistant: Noviar 'Fire' Azwardi
written, edited & directed by
Servo 'Avo' Caesar Prayoga
Copyright©Ruang Kinarya Ariekotama & PiggyBank Pictures.2012.All Rights Reserved.