Island Hopping in Search of Sounds...

Aural Archipelago is an online repository for the musical sights and sounds of Indonesia, the most musically diverse country on the planet. Part digital archive, part blog, Aural Archipelago mixes field recording, video, photography, and in-depth articles compiled from years of travels across the archipelago. The project is the work of Palmer Keen, an American DIY ethnomusicologist based in Yogyakarta, together with a huge network of collaborators and musicians across Indonesia. With this project, the hope is to allow audiences (local and foreign) free access to music that is often difficult or impossible to hear otherwise. 

All music is shared with permission of the artists featured. When performances are explicitly commissioned for documentation, artists are compensated appropriately. 

Aural Archipelago's social media pages - Facebook and Instagram - can be followed at the small links below.

Palmer can be contacted at