Ikbal Lubys


The Hive by Ikbal Lubys & Tony Maryana in collaboration with Laurie Crombie

Sound Art and New Music in Cumbria

17th-19th 2018, Barrow Park, UK

Resembling a suspended organic hive structure, The Hive is a larger-than-life resonator, with vibrating chimes for visitors to interact with, creating new compositions. This bespoke, sculptural musical instrument is made from parts of Gamelan bars, a form of percussive Indonesian music using gongs and xylophone-type instruments. The Hive was originally created in response the natural sounds found in Peak Cavern, Castleton – as part of Abandon Normal Devices Festival 2017.

Commissioned and produced by Abandon Normal Devices. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and British Council, Indonesia.


Abandon Normal Devices (AND) is a commissioning agency and a catalyst for new approaches to art-making and digital invention. We create ground breaking projects which challenge the definitions of art and moving image with a distinct emphasis on creative enquiry and provocations. AND brings together an eclectic mix of academics, filmmakers, scientists and anarchists to actively push the boundaries of audience experience and arts production. Inviting artists to hijack the imagination, by developing projects which abandon traditional settings and partnerships. The AND portfolio consists of film happenings, exhibitions, performances, online projects, residencies, public realm interventions and a roaming biennial festival


Ikbal Lubys is an artist, musician, guitar explorer, improviser and sound artist from Malang, East Java, based in Special Region Of Yogyakarta. After studying Western classical music and classical guitar, his work currently evolves around the exploration of dynamic and experimental relationships with the guitar, both in terms of its sound, function and visuals, also several times in collaboration with interdisciplinary artists in Asia and Europe, including performing art, visual art, dance, and film. He is active in several art and experimental music communities and a member of The Instrument Builder’s Project (TIBP), a collective of experimental Indonesian musicians and artists.

Tony Maryana has written, recorded and adapted compositions with artists ranging from singers to percussionists and has worked extensively as a musician and composer in Holland and New Zealand. He is a member of Total Perkusi, a community dedicated to percussionists and cultural practices pertaining to percussion. He has performed in solo and collaborative performances and contributed to sound installations and performances across the globe.

Laurie Crombie is one of the founder/directors of the Kazimier collective. The collective create interdisciplinary multimedia shows for a variety of contexts from intimate immersive theatre to mass outdoor spectacles, working with light, sound, and performance to explore new forms of ceremony and collective experiences. Based at the Invisible Wind Factory on Liverpool’s North Docks they experiment with new technology and performance techniques to create shows that transport audiences to other worlds. Laurie also works across a number of projects as a musician, artist and maker.  He is involved with a number of bands and musical projects that frequently incorporate custom instruments or are performed in unusual locations.


Full of Noises is a sound art and new music organisation based in a public park on Cumbria’s Furness Peninsula. We produce and commission new work from contemporary composers and sound artists through a programme of residencies, performances and public realm installations.

Since forming in 2009, we have produced over one hundred events, including five biennial festivals, showcasing new work by over two hundred artists. Starting life in the former canteen building of a Trident submarine plant, Full of Noises has hosted artists ranging from Faust, AGF, Hildur Gudnadottir and Tetsuo Kogawa to Laura Cannell, Lee Patterson, Lee Gamble and Ryoko Akama. Touring events have taken place in venues including London’s Cafe OTO, the Liverpool Biennial, the Sao Paulo Biennial, Beacons Festival and National Trust Castles in the Lake District. Full of Noises has been an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation since 2011.