Atlantic Waves 28jul09: Experimental Music from China (part 4/4)

ZenLu is an active new artist of electronic music in Shenzhen (China) and also a member of the experimental group WEPLAY and P2P. In 2002, he formed the group Consciousness, where he served as the leading vocalist and rhythm guitarist. In 2004, he joined the group YOUNG CRAZY and was in charge of the rhythms, sampling and sound effects. The styles were mainly experimental ambient/IDM/noise. Half a year later, he withdrew from YOUNG CRAZY and started his independent creation, with styles as diverse as IDM/ambient/electronic/noise/avant-garde. Then, since the beginning of 2005, he has been actively involved with many different kinds of performances. His abstract kind of electronic music with outstanding picture effects has set up a new type of creative style in Mainland China, which receives much attention and is widely accepted. He has performed with sound artists Dickson Dee and C-Drik.

Our next step into exploration of Chinese music scene: Double Fish is a talented musician who not only creates his own music but also promotes his friends’ works in his own label. How can you call this music? Well, it’s breakcore…

On Chinese New Year’s Day, Feb 7, 2008, the record label Post-Concrete started ARCHIVAL VINYL, a brand-new line of releases of sound art, experimental electronic, laptop Max/MSP/Jitter/SuperCollider, algorithmic piano, noise, not-in-the-field recordings, live bootlegs, etc., featuring mostly artists from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong. 2RqP5k, aka Wang Changcun, a well known Chinese sound artist. “Antechre Live in Shanghai” was recorded at the LIVE BAR, in Shanghai, on May 27, 2007, as part of the NOISHANGHAI 2nd Anniversary event. “Live 2.0? is an audience bootleg recording.

78 AW radio show - 28jul09


Atlantic Waves 07jul09: Experimental Music from China (part 1/4)

White began life one night in the winter of 2005 at Dos Kolegas, a small independently-minded club on the outskirts of Beijing. Shenggy and Shou Wang took to the stage only with the idea to break free of the song forms that had begun to constrict them in their regular bands, and to have some fun making music together. Working with a drum machine, an old analogue synth, a guitar, and a handful of pedals, they opened their improvisation by using the four-note Close Encounters theme as a jumping off point, and then proceeded to map a barbed and deeply psychedelic landscape that left the audience that night, including an exiled Blixa Bargeld, and indeed the duo themselves, completely floored. Three years later – having recorded their debut album in Berlin with Bargeld in the producer’s chair and toured Europe with Einstürzende Neubauten – and White is ready to reclaim their crown as the most important band yet to emerge from Beijing…

Wang Changcun is a sound artist, website designer and Flash coder currently based in Shanghai, China. Born in 1981, He’s one of the earliest sound art practioners in Mainland China.

Zen Lu, experimental musician and sound artist from China, hosted and founded We Play!Records and is the founder of Neo Sound group, now working and living in Shenzhen, China.

Zhu Jianhui aka Double Fish comes from mainland China and makes some nice electronica. His releases so far includes some EPs on Polish and Chinese labels as well as some contributions to compilation albums.

75 AW radio show - 07jul09