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 21jul09: Experimental Music from China (part 3/4)

Wolfenstein, also known as Xie Zhongqi, is a sound artist from Taipei. He is a member of the sound artists collective Taipei Sound Unit. “Movement 4” is taken from “Live at Nanhai 2007”, recorded live at Nanhai Gallery, in Taipei. This performance is part of the Lacking Sound Festival series.

Recorded live October 23, 2007, at Harbin Concert Hall and November 8, 2007 at Daqing Opera Theatre, Heilongjiang Province, China. Wang Changcun is a sound artist currently based in Shanghai. Born in 1981, he’s one of the earliest sound art practitioners in Mainland China. In 2003, six of Wang’s works were included in “China: the Sonic Avant-Garde”, the first compilation of Chinese sound art, released by the California-based label Post-Concrete. In November 2003, Wang performed on Sounding Beijing 2003, the first-ever large-scale experimental music festival in China. In October 2004, he toured in Europe (France, Netherlands, Belgium) for one month.

Yao Dajuin is a sound artist, web artist, radio DJ, and music producer based in Berkeley, California. Dajuin holds a doctoral degree in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the co-founder of the Chinese Computer Music Association. A pioneer in Chinese concrete poetry and web art, Dajuin’s artistic interests have always been multi-dimensional. Dajuin’s music works focus on cultural listening. In recent years he has worked on the deconstruction of the Chinese language (sound, script, and meaning), software modulation of traditional music and opera, and emotional sound art. “Cursive Calligraphy”, is made from a two syllables of Mandarin recitation, reading poems generated algorithmically. No singing, no other sound sources, samples, or electronic sound generation were used. The “Singles Edition” was selected from the out-of-print album “Dream Reverberations” (Juxiang, 1997).

Zhou Risheng is a sound artist born and based in Datong, Shanxi. He taught himself painting and music, setted up an experimental music band, wrote art criticism and poetry, did behavior arts and drew pictures.

Beijing Sound Unit is another project of Yao Dajuin. This track was recorded in Beijing during 1998-99 and the language listened to is Mandarin with Beijing and other regional accents.

Jiang Liwei is from Taipei.

77 AW radio show - 21jul09


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


Sleeping Dogs Lie 98: Red

redSet up in 2003, Lona Records is an independent label in Hong Kong preoccupied with producing alternative/experimental music. In December 2005, they launched a series of 3″ CDR singles as an attempt to explore the aesthetic boundaries of experimental sound. Each 3″ CDR or 3″ DVDR features musical/multi-media works by independent artists from across the world, including the U.K., U.S., Italy, Sweden, mainland China, and Hong Kong etc. Each volume is released in a limited numbered edition of 50. From droning to clicks n’ cuts, from glitch to avant-garde, from ambient to extreme noise, they venture off the beaten path and bring all sorts of exciting sounds to a worldwide audience. Their 3″ series has attracted more and more great artists/bands, both new and established, from near and afar, to lay in Lona’s hands the products of their sonic experiments. Open-ended and ever-evolving, this series is rolling on and on—breaking new ground, transcending more boundaries. Alongside the 3″ series they also release CDs in larger size and quantity, which include the official album Hou Guan Yin of FM3 + Dou Wei from Beijing , the first official album She Traded Her Leg of Jeffrey Bützer from the United States, and the debut EP and album of The Yours from Hong Kong.

RED is the first compilation of Lona Records’ Color Series. RED is a massive 3-CD compilation (including 28 pages A5 size booklet) that goes beyond genre and pigeon holes. In RED, Lona Records invited 16 pioneering Chinese sound artists and musicians from China, Hong Kong and overseas to present their interpretation on the color red. The result is a radical and eclectic mix of experimental sounds, extreme noises, and atmospheric instrumentations.

01 Li Jianhong: “Red” (00:39) from “Red” (2009)
02 Yan Jun: “Re(a)d Garden, Sound Forks in the Rain” (09:53) from “Red” (2009)
03 ZenLu: “Sunset” (04:21) from “Red” (2009)
04 Wilson Tsang: “black FLIGHT AT red NIGHT” (03:39) from “Red” (2009)
05 Kim Tak Building: “The Man Who Sprayed into the Forest” (06:05) from “Red” (2009)
06 Vsop: “Noble Savage” (04:53) from “Red” (2009)
07 Bai Tian: “Red” (06:40) from “Red” (2009)
08 KWC: “Hometone” (19:31) from “Red” (2009)
09 Wang Changcun: “Dream Receiver” (04:38) from “Red” (2009)
10 Fathmount: “Part 1” (21:15) from “Red” (2009)
11 Torturing Nurse: “Spoken Word” (00:36) from “Red” (2009)