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