進念‧二十面體 Noise Zuni




  1. Earth Quake (6:27)
    [from The Revolutionary Opera]
  2. Trance (8:17)
    [from Abolished Memories]
  3. Last Chant (5:25)
    [from Chronicle Of Women]
  4. Caravan I (8:17)
    [from October-The 4th Year of One Hundred Years of Solitude]
  5. Caravan II (4:54)
    [from October-The 4th Year of One Hundred Years of Solitude]
  6. Easy Metal (3:42)
    [from Super Metal]
  7. Final Count Down (8:43)
    [from The Revolutionary Opera]
  8. China Is A Big Garden part II (2:44)
    [from The Square]

Total time: 48:22
Self released CD by Zuni Icosahedron, Hong Kong, 1993

Founded in 1982 by Danny Yung (b. Shanghai, 1943), Zuni Icosahedron 進念‧二十面體 is a Hong Kong art collective working on theater plays and performing festivals, locally or abroad. Over the years, Zuni has become one of the major professional companies in Hong Kong [+]. In the mid 1990’s, they began to work with traditional chinese opera and actors, what they later dubbed ‘experimental tradition’, as exemplified in their 2008 production of Tears of Barren Hill [+]. Their theatrical plays were apparently rather demanding for the actors, asked to cry, laugh, breath heavily, in dramatic, theatrical gestures. ‘Chronicle of Women’ (1991) consisted of ‘12 women robed in china-blue cheong-sam with their backs towards the audience sighing to an empty stage. Only the final sighs grew from weak to strong, breathing, groaning, panting, a mixture of everything.’ (from Danny Yung’s liner notes).

This self-released CD documents the stage music used in some of their performances from 1987-1991, by composer PUN Tak-Shu 潘德恕. At the time, PUN Tak-Shu was creating soundtracks for independent local films, but I understand he also took part in some of Zuni productions as a stage performer. He is reknowned today for his 2000 video Bombastic Verses. The ambient, incidental music on the CD is based on synth, drum machine and vocals, and include some lovely ambient music with a chinese emphasis, along more rhythmic numbers. Some tracks have barely noticeable ambient sounds, like the mysterious, subdued opener ‘Earth Quake’ – a silent earth quake, sort of. Track #2 is based on hushed female voice and cantonese vocalizations, slowly building up to a more dramatic ambient climax with bell sounds. #3 is the soundtrack to ‘Chronicle of Women’ quoted above, composed for electronic percussion and mournful sighs and moans. Some tracks use traditional string instruments synth sounds, like #4 & 5. Overall, there is a chinese movie soundtrack mood on this delightful CD, with the typical chinese theater influence. A few tracks display a barrage of drum machine and ambient synthesizer, the most oppressive one being #7 – interestingly intented for a rendition of The Revolutionary Opera, one of many classical maoist stage plays, which include The Red Detachment of Women [+] and Taking Tiger Mountain by Strategy [+] – sounds familiar, eh?

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5 Responses to “進念‧二十面體 Noise Zuni”


  1. 1 enborRa May 11, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    Como soy incapaz de subir los archivos en Mediafire y Zshare, te pongo nuevos enlaces, con menos de 100 MB (el primero Contestación Capilar).
    Espero que no tengas problemas…..

  2. 2 continuo May 11, 2008 at 9:53 pm

    Mucho gracias, enborRa!

  3. 3 Tomas May 12, 2008 at 3:54 am

    i’m very pleased of beeing on your links. Your blog is geting better and better. I found very interesting this last posts, i’ll have to get more disk space. ja!

    No se porque te firman en español, seria bueno saber si puedo postearte de esta manera.

    Bye, saludos

  4. 4 continuo May 12, 2008 at 9:23 am

    Let’s be frank: I don’t speak spanish at all! Thanks for using english, Tomas.

  5. 5 Edwin Lo July 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    Is it possible to re-upload this release?


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