Noise Is Free 2008 is the ensuing compilation to the Mini Midi Festival 迷你迷笛音乐节, a yearly Beijing music festival organized by Sub Jam label. The 2008 edition included some artists from the German Staubgold label. Featured artists: Wang Fan + 718, Li Tieqiao, Li Zenghui, Fujui Wang, MiguelSantos, Andy Guhl, 10, The Wedding Beast, Xiao He, Hong Qile, TronOrchestra+SAM2+xinix+VacuumCar’Ori+ShiYang+ Yan Jun. The performances ranges from solo saxophone to field recordings, from electronica to collective improvisation.
Wang Changcun is a Shanghai electronic music composer and programmer with 2 CDs out on Sub Rosa. A detailed biography is available here. ‘Weather Recorder’ is available in good quality streaming format on Post Concrete. It’s a collection of electronic vignettes whose simple melodies and naive arrangements delight the listener.
Zafka‘s ‘Yong He’ was released in 2008, a tour de force mix of location recordings and electronics, focusing on the Yong He Temple area in Beijing. The use of electronic droning sounds and sound treatment enhances the experience, adding emotional impact to the field recordings strata. It is freely downloadable as Flac or mp3 files from Post Concrete, a major Chinese experimental label for CD as well as free online releases. It was founded by Yao Dajun 姚大钧, whose personal blog is a must see.
Yan Jun‘s field recordings for Around Festival, 2009. A collection of environmental recordings and audio detritus. Yan Jun is the prominent avantgarde music figure in today’s Beijing, as a composer, curator, concert organizer, music critic and Chinese new music ambassador (he toured Europe extenisively in 2008-9). More info here.
This page offers sound excerpts of Yan Jun reading from his own poetry, sometimes with electronic accompanyment (on guitar feedback or . . . electrified forks!). Another page archives live performance recordings, whether solo or in various configurations (here). Additionally, Yan Jun contributed an introduction to the recently released Anthology of Chinese Electronic Music released by Sub Rosa [+]. This 3-CD set is curated by Dickson Dee, a well-known Chinese musician.
Filmed at China Avant Guard Music Festival in Beijing, March 2009, this collective performance (a 6mn video on Youtube) led by Lin Chi-Wei is titled ‘Balloon Music’ and is an exhilarating Fluxus happening with colorful balloons and toy instruments to which a team of art students and audience members are taking part. Lin Chi-Wei was born in Taïpei, Taïwan, 1971 – see bio here. Make sure to check Let’s Talk in Babish, his experience in new born blabber talk. He’s currently working on a book titled ‘Sound art in 20th century’ to be published 2009, after he curated an exhibition called ‘100 years of sound art’. Watch this man!