Rummaging the web #7

Noise Is Free 2008 from Mini Midi Festival, BeijingWang Changcun (Shanghai)Zafka 'Yong He', Beijing 2007Field recordings from the Around Festival, 2009Yan Jun (Beijing)Lin Chi-Wei's Balloon Music, Beijing, 2009

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!


4 Responses to “Rummaging the web #7”

  1. 1 Black Sifichi July 15, 2009 at 12:49 am

    Mister Continuo
    nice to meet you!
    one for you…fresh out of the studio.

    Black Sifichi – Naked Lunch_Faded_Mastr1

    link to download/listening page:

    50th anniversary of the historic novel by William Seward Burroughs
    a sound project launched by Kim Cascone at

    Chalk Floor images by Foto Sifichi after a performance by Didier Calleja at La Machinante.
    Thanks to Mathias Delplanque for mastering this ‘naked krunch’.


    The book was originally published with the title The Naked Lunch in Paris in 1959 by Olympia Press. An American edition by Grove Press followed soon after in 1962. The American edition was titled Naked Lunch and was substantially different from the Olympia Press edition, because it was based on an earlier 1958 manuscript in Allen Ginsberg’s possession.

    The article “the” in the title was never intended by the author, but added by the editors of the Olympia Press 1959 edition.
    Nonetheless The Naked Lunch remained the title used for the 1968 and 1974 Corgi Books editions, and the novel is often known by the alternative name, especially in the UK where these editions circulated.

    The novel was included in Time magazine’s “100 Best English-language Novels from 1923 to 2005”.

    Burroughs states in his introduction that Jack Kerouac suggested the title. “The title means exactly what the words say: naked lunch, a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork.” In a June 1960 letter Jack Kerouac wrote to Allen Ginsberg saying he was pleased that Burroughs had credited him with the title but had not recently heard from him. He states in his letter that Ginsberg misread ‘Naked Lust’ from the manuscript, and only he noticed; that section of the manuscript later became Queer, although the phrase does not appear in either of the two final texts of the novel…..

    (quoted from wikipedia)

    all the best
    Black Sifichi

  2. 2 Black Sifichi July 15, 2009 at 12:56 am

    Audiometric is also played on Radio Grenouille in Marseille
    I participated in the Phaune #5
    well worth checking out all the shows and linking

    enjoy this Mister C…

  3. 3 continuo July 15, 2009 at 7:58 am

    It was nice to meet you as well. I’m currently listening to the Burroughs project this morning at breakfast. Sound quality is impressive: I didn’t even know you could have so much bass in streaming files! The music is fantastic. Thanks.
    I noticed a John Watermann remix project on that might interest readers of this blog.

  4. 4 Black Sifichi July 15, 2009 at 12:27 pm

    Very Happy that you are enjoying these links.
    Coming from the dub world
    we stream in bass.
    The Floating Roots Orchestra


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