Archive for December, 2005

FM3 on FM3

Below is Fm3‘s Christiaan Virant‘s comment to my previous post “Fm3’s BM Chess Playing’ Video”. I’m posting it here because a). not all of you read comments; b). it’s always helpful to read the artist’s own account of his/her works – although it ain’t necessarily the definite reading.

What you see in the video is called “Buddha Boxing? or 佛打架. It is a “sound art game? we devised as a way of introducing audiences to the FM3 buddha machine. We played this “game? in Berlin, Brussels and Amsterdam in October and November of 2005. And then after a short match, we invite the audience to play the game and we just watch. Needless to say, the audience usually comes up with much more interesting ways of using the buddha machine than we could have ever imagined. And thats the beauty of the release. it is an “open source? music product that each person uses differently.

Next year, there will be two different albums release by different artists using the buddha machine in their own music. ill keep you updated as the release dates come closer…

The next “Buddha Boxing? set will be in Feb 2006 in Shanghai at the Duolun MoMA.


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R.I.P. Derek Bailey (1930 – 2005)

Derek Bailey died in London on 2005’s Christmas Eve on natural causes, he was 75. (UPDATE: according to an email from Martin Davidson to Eric of Just for a Day, Mr. Bailey died from motor neuron disease.)

Here‘s a concert of him playing with The Ruins (Tatsuya Yoshida + Sasaki Hisashi) in 1997, available in FLAC format on Bit Torrent. (registration required)

UPDATE: From Avant Music News:

A three-hour tribute to the late Derek Bailey from WFMU is posted for download.

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ESWN Culture blog featuring Lawrence

I just started writing ESWN Culture together with Roland Soong, the man behind the stalwart EastSouthWestNorth. For me, ESWN Culture is an outlet for Chinese cultural topics other than sound art/experimental music/new media art. For instance, when I wrote about The 1st Shenzhen Biennale of Architecture/Urbanism here (post 1, 2), I confined the topic to “sound art on the Biennale”. Of course there are much more to discuss about the exhibition since it’s mostly about architecture (sound art is really marginal content), this is typically good material for ESWN Culture. While GNO will remain cutting-edge, ESWN Culture doesn’t reject anything mainstream.

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Top Floor Circus

Top Floor Circus(顶楼马?团)will play in Shenzhen and Guangzhou this weekend.

Dec 30 (Friday): Base Bar (Shangbu) in Shenzhen
Dec 31 (Saturday): Bunker Bar in Guangzhou

This is part of the 2006 New Year’s Rock Festival, click here for detailed Chinese info.

More on Top Floor Circus later.

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Fm3 “BM chess playing” video

I’ve just shared this (in) famous video with YouTube, an online video sharing service (similar to Flickr for still photos). It allows maximum 100MB video files. This is the Chinese computer music duo FM3 performing at De Appel Museum of Modern Art in Amsterdam in Nov 05, 2005 with their hugely successful Buddha Machine. A must-see.

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English version of Ikeezumi’s review upped

So, as promised earlier, I’ve uploaded the English version of Hideo Ikeezumi‘s review of Li Jianhong‘s Talk Freely Before the Beginning to the original post.

Now the only problem is: to what extent is the English version still the same text as the original Japanese version?

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“Fuck art to its climax.”

(Correction Appended)

I just accidentally found this hilarious post (in Chinese) that I wish to share with you as a present for the Midwinter Festival. The date of the post reads October 04, the title is “Fuck art to its climax”, in the first paragraph the author demonstrates his/her sense of ironic humor by commenting on a ballet directed by ZHANG Yimou – one of the biggest filmmaker of China. From the 2nd paragraph on (in translation):

Half-week ago, during a weekend, I went to another performance, a 70-year-old man named Terry Riley – who is presumably very niubi (see footnote 1) and avant-garde – presented the aged works that brought him his fame. There were also some other New Age, Left Field & Acid bands – apparently more niubi and avant-garde – making tribute to him with the cover version of his music. The senior himself, with beard long enough to touch his belly, wearing a small hat, made a tribute to Middle Eastern music by singing an odd, off-key tune from the Middle East. But the most niubi group was left for the last minute, it’s a quartet from Japan, with shoulder-length hair and skinny faces, they were all in soft and loose pajamas, their eyes shined with hallucinative ray of light – all reminded me of the Wushisan-taken (see footnote 2) homosexuals in the Wei/Jin Dynasty of ancient China. Ten mins before they took the stage, earplugs were distributed to the audience; ten mins after they took the stage, all the audience who forgot to take the pills ran out of the house.


I used to think that being a writer is great, because you masturbate with your words and mental-masturbate with your readers, now I know that’s nothing compared to being an artist: you sodomize art and rape the audience, and rebellion is strictly prohibited. In the whole universe, there are probably only two other businesses of their match: mainstream media and politics.

What a blessing!

What is hilarious to me is the author’s description of the performance, which was obviously a feast for “psychedelicists”. I would be surprised if “the quartet from Japan” is not Acid Mother Temple (or related).

Footnotes: 1. “niubi” (literally “cow’s cunt”) is the mandarin slang for “cool”, “fantastic”, kind of similar to the Hip-Hop slang “dope”. 2. Wushisan(五石散)is presumably ancient China’s equivalent of LSD.

(Yitzchak Dumiel contributed to this post.)

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