Li Jianhong on WFMU

Hangzhou-based noisician LI Jianhong blogged about his exposure on WFMU. The original Chinese version here.

Yesterday, Brian Turner from WFMU radio in America emailed me: “These discs are AMAZING and getting nice airplay on WFMU! Thank you and please keep us in mind for future releases!”

Not until then was I aware of their airing my album, and I went to their website to check, so it has already been aired four times. I wouldn’t know if he hadn’t notified me via email.

They boast to be the most influential independent radio in the States, indeed, they play many unpredictable music that you like. I used to be a regular listener of them and did get to listen to quite a few desired but inaccessible music. Later I spent less time with it, which nevertheless remains one of my favorite radio stations.

It is Alan Cummings from UK that hooked me up with WFMU. Cummings is distributing my albums and he recommended them to WFMU. In fact that happened in 2004, but I was too lazy and didn’t mail them the package until early September in 2005. (they’ve sent emails urging) It’s not by airmail and in the end of September Brian Tuner told me that he’s still expecting it, I thought it’s lost and so be it, never knew they already had the whole RTV-702 played through.

Those interested can follow these links for the four programmes. Click on the time codes to choose individual tracks:

1. Nov 6, 2005 (hosted by Mita)
2. Nov 14, 2005 (hosted by Hatch)
3. Nov 28, 2005 (hosted by John Allen)
4. Oct 25, 2005 (hosted by Brian Turner)

Previously about Li on GNO:

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Links for Jan. 19

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Links for Jan. 18 – PKD interview, Web2.0 in 06

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Karkowski’s China tour (Feb 2006)

(Correction Appended 9:53 am, Jan 19)

Zbigniew Karkowski has sent me the schedule of his grand China tour with LI Chin-sung (aka Dickson Dee) in February, reproduced here. This is a preliminary copy subjected to changes. Please bookmark this post and come back later for updates.

  • Feb 18, Fringe Club, Hong Kong – Li solo 20 mins with video art, Karkowski solo 20 mins with video art, I666 solo 20 mins, UG + DJ Dee 15 mins, Karkowski + Li duo set 20 mins, maybe jam session 10 mins
  • Feb 19, Ox House, Macau – Li solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski solo 30 mins (w/ video), guest solo 20 mins, Karkowski + Li duo set 25 mins, maybe jam session 10 mins.
  • Feb 24, Chengdu – 2 guests solo 20 mins each, Li solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski + Li duo set 20 mins.
  • Feb 25, Guangzhou – 2 guests solo 20 mins each, Li solo 25 mins, Karkowski solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski + Li duo set 25 mins.
  • Feb 26, Shenzhen –  Zenlu (LU Zheng) solo 20 mins, Li solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski + Li duo set 25 mins.
  • Feb 28 – Mar 2, Nanjing – Guest solo 20 mins, Li solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski + Li duo set 25 mins, maybe jam session 10 mins.
  • Mar 3, Zendai, Shanghai – Li solo 20 mins (w/ video), Torturing Nurse solo 20 mins, Aitar solo 20 mins, Xu Cheng solo 20 mins, Karkowski + Atsuko NOJIRI 30 mins (sound & video), Karkowski + Li + Nojiri 20 mins, Guy-marc Hinant – Subrosa Soundsystem 50 mins (w/ film). Followed by workshop.
  • Mar 4, Duolun MoMA, Shanghai – Torturing Nurse solo 20 mins, DJ Dee + Xu Cheng duo set 20 mins (w/ video), Aitar solo 20 mins, Karkowski + Nojiri 30 mins (sound & video), Karkowski + Li + Nojiri 20 mins, Guy-marc Hinant – Subrosa soundsystem 50 mins (w/ film).
  • Mar 5, location to be finalized, either Shanghai or Beijing
  • Mar 6, lecture @ Central Conservatory, Beijing
  • Mar 7, lecture @ Central Conservatory Peking University (daytime), concert at Waterland Kwanyin at night with Wang Fan, Kwanyin soundsystem (Yan Jun, Wang Fan, FM3, 718, etc.), DJ OK (Yan Jun + Christiaan Virant + Guy-marc Hinant)
  • Mar 8, 798 South gate, BeijingTie Guanyin (Iron Kwanyin, Yan Jun + Christiaan Virant + Wu Quan + Zhang Jian) 30 mins, Li solo 25 mins (w/ video), Karkowski solo 25 mins (w/ video), Guy-marc Hinant – Subrosa soundsystem 50 mins (w/ film)

Among all the guest musicians, I’m curious to see I666 (one of the earliest industrial groups in Hong Kong, led by Dickson), Subrosa soundsystem (who will shoot a documentary about this tour, as previously reported by GNO) and Aitar (Shanghai-based industrial duo which had two albums out but remained silent afterwards, compoased of B6 & MHP). If possible, GNO would like to do a live coverage of the whole tour, stay tuned.

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Karkowski and China

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Junky: “I don’t like laptop-performance!”

Translation of some of Junky’s posts on his new blog.

Recent projects | Jan 14, 2006

I’m recording for the following projects:

1). 200 tracks for RRR. Already recorded 100 tracks lasting 3 – 5 mins each, haven’t edited and mastered yet. The chance is 2/3 of these tracks will be used in the final release, which means there are still 150 to go.

2). A split with Mutant Ape, a harshnoise project from UK, this will be released by Shasha with very special packaging.

D!O!D!O!D!/Ronez/Torturing Nurse 3-way split | Jan 15, 2006

I’ve made a suggestion of a 3-way split release of real hardware/analog noise acts of China to the Belgium label Inacedb, they tend to make it 3 cassettes of 20 mins each. I’m kind of bored with CDR format and prefer analog releases such as cassette and vinyl. Can’t stop but keep putting out releases, but I like this kind of life :)

Listening | Jan 15, 2006

I’ve been listening to 30 noise/experimental albums in MP3 format sent to me by Dickson Dee recently. Enjoy Erratum #4 (3 CDs) and Astromero (Hiroshi Hasegawa + Damion Romero) – s/t very much. I love to listen to this kind of sound in the rainy days of south China, Hiroshi’s Astro has a more unified sound than C.C.C.C.. Sometimes I just want to indulge myself all day in this dedicated sonic force, like the sturdiness of rain falling on marble.

Exhausted day | Jan 16, 2006

Rushed home for dinner after work and started working on the RRR recordings, 90 tracks have been finished so far. I did some cutting at the beginning and the end of each track. This is a painstaking process. Btw, I still insist on performing with hardware only, never softwares, except for audio editing and mastering softwares during the post-production. I don’t like laptop-performance!

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Links for Jan.17 – Junky’s new blog

Following the popular practice of tech bloggers (InsideGoogle is an example), GNO will start to offer “recommended links” on a regular basis. These links are not necessarily (Chinese) sound art-related in an apparent way, both Chinese and English links will be included.

Links for Jan. 17, 2006

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ClearType Tuner for PC users

Tip for PC users: Microsoft’s ClearType Tuner seems to be the tool of choice if you find GNO‘s typeface intolerably ugly.

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Why the font of GNO looks like shit on PC, but not on Mac? (1, 2)

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