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An Anthology Of Chinese Experimental Music 1992-2008

  • Title: An Anthology Of Chinese Experimental Music 1992-2008
  • Artist: Various Artists
  • Label: Sub Rosa
  • Format: 4×CD
  • Genres: Compilation, Experimental Electronic, Noise, Computer Music, Electro-Acoustic, Ambient, Misc Asia & Middle East
  • Price: €18,90EU (incl. 19% VAT)€15,88non-EU

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"For the very first time, an exceptional and very complete panorama (more than 5 hours / 4cds) since origins (circa 1990) of all experimental and electronic music in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

This anthology features 48 artists from within the Chinese area of influence. It is designed as a journey through what is currently happening underground, under extremely diverse forms. It also looks at the recent past and the key role of pioneers like Wang Fan, Dajuin Yao, and also Hong Kong-based Li Chin Sung aka Dickson Dee who, for almost two decades, has been spreading the word about Experimental music in Mainland China. This album was curated by Dickson Dee on Guy Marc Hinant's invitation. It includes an enlightening presentation on the short yet intense advent and history of the Chinese noise explosion,co-written by Zbigniew Karkowski and Yan Jun.

The Sound of the underground: an overview of experimental and non-academic music in China

The Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-76) in one way or another eradicated most of the existing culture in China. At the same time as intellectuals were sent to rural labor camps, countless ancient buildings, antiques, books, paintings and various artifacts were just destroyed. This period created an enormous intellectual, cultural and artistic vacuum in China - destruction that in a sense, time is still healing. So tradition of music culture and especially non-academic, purely experimental music, started from 'point blank' scratch sometime in the 80ies. With the market economy introduced in that decade and further media developments in the 90ies, there was a kind of an explosion in youth culture that had been held back for decades. Movements and music scenes that previously never reached China - like for instance psychedelic music, punk or neo-dada started to appear and expanded at astonishing pace. The birth of these alternative rock and punk music scenes that later developed into even more experimental trends is a direct result of global capitalism and profound change in China's position within the World Order. It however did not develop the same way as it usually does in the West - with one eye looking forward and the other one always glancing at history. It started with 'dakou' and with piracy. (extract from the booklet) Yan Jun & Zbigniew Karkowski"