入耳 IN MY EARS #15:北京老派电子乐的新浪潮

入耳 IN MY EARS #15:北京老派电子乐的新浪潮

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关于国内独立音乐人的介绍侧写或者是演出回顾,大家其实也都经常看到,但是来自于一个活跃于北京地下音乐圈多年的资深老外的观点一定显得更加特别。Josh Feola(赵识)住在北京,他既以乐手身份参与及组织摇滚乐和实验音乐演出,同时也是一位优秀的撰稿人,独立运营着音乐网站 pangbianr.com

在每周的专栏[入耳 In My Ears]里,Josh 会以他的独特视角,讲述独立音乐场景中的种种故事,也许还会展示出音乐人、厂牌或是演出场地更加不为人知的一面。

 

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Punx - Post Human Sports

 

虽然还很早,不过截止到目前中国今年发行的新的音乐里,最有趣最有活力的是来自地下电子场景里的那一批。前几周我推荐了 Zaliva-D 的新EP《Story》,它的发行厂牌其实还发了另外两张。1月5号,他们发行了《生(Sheng)》,这个厂牌的重要成员 Jason Hou 的全长专辑,一张神秘声响的大作。除此之外我特别喜欢的一张很有历史感的《Peking 2045 (北平2045)》,它将重金属吉他重复段和传统古琴/笛子的采样并行,描绘了作者口中的“赛博朋克的未来主义北京城”。大年三十发行的 Do Hits《second annual chunjie mix》,其主题就是将传统声响(经典的中国乐器,民歌,广告主题曲……)插入到电子制作的“未来声响”中。

 

讨论国内当下的地下制作人和DJ,通常会用到“未来”这个词。从狠毒男孩和 Bloodz Boi 的网络trap,到 Do Hits 一些艺术家重新打磨的二胡 footwork,还有一些更新的厂牌/推广者的超媒体艺术/时尚/音乐跨界,比如北京的 Asian Dope Boys,上海的 Genome6.66Mbp。

 

而那些老派的电子乐声音就不再那么流行了,从2000年代初一直到近期,他们一直主导着北京的俱乐部文化:白兔,Haze,Lantern,还有厂牌“针灸疗法”和 INTRO 音乐节。

 

对北京的这块音乐文化进行更新的是 Prajna Sonic,这个厂牌去年由一批制作人发起,包括 iimmune,VU,Punx 和 Far Infinity。通过一系列在北京、上海、成都举办的活动,Prajna Sonic 打响了品牌的名号;现在他们带来了一系列四张EP——四位核心成员每人一张——二月底他们将做一个小的巡演进行推广。

 

iimmune

 

VU

 

之前听了一个月的 Do Hits 的近期发行之后,Prajna Sonic 的这4张EP就像是一股新鲜的空气,更准确的说,是泼到脸上的冷水。风格主要是 techno:冷、硬、极简。我是 iimmune 和 Far Infinity 的老乐迷了,通过我自己的厂牌 Sinotronics 支持他们,所以可能我更倾向于听这个厂牌的另外两人的发行作品。这四张里我最喜欢的可能是 Punx 的《Post Human Sports》,三首四拍的工业 techno,我可以当背景音乐重复放一个多小时不会烦(作为一个并非来自俱乐部背景的人,这是我用来判断一首极简 techno 作品好坏与否的方式)。

 

VU 的《Line》也能通过这种测试,不过我得同时看着他的现场演出里生成的视觉效果。由此引出 Prajna Sonic 的另一个重点:他们也是熟捻的视觉艺术家,科技主义者,编码员,尤其是 Far Infinity(刘一纬),他更知名的身份是一位国际展览的多媒体艺术家,而不是 techno 制作人。

 

Far Infinity

 

或许在 Prajna Sonic 中也有一种“未来主义”的元素,如果你考虑他们的演出中的那些科技设备和知识的话。然而,我欣赏他们的老派声音,我期待看到 Prajna Sonic 将如何,把他们自己与当前中国地下电子圈里更有意识地面向未来的成员们区分开来。

 

相关页面

 

Prajnasonic (豆瓣):https://site.douban.com/prajnasonic/

Prajnasonic (Bandcamp) :https://prajnasonic.bandcamp.com/

Punx :https://site.douban.com/enoisemaker/

VU :https://site.douban.com/vu/

Far Infinity:http://www.far-infinity.com

iimmune:https://site.douban.com/immune/

 

关于作者

 

 

Josh Feola 是一位音乐人/撰稿人,现居北京。自2010年起,他通过自己的平台“旁边儿”(pangbianr)组织音乐、艺术、电影活动,并先后担任 D-22 与 XP 的演出经理。他的长期项目有撒丽不跳舞实验音乐节(Sally Can't Dance)与北京电子乐偶遇(BEME)。他为以下出版机构撰写过关于音乐、艺术的文章:The Wire,Leap 艺术界,Sixth Tone,Tiny Mix Tapes,他也是纽约观察者报 Gulou View观点专栏的共同作者之一。作为音乐人,他曾在北京乐队吹万担任鼓手,参与首张专辑《白夜》的录音与巡演;目前他是乐队 Subs、迷走神经的鼓手,也化名 Charm 录音、演出。

 

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IN MY EARS #15: A New Wave of Old-School Electro in Beijing

 

Punx - Post Human Sports

 

It’s still very early, but of all the new music that has come out of China so far this year, by far the most interesting and dynamic has been from the underground electronic music scene. Afew weeks ago I wrote about Zaliva-D’s excellent Story EP, and the label that released it, Do Hits, has already dropped two more. On January 5, they putout 生 (Sheng), a big and mysterious-sounding full-length for one of the label’s key figures, Jason Hou. My favorite off that one is the history-mashing "Peking 2045 (北平2045)”, which puts heavy metal guitar riffs alongside classical guqin and dizi samples in a composition depicting what the artist calls “a cyber-punk futuristic city of Beijing”. The theme of placing traditional sounds (classical Chinese instruments, folk songs,advert jingles, etc) into “future-sounding” electronic productions comes up again and again on Do Hits’s second annual chunjie mix, released on Friday.

 

The word “future”is often used when discussing the current generation of undergroundproducers and DJs in China, from the gurgling internet-trap of 狠毒男孩 and Bloodz Boi, to the polished erhu-footwork of some Do Hits artists, to the hyper-mediated art/fashion/music hybrids of newer labelsand promoters like Beijing’s Asian Dope Boys and Shanghai’s Genome6.66Mbp.

 

Far less popular these days isthe old-school electro sound  that dominated Beijing club culture from theearly ‘00s until recently, supported by clubs like White Rabbit, Haze, and Lantern, as well as the Acupuncture label and the INTRO festival.

 

Refreshing that area of Beijing music culture is Prajna Sonic, a label launched last year by a handful of producers including iimmune, VU, Punx and Far Infinity. After a string of showslast year in Beijing, Shanghai and Chengdu setting up the brand name, Prajna Sonic has just released a quartet of EPs — one for each core member— and will formally present them to the world during a small tour in late February.

 

 

iimmune

 

VU

 

After spending the last month listening to Do Hits’s recent output, these four EPs from Prajna Sonic feel likea breath of fresh air, or more accurately a splash of cold water on theface. The style is mostly techno: icy, hard, minimal. I’ve been a longtime fan and supporter of iimmune and Far Infinity through my own label, Sinotronics, somaybe I’ve been more inclined with this initial batch of Prajna Sonic releases to listen to the work of the label's other two founders. My favorite of the four is probably Punx’s Post Human Sports EP, three tracks of four-on-the-floor industrial technothat I can play in the background on repeat for over and hour without getting bored or annoyed. (As someone who does not come froma clubbing background, this is my test for whether a given piece of minimaltechno is successful or not.)

 

VU’s  Line EP also succeeds by this test, and I can’t hear it without also seeing the generative visuals that he uses in his live set. That brings up another point to make about Prajnasonic: they're also accomplished visualartists, technologists and coders, especially Far Infinity, aka Liu Yiwei, whois probably better known for his work as an internationally exhibited multi-media artist than as a techno producer.

 

Far Infinity

 

So perhaps there is still a “futuristic” element to Prajna Sonic, when you consider all of the technical gear and knowledge that goes into their live performances. Still, I admire their old-school sound, and I look forward to seeing what Prajna Sonic will do to distinguish themselves from the more consciously future-facing actorsin the current Chinese electro underground.

 

Associated pages

 

Prajnasonic (Douban) :https://site.douban.com/prajnasonic/

Prajnasonic (Bandcamp) :https://prajnasonic.bandcamp.com/

Punx :https://site.douban.com/enoisemaker/

VU :https://site.douban.com/vu/

Far Infinity :http://www.far-infinity.com

iimmune :https://site.douban.com/immune/

 

About the author

 

 

Josh Feola is a writer and musician based in Beijing. He’s organized music, art, and film events in the city since 2010, via his label pangbianr and as booking manager of live music venues D-22 and XP. His ongoing event series include the Sally Can’t Dance experimental music festival and the Beijing Electronic Music Encounter (BEME). He has written about music and art for publications including The Wire, LEAP, Sixth Tone, and Tiny Mix Tapes. He also co-authors the Gulou View opinion column for the New York Observer. As a musician, he formerly played drums in Beijing band Chui Wan, recording on and touring behind their debut album, White Night. He currently plays drums in SUBS and Vagus Nerve, and also records and performs under the name Charm.

 

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