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The Eight Sounds of Music – Introduction Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

            THE EIGHT SOUNDS (八音) Joel Batchler (武乔尔) Reporter’s Introduction, Acknowledgements, and Thanks Ever since childhood, Chinese culture has always grabbed my attention.  What fascinated me the most about it was that it is, today, ...

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The Eight Sounds of Music – The First Sound, Hide Beijing Province Posted May 2, 2012 by Joel

THE FIRST SOUND (???) Hide (?/gé) Starting with hide (or leather), one can see that the Chinese instruments may not have been as different from the Western world as one may have thought.  When animal hide is wet and dries, ...

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Experimental Music: Zhang Jian (FM3) – Cultural Heritage Beijing Province Posted Mar 23, 2012 by jfenn

While geographically based in Beijing, FM3 works within a critically informed and technologically dynamic realm that traverses the globe. Reviews of their recordings (including the Buddha Machine) and performances appear on the pages–both physical and virtual–of influential contemporary cultural publications, ...

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Experimental Music: Zhang Jian (FM3) – Gallery Beijing Province Posted Mar 23, 2012 by jfenn

View a gallery of images shot by ChinaVine team members during a visit to Zhang Jian. Also listen to another set of remixes created by combining clips of an interview with Zhang Jian and loops from version 1 of the ...

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Experimental Music: Zhang Jian (FM3) – Workshop Beijing Province Posted Mar 23, 2012 by jfenn

Virant (Nebraskan-born, but living in China since the late 1980s) and Zhang (born in Sichuan, but based in Beijing since 1995) anchor their ambient orientation to music in improvisational use of loops, drones, and sound collages created from traditional Chinese ...

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Experimental Music: Zhang Jian (FM3) – Artist At Work Beijing Province Posted Mar 23, 2012 by jfenn

Since the 2004 release of the first Buddha Machine and up through the appearance in 2008 of Buddha Machine II, FM3 have fully incorporated the units into their live performances. “Buddha boxing” is the general term describing two kinds of ...

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Experimental Music: Zhang Jian (FM3) – Introduction Beijing Province Posted Mar 23, 2012 by jfenn

Based in Beijing, FM3 (or FM ‘tsan’) traverse the global landscape of contemporary electronic music via sonic constructions on record, in  performance, and perhaps most famously, via the Buddha Machine (more in other sections or here). Zhang Jian and Christiaan ...

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Cultural Heritage Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

Bristle dolls are modeled after Peking Opera roles. Dolls are arranged on a metal plate and “dance” when the plate is struck. When struck, the plate resonates, sounding much like Peking Opera music. When creating the dolls, Bai takes care ...

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Gallery Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

View Bai Dacheng’s delicate bristle dolls, depicting characters from Peking Opera.

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Bristle Dolls: Bai Dacheng 白大成: 鬃人 – Artist At Work Beijing Province Posted Nov 16, 2011 by Chinavine

Bristle dolls have truncated clay cores. Bai glues boar bristles onto their wide bottoms. While the figures were originally clothed in paper, they are now clothed in silk. The silk clothing is backed by rice paper that Bai makes himself, ...

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