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Hear & Now in Shanghai

The Porn Moon Twins

New Music in China

Saturday 21 June 2008 22:30-0:00 (Radio 3)

Robert Worby reports from Shanghai on the range of new music being made in this rapidly-expanding metropolis. In tune with the city's futuristic skyline, he finds much of the musical creativity in electronic sounds, both in the lavishly-funded hi-tech E-Arts Festival, and in the thriving underground 'noise' scene.

Robert discovers the earliest Chinese electronic music in the archives of the Conservatory and finds composers such as Chen Qiangbin combining traditional Chinese instruments with electronic sounds. He also attends an underground gig featuring Porn Moon Twins.

Part of Radio 3's Focus on China season.

Duration:

1 hour 30 minutes

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Playlist

Presenter: Robert Worby
Producer: Philip Tagney


Opening Segue:
Chen Qiangbin: Ban for sheng & electronics (excerpt 0:07)
Wu Yue Bei: Praying To God for traditional instrument orchestra (excerpt 0:16)
Wang Changcun: Universe BJ (excerpt 0:06)

B6: untitled (excerpt 1:33)
(Electronic music from Sound Cloud event at E-Arts Festival 2007)

B6: Tokyo Death (2:00)
(Taken from the EP: Tokyo Death, Track 5)

Wu Yue Bei: Mu-Suo People (early electronic music) (2 excerpts, 0:20 & 0:43)
Wu Yue Bei: Evolution II for ensemble, tape & electronics (excerpt 1:11)
Wu Yue Bei: Praying To God (for traditional instrument orchestra) (excerpt 3:40)

Porn Moon Twins: Twins Need Porn (excerpt 0:27)
EP title: RESO (Reconstruct Experimental Soundscape Ourselves)
CD: Miniless Recordings RESO EXP#00 tr.8
(limited edition, given away at gig in Shanghai)

Porn Moon Twins: Untitled improvisation (6:40)
(recorded live at RESO, Shanghai, April 08)

Wang Changcun: Universe HZ (2 excerpts, 0:20 & 0:30)
Album: Parallel Universe
CD: Post-concrete POST 007 tr.1
(www.post-concrete.com)

Wang Changcun: Side Two Cut 1 (2:35)
Album: Klone Concerts
CD: Post-concrete AV 008 tr.4
(www.post-concrete.com)

Wang Changcun: Universe BJ (extended excerpt 10:44)
Album: Parallel Universe
CD: Post-concrete POST 007 tr.2
(www.post-concrete.com)

Torturing Nurse with Zbigniew Karkowski and Dickson Dee: untitled (excerpt 0:29)
Album: Penetration
CD: PACrec131 tr.5
(www.iheartnoise.com)

Torturing Nurse: Taunt (2:03)
Album: Smutty
CD: Harsh Noise HN 040 tr.2
(www.harshnoise.com)

Chen Qiangbin: Qiuzi Recital for viola & piano (11:22)
(performers unknown)

Chen Qiangbin: Ban for sheng & electronics (9:00)
(performers unknown)

For more info on Chinese new music: http://www.chinesenewear.com


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