kwanyin 004 王凡 – 五行 wang fan – five elements


cd; jewel case; joint release with adopin; 2006

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王凡是中国最早的实验音乐家。他对声音的探索,建立在唤醒生命存在本质的追求上。
这首长篇作品完成于2002年。带有新世纪和极简派色彩,通俗安详。它证明了王凡在循环和反复方面的魔力。

Wang Fan is the first one who make experimental music in China. he explore all limits of sound because he want to awakening the essence of life existence.
this long piece was finished in 2002. new age blended with minimalism. it’s quite easy and peaceful instead of challenge audience. it proved Wang Fan’s magic of loop and repeat.

长度 length:67’14
设计 design:王凡 Wang Fan

评论:
1 北京声音艺术家王凡以5种基本元素为我们提供了一个小时的纯粹冥想,那电子节拍如同自然的呼吸一般,没有碎拍或者是高频节拍出现。更像是带着现代的惬意,在热带雨林中迷失,这一切,都是那样的自然。
作曲家、歌手王凡是中国实验、即兴音乐界的先锋。他1970年生于甘肃兰州,1996年到北京定居。同年,这位自学成才的极简主义噪音创作者创作了中国最早的实验音乐片段。10年后的今天,他依然致力于此。在这张唱片中,王凡从都市中逸出,最终摆脱了北京的嘈杂,这张CD充满了自然之音:流水,鸟鸣,抖动的叶片与佛铃,梭织声,建构出一个合成矩阵。在第17分钟,民族歌声与鼓乐提供了旋律的表象。在第25分钟,人声转换成风声。在第47分钟,可以听到风刮芦苇的声音。在一个肤浅的流行乐大行其道的世界中,王凡的实验音乐提供给我们另一种现实,这个现实值得我们深思,那就是音乐,无论以何种形式,都不会干扰宇宙的律动。
——Thomas Podvin

2 曾经想知道上帝会选择哪种音乐在伊甸园里播放?我的意思是,当上帝为情侣建立一个舒适、安全的环境的时候并且他们为人类的繁衍生息而劳作的的时候,他肯定会提供一些与这里情境相适应的音乐。这个音乐,我们可能比以往更有想去了解的欲望。通过五种元素的轨迹,鸟鸣与河流冒泡,其中舒缓的电子乐、中国木管乐,以及风铃等,通过弹拨与抚摸,整个是迷人的感觉,而从来不让人发腻。
片断是多姿多彩的,但是却以一种不变的方式延续着,它好象上帝集结他的最优秀的天使音乐家来集体即兴,在这之后他又把这些即兴放在了一个永恒的神圣循环的方式。
五行是王凡的阿都品厂牌与颜峻的观音厂牌的合作出版,
尽管他是02年录制的,但是,作为亚当和夏娃第一个栖居之处的音乐,他绝对是永恒的,不会过时。
——Stephen Fruitman

review:
1 With Five Primary Elements, Beijing-based sound designer Wang Fan offers one hour of pure meditation, a piece of soothing electronica where nature speaks; no break beats or high-frequency BPM tempos here. Much like being lost in a tropical forest, with all the modern comforts – naturally. Wang is a composer and vocalist, a pioneer in China’s experimental/improvised music scene. Born in 1970 in Lanzhou, Gansu province, he relocated to Beijing in 1996. The same year the self-taught minimalist noise-maker created China’s first formal experimental music piece. Ten years later, he’s still at it, experimenting and mingling sounds together. On this release, Wang has ventured out of town, out of Beijing at least. The CD is filled with the sounds of nature: flowing water, singing birds, quivering leaves and Buddhist bells, woven, with no small degree of poetry, into a synth matrix. At the seventeenth minute, ethnic vocals and drums offer a semblance of melody. At the twenty-fifth minute, the human voice is exchanged for the sound of wind. At the forty-seventh minute, one hears reeds bending in the wind. In a world of facile pop purée, Wang’s experimental music offers an alternate reality we should all meditate on. That is if music, in any form, doesn’t interfere with your cosmic vibes.
–Thomas Podvin

2
Ever wonder what background music God chose to play in the Garden of Eden? I mean, once he set the lovers up in their cozy, safe surroundings and urged them to get on with the business of procreating, he must have supplied them with some mood music. This record is probably as close as we’ll ever get to knowing.
Through the long course of Five Primary Elements, birds sing and a river bubbles (the Pison? The Gihon?), over which soft electronics, Chinese woodwinds, windchimes and other things are plucked and stroked. The effect is utterly enchanting throughout, though never cloying – more Vidna Obmanian, less Windham Hill.
The entire piece plays out virtually unchangingly but many-hued. It is as if God summond his best angel musicians to jam, after which He put this Divine muzak on a continuous perpetual loop.
Five Primary Elements is a co-release between Wang Fan’s own Adopin label and Yan Jun’s KwanYin. It was already created in 2002 but, as befits the soundtrack to Adam and Eve’s first place of residence, is absolutely timeless.
–Stephen Fruitman