kwanyin 019 罗洪·让诺 – 音景中国 laurent jeannea – soundscape china

cd; special paper sleeve + cards; 2007

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Laurent Jeannea is a long practitioner of ethnic field recording. he made this album with materials of VCD, CD, field recording (Yunnan, China) which were setting into electronic/ambient noise texture. simple and beautiful soundscape, it makes people fall into visional reality.

设计 | design:阮千瑞 | Ruan Qianrui

曲目 track list:
1,音景中国 61’39 | Soundscape China

Laurent Jeannea

review by Brian Olewnick:
I’m given to understand that Jeanneau (who also goes by KINK GONG) is an accomplished recordist of southeast Asian traditional music, including some of the Vietnamese releases on Sublime Frequencies. This 2001-02 recording simply enough combines swatches of music and sound from the Yunnan region of China with abstract electronics, and does in quite well indeed. Lecturing voices mingle with those of children, interfered with by harsh tones (as in bad radio reception) and more globular, ringing ones. A single, hour-long track that held my attention throughout, the sourced material always balanced with the electronics, the approaches varied, the sound mix often luscious. An excellent recording that makes me want to hear much more from Mr. Jeanneau. Special stuff.

review by Massimo Ricci
Both artists were unfamiliar to my memory before playing the disc, but discovering people able to organize electroacoustic hotchpotches at such a level of dexterity and evocativeness is always a great delight. Coming in a light paper pink sleeve, complete with black and white unexplained photographs, this album was efficiently assembled by juxtaposing ?original field recordings, ethnic minorities of Yunnan, TV, Chinese scratched CDs? and subjecting the whole to an all-inclusive studio enhancement. For obvious reasons (the most evident being my total ignorance of the local idiom) this record must be enjoyed as pure sonic substance on this side, and guess what – it feels gorgeous. It?s unbelievable how a culture perceived as extraneous can reveal musically attractive aspects down to its everyday components: the rhythmic scansion of what sounds like teachers instructing alumni in gym exercises becomes a cavernous pulse, folk tunes underlined by electronic malformations morph into chants of achingly beautiful charm, children?s voices become disfigured amidst violin lines that wouldn?t be out of context in Western improvisation. As usual, all it takes is a pair of open ears and a clear mind: then you start seeing what those different permutations yield in terms of exquisite textural polytheism. Minimalism on broken discs? We even get that – and finely working, too. The more the time slips away, the heavier one gets addicted. Good stuff, highly recommended to the audience sector whose taste ranges from plunderphonics to modified environments – and maybe also to the ones who love satellite-zapping on exotic channels at late night.

review by Stephen Fruitman
A crazy quilt of sounds from mainland China. “A mix of original field recordings, ethnic minorities in Yannun, TV, scratched Chineses CDs”, often long, unbroken chunks, processed in 2001 and 2002 by Laurent Jeanneau, also known as Kink Gong.
Morning exercise programes, instructions and political slogans being barked out over a loudspeaker, marching music, children´s play, film and TV excerpts ranging from the romantic (only English heard on the record is when a young woman inserts into her Chinese conversation with a young man, “Oh, I just love red roses”) to the violent, bullet and laser beam riccochets, songs both traditional and contemporary MOR, ehru solos, Chinese opera, celebratory processions, firecrackers, all infiltrated or accompanied by jagged edges of static or soft synthesizer pads.
Fascinatingly packaged in a small, cheap pink paper bag of the sort you might get your postcards from a stationary store. Inside are six photos, three of a young Chinese man in sun glasses enjoying his leisure, the other three scenes of Chinese industry and labour. Like the photos, every message on this record is mixed, which is probably what makes it such a success.