WANG CHANGCUN
The Mountain Swallowing Sadness

[Sub Rosa, www.subrosa.net]

Active member of the China Sound Unit - an acoustic phenomena research group composed of sound artists from various parts of China - Wang Changcun is the first Chinese composer to have an official release issued by an international western label. What an eye-opening release it is indeed. Made up of two elongated pieces, this is Changcun's baptism by fire of sorts as he belches out everything he's learned during his young life so far. On the forty minute long "Grand Hotel", the composer admits he wanted to "erect a building in the ear; I am Cicerone when people hang around in the hotel (for me it's a hotel, the listener may build any other architecture in his earworld). "
While people liken him to Karkowski, with the copious amounts of ear-splitting buzzing and high-pitched machinations, in fact I hear more Voicecrack here than Karkowski. Oddly, while the piece starts in an abrasive manner, as time passes, the ears simply adjust to the overwhelming amounts of buzz. This buzz varies in pitch and speed, but overall, it's overtly dense. Machines, concrete saws or altercations on his laptop, who really knows?Important thing is it works well. Second piece entitled "King of Image 1995" is a field recording [from a VHS tape apparently] taken from a burial site in the area of Harbin in northeast China. Beautiful vocals are heavily featured here as a group of people chant for the safe journey of the person's soul to the other side. The people in the group also use sparse percussion to make the chant sound all the more trance-like. Here's hoping Changcun will produce many more haunting records like this one.

-Tom Sekowski


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