Laurent Jeanneau – Soundscape China (Kwan Yin, 2007)


Laurent Jeanneau
Soundscape China

CD Kwan Yin Records KwanYin 019 (China, 06-2007)

01. Soundscape China

Laurent Jeanneau: field recordings (Yunnan, China), CDs, etc., electronically processed in 2001 and 2002

Laurent Jeanneau, Frenchman currently living in China, is a specialist in field recordings who spent a lot of time in Asia and a bit in Africa to develop his concept. This album was made of materials recorded on VCD, CD, field recordings [In the Yunnan province, China] then electronically treated. The result is a mix of traditional music, field recordings, electronic atmospheres, free form experimentations.
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.
Laurent Jeanneau is a long time practitioner of ethnic field recordings. He made this album with materials of VCD, CD, field recording (Yunnan, China) which were setting into electronic/ambient noise textures. Simple and beautiful soundscapes, it makes people fall into visionary reality.
(Kwan Yin)

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 programmes, 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.
(Stephen Fruitman, Sonomu)

FR Pour information, ce blog n’est pas mort, même pas en sommeil ni rien. J’ai une énorme pile de DVDs en attente, et comme il est plus intéressant de regarder un film (bon ou mauvais) que d’uploader des disques, la cadence des posts s’en ressent. Et voici un petit voyage en Chine pour vous occuper.
ENG For the record, this blog is not dead, not dying, sleeping or whatever. I’ve got a lot of DVDs to watch these days, and it’s always more interesting to watch a (good or bad) movie than uploading an album. And here’s a little trip to China to keep you busy.

Visit Laurent Jeanneau or Kwan Yin (or listen on Touch Radio)

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