truth, exercise for a listener

by martijn tellinga

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    mini kwanyin series of Sub Jam/Kwanyin Records. gatefold card in a blue butterpaper folder. information on a name card.

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the score for ‘truth, exercise for a listener’ comprises a catalogue of options for a musical performer. In four parts each focusing on a different facet of our faculty to listen, it offers open ended material for the performer to deal with; sounding actions, silent actions, still actions, moving actions, interpretative actions. All can be selected, combined, omitted or extended at will. Multiple exercises can happen simultaneously.

In a general sense the piece is an attempt to create a performance situation that instigates changes within and between the sound spaces we inhibit. Accordingly, it highlights listening as a process of continuously shifting perspective and forces such shifts with all listeners involved. Performers are instructed to actively engage with and -somehow methodically- measure, interpret, excite and derive cues from the acoustics and ambience of the different sections of a performance site.

Public performances of the piece can not be announced beforehand and when recorded, only with a handheld device. The recording engineer then becomes a performer, equally inquisitive and documenting the space(s) that he/she moves through.


released July 1, 2014

kwanyin 052

performers: 阿鸣 Amin (double bass), 闫玉龙 Yan Yulong (violin) and 朱文博 Zhu Wenbo (clarinet)
recorded by 颜峻 Yan Jun at xp club, Beijing; March 27, 2014
mixed by Martijn Tellinga




Sub Jam Beijing, China

Sub Jam is a label and organization based in Beijing. Since 2000, it had working on underground music, film and literature. Now focus on improvised music and experimental sound practice. Its sub-label, Kwanyin Records starts since 2004.

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