erasing

by liuyiwei

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ERASING is a conceptual tape music project based on recording, composed by Chinese musician Liu Yiwei. Released on March of 2019 by PlayRec Label Shanghai.

ERASING is willing to make a path for exploring the extension of time.The music was made deeply in the mood of passing and expecting, also a misty poetry from the collective memory of the generation.

Some sound sampling are come from national FM radio, portable field recorder,old classical music vinyl records and cassettes. These sounds passed through, or smashed on the magnetic head at a storm-like speed. In an infinite loop circle, until it is erased or scratched. Just like our lives.

I like the Lo-fi textures of old tapes. Tape is a kind of living soul in my concept.Sounding like a candle light, like Walter Benjamin's book Illuminations . The recorded recordings have a life cycle, and the sound will gradually disappear due to the time and storage method. The things which incomplete and changeable are giving me a lot of inspiration; for instance, using photographic film is a very beautiful process for me.

In 2017, I began to be interested and did many research in early electronic music methods, like Musique concrète and Electro-acoustic. I used the motor modified DIY tape recorder, tape stitching, echo delay etc. to create a lot of sounds on this record. I use it as a very potential music instrument.

Some field-recordings come from different places such as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the University of Shenyang, the countryside in Yunnan, and the highway in Xinjiang. These journeys are like a dyed memory, leaving some dream shapes on the canvas of sound. The last track called 1971, it is a sound enigma, which hides another song, leaving a mystery, hopefully one day you can hear it.

Liu Yiwei 2019

Erasing这张唱片关于时间,关于流逝与期待,关于模糊的集体记忆。那些来自国家电台,来自田野录音,来自老黑胶唱片的钢琴曲,以风暴般的速度从磁头划过,或暧昧的徘徊。在无限的循环中,直到被擦除或遍布划痕。就像我们的生活一样。
我喜欢旧的磁带那种朦胧而模糊的质感。磁带是活着的音乐载体,有一种固有的灵光。它所记录的录音有生命周期,会因为时间和储存方式的缘故,声音会渐渐消失,留下颗粒感的底噪。有残缺的事物和可变化的媒介给我很多启示,就像摄影胶片一样,对我来说这是一个非常美的过程。
2017年的时候,开始对早期的音乐录音形式和媒介感兴趣。我用改造的磁带录音机,磁带拼接等方式创作了这张唱片的很多声音。我把它当作一个非常有潜力的乐器来使用。
一些田野录音来自伊斯坦布尔的蓝色清真寺,沈阳的大学,云南的乡村,新疆的高速路等不同的地区。这些旅程像一种染色的记忆,在声音的画布上留下了一些梦的形状。最后一首1971是一个声音的密码,里面隐藏着另一首歌,留下一个谜,希望有一天你能听到它。
刘一纬 2019

Artist biography:

Liu Yiwei (A.K.A. Far Infinity,a electronic music producer , co-founder of Beijing independent music label Prajnasonic)
Rock band guitarist In the early 90s, magazine photographer, and started multimedia installation design and sound art in Berlin in 2010. After 2013, he released music works and performances under the name of Techno music project Far Infinity. In 2016, he participated in the formation of the electronic music label Prajnasonic Beats & Atmos. Currently working and living in Shanghai.

刘一纬 (电子音乐制作人Far Infinity,北京独立音乐厂牌Prajnasonic联合创始人)
90年代早期摇滚乐队吉他手,杂志摄影师,2010年在柏林开始多媒体装置设计和声音艺术。2013年之后以电子音乐制作人Far Infinity身份发表音乐作品和演出。2016年参与组建Techno和环境音乐厂牌Prajnasonic Beats & Atmos。目前工作生活于上海。

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released March 1, 2019

all tracks produced by Liu Yiwei
photos by Liu Yiwei

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