The Theatre Contract (1​-​8)

by Zafka

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音乐 & 制作 Zafka
软件 & 硬件 Ableton Live & Push 2

This EP is my new attempt after ”The Great Plains“ trilogy series released in Play Rec label. It is also the music prepared for my audio-visual show in Shenzhen OCAT at the end of August 2019. The entire EP uses more orchestral instruments, and it is relatively theatrical in terms of atmosphere and composition structure. As in today's world, countless theaters of our society are collapsing and rebuilding, and invisible social contracts are being rewritten. This EP is the eight conditions of the contract I have dismantled and observed in one of the theaters. Several vocal samples in the music come from the Youtube. The rap sample in the eighth track came from the 1 minute accapella video submitted by a Chinese rapper SIO online for the ”The Rap of China" show.

这张小 EP,是我在大平原三部曲系列之后新尝试。也是为了 2019 年 8 月底在深圳 OCAT 演出准备的音乐。整个 EP 更多使用了管弦乐乐器音色,在氛围和结构上,做了相对剧场化处理。正如当今的世界,有无数剧场正在崩塌和重建,看不见的契约正在被重新书写。这张小 EP,算是我把其中一个剧场进行了拆解和观察,记录的八条契约。音乐中的人声采样,都来自于网络。其中第八首的说唱人声,来自西奥SIO在中国新说唱海选阶段提交的 1 分钟 accapella 视频。

— Zafka

Zafka (Zhang Anding) is a sound artist, experimental musician, youth cultural expert, and co-founder of Youthology, a leading youth research and consultancy company in China. Zakfa advocates the political listening of urban sounds, as well as the urban micro-acoustic geography practice based on walking/listening/researching. He published electro-acoustic albums "Who's Utopia", "YONG◎HE" and "I·Mirror" based on online and offline field recordings. In recent years, Zafka has devoted into the new sound culture landscape driven by social media and mobile Internet, and turned to the creation combining sound writing, sound theater performance and sound installation. His works "Parasitic Life / Sound", "Ruins of Voices" and "Fieldworks" has been exhibited. Since the fall of 2016, Zafka has started to create electronic music. After released a live set recording album "The First Two Shots" , he published "The Abraham's Machine", "The Wild Ark" and "The Incomplete Contract" in Play Rec label as his "The Great Plains Trilogy". A long time ago, Zafka was the guitarist of the Prague band, one of the earliest and leading post-rock bands in China.

Zafka(张安定): 声音艺术家,实验音乐人。青年文化研究者,青年志联合创始人。Zakfa 主张城市声响的政治学聆听,以及基于行走/听音/研究的城市微观声响地理实践,出版【谁的乌托邦】,【雍◎和】和【I·Mirror】等多张基于田野录音的电子原音唱片。 近年,Zafka 开始关注社会化媒体和移动互联网驱动的新声音文化景观,转向声响写作,声响剧场表演与声音装置等多媒介形式融合的创作,完成【寄生/声】,【声墟】以及【田野】等作品,参加了中国声音大展香港站,OCAT 声音分裂展演系列,以及中国美术学院“迷因城市”首届跨媒体艺术节等展览和演出。2016 年秋至今,Zafka 开始电子音乐创作和演出,出版了【The First Two Shots】硬件现场录音专辑,以及“大平原三部曲”【亚伯拉罕的机器】,【荒舟】和【不完全契约】。很早以前,Zafka 还是布拉格乐队的吉他手。


released November 17, 2019


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