“I started to make electronic music in the end of 2016, and at the same time I also started to write a book with my colleagues in China Youthology. This book is about today's social and cultural changes, and the status of young people and business. The book was written in 2017 and published in August 2018. The process of writing the book is also the process of making music. In the book, we call today's world "Great Plains" to describe a volatile society that is full of risks and opportunities. We call the state of people and organizations "nomadic". Therefore, I plan to make a trilogy of electronic music at the same time, to response to it.
In December 2017, the first album of the trilogy「The Abraham's Machine」was completed. This album was published in the Play Rec label in February 2018. In this album, the prophet Abraham disappeared, left behind him a machine. People bowed to the machine and prayed, thus the journey and a dialogue started and recorded. I used the Reason 10 software to create the album. I also included my poem entitled "Journey" written in Oxford Street Church in London in 2004.
「The Wild Ark」is the second album of the trilogy. It's about the Ark being not there, and the Great Plains a wasteland, and everywhere a boat. In the gloom, the sentient beings are scattered, surging, and boundless. Sky, dust, deep sea. Flying, creeping, sluggishing. Twelve tacks, twelve portraits. I used Ableton Live 10 software to create.
The third album of the trilogy has not yet been named and is already in progress. It's about the reflection of the people, and the reorganization of the social contract. “
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" in Play Rec label as the first two alums of 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.