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Jun, Yan / Jason Kahn: None Of Us (Herbal International)

Five recordings from the duo of Jason Kahn and Yan Jun, recording ostensibly on voice, though all recordings from their rehearsals and live performances were muted, deleted, or suffered technical issues, so what remains are the extraneous sound of the rooms and concert spaces, alone or layered, the final piece layering incidental sounds from 5 concerts.
 

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Label: Herbal International
Catalog ID: 1801
Squidco Product Code: 25848

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Malaysia
Packaging: Cardboard Gatefold 3 Panels
Recorded in Beijing, China, April 21st-26th, 2016, by the artists. 5 Concerts were recorded at: Nanjing University of The
Arts, Nanjing, april 1st; Canal Art Museum, Wuxi, april 2nd; Hill
House, Suzhou, April 3rd; Lineout, Hangzhou, april 6th; Power Station
of Art, Shanghai, april 7th.


Personnel:

Yan Jun-voice

Jason Kahn-voice

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track listing:


1. Untitled 1:57

2. Untitled 0:56

3. Untitled 2:26

4. Untitled 3:02

5. Untitled 36:37
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track 1-3:
recorded during Jason Kahn & Yan Jun Voice Duo rehearsals at Yan Jun's
flat, Beijing, march, 2016.
all voices were deleted.

track 4:
recorded live during a concert of Jason Kahn & Yan Jun Voice Duo at
fRUITY Space, Beijing, march 30th, 2016; batteries of the recorder run
out right at the beginning of the set.

track 5:
recorded live during 5 concerts of Jason Kahn & Yan Jun Voice Duo
south china tour (along with Jun-Y Ciao) in april, 2016. organized by
Heterotopia (Suzhou).
all voices of performances and speeches were muted.
5 of these recordings were overlapped as a mix. all their ends were
fixed on same time spot, i.e. they stopped together in this mix.
auditory spatially, from left to right: Nanjing University of The
Arts, Nanjing, april 1st; Canal Art Museum, Wuxi, april 2nd; Hill
House, Suzhou, April 3rd; Lineout, Hangzhou, april 6th; Power Station
of Art, Shanghai, april 7th.

recorded, mixed by yan jun, during april 21st-26th, 2016, beijing
mastered by jason kahn


Artist Biographies:

"Yan Jun was born in 1973 and he grew up in Lanzhou in the province Gansu, where during his teenage years he started writing poetry. He has lived in Beijing since 1999 where he has worked as a music critic, focusing mainly on Chinese underground rock. He founded the record label Sub Jam in 2000, which has since produced a lot of alternative Chinese music. He started making his own music in 2004. Whilst this may be seen as relatively late, his music making can be considered just one of several strings to Yan Jun's bow, along with performance, poetry, writing and curating.

Yan Jun's aesthetic is like a reflection of this borderless, non-hierarchical musical melting pot where everything seems possible. His main sounding materials are field recordings and noise. Esthetically he is interested in sound characteristics such as high frequencies, noise and silence. He plays live, as a soloist or with other musicians and uses lo-tech apparatus, often in improvisation and thus plays a part in the international 'improv' scene. As a composer and musician, he also explores the sonic consequences of body movements, works with video, makes sound installations and writes his own texts for his media works. It comes as no surprise that he has been presented to the Shanghai Biennale, has received a honorarium mention at Prix Ars Electronica and has been invited to the Berlin and Rotterdam international poetry festivals.

With and through different media, Yan Jun is exploring the poetic side of the everyday and of basic materials, exemplified in a few of his works from the last years. Recently, for "Living Room Tour," in Beijing 2014, he visited several private living rooms and from this made a collage of audio and video recordings. The live work "Gestures (Two)" depicts a scene which revolves around a slowly moving and silent figure who is captured in his movements by swarming photographers. In this rather still and quiet performance, the sound of the camera shutters and the flashes give a minimalist commentary on the implication of performing, listening and documentation.

In "Let's act", which was conducted in 2014 in Rotterdam, Yan Jun elegantly links the various cultural activities his oeuvre presents. A text written by Yan Jun about noise and the instrumentalization of noise is juxtaposed with field-recordings and video shots from everyday life. Here noise, rather than being composed, is drawn from a variety of essential parts of life such as communication and social gathering. The work thus artistically displays some of the main features of Yan Jun's music and art. Although he uses a broad range of techniques, he maintains a strong focus and concentration on the everyday and on the importance of the visual as well as an auditive reality."-Andreas Engström

-Berliner Künstler-programm (http://www.berliner-kuenstlerprogramm.de/en/gast.php?id=1298)
5/16/2018

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" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (http://www.jasonkahn.net/biography/index.html)
5/16/2018

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