Mini Midi Festival 2008

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Mini Midi 2008

Mini Midi is the only outdoor experimental music festival in China, the extension of non-stop Waterland Kwanyin, the experimental stage of Midi Music Festival, the next life of underground rock, the relative of noise, a party of independent organizations. Free & Serious fun.


About Mini Midi

See Mini Midi Festival for general information.

General Information

Location: Drive-in Movie Theater, 2 Kolegas Bar, Beijing, China (see directions)

Date: May 1-3, 2008


About Mini Midi 2008

The fourth Mini Midi Festival will be occurring on May 1-3, 2008, at the Drive-in Movie Theater, at the grass in front of 2 Kolegas Bar and indoor. Free for everybody.

2 Kolegas Bar is the place of experimental music series — Waterland Kwanyin. The program includes conversation, outdoor performances and electronic music party. It is not only a meeting of artists and audience, but also a party of promoters, critics, indie labels and institutions. The Festival is a gathering for the entire scene as an ecology system. Performance itself is not the most important point, while cultivating and sharing is the highlight of Mini Midi.

The number of outdoor artists is less than usual, however, casual grass atmosphere and open noise spirit is lasting.

The Wedding Beast, Justin Padro, TronOrchestra+SAM2+SomeMoreSams+, 8GG, 10, Li Tieqiao, Mafeisan and Bruce Gremo...

Andy Guhl, from Switzerland, the first confirmed foreign artist, member of Voice Crack, is the hero of international underground and noise scene.

Zero and Sound, the first generation noise project in Taiwan, will appear in Mini Midi for the first time after absence the stage for ten years.

Fujui Wang, ‘the bel canto noiser’, another artist from Taipei, the editor of <NOISE>, a member of Ching-Shen-Ching and eTat, and as Head of Computer Music Laboratory, Center for Art and Technology of Taipei National University of the Arts.

By now, the following artists are on list:
Li Jianhong, JIMU, Hong Qile, Wang Fan, Li Zenghui, Xiao He, FM3, Wu Quan, Yan Jun,

The two-night indoor performances feature special performances of the Shanshui label and Staubgold label, including electronic music, DJing and party.

New Music China Archive will set up mobile exhibition in Mini Midi for the first time. Sugar Jar and other independent organizations will hold exhibitions dedicated to promote their productions.

Mini Midi 2008 is the gold season of noise, the blossom of China independent scene. Consisting of collaborations among various independent organizations:
Sub Jam, Kwanyin Records, Sugar Jar, New Music China Archive, Wu Ya, Elvita & V’s Life Sign, Neocha, 2 Kolegas Bar, D-22, YuGongYiShan Bar, Borderline...

As well as individuals and volunteers, even separately, the ultimate goal of the festival is to create an open minded, communicated, free festival.

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May 1st (Thursday)

14:00-17:00 Atlantic Waves showcase / Experimental Music Festival Conversation, 2 Kolegas Bar

17:00-22:00 Outdoor Performances (TronOrchestra+SAM2+SomeMoreSams+, Fujui Wang, Hong Qile, 10, Janek Schaefer, FM3+Yan Jun+Wu Quan+Wang Fan) (on stage and everywhere on the grass outside the Bar)

22:00-01:00 Special Night of Shanshui Records (Sulumi, Dead J, iLoop, BAIFAN, Mclovin. Video: Gogo J), 2 Kolegas Bar (indoor)

May 2nd (Friday)

14:00-17:00 Staubgold showcase / Independent Label Conversation, 2 Kolegas Bar (indoor)

17:00-22:00 Outdoor Performance (The Wedding Beast, Li Jianhong, JIMU, Zero and Sound Dismiss Organization, Andy Guhl, Li Zenghui + Li Tieqiao + Justin Padro + Xiao He + Mafeisan + Bruce Gremo) (on stage and everywhere on the grass outside the Bar)

22:00-01:00 Special Night of ‘Staubgold’ Label (Joseph Suchy, Mapstation, Reuber, Klangwart), 2 Kolegas Bar (indoor)

May 3rd (Saturday)

16:00 interactive installation by 8GG + Andy Guhl + Yan Jun (indoor)

19:30 “Noise Movement in 90’s Taiwan” Conversation, 2 Kolegas Bar (indoor)

May 1st – May 2nd

FM3 – Three Massagists

May 1st – May 3rd

New Music China Archive: 1, opening exhibition “Sound Fata of Both Sides Across the Straits”; 2, Investigate of Contemporary Chinese Music. Music Discipline School - images and text exhibition

About Atlantic Waves & UK Artists

Nothing would be more relevant to present London high caliber Experimental Music Festival —— Atlantic Waves than a list of the artists that have performed there:

Merzbow with Keiji Haino;
FM3 with Blixa Bargeld;
Sun 0))) with Keiji Haino;
Kode9 with Spaceape;
Tanya Tagaq with Sainkho Namtchylak and Janita Salome;
Shlomo with Dokaka;
Evan Parker with Ned Rothenberg and Kang Taw Hwan;
Arnold Dreyblatt with Rhys Chatham;
Thomas Koner with Asmus Tietchens;
Hijokaidan with Borbetomagus;
Philip Jeck with Janek Schaeffer;
Wolf Eyes with Anthony Braxton;
The Boredoms with the Burundi Drummers;
Thomas Fehlman with Frank Bretschneider…

In the afternoon of May 1st, Miguel Santos, the head of Atlantic Waves Music Festival, will present the history and operations of the Festival providing the guests with videos and a free CD. The aim of this exchange with the Chinese artists is to bring an international perspective to the current China independent/experimental music organizations. Besides, a selection of Chinese artists will participate to the Atlantic Waves Festival this year.

The visit of Atlantic Waves' is sponsored by Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy. Janek Schaefer, acclaimed experimental musician and sound artist, will participate to the conversation and the performances. He has just been nominated for the Candidacy of ‘New Media Award 2008’ sponsored by Liedts-Meesen Foundation as well as for the Awards of ‘British Composer of the Year’ —— British Academy of Composers of 2007.
Janek Schaefer:

About Staubgold & Goethe Institute GEM Series

Staubgold is an independent label based in Berlin famous for its numerous releases of German electronic music and avant-garde music. Staubgold’s great artists include Faust, Embryo, Leafcutter John, Rafael Toral and more. Amongst the label’s top releases, we can mention: the CD of ‘Haunted Weather’ the book written by English music critic David Toop; the remixes of FM3’s Buddha Machine released under the name of ‘Jukebox Buddha’, as well as the superstar collection ‘Childish Music’, a compilation of naïve sounds from international artists.

During the afternoon conversation of May 2nd, Staubgold’s head Markus Detmer will give a retrospective of Staubgold’s history and explain how to develop and promote an independent label. The objective is to explicate a few key points on label management.

The Special Night of May 2nd will feature four acts including Joseph Suchy, Mapstation, Reuber and Klangwart who will perform and Dj until late.

The visit of Staubgold was supported by Goethe Institute (China). It’s a part of GEM (German Electronic Music series) project.

The performances of Joseph Suchy, Klangwart and Reuber are supported by the City of Cologne (Germany).

About the Conversation "Noise Movement in 90’s Taiwan"

Besides the two days of Music Festival, Lin Chiwei, Fujui Wang and more guests will give an extra lecture on Noise Movement in 90’s Taiwan at the evening of May 3, still at 2 Kolegas Bar. Topic will cover the following issues: the relationship between noise movement and society, the international noise scene; various aesthetical viewpoints on noise. During the lecture, videos and pictures will be presented. For this occasion, Beijing will host the rebirth of legendary <NOISE> mag, as well as other homemade underground publications, posters and objects.

This conversation was co-curated by Inter-Sound:

Further Information


Main-Organizer: Beijing Midi Productions

Founder and Co-organizer: Sub Jam

Co-organizer: SugarJar

Co-organizer: 2kolegas

Special Support: Cultural and Education Section of the British Embassy, Goethe Institute (China), ProHelvetia, SUISA, Sheng Jiao

Internet Support·Neocha:

Partners: Kwanyin Records, New Music China Archive (, WuYa (, D22 (, YuGongYiShanBar (, Borderline (


Promotion: Elvita & V’s Life Sign:


Promotion (English): Leo


ArtistsArrangement: Cui Lei


Artists Arrangement (abroad): Xu Yazhu


Volunteer Manager: LaoYang


Production: Gao Feng


Curator: Yan Jun