New Music China Archive

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New Music China Archive, a non-profit cultural organization that collects, organizes, propagates, and publishes Chinese contemporary music and sound art


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Introduction

New Music China Archive is a non-profit cultural organization that collects, organizes, propagates, and publishes Chinese contemporary music and sound art. The Archive was founded in Beijing on December 7, 2006 by Licai Yang, Yan Jun, Dajuin Yao, Ya-Zhu Xu, and Lawrence Li, with Li Xianting as consultant.

The purpose of New Music China Archive is to promote diversified developments in Chinese contemporary music and sound art, as well as international exchange and collaboration. New Music China Archive will systematically collect Chinese contemporary music and sound art from the 1980s onward. It supports creative events, provides convenience for researchers, and shares information resources with the public.

The immediate project of New Music China Archive is to collect representative works of Chinese experimental music and sound art that have been released independently. This is the first ever systematic organization and non-profit collection of independent music, experimental music and sound art works inside China. Our first collections comes from Sugarjar’s collection, which started in June 2003, and subsequently from donations made by independent cultural organizations and artists such as Sub Jam, Kwanyin Records, Landscape Records, Tofu Records, School for the Deaf, Blind and Mute, fm3, Lin Chi-wei, and 86/33 Chain.


Events

China/Taiwan Sound Archive Exhibition

In accordance with its goal of archiving and public promotion, New Music China Archive presents its first exhibition, during the 2008 Mini MIDI Festival: China/Taiwan Sound Archive Exhibition, curated by Licai Yang and Ya-Zhu Xu, with cooperate Yan Jun and Chung-Han YAO.

This exhibition presents a systematic organization of developments of experimental music and sound art in China and Taiwan, based on the publications and digital audio archive in New Music China Archive’s collection. The exhibition will be presented to the public with visual documents, actual objects, audio samples, and documentary videos provided by artists.

The exhibition goes on simultaneously at two separate sites:

1. Main Site: New Music China Archive (Sugarjar Space, 798 Art District)

Actual objects showing and audio database searching and listening.

Opens on April 1, 2008 and continues as an ongoing exhibition.

Address: 798 Art District DO6-6-32 Jiuxianqiao Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Phone: 010−64331449
Hours: 13:00-19:00 Tuesdays through Sundays

2. Branch Site: Mini MIDI 2008 Festival site (2 Kolegas Bar)

Sound art documentary showing, sound works show, live listening.

Address: 21 Liangmaqiao Lu (inside the drive-in movie theater park) north of Chaoyang Park
Hours: 12:00-24:00, May 1-3, 2008

New Music in China Survey

New Music in China Survey is the first public project of New Music China Archive since its founding. Survey questionnaires are given out to different public groups, and are subsequently presented as first-hand materials on the status of development and propagation of Chinese contemporary music; it is presented as a reference for scholar research and public dissemination. This project will continue for two years, with returned questionnaires expected at 2,000 copies.


Collaborating Organizations

  • Sugarjar Space
  • Kwanyin Records/Waterland Kwanyin/Sub Jam
  • Mini MIDI Festival
  • Sounds from the Other Shore/Inter-Sound
  • Post-Concrete/Fore-Taste Music Radio
  • Chinese New Ear
  • 2pi Festival/2pi Records
  • NOIShanghai/Shasha Records
  • Songzhuang Museum of Art
  • Lacking Sound Festival Taiwan


Further Information