Streaming Premiere via Noisey: noisey.vice.com/it/blog/kink-gong-erhai-floating
"Erhai Floating Sound" is a spatialized live sound performance which took place on Erhai lake in Dali, Yunnan, China in may 2010, involving Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong and Julien Claus. The electronic sounds were produced on a small fishing boat inside the lake connected by underwater cables to other four boats, each of them carrying a speaker.
This tape is a stereo version of the quadraphonic performance of Kink
Gong and it's about an hour long.
Laurent Jeanneau is an electroacoustic composer, ethnomusicologist and Sublime Frequencies contributor, who has released more than 150 cds concerning recordings of ethnic minority music, mostly from south-east Asia taken in more than 15 years of activity. The electroacoustic activity of Kink Gong is based on the deconstruction of the original recordings, which focus mostly on vocal and local instruments like gongs, mouthorgans and string instruments, into soundscapes and cut-ups.
About the tape:
"The outcome for Erhai Floating Sound is a collection that feels both colorful and rustic, a meditative splicing of electronic noise and chatter with spoken word samples and a robust smattering of more local flavors: “gongs, mouth-organs and string instruments.” Sounds like a pretty groovy boat trip, right?"
Dwight Pavlovic, Decoder Magazine
" It is not music to put on at dinner parties or to throw in the car's cassette deck - it is music that cries out to be Listened to. Challenging...yes, but brilliantly realised and constructed. It is a truly beautiful piece of music."
Andy Uzzell, Dayz of Purple and Orange
"I due hanno fondamentalmente "suonato" lo spazio, facendo entrare e uscire continuamente suoni dalla loro strumentazione in modo da generare una specie di musica continua e in perenne cambiamento."