VAVABOND: Laptop, other
Li Jianhong: Guitar, other
Record by Mind Fiber
Master by Li Jianhong
AM (CD1) was recorded on the morning of May. 2nd, 2012.
PM (CD2) was recorded on the evening of May. 1st, 2012.
Recorded in Lijia Village, Dongli County, Fenghua, Zhejiang Province, China
Released: October, 2012
About a balcony, and some others.
Actually, it is a brief memo of a balcony.
Before early of this year, the second floor of my parents' house had a balcony. As most of the children who had ever owned a balcony of their own, my childhood seemingly became a little bit miraculous because of the balcony. While to other people, of course it is only a simple balcony.
Therefore, it is not necessary to describe what it was like. To me, this brief memo is only for keeping some memories that could also be heard - some memories that were tagged with time, place and my emotions. I always feel that environment improvisation has nothing to do with others. It is only the honest and the most accurate recordings of musicians' subtlest emotions.
Something will go far into the past as the time flies, such as life, such as stars. I think that is why memories can be condensed into a kind of special emotion for being treasured with. I even feel that if the universe is a vast memory, it has emotions, too, just as you and me.
Since we have different experiences and thinking about environment, VAVABOND and I didn't have much communication during the recording. VAVABOND even isolated herself into her own environment by using small earphones. Therefore, during the improvisation, I could not hear her at all.
Thus, what we were facing to in the improvisation were environments of our own and direct experiences between individuals and environment instead of musical conversations between the two of us. The absence of such a traditional kind of conversation enables us to be more concentrated on our individual environment and universe, and purifies our emotions.
There is no need to worry about the consequence. Just as we are always have the faith in the universe that it always has its harmony.
This “play the two records at the same time” thing is very surprising. Even with a random shift of about a quarter of an hour, some parts sound beautiful and moving, as if intentionally composed this way. Also, I find it interesting that some rather gloomy sections become almost cheerful when combined. Truly a mind-boggling work. Alice M.