November 27th, 2004 9pm
FM3 and Brian Labycz
Mysterious. Portentous. Mystical. Unsettling.
fm3 and the underground sound of modern Beijing.
Weaving lo-fi software with home-built instruments,
fm3 distills Chinese folk tradition into a
barely-there organic glow.
ÒA beautifully proportioned digital lament.Ó The Wire. November
2002. ÒMeditative. Soothing.Ó The Wire. January 2003. ÒGlamorous!Ó
David Toop. July 2004. fm3 play quiet music. really, really quiet music. the
kind of music that turns up your ears and makes you sit. really really still...Some
reviewers describe fm3's live act as "daring." Audience members often
call it "cathartic." Others say listening to fm3 is painful...fm3
is classically-trained punk composer and long-term China resident Christiaan
Virant.Active in the Beijing music underground for nearly a decade, Virant founded
fm3 in late 1999 as China's first-ever experiment in live, abstract electronica.Working
with lo-fi computer software and a host of home-built instruments, fm3 distills
ancient Chinese folk tradition into a barely-there organic glow.fm3 is currently
on a six-month European tour, which so far has taken their unique live set to
audiences in Germany, the United Kingdom, Holland, Belgium, Switzerland and
France. The tour began in June with three sold-out shows at the Louvre auditorium
in Paris and will concluded in November at London's longest-running experimental
electronica showcase Sprawl. Praise for fm3Õs debut on bip-hop records:
"mysterious, portentous, mystical and unsettling." Stylus magazine.
Canada."trs bon et dÕ extrmement intrigant." Benzine. France.
"autentica sorpresa." Kathodik. Italy. fm3 -
selected discography 2004 bip-hop generation v.7 | bip-hop records | FRANCE http://www.bip-hop.comjing hua yuan | live at the hong kong art festival | shanghai audiovisual | CHINA http://www.shav.com.cn 2003 ambience sinica | mini cd | dreamland records | AUSTRALIA http://www.geocities.com/dreamland_recordings bu ke neng | live at the peking university poetry festival | subjam | CHINA http://www.subjam.org forthcoming 2004 mort aux vaches | staalplaat | NETHERLANDShttp://www.staalplaat.comcondominium | with tarwater, dabrye and others | mousike records | ITALY http://www.mousikelab.comstreets of lhasa | tibetan field recordings | sublime frequencies | USA http://www.sublimefrequencies.com
selected performaces 2004 the dome | shanghai | jan 02out the window | tokyo | jan 10ddm gallery | shanghai | jan 16-17caaw | beijing | march 13diaf festival | 798 gallery space | beijing | may 14-15louvre auditorium | paris | june 4-5-6laÊmiroiterie | paris | june 09spinnahalle | baar, switzerland | june 17tonus music lab | bern | june 18-19nt. areal | basel | june 20dutch art institute | enschede, netherlands | july 04, 09caaw | gent, belgium | july 18, 25garage festival | stralsund, germany | august 06shanghai biennale | shanghai | september 28arborescence | marseille | october 01nuit blanche | paris | october 02recyclart | brussels | october 06mcaf | gent | october 11-16vooruit | gent | october 20impakt festival | utrecht | october 28notting hill arts club | london | november 06sprawl | london | november 10