The Beijing Electronic Music Encounter – a multi-day, multi-venue \’festival\’ hosted by label Sinotronics and showcasing some of the electronic scene\’s most buzz worthy and offbeat characters returns in its fourth incarnation this week. BEME 4 will commence Thursday, October 22nd at Dada with a hefty lineup of old and new (and the old showing off their new projects) before moving to record store and music lab fRUITYSHOP where international guest of honor, avant grade electronic artist Bob Ostertag, will give a special performance, and finally closing out at the new and sexy ModernSky Lab where both Dead J (now known as Shao) and resident techno head Menghan will release their newest work (the latter off of none other than Sinotronics label). It\’s a eclectic collection of artists that range from obtuse sound manipulation to sugar-coated ambient soundscapes, and back again. Deep cuts, deep sounds, and new discoveries —– BEME looks promising for those looking to expand their musical horizons. Check out the full lineup and press release below.
Beijing-based record label Sinotronics presents the fourth annual Beijing Electronic Music Encounter (BEME), China’s most progressive annual showcase of electronic sounds. BEME 4 hosts more than 20 individual artists over three nights, in three venues, with three distinct modes of experience.
BEME 4 is a unique, curated cross-section of producers, DJs, and avant-garde electronic music composers and improvisers. The theme of BEME 4 is CROSS FADES: jump cuts, bold transitions, dynamic pivots, fresh moves from old hands. Cross out the known, fade in the new.
As with previous editions, BEME 4 is a statement for the radical rethinking of what can be defined as “electronic music” in 2015 Beijing, spotlighting convergences and creating collisions at the fringes of what has become a highly evolved, rapidly monetized, repeatedly contested creative space.
BEME 4 – FULL SCHEDULE
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22 @ DADA BEIJING
As ever, BEME aims to inject Beijing’s #1 underground electronic music club,Dada, with an alternative program, bringing experimental live acts from outside the dancefloor circuit together with some of Beijing’s most progressive and forward-looking producers. BEME 4 kicks off with the debut of Earsnail, a new live 4/4 electronic music duo from two indie rock scene icons: Wang Xu (drummer of White+/The Gar) and Yan Shuai (guitarist of Da Bang). Their opening slot is followed up by live sets from GOOOOOSE(aka Han Han, leader of Shanghai future-rock quartet Duck Fight Goose) and Sinotronics label-riders Menghan and FAR/∞
Earsnail (Wang Xu of White+/Yan Shuai of Da Bang – live)
GOOOOOSE (Han Han of Duck Fight Goose – live)
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23 @ fRUITYSHOP (map)
BEME 4 pivots on Friday night, hosting an intimate evening of contemplative, abstract electronic experimentation at the fRUITYSHOP vinyl store in Dongsi Tou Tiao. Guest of honor Bob Ostertag presents one of his best known works,Sooner or Later. The entire piece is composed from a recording of a young boy burying his father in El Salvador that Bob made in the 1980s. Renowned German newspaper Die Zeit describes it as “a musical reality, in which sampling technology is used in a significant way for the first time. The music encircles reality, decomposes it into music and recomposes it until reality is no longer able to escape. It is this clarity that makes Sooner or Later great music, a music that has something to do with life again.”
Ostertag’s Sooner or Later is complemented by live sets from Bwave label founder Hong Qile + VJ Mao Wengweng and from Liquid Palace, an electronic noise band including experimental musician and filmmakerSilvernuz and synthesizer builder Meng Qi (both professors at CAFA, China’s most prestigious art university).
Bob Ostertag: Sooner or Later
Hong Qile + VJ Mao Wengweng
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24 @ Modernsky Lab (map)
The finale of BEME 4 happens over two sessions at one of Beijing’s newest live music venues, Modernsky Lab. The early session (8-11pm) features Bob Ostertag again, this time improvising on two samplers along with modular synth + cassette deck duo Soviet Pop and laptop synthesistVavabond. The early session also features new work from Changchun-based software musician JFI, fRUITYSHOP proprietor and old-hand Beijing abstract electronic music composer Me:mo, and the improvisational field recording + modular synth + samples trio, Alpine Decine + Charm.
Things snap into a harder 4/4 and a more pulse-racing BPM after 11, when the late session takes over in Modernsky Lab’s marquee performance space. The headlining set of BEME 4′s finale comes from SHAO (formerly Dead J). SHAO hits BEME just days after wrapping an extensive Europe tour for the release of his Doppler Shift Pt. 1 EP for Berlin’s world-renowned underground techno label, Tresor Records. This is a milestone release, for both SHAO and the Chinese underground as a whole. BEME 4 will mark the China debut of this deep, dark, wonderful new slab of vinyl.
SHAO will be preceded by equally dynamic live sets from deft hands, old and new: Nara, a decade-plus veteran of the Chinese electronic music scene, drawing from her 2015 D Force Records release Pillow; and Menghan, a post-’90s newcomer who’ll perform brand new material for her debut EP, released by Sinotronics at BEME 4.
After SHAO’s live set, Sinotronics cohorts MMS and Menghan close it out with Beijing’s deepest club tunes until the final drop-out…
Early session: 8-11pm
Late session: 11pm-end
Early session (8-11pm):
Bob Ostertag + Soviet Pop + Vavabond (live improv)
Alpine Decline + Charm (live improv)
Late session (11pm-end):
Sinotronics呈献：第四届 北京电子乐偶遇（BEME 4）
2015年 十月 22/23/24 日
基于北京的电子音乐厂牌 Sinotronics 呈现第四届北京电子乐偶遇（BEME），
BEME 4 是独一无二的，它的策划集合了电子音乐制作人，DJ，
一如往届，BEME 4 是在2015年的北京，对于如何定义“电子音乐”
- SHAO：北京前卫电子先锋Dead J的新名字。届时他将刚刚完成大范围的欧洲巡演，
为其在知名柏林厂牌Tresor Records 下发行的EP《Doppler Shift Pt. 1》。这是中国音乐制作人受到国际认可的里程碑，而BEME 4将启动这张深邃、黑暗、妙幻的黑胶的正式国内发行（ 10月24日，周六@Modernsky Lab）
- EARSNAIL 耳蜗，White+/嘎调的鼓手 王旭 与 大棒的吉他手 阎帅 的新4/4电子双人组（10月22日，周四@DADA）
BEME4 的特别国际嘉宾是BOB OSTERTAG，Bob是一位来自美国的前卫实验音乐先锋，
BEME 4 -完整日程
EARSNAIL 耳蜗（White+/嘎调 王旭 + 大棒 阎帅 – 现场 live）
GOOOOOSE（鸭打鹅 Duck Fight Goose 韩涵， – 现场 live）
Menghan （现场 live）
FAR/∞ (现场 live)
当晚加入Bob Ostertag演出行列的是液体宫殿 Liquid Palace（电子噪音乐队，成员包括实验音乐人，影像艺术家，
Bob Ostertag: Sooner or Later
液体宫殿 Liquid Palace
洪启乐 + VJ 毛嗡嗡
SHAO的live set之后，Sinotronics 厂牌同伙MMS 与 Menghan 将以北京最深的club调调收尾，直到最后一拍……
Bob Ostertag + 苏维埃波普 Soviet Pop + Vavabond （现场即兴）
Alpine Decline + Charm（现场即兴）
JFI (现场 live)
me:mo (现场 live)
SHAO (现场 live)
Nara (现场 live)
Menghan (现场 live/DJ)