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- Xinjiang by Kink Gong
8/10 Mike Staff review, 21 December 2011
Cripes, not even really sure where to start with this one. Basically Laurent Jeanneau has gone to Xinjiang Province in China and recorded a load of local musicians playing local instruments with names like kazakh dongbra and uyghur tambur and dotar that I'm not even going to pretend to know anything about. He's mixed these evocative instrumental recordings with general field recording malarkey and samples from the radio, and slowed some of them down while playing some at the correct speed, creating a sometimes messy but vibrant and lively little stir-fry of sounds. It's more on the concrete/field recording side of things than actual music, but there are snippets of recorded music running throughout and a certain musicality in the way they are constructed. There's two long tracks on the A side and an even longer one on the other, which contains the most prolonged passages of uninterrupted (and very impressive) string plucking, but they all make up this semi-melodic patchwork of evocative musique concrete, a schizophrenic flit through snippets from another place and time, present but also elsewhere.
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