A Week of Music is a project that focus on the situation of dual identity in daily life.
The first thing we need to make clear is that the creators of these seven albums are not amateurs.
They have each achieved different successes in the field of experimental music, and a stable social job is a basic guarantee while the real world cannot provide a healthy survival mechanism for this type of music.
Work and time are separated into two versions, one belonging to the public rules and the other to one’s own. When these two sets of rules go hand in hand in the daily routine, it is hard to tell what kind of relationship they present to each other.
[Professional or Hobby] [Minority Culture and Mass Culture] [Experiment and Mature Industry Chains], do these seemingly opposing titles have new answers with the development of the times?
There are many artists with dual identity in China, so we have just selected a few familiar friends to express the concept of “daily” through their works, using a simple and public standard of time like “week”as the theme of creation.
If the word “time”is not developed for the purpose of maintaining a public cooperative production, perhaps it can cease to exist.
-Project initiator & curator ：gogoj A.K.A Sheng Jie
A set of seven album on cassette, limit released 100 copies.
Project initiator & curator ：gogoj A.K.A Sheng Jie & Ding Xin
This project is supported by Central Academy of Fine Arts
Project Curators: Ding Xin, Sheng Jie
Mixing / Master Production: Wei Guo
Graphic Design: email@example.com
Translation:Zhu Songjie & VAVABOND(Friday)
Production: Shan Audio Visual Art Laboratory
Monday By Junky
Member of Torturing Nurse, started on 2004.04.25 till FOREVER!
From the Shanghai，China composed of analogue harsh noise/pure noise group, has now done over 256 performances in Mainland China、Hong Kong、Republic of China、Japan、Denmark、Switzerland、France、Belgium、UK、Spain、Germany；has been published in various brands including the limited cdr、cassette、vinyl、cd，ect in more than 438 recordings all over the world!!
Album Introduction：A mix up of field recordings andharsh noise cut ups. Monday is the beginning of a new week as well as the infinite loop.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/monday-by-junky-a-week-of-music
Tuesday by Maimai
Film director, experimental musician
1982 Born in Xuzhou, Jiangsu Province
2006Graduated from Shanghai Theater Academy
Works and lives in Shanghai
, MAI MAI formed a noise rock band “Muscle snog” vocal, guitarist and song-writer. Since 2008 he started running an experimental music platform: “R.E.S.O.”, in same year, he commenced his personal experimental music project using this pseudonym “MAI MAI”. During these last five years, “R.E.S.O.” has presented more than 20 concerts, and became the most important stage for Chinese and oversea musicians.
As a filmmaker, MAI MAI had made many short film and video works. In 2013, his short film “Four Cowards” was selected by the 43th Tampere International Short Film Festival (International Competition Section).
《When Tuesday Still Stood For Something》
No Tuesday any more
As well as Wednesday and Thursday,
Saturday and Sunday,
They’ve all gone
Everything is poured on everything
No elegy any more
Elegies were gone
That child woke up in the morning
Thinking about the class schedule of Tuesday
Have some music to like
Have somebody to like
When Tuesday still stood for something
Twenty years ago
I go out everyday
Put effort in riding my bike
Recorded at Oct 2020, Shanghai.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/tuesday-by-maimai-a-week-of-music
Wednesday By Mei Zhiyong
Mei Zhiyong , Born in 1984 in Shangdong, China, founder of Fuzz tape label and member of noise group. Mei Zhiyong is one of the most important international noise experimenters and hardware noise instrument DIYERs in China. He is also active in independent film and photography. MeiZhiyong considers noise as the carrier to break all the rules. Only impaling into nothingness can make you get rid of the contradiction between voice and body, and between body and mind. Strong physical action and the obsession of electronic / industrial pieces modification make each of his live performance unique.
Mei Zhiyong has toured in Europe, Japan and China several times since 2014, performed at several experimental music festivals such as Sally Can’t Dance festival, LUFF and MUFF.
Collaborated and performed with many noise musicians all over the world like Torturing Nurse, Dave Phillips, Zbigniew Karkowski, Incapacitants, Makoto Kawabata, Ryosuke Kiyasu and Kazuma Kubota. He is now becoming the new blood of the noise and the experimental music scene in Asia.
Album Introduction：These recordings were made in three different places: office, workshop, and recording studio. The field recording in the workshop is basically my working environment surrounded by all kinds of machine. In the recording, I used planers and drilling and milling machines, along with some sporadic equipment processing sounds around. In some part of the recording, I put my effect pedals and microphones on these kinds of equipment while some other sounds were made in the studio. The word “week” sounds quite wired for people live in the country town. Everyone is accustomed to rest only when some other things come along, not because of the need to relax. “Noise” is part of my work and life. My sound system is right in the corner of my office. Sometimes I play around during coffee breaks, not at specific times and places. Or maybe, I just leave them there by a glance.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/wednesday-by-mei-zhiyong-a-week-of-music
Thursday by Shenggy
Shenggy，Born and raised in Beijing, since 2007, she has been moved to London, continue her music career as a producer and drummer. Shenggy also works for Dover Street Market under the fashion designer Rei Kawakubo.
Album Introduction: I have always been keen to simulate the sounds of synthesizers and various old machines. Their transistors and warm sound quality cannot be copied or replaced. Except for “Gemini”, the 6 tracks you heard all come from a retro analog synthesis sequencer. The musician who has influenced me the most is Laurie Spiegel. She and I have a lot of resonance in composition and identity as a female electronic musician. When the possibility of female composing itself is controversial, we women are more willing to choose electronic music. It allows our creations to be heard by others without being taken seriously by the male-dominated music industry. Instead, we gain more freedom.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/thursday-by-shenggy-a-week-of-music
Friday by VAVABOND
Wei Wei, a.k.a VAVABOND, laptop improviser, noise player. Work as college English textbook editor for a publishing company. Beginning from making large volume noise using Max/MSP in 2006, she now concentrates on free improvisation with synthesis and processed electromagnetic signals. By processing meaningless and fragmented sounds in a nonlinear-time approach, she explores the theme of “time and existence” especially in various environmental contexts. Besides solo project, she is also the member of the psychedelic noise group “Vagus Nerve” and free improvised duo “Mind Fiber”.
Album Introduction: Last October, we moved to the outskirts of Beijing, which is more than 30 kilometers away from my office. My job requires me to clock in from 9am to 5pm, so every morning at about 6:30, I would leave my home in the countryside, drive through a short stretch of provincial roads, and then drive along the congested Jingcheng Expressway for an hour or so to arrive at my office located near the Huixin Dongqiao Bridge.
The recording was made around the time of the Frost’s Descent. When I left home, the sky was not yet fully light and the village was not yet fully awake. The car windows were often covered with a layer of dew, so I needed to start the car and turn on the wipers to wipe it several times before I could leave. But when driving past one of the sluice gates of the Jingmi Division Canal, the gauzy mist suspended on the water surface would cling to the windows again. Need to drive for another two minutes, until the temperatures of the car and the outdoor air gradually melt, the fog on the glass would recede. At this moment, the car would pass a large farmland, so big that the whole sunrise could slide unhindered beside the car for five or six minutes.
The provincial road was undergoing road maintenance, so the road was narrow and bumpy. After driving on it for about fifteen minutes, I would get on the highway. Every Friday, it was only on the initial 5km of the highway that you could drive above 100km/h, and then it would go into a long long congestion. The route on the navigation was filled with bright red and dark red, and the time seemed to enter some kind of inexplicable pause — when you first got on the highway, the navigation told you the trip would be about an hour and a quarter; then you drove for more than half an hour, and a glance at the navigation showed that you still needed to drive for an hour and 20 minutes to arrive.
The time was lost.
The car was driving in the void.
I was traveling in the gap between two worlds.
At home, to be a mother; at the office, to do the job. Only on this congested highway, I got a chance to completely let go. At the beginning of such commuting days, I would feel irritated and talk to myself; now, after a long time, I am completely absorbed in the pause of everything. Driving becomes an all-round three-dimensional meditation. I don’t talk to myself any more, or even don’t start any thoughts. Just let the traffic surge on both sides of my head, like those distracting thoughts. The senses belong completely to the body. No words are needed. It feels like I am running through something invisible. But at the same time, the body and the brain are highly sensitive and commune to each other — the signals captured by the vision are quickly mapped out by the muscles of the arms and legs, as if they do not need to be translated by the brain.
The current of the engine running, the airflow outside the car, the bumps and vibrations from the road, the interference signals from the car radio when passing through the high-voltage electricity towers. On such an ordinary Friday, in the confined and narrow space of the car, my reality was diluted, even dissociated, but in the right way.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/friday-by-vavabond-a-week-of-music
Saturday by Ruò Tán
Ruò Tán，Born in Nanjing and live in France now. He works as a freelance designer and he is also the founder of independent label WV Sorcerer Productions. Music works include “石 Stone”, “Live at L’homme Sauvage” and remix tape “STONE RIVVER” etc. His artwork and design appear in many releases of WV Sorcerer Productions.
Album Introduction：As a freelancer, my perception of days in a week doesn’t clearly distinguish between working days and weekends. For Saturday, what I immediately think of is the origin of its name. In Latin, it’s called “dies Saturni”, in Japanese it’s called “土曜日“, and in English it’s Saturday, which is derived from Saturn. The English name of Saturn comes from Saturnus, the god of agriculture in Roman mythology. The Chinese translation of “Saturn” is named according to the ancient Chinese Five Elements theory and the colors of Saturn observed by human eyes (wood green, gold white, fire red, water black, and earth yellow). In this way, the word “土” has some connection with the Western Saturnus, who is the god of agriculture, teaching people to cultivate the land. Saturday is also the last day of each week. The cycle of the week ends on this day and will begin again. The cycle of life and the universe has never been interrupted. Against such a huge background, pictures about Saturdays slowly emerged in my mind. From the land under my feet to the infinite starry sky, these tracks are the reflection fragments of these images.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/saturday-by-ru-t-n-a-week-of-music
Sunday by Zhu Songjie
Zhu Songjie, civil servant. Play free improvisation, feedback and other kinds of music mainly on guitar. And he also does some translation work in his spare time. In 2019, his tape “Summer Time Blues” was released and book “Genealogy” translated by Zhu was published.
Introduction: Sunday: the day of service, the day of rest, both the end and the beginning of a cycle. We usually regard Sunday as the end of the week. In local customs and dictionary records, it is customary to regard Sunday as the beginning of the week. The traditional order of the seven lunar days is 日月火水木金土. In the Xinhua Dictionary, it is also said that Sunday is the “first day of the week”. The two sorts are the difference between the head and the tail, but in a circle, the beginning and the end may not be that important, especially when the circle itself is a copy of an impossible thing. The creation of the week is our plan settled for time. It is supposed to capture the one-dimensional flow in a certain cycle, and reality will always disrupt this attempt.
Whatever, Sunday is a day that will be cherished in its entirety, because it is (at least in public perception) a day of rest, and it is immediately followed by five working days. This time, the five songs recorded under the theme of Sunday were consisted of covers and improvisation stuffs. These five songs were either recorded on Sunday, or started to conceive on Sunday, and then slowly finished after getting off work every day. They recorded the emotions I feel at various times on Sunday. There are emotions of calm, nervous, happy, and worried, either pure or complex. However, they are generally relaxed. After all, it is Sunday, day of rest. Although Sunday is the end of the weekend, it doesn’t really matter whether it starts or ends, because it is both.
Digital Version link: https://shanavlab.bandcamp.com/album/sunday-by-zhu-songjie-a-week-of-music
-项目发起 & 策划人：盛洁
项目策划：丁昕 & 盛洁
专辑名称：周一 by Junky
作者简介: Junky，谋生工作为上海市体育部门工作人员，业余时间制造噪音，2004年组建硬件粗噪音计划Torturing Nurse，组织噪音/声音系列演出NOIShanghai。
专辑名称：周二 by 卖卖
专辑名称：周三 By 梅志勇
作者简介：梅志勇, 生产食品加工设备，个体经营者。1984 年生于中国山东，是Fuzztape的创始人，也是Nojiji噪音集团的成员。梅志勇是中国最重要的国际噪音实验装置和硬件噪音仪器的设计者之一。他积极参与独立电影和摄影。梅志勇认为噪声是打破一切规则的载体。只有深入到虚无之中，才能摆脱声音和身体、身体和精神之间的矛盾。强烈的身体动作和对电子/工业零件修改的痴迷使他的每一个现场表演都独一无二。自 2014 年以来，梅志勇多次在欧洲、日本和中国巡演，在“撒丽不跳舞”、LUFF、MUFF 等实验性音乐节上演出。与世界各地的许多噪音音乐家合作和演出，他现在正成为亚洲噪音和实验音乐的新血液。
专辑名称：周四 by 沈静
音乐制作人兼鼓手，另外的职位是在时尚设计师川久保玲旗下的Dover Street Market里做管理。
给我影响最大的音乐家是Laurie Spiegel. 我和她在作曲以及女性电子音乐人的身份上有很多共鸣。
专辑名称：周五 by 韦玮
专辑名称：周六 by 若潭
若潭, 南京人，现居法国。设计工作者，自由职业，独立厂牌WV Sorcerer Productions巫唱片创办人。探求扭曲与原始并存的声音，人、机器、自然三者的吞噬与重生，寻找衰败大都会与宇宙虚空的交汇点，实施无边际的声响萨满仪式。
曾组织和参演中国大陆、台湾和欧洲各国的多个音乐节和巡回演出，包括法国“From Seed To Harvest”、南京“噩梦仪式”、北京“山火集”、台北“You Are Not The Target”、“东方噪音集结”欧洲巡演、法国Thoix城堡“Nuit Dark Ritual”、 法国比利牛斯山“Homme Sauvage”、德国“Sons Of An Older Cosmos”和中国“黑礁幻音”等等。合作和同台乐队/音乐人包括Aerial Ruin、Arktau Eos、 Common Eider/King Eider、 Hexvessel、 In Gowan Ring、IZ、 Jo Quail、李剑鸿、Mhönos、Nebelung、钱赓、Rosa†Crvx、破地狱、Treha Sektori、UVB76、王子衡、Zaliva-D等。
曾出版个人音乐专辑《石 Stone》、《Live at L’homme Sauvage》和Remix磁带《STONE RIVVER》，并参与了巫唱片的大部分平面设计。
专辑名称：周日 By 朱松杰