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FM3, an experimenta electronica duo from Beijing

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Members

ZHANG Jian + Christiaan Virant


History

Christiaan Virant is a Beijing-based sound artist and musician. Active in the Chinese punk underground for nearly a decade, he founded the experimental electronic act FM3 in 1999.

Since then, Virant has worked closely with computer musician Zhang Jian to develop FM3 into one of China's leading platforms for avant-garde music, performing at the Louvre Auditorium in Paris and at media and art festivals worldwide, including Maerz Musik (Berlin), Impakt (Utrecht), Dissonanze (Rome), Marke B (Berlin), Nuit Blanche (Paris), Arborescence (Marseille), Sprawl (London), Out the Window (Tokyo) and Mutek (Montreal).

Zhang Jian is China's top session keyboardist and leading computer musician. He has appeared on nearly every underground rock release over the past decade and was a member of many seminal Chinese rock acts, working with Zhang Chu, Ziyue and Dou Wei, among others. He is also one of Beijing's most sought after film and television composers, working with a diverse range of artists from underground filmmaker CUI Zi'en to leading stage producer LIN Zhaohua.

FM3 has been called "the most prominent experimental act in China" by the US magazine Grooves. XLR8R described FM3's sound as "poetic noise" and the UK magazine The Wire calls FM3 live sets "meditative," "soothing" and "engagingly intimate."

FM3 records for the Berlin-based Staalplaat record label, and has also released music on Bip-Hop records in France, Mutek_Rec in Canada, Mousike records in Italy, Nascente records in the UK, Leerraum records in Switzerland and Sublime Frequencies in the United States.

Early practice sessions took place in a cultural revolution-era bomb shelter where the band banged out sparse minimal techno on archaic pc laptops running audiomulch shareware. Early gigs (may to august 2000) further honed the fm3 sound: an evolving mix of chinese ambience, synthesized glitch and the occasional micro beat.

Over the past two years the band has performed at dozens of club shows around china as well as a series of modern dance performances in hong kong. FM3 has also supported a host of international acts on their china tours, including german techno whizkids porter ricks and most recently, japan's denki groove.

In march this year (which year?), fm3 were featured guest performers at the Berlin maerzmusik festival ([1]) and in september, the group played alongside norwegian ambient pioneer biosphere at the prestigious dissonanze festival ([2]) in Rome, Italy.

In 2004, FM3 was commissioned by the Louvre museum in Paris to provide a new soundtrack for the classic 1930s film "La Croisière jaune." The project concluded with three sold-out performances at the Louvre Auditorium in early June.

In 2005, FM3 released the blowed-up sound box Buddha Machine on Berlin's legendary Staalplaat record label. It gains hail from indie circle through the world.

FM3 released album Mort Aux Vacheson Staalplaat in 2005, after released music on Bip-Hop records in France, Mutek_Rec in Canada, Mousike records in Italy, Nascente records in the UK, Leerraum records in Switzerland and Sublime Frequencies in the United States. Thire next album will launched by the Staubgold label.

FM3 places strong emphasis on the "live" aspect of computer performance, seeking to take the laptop beyond the realm of mere sequencer: our goal as musicians is fluid computer improv.


Text taken from Rivermusic.net, Subjam.org and Chinese New Ear.

Participated Festivals

Discography

Discography FM3

  • 2005: The Buddha Box
  • 2005: Mort Aux Vaches (Staalplaat)
  • 2003: Ambience Sinica [mini-CD] (Dreamland Records)

Compilations of FM3

Appearances in Podcasts of FM3

Christiaan Virant

  • 2005: Radio Pyongyang (Sublime Frequencies)


Zhang Jian

  • 2005: Street of Lhasa (Sublime Frequencies)

Further information



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