Its our final day in Boading and today we planned to record serval instruments at Hebei University. Our prior arrangement with Dean of the Institute thankfully gave us access to the instruments plus a studio space to record them in. The instruments consisted of: Er Hu, serval different types of Gu Zheng’s and a Bianzhong. […]
The second part of the day in Xiongxian consisted of recording an ensemble with some very well respected musicians. This group are used to playing on larger stages around China and, now in higher demand due to the changes due to take place with this province. We thank the Dean Lu of Hebei University for […]
Part two of our recording in Xiongxian consisted of a sampling session with the instruments that are specific to this region of China. We moved indoors, as silence is a must for sampling. We had seven to sample. 云锣 Yunluo, 笙 Sheng, 笛子 Dizi, 管 Guan, 铛子 Dangzi, 镲 Cha and 鼓 Gu. The group […]
It is March 2018 and day 2. We have just arrived in Xiongxian, the forgotten backwater spot in China. Xiongxian is now at the heart of President Xi’s ‘Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei integration plan’. The “Jing-Jin-Ji” project is one of the President’s two main development initiatives, alongside the “One Belt, One Road” trade and infrastructure strategy. A lot […]
Day 1, we are in the Hebei province and arrived in Boading at 15:20. We need to get over to our first recording session at the Lotus Garden soon as the musician we plan to record leaves at 17:00. We manage to check in and gather all of our recording equipment required for our first […]
To illustrate the musical outcomes possible from the sampled instruments in Yunnan, we asked for serval volunteers from the BA (Hons) Music Production course at UCLan to compose a track. The outcomes fuse the samples take from unique musical instruments based in the tribes of Hani, Yao and Yi.