Hello Beijing Cream readers. My name is Josh and I work at this other website called Smart Beijing, where I write tl;dr music articles on a weekly basis. The Tao is outsourcing these Friday Musical Outros to my colleague Morgan, but he went a little too hard at Pet Shop Boys last night. So here I am.
Throwing a curveball your way today, mostly just to fuck with King Tubby. The video above features Changsha-born nomadic dancer Beio performing along with experimental laptop musician Vavabond and free improv guitarist Li Jianhong, aka Mind Fiber. Beio is doing butoh, a Japanese dance style that involves wearing white full-body paint and moving really, really, really fucking slowly. Jianhong is just squeezing weird tones out of his guitar with the volume dialed down to about a 3, and Vavabond is doing her usual quadraphonic Max/MSP granular synthesis thing. Hey, we can’t just write about ’90s nü-metal and DJs every week.
You can catch Beio and Vavabond tonight at Zajia Lab.
If you want to talk for an hour about musical miscellany you can email me here: firstname.lastname@example.org.