Buddha Maschine

FM3 (CHN/USA) ///

Thu, May 23 2006, 20:00 /// 
quitch, Unte­re Donau­län­de 10, Linz ///

FM3 was foun­ded in 1999 by Chris­tia­an Virant and Zhang Jian, two active mem­bers of the Peking music sce­ne. They are regar­ded as pioneers of abs­tract elec­tro­nic expe­ri­men­tal per­for­mance in Chi­na and are famous for lea­ve a lot of room for live “expe­ri­ments”. FM3 pro­du­ce mys­te­rious, medi­ta­ti­ve and mini­ma­listic sound scapes which are dosed with sin­gle ele­ments of tra­di­tio­nal Chi­ne­se folk music in a subt­le way to crea­te a small uni­ver­se of micro sounds and syn­the­tic glit­ches. FM3 was named “the most pro­mi­nent expe­ri­men­tal act in Chi­na” by the US maga­zi­ne “Groo­ves”, XLR8R descri­bed the sound of FM3 as “poe­tic noi­se” and the Bri­tish maga­zi­ne “The Wire” wro­te that the live sets of FM3 are “medi­ta­ti­ve”, “soot­hing” and “enga­gin­gly inti­ma­te”.

In 2004 FM3 was com­mis­sio­ned by the Lou­vre muse­um in Paris to pro­du­ce a new sound track for the 1930 clas­sic movie “La Croi­siè­re jau­ne”. The pro­ject was finis­hed in June 2004 with three live per­for­man­ces at the audi­to­ri­um in the Lou­vre. Sound instal­la­ti­ons by FM3 have been fea­tured at the Shang­hai Bien­na­le 2004 as well as at the Dashan­zi Inter­na­tio­nal Art Fes­ti­val, the Kul­tur­hal­len Dampf­zen­tra­le in Bern or the trans­me­dia­le in Ber­lin this year. Releases from FM3 can be found on the Dutch label Staal­plaat at the series “Mort Aux Vaches”, on Mutek_Rec or on Sub­li­me Fre­quen­ci­es. And FM3 pro­du­ces the so cal­led “Bud­dha Machi­ne”, a box in the size of an iPod which con­ti­nuous­ly plays 10 Loops. Mean­while this medi­ta­ti­ve box has been exhi­bi­ted in nume­rous Chi­ne­se con­tem­pora­ry art muse­ums and con­quers the world.

On May 23rd 2006 the Chi­ne­se-ame­ri­can duo comes to Linz to per­form at the quitch. They will bring their Bud­dha Machi­nes with them which they will use in an own game, the so cal­led Bud­dha Boxing, tog­e­ther with the audi­ence.