FM3 (USA/CHN) feat. qujOchÖ (AUT) /// 

Fri, April 20 2007, 20:00 /// 
Linz Parish Church, Pfar­rplatz 4 ///

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.

After FM3s small per­for­mance at the quitch last year they will enter the stage again on April 20th at the Linz Parish Church. Togeth­er with qujOchÖ a “mea­sur­ing” of the inter­nal space of the church will occur with­in the con­text of an audi­tive game, based on “Bud­dha Box­ing” by FM3. Armed with a man­i­fold of the small FM3 sound machines an exper­i­ment will hap­pen in which the acoustic space of the Parish Church will be sound­ed out. In the sec­ond part of the evening there will be a total change of roles. The audi­ence will turn into FM3 and qujOchÖ, those two will turn into the audi­ence. By the way: this church is the old­est Parish church in Linz, found­ed in the 13th cen­tu­ry and turned into a Parish church in 1286. The church tow­er is the third high­est in Upper Austria.

(Pho­tos: qujOchÖ)

(Video/Schnitt: qujOchÖ/Ingo Randolf)

(Video/Schnitt: qujOchÖ/Ingo Randolf)