(Xing Wu 5002): Shang -- Tham Kar Mun / Yandsen / Yeoh Yin Pin
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SHANG: THAM KAR MUN / YANDSEN / YEOH YIN PIN
Xing-Wu's second release, Shang, brings together recent works
by 3 "old men" of Malaysia's Mejelis scene who are also co-founders
of the EMACM
(Experimental Musicians & Artists Co-operative Malaysia).
The 3 pieces documented here each draw from and trace out disparate
trajectories, but share as an exigent aim the portrayal
and expression of gestures that reference Malaysia -- however
oblique and idiosyncratic these references may seem to be.
A revered figure in the Malaysian-Chinese underground,
Tham Kar Mun's contribution, "Confining Abstract in Zero" is a piece
composed solely with voice and objects.
This composition is almost completely driven by a colloqualised
quasi-Taoist predilection, i.e., a philosophical and pragmatic concern
that attempts to stage a (im)possible surmountation of a/the
reified Past by approximating the point of Abstraction -- a point
where the Past would appear as an effaceable or/and ponderous moment.
Yandsen's "In The Score" is a meditative performance with an acoustic
instrument. While the piece may appear gesturally improvised
through and through, it is really
a sustained and careful translation of his long and arduous study of
(something unfortunately only a Klangite could ever understand).
This piece further reveals Yandsen's terribly rustic sensibility in a
constrained and disciplined performance. It further attempts to evoke
temporal details inherent in tensional moments between punctuation and
With close to a decade and a half worth of unreleased material,
Yeoh Yin Pin's latest offering, "Funeral", closes this release with
a surreal journey that revisits his long-standing fascination -- since
childhood -- for colloquial Chinese-Hokkien opera and Taoist funeral music.
At times baroque and at times minimal (and no doubt the distinction
often collapses), this piece not only alludes to
a personal and cultural history but also attempts, above all, to
foreground the complexities
that surround the relation between sound and meaning.