Kink Gong - Xinjiang LP
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2015 repress; originally release in 2011. Kink Gong aka Laurent Jeanneau is a field recording artist based in Dali, China. He spends his time recording ethnic minority music, mostly in Southeast Asia, and releasing the results on his own CDr label, Kink Gong Recordings, as well as occasionally contributing to Sublime Frequencies compilations. He also composes electronic music that includes and transforms those recordings. For Xinjiang, Jeanneau based his soundscape around the recordings he made on a 2009 trip to the frontier region of Northern China, Xinjiang. Spreading from Mongolia to Afghanistan, it is the biggest Chinese province. From various locally made recordings, including Kazakh Dongbra jams, Uyghur Dotar riffs, and various regional radio interferences, Jeanneau constructed a melting pot of ethnic-related weirdness packed with mind-blowing virtuoso recordings. Simple and beautiful, this music makes people fall into visionary reality. Mastered and cut at Dubplates & Mastering by Rashad Becker. All tracks were recorded on location in the ILI prefecture, Xinjiang province, China, by Laurent Jeanneau.