Huang Da-Wang: Lo-fi Chants for Attraction Deficit

1 episode (live streaming)

Featuring ethnic ballads passed down from generation to generation, this program blends them into a medley so that the ballads from different places sound as if they were formed naturally in the same settlement. Be they passed down orally or through manuscript, ballads have their own functions for the ethnic groups they respectively belong to. Some may help express feelings, while others, in tandem with stones and sticks, can rebel against the system (music per se cannot or hardly become a destructive weapon, unless it is used in psychological warfare). Some ballads help one make his mark, while others were gone before sung. The live streaming will identify inaudible singing voices in different ballads, trying to find the traces of some missing voices.

Da-Wang Huang

Born in 1975. Lives and works in Taipei. Born to be a performer, Huang used to hang out at the Bulletin Board System (BBS) with the username “the wolf of dark campus folk songs” during the time when Taiwan saw the dawn of the Internet age. He self-released his Audio Graffiti Compilation in 2001 and covered the magnum opuses of Loh Tsui Kweh Commune in collaboration with the band Cold Burn at Zeitgeist Live House in 2002, which was his stage debut. Huang had collaborated with several Japanese musicians and bands as well as those from other countries during his stay in Japan between 2004 and 2010. Huang organized the improvised soundscape group Minkoku Hyakunen in collaboration with You-Sheng Zheng, Etang Chen, and others in 2011, and was awarded Honorary Mention at the 2012 Ars Electronica in Linz, Austria. He had attended the production with Jessica Wan-Yu Lin, the director of the documentary TPE-Tics, and won the Special Jury Award at the 2015 Taipei Film Festival.