Saturday, March 30, 2013


A special edition of NOISE to SIGNAL, featuring Christiaan Virant (from FM3) and US based Taiwanese artist James Fei, and our Hong Kong originals, Alok + Sin:Ned.  
13 APR, 2013 (SAT)
OPEN: 8:00 PM
START: 8:30 PM
Alok + Sin:Ned
Christiaan Virant (from FM3)
James Fei
Admission: HK$100 (Advance) / HK$130 (At door)

CIA (Culture Industries Association)
Unit 7, 8/F, Block B, Wah Tat Industrial Centre, 8-10 Wah Sing Street, Kwai Hing, Kowloon, Hong Kong
華達工業大厦B座八樓七室, 八至十號華星街, 葵興

Alok, a sound artist, musician and DJ. Since he first emerged in 1994 with his first band, Pillow, Alok has proved to be a unique and driving force in shaping the alternative sounds of this city. The songwriter and guitarist first rose to prominence in 1997 after he disbanded (noisenik and shoegazing) Pillow and formed Slow Tech Riddim . Here they formed electronic music with live streaming guitars. They produced two innovative albums in 2000 – 2001. In 2002, he set up his own record label Lona Records, and started working as a solo artist and a producer. He released more than 10 albums and singles from 2002 to 2011. He has played and participated in more than 150 shows and experimental events / projects in Hong Kong, Portugal, Macau and China. In addition, it will be involved in animation, short film and independent film music and music design in. 2008 he formed the new electronic band A Roller Control and now is the member of DJ crew “Are Friends Electric?”.

Christiaan Virant (from FM3)
Christiaan Virant(FM3老趙) is a Beijing-based musician and media artist. He is considered among the pioneers of electronic music in China, crafting a meditative ambience which combines Chinese classical instruments with modern digital techniques.

His band, FM3, has been called “the most prominent experimental act in China” by US magazine Grooves. The UK magazine The Wire calls Virant's live sets “meditative,” “soothing” and “engagingly intimate.”

Virant is best known for his design and production of the "Buddha Machine" loop-player. This small music box was named one of the best music releases of 2005 by the New York Times. In 2011, The Washington Post put the third-generation Buddha Machine at the top of its buying guide for music lovers. “It’s bliss,” the paper said.

In addition to the Buddha Machine, Virant creates music for film, television, multi-media art exhibits and has an extensive discography on various labels around the world.

James Fei
James Fei (b. Taipei, Taiwan) moved to the US in 1992 to study electrical engineering. He has since been active as a composer and performer on saxophones and live electronics. Works by Fei have been performed by the Bang on a Can All-Stars, Orchestra of the S.E.M. Ensemble, MATA Micro Orchestra and Noord-Hollands Philharmonisch Orkest. Recordings can be found on Leo Records, Improvised Music from Japan, CRI, Krabbesholm and Organized Sound. Compositions for Fei's own ensemble of four alto saxophones focus on physical processes of saliva, fatigue, reeds crippled by cuts and the threshold of audible sound production, while his sound installations and performance on live electronics often focus on feedback. Since 2006 Fei has taught at Mills College in Oakland, where he is Associate Professor of Electronic Arts.

Sin:Ned, from Hong Kong, aka Wong Chung-fai. Improviser, experimentalist and noise practitioner. Advocator of sonic mysticism, who is in search of freedom against the system in chaos and errors. Co-founder of Re-Records ( and advisor of soundpocket ( Founding member of No One Pulse, iii and After Doom. The power house of the live performance series NOISE to SIGNAL.

Being a veteran writer of the legendary Hong Kong alternative music magazine MCB (Music Colony Bi-Weekly), his writings had influenced a wide spectrum of experimental musicians and listeners in Hong Kong and China. As a sound improviser, he has offered performance and creative work for concert, sound installation, workshop, audio-visual and theatrical performance. He had taken part and performed in HK Sound and Vision Festival (2003), Get It Louder (2007), Hong Kong & Shenzhen Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture (2007, 2009), Architecture is Art Festival (2009), Notch Festival 2009 Guangzhou Station (2009), Against 2012: Fukuoka Extreme Music Festival (2012), New Vision Arts Festival (2012), Miji Festival (2013)…etc, and collaborated with artists such as Zbigniew Karkowski, Otomo Yoshihide, Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Alfred 23 Harth, Yan Jun, Torturing Nurse, dj sniff , and Dickson Dee…etc.


Re-Records is a record label initiated by experimental / electro-acoustic duo No One Pulse from Hong Kong. With Re, we don’t solely aim to be an outlet for releasing self-initiated or other affiliated projects, but also for artists and releases we deem interesting.

Noise to Signal is a performance series for improvised noise and experimental music within the context of performing art. 

Artists who had performed in our concert series:

… (CH), iii (HK), 23N! (JP), After Doom (HK), ahshun aka bjornho (HK), Alexei Borisov (RU), Alfred 23 Harth (DE), Alok (HK), ASTMA (RU), Black Zenith (SG), Brian O’Reilly (SG), Caligine (IT), Circuitrip (SG), Claudio Rocchetti (IT), Composers Union of New Tunes (HK), Da Xiao (CN), Dickson Dee (HK), dj sniff (NL), DJ Urine (FR), Diode (HK), e:ch (MO), Everdark (HK), Fritz Welch (UK), Fumiko Ikeda (JP), Go Koyashiki (JP), Gregory Buttner (DE), Heroses (HK), High Wolf (FR), Joao Vasco Paiva (HK), Jun-Y CIAO (CN), Kazuhisa Uchihashi (JP), Klaus Janek (IT), KLC_NIR (CN), KWC (HK), Laurent Valdès (CH), Li YangYang (CN), Li Zenghui (CN), Lin Zhiying (CN), Margie Tong (HK), Mei ZhiYong (CN), Meta Fog (HK), Naturalismo (IT), Nerve (HK), No One Pulse (HK), Oetzi.P (HK), Olaf Hochherz (DE), Olga Nosova (RU), Patrick Donze (CH), Purple Pilgrims (NZ), Ricardo da Silva (CH), Richard Francis (NZ), Shelf-Index (HK), Sherman (HK), shotahirama (JP), Sin:Ned (HK), Syndrome WPW (CH), Taishi Kamiya (JP), Tetragrammaton (JP), The Invisible Frog and Time Machine aka Ronez (CN), Toshikazu Goto (JP), ::vtol:: (RU), Wilmer Ongsitco Chan (HK), Wilson Tsang (HK), Yan Jun (CN), Yang Xiu (CN), Yukitomo Hamasaki (JP), Zbigniew Karkowski (PL), ZenLu (CN)…

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Set up in 2003, Lona Records is an independent label in Hong Kong preoccupied with producing Alternative / Experimental music.

ABOUT CIA (Cultural Industries Association)

Through our regular programs of concerts, art exhibitions, film screenings, seminars and workshops, it is our hope to bring to you not what have we seen already, but rather how we perceived these ideas, their contexts, and how these seemingly abstract concepts can affect and relate to our everyday lives. To prompt changes, renew our senses and debase our previously fixated point of views, this is the only way to a future – any future away from here. According to Plato, we live chained inside a dark cave; all we can see is the back wall and the shadows that move there. Carl Jung called this his shadow work. That what we in fact seeing are aspects of ourselves that fall over one another. Shadows. Projections. Our associations - of the culture industries.

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