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While electronic music remains either experimental or danceable in the west, Chinese artists make
it meditative. Ironically, most of them choose electronic music just because they could not afford
instruments, studio or another band member. However they usually found it is the platform they
want for their less physical sound.
The learning curve of Nino’s mouse clicking is long one, but not steep. Being the guitarist of a
goth-industrial band, he is just another musician who was frustrated by his relationship (or lack
thereof) with the music industry. After the band went nowhere and his life came into a stall in
bedroom, Nino grew interest in music software, which was naturally stemmed from his studio
production and guitar sampling experience. Meanwhile, just like any musician who’s fed up with the
emptiness after a rock n’ roll hangover, he took a long time searching for enlightenment and
became mesmerized with Zen. When his belief married his sequencing mindscape, two new albums, 0628
and Go India in the New Year, come into being.
0628 is a typical example of Nino’s reclusive yet expressive style. The title, named after the
artist’s birth date, hints a long journey of joy and suffering. Each piece, depicting a state of
mind with minimal structure, is integrated into this conceptual album as metaphor of life itself.
No ecstasy or turmoil, only light and shadow. It is max-self in composition experience just as an
effort for non-self in listening experience. Both reveal the vastness of life at the edge of your
consciousness, and transform into each other in constant flux. The music requires concentration
but leads to freedom.
Go India in the New Year offers more mellow sound, occasionally gloomy but generally delightful.
The title is Nino’s joyful salute to his Zen belief and the purpose of such music is purely for
relaxing. It is more evident in this album that Nino just uses the existing elements for his
organic purpose, proving music is just another effective vehicle for Zen ideology. Nino’s works
revive minimalism’s oriental root and exploit mass-market samples in as-is mode. Go to his garage
sales, get some breakbeat to give your meditation a kick start.