Chinese sound artist
Li Jianhong, a leading member of the rock community of Hangzhou,
recorded juggernauts of solo guitar improvisations such as
the 60-minute piece of Talking Freely Before The Beginning (2pi, 2003),
the 53-minute piece of A Brief History of Time (2006)
and the 51-minute piece of San Sheng Shi (Archive, 2008).
The latter unleashes waterfalls and avalanches of overtones that get organized
in a swirling fluttering hurricane of guitar spasms before getting decomposed
into violent tides of drones and explosions. The most apocalyptic section ends
in a soaring, mind-bending, multi-textured "om". The vibration acquires
its own rhythm, that helps propel the "om" to a higher degree of (hyper-distorted) intensity.
His second album, RTV 702 (2004), contained four pieces, and
Bird (2007) was even more fragmented.
Unfortunately, he started
flooding the market with self-indulgent monster guitar solos:
the mini-album Lovers With Cloisonne Bracelet (Tipped Bowler Tapes, 2009), containing Lovers In Misery and Time In The Mirror,
Classic Of The Mountains And Seas (PSF, 2009), containing the colossal
Classic Of The Mountain (32:47) and Classic Of The Seas (37:15),
and the triple-disc Environment Improvisation (2010).
Li Jianhong also played in the guitar/drums duo D!O!D!O!D!, documented on Ghost Temple (2005), and in the guitar/laptop duo VagusNerve, documented on the droning maelstrom Lo Pan (Utech, 2009).
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