About the video
The Creators Project: Technology and the development of your career have gone hand in hand. What further innovations would you like to see? B6: So far audiences can only listen to music in two channels, but that’s not enough for me to express my ideas. I want to have more channels to express my music so that we can give audiences different experiences when listening to music. And then I would like to put some elements of philosophy into those devices, such as the concepts of time and space.
And right now you’re focusing on making some of these multi-channel devices that you dream about, correct? I have two projects. The first one is in cooperation with a furniture company in Germany. They provided some furniture, which was made in 80s and 90s, and I redesigned these pieces into a musical device. It has a microphone people can use to create sounds and make echoes in different ways. The other one is an eight-channel device and involves a painting that I cut into eight pieces. I then positioned these pieces strategically in a room. The way it works—it’s hard to describe—but you can hear only fragments of the music depending on where you’re standing. Describe the first device you used to make music. In the beginning we used low-powered computers to make music because we were students; we couldn’t afford good equipment. We just learned how to make music by ourselves and searched lots of information on the internet, even though it hadn’t been well-developed at that time. It was really tough. You’re also well known for your graphic design work. How did you get into that? After graduating from college, I worked at an American company and did design but I could not get used to being an employee. I soon quit the job. Personally, I don’t really like graphic design and I don’t think the graphic design market is well developed in China. Another reason I don’t really like graphic design is because you don’t need too many skills to do it. If you can use some easy software, then you can make the design and call yourself a “designer.” It is the violence of visualization. Maybe my works are part of the violence, but I still want to avoid doing something that I don’t agree with. Yes, but you design posters for your clubbing team Antidote, right? Was forming Antidote a reaction to your feelings about design and music? The reason we named our team Antidote was because most of the clubbing music in Shanghai was too commercialized at the time, and we didn’t want to our music be like that. We decided on the name to represent the antidote to cure this type of music industry. Right now we have more than 100 posters for Antidote, and people consider these posters trendsetting in Shanghai. The only rule I use to design these posters is: no rules!