Saturday, November 11

The River Is Our School 【School Is Cool​!​!】

In 2013 I formed a studio band called The River Is Our School (Don't ask how and why the name came from), it is basically doing loosely composed lo-fi, minimal pieces.

This more then 300 minute compilation is the band's complete studio recording between 2013 to 2016, included 1 previously never release track "School Holiday" recorded in 2013, a piece title "Angry Bird (2014)" which not in the archive but found online, a 2015 remastered version of "Hope", and collaboration project with DJ Misc. in 2016.

Friday, October 28

Vital Weekly Review

Vital Weekly
Labelboss Goh Lee Kwang is also very active as a composer of his own music and on his 'Back2Bed' he adds something to the music that we don't see a lot these days and that is humour. The cover is in simple cartoon style, including text balloon's and the instruments are 'guitars, electronics, etc.'. The best are the three pieces that come next and which make up some fifty-five minutes of music. In 'No Beat' we have indeed no beats, but some fine chaotic electronic sound, of loops swirling in out of the mix, both continuously bouncing around, as well one-off affairs thrown in. 'The Rolling Stoner' (see? humour!) is more about field recordings being electronically processed, but there might be some kind of guitar pushed around in the background, and slowly grows into a bigger beast of improvised sounds on the guitar and percussion, but it seems to me that electronics play an important role here. In it's seventeen minutes it is fiercely leaping around and has a very free and spacious feeling. The final piece is 'Tanah Air - My Land' and is very sparse, with a clicking/scratching sound and field recordings of thunder. In all of these three pieces Goh Lee Kwang shows he's capable of playing around with a limited amount of sounds for a longer amount of time and keeping it all interesting, moving them around in changing configurations.
- Frans De Waard -

Tuesday, October 11

Goh Lee Kwang 【Back2Bed - 不安于室】

Goh Lee Kwang 【Back2Bed - 不安于室】
Herbal Concrete Disc 1604

1.FOUR - 四 05:51
2.Italiano Calvino Invisible Cities - 卡爾維諾 看不見的城市 08:25
3.No Beat - 節拍無 19:30
4.The Rolling Stoner - 頑石點頭 16:58
5.Tanah Air - My Land - 土生土長 15:58

Goh Lee Kwang: guitars, electronic, etc.

Recorded at various locations (art space, open air park, bedrooms).
Composed, mixed and mastered at Studio Up The Hill and Studio Down The Hill.
November 2012 - December 2015.

Illustration: Chin Yew, Artist Crisis (on going)

Audio CD, 6 panels digipak
60 minutes+
Release date: November 2016
12 Euros + shipping order

Buy digital

Also by Goh Lee Kwang 
2015 Pukul Berapa? (with Julien Ottavi)
2014 FINDARS (with Tim Blechmann)
2013 逆耳New Ear
2011 反之亦然 _, and Vice Versa
2011 The Lost Testimony of Rashomon
2009 推敲琢磨Hands
2008 Draw Sound (Drawing book with 3"CD)
2007 Good Vibrations
2005 Punk Guitar... with bonus track!!
2005 DRONE (with Tim Blechmann)
2004 Internal Pleasures
2002 神經中樞Nerve Center

Monday, August 1

Looking at 21st Century Experimental Music & Work In Progress

In July 26 - 30 DPAC (Damansara Performing Arts Center) hosted a lecture + workshop + performance led by me. I am not going to say the whole thing is a great success but I really enjoy the process of moving from lecture to workshop to the 2 evening performances which with big audiences  (I would say surely more then 100 for 2 days).

Here is where you can listen to the recording of both evenings, and also purchase the recording as a support to my artistic career. 

Thank you very much DPAC for hosting the event (and did a great job to promo it, it's been a while since I got media(s) coverage :-) Thanks to Sudar & Paul to taking part and the great performance. Also thanks to all the dancers that joining the performance, I lost count on how many of you :-)

Monday, April 25

The story of the buskers

There are 4 buskers station at 4 corner of a building. British, American, German and Malaysia. Where the British station, did not have strong traffic, but has a lot of tourists passing by, therefore the British get a lot of media attention; Where the American station, is facing the main street, with strong traffic, therefore good income too; Where the German station is facing the art fund agency, therefore even low traffic and low media coverage, the art fund agency will recognize them, there are steady monthly/ annual income; where the Malaysian station is just like the rest of the world, not many media coverage, not strong traffic, not much art fund.

The problem with the music / art scene today is, it is based on visibility, number of supporter, income, and funding support to define / judge an artist. Almost nobody will walk through 4 corner to listen to the buskers before making conclusion/ judgement.