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Present.Perfect. | Zhu Shengze

Zhu Shengze’s Present.Perfect. is preceded by information about the state of live-streaming in China, making clear its overwhelming popularity in the country — there were 422 million users (known as “anchors”) in 2017. On June 1st of that year, the Cybersecurity Law of the…

April 3, 2019
by Joshua Minsoo Kim Foreign Correspondent Music

Park Jiha | Philos

With the reissue of Park Jiha’s 2016 debut, Communion, the South Korean composer and multi-instrumentalist has gained considerable notice for her positioning of traditional Korean instrumentation in contemporary contexts. Park has drawn on jazz, minimalism, and ambient music to hypnotizing effect, and Philos, her…

December 16, 2018
by Joshua Minsoo Kim Foreign Correspondent Music

Stine Janvin | Fake Synthetic Music

On Stine Janvin’s previous records, the Norwegian artist presented her wide-ranging vocals in a more-or-less unadulterated manner, allowing the otherworldliness of her sound to also feel intimate. She alters that approach for Fake Synthetic Music, marrying her voice to electronics and providing soundscapes that are as hypnotic as they…

November 22, 2018
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