Monday, April 27, 2015

Music Eterna


Hi guys, I am writing to you from sunny Los Angeles the weather today is blue skies, cool breeze at 82F.  Recently my good friend Andre Goncalves in Lisbon has completed an APP that will play a composition and it will never be repeated and played the same way twice, onto eternity.  I was really proud to play an assistant role in this project.  Below is a more detailed description by Andre, and the links to the App.

Maybe the new format of music making/listening is finally here.

-Alex Zhang Hungtai, April 2015


Musica Eterna
The music about to be experienced in this App is being released in the tradition of a musical Album, my first solo record since 2005. Over these last 10 years i’ve went through several iterations in my approach to music this release comes to close the circle on the way i came to think about composing music.

In todays age and for my musical work in particular i find it castrating to continue the tradition of fixing music to a timeline, releasing it in a fixed medium, in the form of fixed compositions of a fixed length . There was a time where the technologies were not available to make it in any way different, in this sense even contemporary music thought of in non-fixed terms incorporating chance in their scores would always be delivered to the public in the form of a recording not allowing these intrinsic properties of the music to naturally change at different listenings as if they would if performed live. This, i always thought, was a major issue with releasing such music, as it betrays the initial composers idea.

Today the tools are here to allow composers to present and deliver music without these constrains, it’s now common that wireless equipped portable devices, as following the Walkman tradition, allow us to carry "all” world’s music everywhere we go. The computational potential of such devices is what allows me to deliver this music to you in such a new form. This music will not repeat itself, ever.

It’s my pleasure to welcome you to Musica Eterna.

André Gonçalves, March 2015




The Composition:The full Musica Eterna piece is about 4h.
The App is the indefatigable piece interpreter, playing it repeatedly related to the current date and time.
The composition features a total of about 250 “patterns” and contains rules to play these through about 25 “ambients”. These rules incorporate chance operations which allow it to be different every time the piece is played, as it would if performed live.
 

The webpage link:
http://andregoncalves.info/musicaeterna/

The App Store link:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/musica-eterna/id978745994?ls=1&mt=8


Friday, December 12, 2014

Time Washes Everything Away



My last video as DB, shot and directed by my friend Loic Zimmermann on location in Lisbon, following my daily commute to work at the studio, and my routine walking breaks in Casilhas, across the Tagus river. Special thanks to Andre Goncalves, ADDAC studio and the many friends that have helped me made Lisbon my home this past year.  The new year is around the corner as my Europe chapter comes to an end.

Can't wait to be back on home continent soil.

North American, and with scattered spirits
we venture on.

To be continued...


With Love,

Alex
   
Berlin, 12/12/2014

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

"Stateless"



Stateless is now out via ZOO MUSIC. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Last Lizard/ RIP DIRTY BEACHES 2005-2014



Thank you all for the years of support, it really meant a lot to me. From kitchen dishwasher to globe trotting troubadour, I owe it all to the friends and allies that have housed me, helped me, inspired me, and driven me to the place where I am now.  But most importantly, your support got me here today and I want to take this moment and thank YOU.

I know its not the smartest move...and a painful one as well.  But sometimes, you need to let go in order to grow and move on.  I wanna thank my family, my friends, all past DB contributors for their help and friendship.  It's been a fun and crazy ride...RIP DIRTY BEACHES 2005-2014.

Rest assured there will be new projects and new music COMING SOON 2015. Stay tuned. I will post info up here or twitter/instagram when there is solid news.

Love,
Alex

ps.

Can't wait for what the unknown holds ahead.

Monday, October 27, 2014

STATELESS

Dirty Beaches - Stateless from Alex Zhang Hungtai on Vimeo.

Stateless is out Nov, 4th, 2014 via ZOO MUSIC. Now available for an advance streaming here: http://pitchfork.com/advance/579-stateless/


Friday, October 17, 2014



Stateless is not out yet, but this is something new that I'm working on as LAST LIZARD, slowly compiling all the tracks now...More to come SOON! 2015!!!

-Alex

Tokyo, Japan.

Friday, July 25, 2014

STATELESS

STATELESS trailer by Dirty Beaches from Alex Zhang Hungtai on Vimeo.

Hey guys I made a trailer for the upcoming DB instrumental album STATELESS
due November 2014 via Zoo music.