Fang, Forrest

Forrest Fang is a multi-instrumentalist and composer whose career spans over two decades.  His eclectic style embraces Western and non-Western influences such as minimalism, Chinese classical music, and Balinese gamelan music.
Fang, Forrest
Forrest Fang - Animism

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2012
Multi-instrumentalist / electronic composer Forrest Fang has been creating his powerful blend of world instrument East-West-influenced sound art for over three decades. The pieces have the elegance and grace of "serious" composed music but the overarching feeling is pure, all-organic, and very human at the core. On his latest, ANIMISM, a long list of acoustic instruments and some synths are brought into play. The thick harmonic stew is created from a deep and heady slow boil of acoustic and electronic sources, treated with extreme audio processing, finding a shared cellular bond after what feels like a long marinade in deep reverberating spaces. Highly recommended!
Fang creates a diverse musical style that fuses timeless Fourth World acoustic instruments with a modern fractal ambient sound. Inspired by the belief that all living forms possess a spirit or life force. Digipak.

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Forrest Fang - Folklore

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 1995
Forrest Fang is in top form on this album, creating a haunting, mesmerizing "ancient" Eastern sound blended with the modern compositional techniques of the "ethno-ambient" genre using strings, winds, various percussion, and electronics. Similar in feel to his masterpiece "The Wolf at the Ruins" (soon to be re-released). Robert Rich and Steve Roach join Forrest on "Folklore", adding their flavor to an already rich mix of both beautiful Eastern melodies (particularly "Falling Stones") and earthy ambient textures.
Forrest combines influences and instruments of many lands together with a modern esthestic and electronic instruments. Forrest plays violin, sampler, and instruments from Bali, Botswana, China, India, Java, Kenya, Mexico, Mongolia, Syria and Thailand. His music is neither traditional nor "world music", but a personal mixture of influences instrumentation.
Forrest Fang is a veteran ambient musician. Folklore is one of his landmark releases. That term ­ "landmark release" ­ is used frequently to describe Fang's releases. He has four or five releases and they are all landmarks of some sort or another. His signature style is to blend the folk music of his Chinese heritage with modern and electronic ambience. He combines traditional ethnic instruments with modern electronic instruments and techniques.
The results are very deliberate and intricate atmospheres, some with edges and some smooth. Fang defines several moods with his melodies. His soundscapes are always descriptive. This is unique ambience. It compares favorably to the music of Thom Brennan, Blasdel & Uehara, and Stephan Baer.

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Forrest Fang - Following the Ether Sun

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2017
LTD 300

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.” – Sir Francis Bacon
Synthesist/multi-instrumentalist Forrest Fang’s mesmerizing and emotive electronic-ambience glides upon hypnotizing impressionistic floating formations. Spacemusic, world music and deep atmospheric zones combine and organically dissipate into a flow of drifting vapor trails. With a rich range of unconventional acoustic instruments, the 73-minute album is a fascinatingly filigreed multi-layered work. Virtuoso Chinese-American sound-shaper Fang moves from the aquatic depths of his previous release, 2016’s “The Sleepwalker’s Ocean,” into the open sky of “Following the Ether Sun.” The result is a refined hybrid of Western and Eastern influences: a complex imaginary world of mysterious yet engaging melodies, textures, and rhythms.
“This release grew out of my work on ‘Sleepwalker,'” says Fang. “I developed several rhythmic ideas that I ultimately shaped into a larger sonic environment filled with ambient and ethnic touches. The sounds are both acoustic and electric, some treated, others not, but with an open-endedness I associate with the continuous sky above. In this space, the ‘ether sun’ represents a personal ideal or goal that I continuously try to attain but never quite reach. The fun is in following it and trying to harness its energy and warmth, if only for a short time.”
Besides synthesizer, violin, and an array of hand-based percussion instruments, Fang also plays uncommon stringed instruments such as the dan bau (Vietnamese one-stringed monochord), cumbus (Turkish lute), Japanese palm harp and kora (African lyre).
Forrest Fang has conjured a fantastical auditory realm which unites ever-shifting soundworlds through a distinctive global approach.

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Forrest Fang - Gongland

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2000
On this work, he continues his forays into ethno-ambient, here with his usual plethora of world music influences, including balalaika, Japanese palm harp, and Indonesian gamelan music, among others. These are all fused with keyboard electronics, which themselves span a wide range of sounds that fully complement the native instruments. Fang is particularly interested in how algorithms can be derived in electronic music--patterns that can be used to generate new patterns. This is a strong release, and should be heard by anyone interested in where world fusion is going these days.

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Forrest Fang - Letters to the Farthest Star

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2015
LTD 300

Letters To The Farthest Star is an ambitious and deeply personal dispatch: a far-reaching sojourn into the diverse ambient/electronic influences that helped shape the last three decades of Fang’s unique “Fourth World” style. Fang began his tenth album with a challenge to himself: create a single work that acknowledged both past and present explorations while hinting at new avenues to come. Like messages from a universe without geographic borders, these pieces shift from dark, organic ambient passages to emotional, melodic interludes. In those moments, the tracks are textural, propulsive, expressive, and transparent; Fang’s sound is anchored by an Asian sensibility that reflects his fondness for stringed and percussion instruments from China, Indonesia and Turkey. Fang says, “Letters represents my style boiled to its essence. These tracks represent my musical past and present. I love variety, so I’m expressing different moods and styles in these pieces. They are both light and dark, often simultaneously, while being serious, intense, quiet or more spirited elsewhere. Some pieces are compact and to the point while others are more expansive and immersive.” In his early years as a musician, Fang studied violin and classical composition while simultaneously creating electronic music on analog modular synthesizers. After moving to the Bay Area in 1984, Fang developed an interest in non-Western music; he studied Chinese classical music on the gu-zheng (Chinese zither), Balinese gamelan and gagaku (Japanese court music). Over the course of 13 albums, Fang has internalized and incorporated these Asian influences into his ambient minimalist style. The instrument list for Letters (ranging from violins and Turkish lutes to Indonesian percussion) provides a hint toward its stylistic and textural diversity. The album begins with a four-part suite, “The Unreachable Lands,” which charts an imaginary voyage through unknown light and dark regions populated by lutes, drums, zithers, violin, piano, guitar and complex electronic undercurrents.
The mood turns pensive with “Burnt Offerings,” which features cumbus and Japanese palm harp. A complex landscape of exotic polyrhythms and textures follows in “Veldt Psychosis,” a piece that evokes a hallucinogenic dream. “Fossils” and “Lorenz” are deep sonic meditations into abstract interior spaces. “Seven Coronas” offers a lyrical turn through a melodic violin riding over a hypnotic cyclical gamelan. The album closes with “Lines to Infinity” featuring layers of delayed electronic mandolin processed like a guitar and played in a 70s German progressive style. In addition, renowned ambient guitarist Jeff Pearce makes an ethereal appearance on the piano-based track “Hermitage.” Letters To The Farthest Star, in effect, comes full circle by returning to Fang’s roots as an electronic musician.
It is a moving and powerful testament to the exotic musical influences of his past and present.

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Forrest Fang - Phantoms

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2009
Nearly eight years in the making, Phantoms builds on soundscapes by weaving organic sounds of non-Western stringed and percussion instruments and filtering those sounds through a rich melodic tapestry of warm and vaporous atmospheres. Fang’s subtly layered and continually evolving textures combine his Asian influences with his love of fractal algorithms that reflect the chaotic beauty of nature. The ambiences of Phantoms evoke a state of contemplation within a world in flux. The centerpiece of the album is a 23-minute ambient suite — “The Hallucinations of Hung Tung” — inspired by the otherworldly paintings of a Taiwanese fisherman and outsider artist. A very fine release full of great in-depth atmospheres that any fan of Robert Rich, David Parsons or Steve Roach should absorb.

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Forrest Fang - The Wolf at the Ruins

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 1989
LTD 1000
This extraordinary release combines the chinese ambient world with some western Berlin School sequences. One of the best releases by Fang and one of the first releases, we imported through Cue-Records way back in 1990 when we started!

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Forrest Fang - World Diary

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 1992
This is an early long form ambient work with some tribal and eastern influences.

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Forrest Fang's Sans Serif - Unbound

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2011
Unbound is veteran ambient musician Forrest Fang exploring lush and abstract terrain under the Sans Serif moniker. Using very small - at times microscopic - sounds as source material, Fang utilizes a vocabulary of long shimmering tones that gradually warp, mutate and transform over the course of a piece.
Fang explains, “The Sans Serif project is my tribute to minimalism. For each piece, I have stripped sound down to certain tones and sonic elements that reappear, with variations, on a much larger scale. The processed elements are the ‘clouds’ in each piece’s landscape that gradually shift from one end of the landscape to the other.“
On Unbound, Fang takes the Sans Serif concept one step further by creating a series of extended soundscapes, each with its own distinct personality and mood. The varied atmospheres range from incandescent ("A Silver Season") to dark ("Lost Oracle"). Though rooted in abstraction, at times the music possesses an almost luminous physicality. The pieces on Unbound contribute to an unhurried organic flow that culminates in the multi-textural closer, “Tone In Alium,” a piece loosely inspired by Thomas Tallis’ 16th-Century polyphonic work, “Spem In Alium.”
Unbound is Fang’s 10th solo album, 3rd Projekt release and 2nd release from Sans Serif. Not surprisingly, Sans Serif’s first release, Tones for LaMonte (2008), was a tribute to minimalist composer La Monte Young. Throughout, the subtle psychoacoustics invite headphone listening, but its grand scale may perhaps be best appreciated over speakers.

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Sans Serif - Tones for LaMonte

Artists: Forrest Fang
P: 2008
Sans Serif is an alter ego of Forrest Fang, the talented multi-instrumentalist and composer whose most recent solo album Gongland was released in 2000. He has also collaborated with Carl Weingarten on the album Invisibility released on The Foundry, as well as contributing instrumentally to the works of other artists such as Robert Rich.
Unlike the more traditionally structured and "musical" work Fang releases under his own name, the Sans Serif project is focused on minimalism. This project in particular is a tribute to the influential minimalist composer LaMonte Young, whose work was known for the use of long, sustained tones and alternate tunings.
Tones for LaMonte bridges the two, related worlds of avant-garde classical influence, and modern ambient drone.

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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.243  08/15
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 243
08/2015

 
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Schwingungen Radio auf CD - Edition Nr.268 09/17
Schwingungen - Radio auf CD
Edition Nr.: 268
09/2017
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V/A - The Hues of Infinity

Artist: Vidna Obamana, Steve Roach,
Erik Wollo u.a.

P: 2015
Best of the Projekt artists from their 2015 releases.

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