Residency location: TBD
33EMYBW is the alias of the Shanghai-based producer. Her works flow in the raptures among liminal worlds and sci-fi mediums, excavating biological myths from ancient dreams and ancestral wisdom. Influenced by modern dance music, world music and visual art, her music is often considered to be a combination of highly personalized low-frequency grooves and exciting sound designs. 33EMYBW’s debut album “Golem” released on SVBKVLT was voted “one of the best electronic albums of 2018” by Bandcamp, introducing a wider audience to her self-described “limb-dance” sound. The subsequent “Arthropods” was included in a number of “Best of 2019” lists, with Boomkat calling it “one of the year defining albums”, and Resident Advisor stating “From an already bustling Shanghai underground, Arthropods is one of the scene’s most original records yet.”
At the same time, she also has a focus on Chinese traditional culture. From 2016 to 2019, 33EMYBW carried out the project “DONG” to redisplay the culture of the Dong minority. The project involved field research, music, publishing and exhibition theory. In early 2019, she released “Dong 2” through Beijing’s Meili Records, a concept album sampling traditional music, sounds and field recordings from the Dong ethnic group in south-west China.
33EMYBW’s performances include the opening of Warehouse Project (Manchester) curated by Aphex Twin, Unsound Festival (Poland), Nyege Nyege Festival (Jinja, Uganda), Soft Center Festival (Sydney) and Recombinant Festival (San Francisco).
“Sound Mandala on Arthropod Continent”
Insects are one of my most important sources of inspiration. In 2022, in Namtso, Tibet, I discovered pictorial elements of insects in the local rock paintings. By accident, I used the field recordings around Lhasa to complete another sound work called “Mandala”. I hope to expand the sound collection coordinates of the “Mandala” in Switzerland, and conduct investigations in beetle museums, so as to imagine more sensory channels for exploring the relationship between human beings and nature.