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LI YILEI

Fragmented Senses


This month’s mix has been created by performance and sound artist, Li Yilei.

The 23-year-old artist’s musical journey began listening to Chinese folk cassettes and imported American pop music and, after initial failed attempts to form a band - sparked by an emerging enthusiasm for noise, psychedelic and avant-garde music - was led to solo exploration of electronic music and sound art practice.

Journeying from a fine art background to a place of greater fulfilment via musical composition and performance, Yilei wanted “to create a way of listening that is available for all senses, not only the ears. I hope my music communicates better than words. Sometimes words are futile.”

Yilei’s debut album, Unabled Form is released this month on LTR Records. It seeks the space and sounds that often go unnoticed, but to Li have been the source of much stimuli and have consequently made a huge impact on the artist’s evolution. “My music is composed of fragments and field recordings,” Yilei explains. “Anything from my environment can become material, from an acoustic recordings to conversations on public transport. I don’t purposely force the ideas into my work, everything kind of just flows naturally. I guess there’s a sense of transparency and lightness in my works, as well as an avoidance of form.”

For this mix, Yilei has chosen songs composed by East Asian musicians. Scroll down while you listen to read personal track notes.