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Shining Cracks

by Chunyang Yao

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Intro 01:46
Shy 04:13
Golden Air 03:30
Itchy 06:38
Mud Hole 04:17


Shining Cracks is an album inspired by a quote from Emil Cioran: “The moments of refinement conceal a death-principle: nothing is more fragile than subtlety.” , this album is a journey for seizing the “death-principle”, by “carving” the timbre, organization and texture of the sound.

Chunyang Yao is a composer and electronic musician from Lijiang, China. She studied composing & composition theory at Music Conservatory of Shanghai. Her music is based on contemporary composition techniques and electronic noise aesthetics. In 2014, she launched her solo electronic music and voice performance project.
One of Chunyang’s primary music field is the traditional music of the Nakhi, an ethnic group from Yunnan. As a Nakhi herself, she concentrates on exploring the possibilities of Nakhi traditional music and the phonetics of the Nakhi language. Nakhi music elements are extensively implemented in her music.


released June 27, 2016

Composed & produced by Chunyang Yao
Vocal, field recording & analog synthesizer by Chunyang Yao
Mixed & mastered by Keju Luo
Illustration by Bunny
Designed by Tian Yuan

Sound Above Cloud - field record from 2014 performance “Temperature” performed by Sylvie Xing Chen and Gabriel Mareque.

Thanks to Baishui

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