#amplifiedteaceremony no. 1
Performed 2nd February 2015
The #amplifiedteaceremony series is an attempt at exploring alternatives to the existing paradigms of producing and consuming audio works. Where usually an audio work is released as identical duplicates of one master copy, #amplifiedteaceremony no. 1 to 5 each contain a one-off and unique live performance without further duplication. Subsequent future works in the series will similarly be one-off, unique numbered and dated releases. Excerpts of each release are provided online for streaming and limited download as a matter of reference.
The gongfu tea ceremony or kung fu tea ceremony is a kind of Chinese tea ceremony, a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea.
Among the many types of Chinese tea, Pu-erh or Pu'er is a variety of fermented dark tea produced in Yunnan province, China. It is typically packaged in the shape of a compressed disc.
#amplifiedteaceremony are live performances of improvised soundscapes derived from the gongfu tea set which consists of a tea tray, tea pot, 3 cups, hotplate and kettle. The set is rigged with 4 contact mics and 1 condenser mic channeled to a mixer which in turn sends signal to a looper. The mixer output is recorded on an audio workstation. Each performance is then copied on CD for release.
Reference performance video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJnCL5juMdI
Each #amplifiedteaceremony release is a CD containing a unique live performance on a single track of about 40 minutes duration. The CD is held by a circular inlay, both feature typewritten text and minimal tea stain design, all handmade. The circular inlay is secured to a disc of Pu'er tea (year 2009) and can be mounted on an included display stand.