mei zhiyong / 梅志勇 (*1984) pursues a physical form of sonic rapture, an explorative mind with the body as a tool pushing limits, seeking a liberating nothingness beyond logic, found in coarse actionistic or quietly manic outbursts, in dizzying electronic soarings or in following unknown traces in field recordings.
mei zhiyong also directs and shoots independent short films, works with photography and is part of the nojiji collective. he was born in shandong province and lives in changchung city, china.
dave phillips / dp (*1969), sonic activist, composer and performer, has been a purveyor of radical sound since the mid 80’s. he proposes the term “ritual protest music”.
solo works since 1987, with schimpfluch gruppe since 1991, with OHNE 2000 – 2008 and in many other projects. dp has developed an unique sonic language typified by sharp compositional techniques, immersive and cathartic sound rituals with strong existentialist / environmentalist connotations, and the concept of humanimal. dp lives in zürich, switzerland.
urbsounds is originally a collective with the main inspiration to traverse the borders between a decaying industrial society and the new wild east of information culture. for fifteen years urbsounds has been a closed circle of friends who were releasing music, organizing events, and participating in both the local and global experimental scenes.
in 2016 urbsounds opened up to become a platform/label that promotes artists across the world who share the understanding that music is an inherently political force of change, expressed via vinyl lp’s and digital releases.
miso, one of the label’s instigators, and dp first met in 2002, as miso organised a concert for OHNE in bratislava.