Weng Ling’s Dialogue with He Xun-Tian
Time: May 2010
As He Xun-Tian said in the channel of “Arts China” to comprehensive art curator Weng Ling, “Everyone has their scent, and they do not need to spray other’s aroma on the road of creation.” In the 1990s, He Xun-Tian released the first album of “Sister Drum” worldwide, and this album is notable for being the first Asian CD to ship over one million copies in China. In 1982, he developed RD Composition, the first compositional method in contemporary China. Neither advocating Western academia nor protest imitating the ancients, he had contributed to Chinese music more than that.
Throughout the history of modern Chinese music, Weng Ling assumes that He Xun-Tian owns a unique scent for himself. He Xun-Tian has a profound and delicate feeling for nature and the universe, and he insists that creation is “the relationship between himself and the universe.” His music not only comes from the noumenon but also emerges from the light and language. This kind of “synesthetic” effect comprehend by analogy, could be found in the creative path of many artists. Various art forms and disciplines collide with each other, stimulate inspiration and develop new chemical reactions, same as the fundamental concept of IDEAS’ interdisciplinary creativity.
In the last part of the interview, Weng Ling invited He Xun-Tian to consider the impact of social changes in China on individuals over the past decades. What he believes is that, preserving a creative intention always be a critical thing in facing the changes. Perhaps as he said: “The Himalayas never compliment individuals, on the contrary, obtaining worship from people.”