[Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills] Review | Li Xingyu: Share“The Farthest Place from the Sea."


The 27th Lecture of the Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills Lecture Series


On October 22, the 27th "Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills" lecture was held as scheduled. Following the steps of the musician Mr. Li Xingyu, let's explore sound and stories behind "The Farthest Place from the Sea."




Event Review】


PART-1  A Sound Experiment 


Mr. Li Xingyu played an audio clip of a humpback whale’s call he recorded while in Okinawa, Japan.


It was during one of their mating seasons when whales spent a few months swimming from the distant cold zone to Okinawa's warm waters to mate and then turned back. Whales' language has been a mystery so far, as they communicate with complex sounds similar to human songs.



The audience also listened to other recorded sounds and explored many newer places in the sound experiment.



PART-2   “In Search of Sound” Project


"The core of the project is recording of sound itself."

Mr. Li Xingyu told us about his story of sound recording in the Amazon rainforest.


Waving goodbye to cities and mobile phones, he led his team into the Amazon rainforest to gather more primitive sounds in nature. Every day there, he discovered the unknown, the fearful, the surprising, and the unprecedentedly profound.

In the depths of the primitive jungle, Li and his team collected myriad rich primitive sounds and brought them back for urban people to feel the beauty of nature beyond modern civilization.



PART-3   Sound Journey to the West


"In this part, we communicate as we listen, and we record memorable moments of the land with images and videos."

After traveling to South America, Mr. Li and his team went to Xinjiang, where Gobi deserts are dotted with poplars. 


In the region, he found and recorded Xinjiang traditional music, which inherits the bloodline of traditional Chinese music, and the unique sounds along the Salim Lake, Gobi deserts, and poplar forests. He named this journey "Sound Journey to the West".



Mr. Li mentioned that many magnificent pieces of Tang Dynasty's music, mainly originating in Xinjiang, are now facing the danger of being lost. They collected Xinjiang folk music so that its music culture could be preserved and perpetuated.



PART-4   Staying in "The Farthest Place from the Sea"


"I will not take anything away, instead, I would like to plant a seed and let it take root."

At the end of the "Sound Journey to the West", Li had a not-for-sale album and named it "The Farthest Place from the Sea".


Li Xingyu left the album in Xinjiang forever.




PART-5   Question and Answer Session


In the Q&A session, students expressed their admiration of Mr. Li's "legendary life" and asked him to share more about his experience.




Instead of telling the story of how he became an artist, he said to us that it is unrealistic for one to do only one thing during their lifetime and now we should keep thinking and constantly try new things to enrich our insights.




【Recommended Performance 】


One day by the Sea | Whale Circus 2021 National Tour - Shenzhen

Concert information:11.27 (Sat) 20:30 Shenzhen B10 Live




【Introduction of the Artist 】


Li Xingyu is an independent musician, sound producer and artist, sound designer, recording engineer, acoustic space designer and music teacher.

His album Whale Circus has been produced and released numerous times. He also launched the art project 52HZ Sound Cabinet in his own name, aiming to explore the auditory art space beyond "music". The first sub-project Amazon Voice Searching Project has received wide attention. In 2018, he initiated the Sound Journey To The West project, recording folk music in many places in Xinjiang and improvised music works with fusion styles that broke the traditional methods of composing music. Since 2007, as an acoustic space designer, he has participated in the design of more than 100 recording studios and all kinds of sound facilities and buildings throughout China.




【Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills】

"Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills" is one of the University's lecture series where the University will invite social elites in such fields as culture and arts to share with our students in form of salon or lecture to promote a discussion of thought-provoking issues or soul-searching experiences. During the lectures, everyone will have a chance to listen and respond on their world views, their aspirations, and intellectual taste in life.



University Arts Centre


To bring students closer to culture and art

To make the "DREAM" come true