Fri, Jul 25, 2003 - Page 19 News List

Taking a bite of electronic music

By Max Woodworth  /  STAFF REPORTER

After two solid weekends of pounding rock music festivals it's now time to explore the other side of the pop music spectrum, or at least the part of it occupied by ambient electronic music played in cramped city cafes.

Lim Kiong (林強), the former pop singer who turned his creative energies to obscure and slightly inaccessible electronic music in recent years, is putting on a small party at No Where, a new cafe in the neighborhood of National Taiwan University, with a buddy who shares a similar interest in ambient music.

"We approached a couple of clubs about doing this type of party, but the bosses all felt like people would stick around for one or two beers and leave," Lin said.

"So, I had to turn to my friend who just opened this cafe. There's no dance floor, and anyway it's not dance music. And it's also not that lounge stuff that's so popular these days. So it may be a misnomer to call the event a party."

From Lim's description, it sounds more like a chance to chill out to Aphex Twin, Seefeel, Autechre and Biosphere in the company of strangers as opposed to alone at home with the lights turned off.

"We were wondering how many people in Taipei listen to this type of music, and my friend and I guessed maybe 20," Lim said.

If they all show up it may be a party yet!

No Where is located at 1, Alley 60, Xinsheng S Rd, Sec 3, Taipei (台北市新生南路3601). There is no cover charge and doors open at 6pm.

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