Chinese-American multi-instrumentalist Forrest Fang combines atmospheric electronic textures with a wide array of acoustic instruments, particularly those of non-Western origin, resulting in an otherworldly form of ambient music that is equally haunting and serene. His music is especially influenced by Javanese gamelan as well as Chinese classical music, utilizing polyrhythmic percussion and gongs as well as stringed instruments such as zither, lute, and violin. Independently releasing music since the early 1980s, Fang began reaching a larger audience of ambient and world music listeners with releases such as 1989's The Wolf at the Ruins. Since the 1990s, he has collaborated extensively with ambient veteran Robert Rich as well as guitarist Carl Weingarten. Beginning with 2000's Gongland, much of Fang's material has been released by ...
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