KINK GONG :: A Primitive Spirit


Under the pseudonym Kink Gong, Laurent Janneau records and reconstucts ritual music mainly from South East Asia and Africa. The music catalogue of his wandering life is a collection of ethnic minority music. He had crossed countries such as: Cambodia,Vietnam, Tanzania, China, Thailand and Laos to record music from vanishing cultures. A nomad for long years who ends up in some villages of the deep forest to capture sounds. His recordings made to be felt, not analyzed, but recognized as a great source of emotions. He was there at the right time in the right place following his dream to record music and as we living in a time were politically correctness is the new world, he refuses any academic approach to his work.

“I find it quite stupid when people who don’t really care about the music, telling me: it’s so great what you’re doing, to preserve this culture! I don’t have any power to preserve any culture!”

“I find it quite stupid when people who don’t really care about the music, telling me: it’s so great what you’re doing, to preserve this culture! I don’t have any power to preserve any culture! It just happened to be there, to do recordings. But is not in the name of preservation, a more aural issue. I don’t believe in good intensions…it’s my own way to get a certain power out of my life. To be someone, who’s doing what he like to do, and that’s my main motivation. What I like to do, is to find this music that is consider as “primitive” and I accept the subjective primitive music. It’s something that really interests me. Because, in the primitive music, “primitive people” – says and shakes the index fingers of his hands -, have exactly the same emotions with you and me, that any kind of people can have access to it and get the pleasure of it.”

Apart of his self released albums, labels such as Discrepant and Akuphone publish in vinyl Jeanneau’s electronic deconstructions of his field recordings. Music you have probably never heard before.