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|Other Titles:||New Wave Music in China during the 1980s: Esoteric Writing, Zhi-Yin Theory, and the Path to Create Listeners|
College of Music, NTNU
The goal of this article is to analyze some distinguishing features of the new wave（新潮）music in China during 1980s (a.k.a. New Era), which eventually lead to the revealing of two new ideas ── esoteric writing in music composition (leading to Zhi-Yin theory（知音論）)，and a better-informed group of listeners for this music through the implementation of this principle. By using this technique, composers could have a unique writing style, and they were also able to compose for a public in a much more accessible way. When this approach was used, it allowed them to compose in a more acceptable manner from the governmental perspective, while maintaining the “truth” in their works without the danger of capital punishment as retribution. The theory defines a group of “ideal listeners (zhi-yin)”, who were able to “decode” this other meaning found within these new compositional ideas. By using these principles, an “ideal listener group” could be determined, and other listeners could be marginalized during the listening process. Through this strategy, a “mass culture and art criterion”, originally set by the CCP, could be denied. This strategy also let composers survive in a rather strict political environment, and yet their subjectivity could be maintained.
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