Fractal Music: The Sound of Chaos Discovery.com article about chaos music and Forrest Fang is among the musicians listed.
The ambient music of Forrest Fang straddles the fine line between the exploratory minimalism of Steve Reich and Terry Riley and the impressionistic soundscapes of Robert Rich and Brian Eno. After a series of experimental world progressive albums using non-Western instruments, Chinese-American musician Fang returns to his electronic roots with his first ambient recording in over 10 years and his very first for Projekt -- Gongland. The highly textural music of Gongland is inspired by the esoteric world of fractals, alternate tunings, early astronomer Johannes Kepler's "Music of the Spheres," and Indonesian gamelan music. "For the last few years, I've become fascinated with fractals and how they seem to seem to reflect a universal order within chaos," Fang comments. "The presence of fractals in nature seems not unlike the 'music of the spheres' Kepler thought he heard several centuries ago." In Gongland, Fang uses fractals and algorithms as raw source material that he subtlely layers and shapes into compositions. Fang has been interviewed about his work in fractal music by Discovery Channel Online.
Fang's last ambient recording, The Wolf At The Ruins (Ominous Thud, 1989), received heavy airplay from syndicated radio shows such as Music From the Hearts of Space, Echoes, and New Sounds, and was listed as a recommended space music release in Billboard's Guide to Progressive Music.
Forrest Fang studied electronic music and jazz improvisation at Washington University at St. Louis with Tom Hamilton and Steve Schenkel. Several years later, he studied zheng (Chinese zither) with the late Zhang Yan of Mainland China, gagaku with former Japanese Imperial Court musician Suenobu Togi and gamelan with Balinese composer I Wayan Sujana. In additional to releasing 7 recordings on the Ominous Thud and Cuneiform labels, Fang composed music for George Coates Performance Works' 1998 multimedia theatre production, "Blind Messengers," and for Shadow Theater's 1993 production of the Italo Calvino work, "In Xanadu." Fang also appears as a guest musician on electro-ambient pioneer Robert Rich's Hearts of Space releases, Propagation (1994) and Seven Veils (1998).