Chinese Music History: Newsletter #4

MuCN-BannerQuite some time has passed since our last newsletter and while we had been busy working on the Midi Festival 2013 pages, we also took another step closer towards our aim of covering the complete history of Chinese music. In short, what happened:


MCN: New Power for Researchers


Two new tools have been implemented for Chinese music reseachers (and the general interested):

  • A “cite this page” function, similar to Wikipedia, which gives you the choice of a number of established citation formats.
  • Search functionality for Category:Songs that enables everyone to semantically search through the documented songs and list out according to GENRE and INSTRUMENT featured.

Here is the screenshot a sample search looking for songs that feature ‘Guitar’s:


Chinese Music History: Newsletter #3

MuCN-BannerThis is the third newsletter of the Chinese Music History project. Since our last edition, the following has happened.

China, 8000–2000 B.C. Xia Dynasty (2100 BC – 1600 BC)
China, 2000–1000 B.C. Xia Dynasty (2100 BC – 1600 BC), Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1050 BC)
China, 1000 B.C.–1 A.D. Eastern Zhou Dynasty (771 BC – 256 BC), Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD)
China, 1–500 A.D.  Eastern Han Dynasty (25 AD – 220 AD)
China, 500–1000 A.D.: Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127)
China, 1000–1400 A.D. Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127), Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279), Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368), Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644)
China, 1400–1912 A.D. Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644), Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1912)
China, 1912–1949 A.D. Republic of China era (1912–1949)

Chinese Music History: Newsletter #2

MuCN-BannerWelcome to April 1st 2013 and no, this is not an April’s Fools Day joke: We are officially starting our Chinese Music History project and on this very day we can also announce that we have crossed 13 million pageviews!!!


The following has happened since our last newsletter:

China, 2000–1000 B.C. Shang Dynasty (1600 BC – 1050 BC)
China, 1000 B.C.–1 A.D. Eastern Zhou Dynasty (771 BC – 256 BC), Western Han Dynasty (206 BC – 9 AD)
China, 1–500 A.D.
China, 500–1000 A.D.: Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127)
China, 1000–1400 A.D. Northern Song Dynasty (960 – 1127), Southern Song Dynasty (1127 – 1279), Yuan Dynasty (1271–1368)

Chinese Music History: Newsletter #1

This is newsletter #1 for the Chinese Music History Project. Much has happened since our first post:

  • We got feedback from various corners of the world showing interest in the project, such as emeritus professors from the University of Yale all the way to Guqin Associations.
  • Emails have been issued to all major institutions and associations in the field.
  • Additional references and sources have been identified, such as the UNESCO Document Database

With April 1st being around the corner as official start date, please spread the word and register at the Wiki to start contributing to human knowledge.

Project: Chinese Music History


We of Rock in China and are rolling out a new project: It is our aim to map and document the complete history of Chinese music online. Therefore we are inviting institutes, organisations, universities, professors, teachers and students to join in and support us. The reason for this project is the same reason that led us to start with Rock in China 9 years ago: Currently there is no overall comprehensive and detailed website about the historical development of Chinese music. And we want to change this and create a free public domain online reference. Independent from the topic of rock music we are going to look at traditional music, folk music, Chinese opera, Tang Dynasty music and many other Chinese music related topics. As we have expanded our online wiki into semantic web last November and received over 2 million page views in respond to that, we believe that we have create the right tool landscape to realize our aims.



Above are two PDF documents which we are distributing. One showing a brief summary of the project and the other document giving a comparison between the intents of and Wikipedia – the other major public domain knowledge base everyone is thinking about when talking about humankind’s online knowledge. There is a distinct difference in the intent of both wikis and working on this project with is more benefitial (Wikipedia prefers short, comprehensive articles without the level of detail that we intend to generate).


How can you help us? Help can be joining in on creating and editing of relevant online articles in our wiki together with other interested users. Help can be searching for copyright-free sources, media, photos and texts that can be used for our articles. Help can be also promotion of this project, announcing it online and establishing contacts with other interested parties.


You can read more about this project on our project page:


This project is intended to start in April 2013, but account registration is already available. Everyone who is actively helping is going to be mentioned on our project page with his/her user name and will also be mentioned as contributor in our project status newslets.


I hope that you can join our project, either as individuals or as representatives of any of your affiliated organizations. We are open to all ideas, suggestions or critical comments and will definitely support in terms of account creation, introduction to wiki works and other topics.

Invitations have been issued to the University of Aarhus, the University of Heidelberg, DianMo – Sinology Student Newspaper of Leipzig, Kulturgut 文化财富 China, Hamburger China-Notizen, the China Media Project at the Journalism & Media Studies Centre (The University of Hong Kong), Das Reispapier, the European Seminar in Ethnomusicology, the Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at the University of Indiana, the University of Wien, the Chinese Oral and Performing Literature (CHINOPERL) (中國演唱文藝研究會), the Association for Chinese Music Research, the Society of Asian Music, the International Insitute of Asian Studies, the Centre of Chinese Studies (SOAS), CHIME, the Centre of Chinese Studies at the University of Cambridge, the Department of the History of Art of the University of Yale and the Department for East Asia Languages and Literatures of the University of Yale.

CORE IN CHINA – Presented by Painkiller Magazine

PAINKILLERLadies and Gentlemen – It is revealed! CORE IN CHINA was included in issue number 48 of the Painkiller Heavy Music Magazine as CD!!!

We are very proud that our project attracted so much attention not just overseas, but also in China itself, so that the guys of Painkiller decided to include the CD as free gimnick in their magazine to be distributed nation-wide!!!

For those who haven’t listened to the CD yet, get a free download copy here!

Hail metal!!!