Xinjiang, Taklamakan & Karakoram FRA

A Trans-Aeolian Transmission´s road movie is exploring Uyghur music, post-industrial and neo-shamanism. The two musicians travel to distant, often unknown countries that are defined as unreachable and considered too dangerous. They live there for months and meet local musicians and get to know the local cultural influences and then process them in their films.

The film is a creation realized in the Xinjiang area with Uyghur musicians (shamans, bards and dolans) and then reconstructed with computers and instruments, moving in a neo-shamanistic post-industrial direction.

China’s Xinjiang province is the country’s westernmost region and is roughly the size of Iran. The largest ethnic group, the Muslim, Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, have lived in China’s shadow for centuries. The region had an intermittent history of autonomy but was eventually brought under Chinese control in the 18th century.