iFactory is located on Haiwan Road in the Shekou Industrial Zone, where the first glass factory in Shenzhen, Guangdong Float Glass Factory, once stood. In 1985, with a goal of being the best in the world, it became the testing ground for China’s economic reform and introduced China's first world-class float glass production line. Its products were exported to 19 countries and regions on four continents. In 2009, the float glass factory was relocated, and iFactory took its place. In the mechanical production hall, sand warehouse, silo, chimney and other original factory buildings, a pluralistic birthplace of innovation was created.
The huge cavernous silos at iFactory in Shenzhen, hold nothing but reverb and dust now. But there was a time when the four silos held the chemicals needed to make glass. I’ve decided to replace those long gone chemicals with electronic sounds, created on the Buchla 200e Electric Music Box. These sounds, (placed in the Silos via impulse response reverb), mixed with extensive field recordings made in the Silos, using traditional and contact microphones (which pick up the vibrations in materials, rather than sound waves in the air) form the track I have created for Musicity.
Simon’s work combines electronic sources such as the Buchla Electric Music Box (a self-contained electronic instrument) with a mixture of field recording techniques and sound treatments. He uses sound to transport the listener to fantastical audio worlds, where the lines between the sonic, physical, historical and mythical are often blurred, the ultimate aim is deep immersion.
He has always searched for and strived to create new sounds that appear to have come from somewhere outside of this world, I hope that the audience wonders, ‘what is that sound, where did it come from?’
His music under the name The Simonsound, took inspiration from the cold war, space race, science fiction and library music, and the album ‘Reverse Engineering’ was selected by Giles Peterson as one of his BBC Radio 1 records of the year.