Oscillation ::: Materia Forma

04.05.2024 22:00

Ji Youn Kang, Cross-wired Xylophone

The analogue instruments featured in this performance have been developed on the boundary between time-continuous and time-discrete signal computations. Ji Youn Kang explores minimal digital components commonly used in analogue circuits, such as logic gates and shift registers, seeking unconventional combinations that extend their original characteristics by intentionally introducing “errors”. These experiments are tailored for musical performances, involving incoming signals from microphones, my body, objects, space, and sensing components as integral parts of the circuits. A xylophone serves as the link, acting as the interface between the body and circuits. It not only plays a role in connecting electric signals but also retains its original identity as a pitched, percussive instrument.

Ji Youn Kang is a Korean composer, performer and sound artist based in The Hague. One of her main interests lies in researching the relationship between musical and physical spaces that she has been exploring with a variety of multichannel systems such as the acousmonium and wave field synthesis systems. She is also active as a solo performer seeking ways to combine three different sound areas on stage; acoustic instruments, analogue, and digital sound. Currently she is teaching at the Institute of Sonology in The Royal Conservatoire in The Hague, and is a researcher in the University of Music and Performing Arts Graz.