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SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape - Composers’ Sharing 1

2016/1/11 — 18:26

Boo Chun-kit’s Looking from the Below

 

I. Q&A

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1. How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece?

The duality of this image provides me an inspiration of the number of two.

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2. Please share your perception of “Hong Kong”. How did you convey this perception in your work?

I think there is full of juxtaposition in Hong Kong, especially for the cultural aspect. In my work, I decide to use two contrasting melodic motives; sometimes I make the two motives appear at the same time.

 

3. All visual elements of this concert, which served as the initial inspiration for the composers, will be projected on screen during the performance. What is the difference between composing with and without a specified visual image?

To compose with a specific visual image, I think composers should aware of the extra-musical elements that may be induced from the image, for example memories, emotion. This can affect how the audiences perceive your music.

 

II. About the Composer - Boo Chun-kit

Hobbies: Reading books, watching movies 

Composing habit: Improvise at first, then find some crucial relations between the musical elements, and recompose 

Favorite composer: Brahms

 

Chan Chin-ting’s Reaching Up, Touching Down

I. Q&A

1. Briefly introduce your commissioned work. 

This piece explores different perspectives of Hong Kong’s cityscape, particularly of the perspective looking from below. It is inspired by an image that portrays a person lying on a rooftop amid city noise, facing up against the sunshine but with the face covered. 

 

2. How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece? 

The music takes inspiration from the image, re-imagines and vitalizes the sound world surrounding the subject, as though the collage of city noise uncovers his/her face, rising up to above and beyond the infinite layers of Hong Kong’s modern cityscape. 

 

3.) Briefly share with us the composing techniques or styles you used in the piece. 

The composition uses Serial techniques as a foundation for the harmonic contents. The use of certain pitch sets is associated with my impressions of the photograph. 

 

II. About the Composer  - Chan Chin-ting

Hobbies: photography, writing computer programs 

Composing habit: can compose anywhere with a pencil, eraser and staff paper 

Favorite sound: sound in nature

 

 

Chan Ho-yi’s The Lost Days

I. Q&A

1. How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece? 

The photo makes me to meditate and reminisce my old young days in Hong Kong. And they are only left for me to cherish so I write a sentimental piece.

 

2. How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

The music correlates the visual image by its harmonic design. The linear writing in strings also depicts the ladder in the playground. 

 

3. All visual elements of this concert, which served as the initial inspiration for the composers, will be projected on screen during the performance. What is the difference between composing with and without a specified visual image? 

With a specified visual image, the purpose of music is to serve the message hidden beneath. Music without visual is purely the establishment of relationship through sound. 

 

II. About the Composer - Chan Ho-yi 

Hobbies: Cooking, Eating 

Favorite scene: The elegance and peacefulness of the medieval town in United Kingdom 

Favorite music: Chinese choral music

 

Chan Kai-young’s Variations on Light and Space

I. Q&A

1. How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece? 

I was inspired by the contrasting elements abound in the image: the moving and the still, the living and the lifeless, space and obstruction, natural and artificial entities, to name just a few. 

 

2. How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

The timeline of piece follows the trajectory of natural light from left to right, following the direction of the protagonist. Incomplete statements of thematic fragments correspond to the hidden subject, and the sudden change of register and texture mirrors the change of spaciousness across the image. 

 

3. All visual elements of this concert, which served as the initial inspiration for the composers, will be projected on screen during the performance. What is the difference between composing with and without a specified visual image? 

The image is fundamental to guiding the imagination of the audience and offering an extra dimension of meaning in the music. 

 

II. About the Composer - Chan Kai-young

Hobbies: Travel and Photography 

Favorite sound: All forms of water 

Favorite film director: Hayao Miyazaki


 

Chris Hung’s Leaving

I. Q&A

1) How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

Image serves as the catalyst of the music, being treated as the guiding direction for the idea of the composition. 

I would reserve my thought here in order to give you some space of free imagination. However, a trace of hint is shown in my program notes: 

"In the midst of climbing my mountain, 

On the verge of leaving my dream… 

Are you just an illusion?" 

 

2) Briefly share with us the composing techniques or styles you used in the piece. 

Non-exact Imitative texture between different parts. Gradation of tension towards a climatic point. 

 

3) Please introduce the special features or fragments of your work. 

In general, the melodic contour of the music is ascending with the metaphor of the first impression of the visual stimulus and physical presence of the photo. Very few extended techniques are employed in this work, probably one of the easiest piece I've composed... 

 

II. About the Composer – Chris Hung 

Composing habit: Gestural, fragmental, textural aspects first 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Stanley 

Favorite composer(s): Karl Amadeus Hartmann / György Kurtág / Salvatore Sciarrino / 細川俊夫

 

Lam Lai’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Tango

I. Q&A

1) How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece? 

When I first viewed the photo, I immediately thought about street dancing. Since Milonga is one of my favourite dance, I was thinking to use an interesting tune that everyone is familiar with. I also think Mozart's Twelve Variations on "Ah vous dirai-je, Maman" may be an interesting match with tango.

 

2) How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

I remember I played this game on the street when I was small. There is an interesting rhythm in the foot steps, as most of the time you need to stop your posture and get the balance. I think this kind of irregular rhythm will also be interesting to hear in the piece. 

 

3) Please share your perception of “Hong Kong”. How did you convey this perception in your work? 

I like the fast pacing of daily life in Hong Kong. When you are walking on the street, there are lots of fast repetition around you. Therefore, I try to put the piece to be similar to this circumstance, which is fast and having lots of tiny repetition. 

 

II. About the Composer – Lam Lai

Composing habit: Start with a cup of milk tea 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Central 

Favorite sound: water sound 

 

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【SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape】

14/1/2016 (Thu), 8pm
Multi-media Theatre, HKICC Lee Shau Kee School of Creativity
$150, $75* (*50% off with quota)
Free seating

 

Organiser:  Hong Kong Composers' Guild
Collaborator: The Academy of Visual Arts, HKBU
Performers: RTHK Quartet
Concert Curators: Lam Fung, Lee Wing-ki

Concert Producers: Lam Fung, Tang Lok-yin
Sponsor: Hong Kong Arts Development Council

Official Concert Webpage: http://www.hkcg.org/#!blank/und7j
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1027262994001500/

 

 

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