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SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape - Composers’ Sharing 2

2016/1/12 — 16:35

Livia Lin’s the tree says…

I. Q&A

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

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While many find Hong Kong to be a small vibrant city lacking recreational spaces, the image reminds me of pockets of nature and greenery in the city which we unconsciously not notice. The dense trees eclipsing the individual inspire me to put the trees on center stage in my composition. 

2) 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? 

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Music is a temporal form of art while a still image offers information instantly. I think composing with specific image prompts me to take more time in expressing an idea because I believe the audience, too, would have the luxury of delving deeper into the artists’ messages through listening and looking simultaneously. 

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

This work anchors on two rhythmic elements – dotted rhythm and triplet. These rhythmic sways mimic the gentle flutter of the leaves throughout the composition. The audience will hopefully disengage from the steady pulse and assimilate with the ambience of the swaying leaves imperceptibly. 

 

II. About the Composer – Livia Lin 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Lantau Island, Repulse Bay, Hong Kong International Airport 

Favorite scene: the meeting of the sky and water, the people flow in a cafe 

Favorite visual artist: Vasily Kandinsky, Jackson Pollock

 

Lun Wai-kit’s Modernization

I. Q&A

1) Briefly introduce your commissioned work.

Migration of sound. 

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

The first thing I have done was to find out the place/angle the photo was taken, then with the description of photo, I started to imagine what sound should be included in it. 

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?

I don't need to think too much when there is an image. 

 

II. About the Composer – Lun Wai-kit

Hobbies: DIY

Composing habit: start actually composing at the last minute before deadline

Favorite sound: Raindrops

 

Shao Litang’s Seeking

I. Q&A

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

The inspiration of the photo to me is that what we are really looking for in life. Life is full of experiences and anything can happen. Depending on what kind of person you are, you may be looking for different things. 

2) 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? 

Composers will think about the interaction carefully between the message from the image and music. 

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

This piece starts with a vigorous six-note motive, followed by a peaceful harmonic section that gradually develops into a multi-layered chant-like theme. This theme becomes more energetic and rhythmic, moving towards a climax that resolves peacefully. 

 

II. About the Composer – Shao Litang

Hobbies: Eating, Hiking 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Tapmun (Grass-Island) 

Favorite scene: Maple leaves glowed red in the sunlight

 

Shuen Lai-yin’s Street through a Glass Ball

I. Q&A

1) 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 visual image gave me loads of inspiration. It helps me to determine the structure, atmosphere and musical flow of the piece. 

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

I have constructed a chord using diatonic scales, and the chord developed from a close position and expanded to open position, whereas music tension is created and resolved at the same time. 

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

It is a simple short piece. I tried to avoid special gestures in my work, as I would like to express the feeling of "Lost" in my music, which is motionless and solitude. 

 

II. About the Composer – Shuen Lai-yin

Hobbies: Playing guitar, singing in a choir, riding bicycle. 

Favorite scene: Sunset near seashore 

Favorite composer/music: Toru Takemitsu

 

So Ho-chi’s Confined Matters

I. Q&A

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

The dense composition of the image makes me think of how my life is in this dense city. Hong Kong always have many things happen in a small places. Sometime they are too many, but at least they are colourful and diverse. 

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

I think Hong Kong is a fast-pacing city that people receive many information and feel very differently. In my imagination, it is like montage or painting by Pablo Picasso. Inspired by this idea, I try to organise different blocks of materials in a musical way. 

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

There are musical elements in the piece where distinguished gesture and texture existed. Some of them might have different pitch organisation system in order to create contrast between elements which is to create the idea of montage. 

 

II. About the Composer – So Ho-chi

Hobbies: Hiking, wondering in Hong Kong, reading 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Tuen Mun 

Favorite composer/music: Igor Stravinsky

 

Tam Ka-shu’s Little Hidden Momentum

I. Q&A

1) Briefly introduce your commissioned work. 

My work depicts the restless spirit of Hong Kong – there are motions even in a quiet situation. It is inspired by an image that centred a workman and a still curtain fills up the other space. 

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

While the large curtain in the image seems to project a still atmosphere, the truck and the worker reveal a vivid motion. This contrast in activity immediately connects me to a night scene in Causeway Bay – streets are empty but still project a dynamic atmosphere. 

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? 

Visual images set a fix parameter for composers. In order to bring out the theme of the images, composers have to fit their imagination within the set boundary. However, this does not mean to limit our creativity. Instead, we might see the parameters as guidelines for composing. 

 

II. About the Composer - Tam Ka Shu 

Favorite place in Hong Kong: Po Toi Island 

Favorite composer: Gyorgy Ligeti and Alfred Schnittke 

Favorite visual artist: Salvador Dali

 

Wong Chun-wai’s Journey in the Dark

I. Q&A

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

Through the video we observe people traveling in a train underground: to an observer they are isolated individuals on an aimless journey, moving forward passively and restlessly. It seems to be asking the meaning of life, a journey that we must all go on.

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

The video is in black and white, and my music corresponds by carrying a dark tone, resulted from the use of non-functional harmonic progression, the domination of minor-sounding sonorities, and the prominent of the lower register of the instruments.

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

In the music the string quartet is divided into three groups of instruments – violin I, cello and the inner group of instruments – each playing with their own materials and styles, symbolizing the isolation of individuals. There are almost no dialogues among them but the wheel of destiny pushes them all. 

 

II. About the Composers – Wong Chun-wai

Hobbies: Composing 

Favorite composers: Joe Hisaishi/Gustav Mahler/Maurice Ravel/John Williams 

Favorite movie: Spirited away

 

Wyman Wat’s Space Tight

I. Q&A

1) Briefly introduce your commissioned work. 

My work “Space Tight” is about the high-density living environment in Central, Hong Kong. Fast, busy, crowded are the best words to describe the condition nowadays. 

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

According to the image, there are several high buildings surrounding a comparatively shorter yellow building in Central. We cannot find any space left in the picture. Thus, I composed my work with many compact rhythms to create this kind of tight feeling. 

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 the specified visual image, it is no doubt that the composer’s idea will be more directly projected to the audience, which in turn helps the audiences’ understandings to the new works. Moreover, I believe that the visual elements will further stimulate the audiences’ own imaginations. 

 

II. About the Composers - Wyman Wat

Favorite scene: Trams on rails in rainy day 

Favorite composer: Prokofiev 

Favorite visual artist: Piet Mondrian

 

Yau May-kay’s The Road before me

I. Q&A

1) Briefly introduce your commissioned work. 

'The Road Before Me' was composed during busiest time of year 2015. 

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

The video exactly reflects my commuting in Hong Kong - its repetitiveness, its tediousness ... 

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

Minimalism is used in this piece and I think it describes the video and my thoughts really well. 

 

II. About the Composer - Yau May-kay

Favorite place in Hong Kong: I like hiking in Fanling, it overlooks the whole area of Fanling and the mainland which is breathtaking. 

Favorite composer/music: J.S. Bach 

Favorite director/movie: Abbas Kiarostami 

 

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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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