Shanshui is a work for flute and interactive media. Through the reception of sonic artefacts from the flutist during the performance, the software programme dedicatedly developed for this piece transforms the flute voice into visual artefacts that depicts scenery or natural landscapes of a shan shui (山水畫). It metaphorizes the flute instrument as an ink brush and the melodic phrases as strokes that ‘draw’ the mountain-water picture gradually within the given duration. The musical constructs also utilize extended flute techniques and alternative fingerings to imitate the oriental style of edge-blown wind instruments with the filtering and echoing effect to provide an aura of immensity and mystery to the scene.
Sound Map V is a piece depicting the soundwalk of the Victoria City, an early city limit set in1903 by the British Colonial Government in Hong Kong. History and the sonic footprint ofthis de facto capital of Hong Kong has mostly been vanished, but some of the sound objectsstill remain functioning today. Through the soundwalk brought by this piece, you could hearthe double-bell ring by the tram, noise from the street market, sound from the nature, aswell as citizens’ dialogues. This piece turns the keyboard instrument as a sound mappingcontroller to trigger sound objects as well as synthesized sound to guide the soundwalksearching for the sonic footprint of this city.
Ding Ding is a video-and-music work that recreates the experience of a soundwalk on the tramway with pre-recorded artefacts, synthesized and instrumental sound.
Canonic is a collaborative electronic improvisation using graphic notation in a spatial setting. The musical content is in four-part canonic structure in which different parts improvise based on the same graphical materials starting at different time with various electric/digital instruments depending on the performance practice of the electronic music ensemble. Scrolling score is employed to allow for coordination of complex structures and the synchronization of canonic parts. The work explores the chemistry generated by the interactions between individualized musical interpretations and expressions of visual source material, offering a sound-centered, sonic-spatial experience to its audience.