ABBCNN [2014]

for komungo and electronics

Commissioned by Ik-Soo Heo of South Korea for his visit and residency at DePaul University. I was having a tough time figuring in this strange instrument to Chicago culture and my style. I decided to address this head on by using the piece as a platform to directly contrast the kŏmungo and American culture. I selected samples from local and national TV news stories, having the performer trigger them with the body of the instrument and play against them in a more traditional Korean style. I then fuse the two materials in a middle ground the shape of an ‘extreme closeup,’  

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