Ji Youn Kang


[fixed medium piece for 192-loudspeakers]




/hu/ : for Wave Field Synthesis

The title /hu/ – hu between two slashes as in phonetic transcription- refers to the sound of breathing. Breathing in Korea is not only an automatic, physical process, but is also the first that one should be aware of, concentrate on, and control in order to go a step close to the deeper self. Through watching carefully the process of breathing, all the external emotions disappear, and one finally starts understanding who he/she is. The brief moment becomes very slow, static, and profound while a number of thoughts pass behind. Zooming into the internal/external process in one big breathing, the movement, flux, and volume of the air are expressed with the shape of sounds, frictional quality, largely overlapped layers of sound events, and spatialization.




Ji Youn Kang (Seoul, Korea, 1977) is a composer and sound artist based in The Hague. She moved to The Netherlands in 2006 and achieved her Masters’ degree both in Sonology at The Royal Conservatorium and in Composition at Conservatorium van Amsterdam. Her objectives and interests revolve around the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and cultural elements using materials from Korean music as well as newly created sounds. Most of her music pieces have been composed based on the rites of Korean Shamanism, and many of them were written for the Wave Field Synthesis system located in The Hague (192 loudspeakers), exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces.