Zai Tang

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April 01, 2017

Resident Frequencies @ National Gallery Singapore


I have been working on an 8-channel sound installation called Resident Frequencies. Commissioned by National Gallery Singapore, the work is a response the histories and architecture of the site. In creating the work I have made use of the spaces in and around the gallery to record and transform my sound material. The works title is a play on the term ‘resonant frequencies’, which describes the natural frequency at which an acoustic object or space vibrates. Through sound, this work seeks to evoke the aural memories that reside on the site, setting their vibrations in motion once more.

More info: HERE


March 10, 2017

Spectres + Spectres LIVE @ SIFA The O.P.E.N 2017

I’m very happy to announce that SIFA’s The O.P.E.N has commissioned a new project of mine called Spectres. This work looks at the theme of extinction through the use of field recordings, sound visualisations and animation. By day it will take the form of an immersive installation and by night it will become a platform for improv and experimental music. Line up to be announced soon!

More info: HERE


October 14, 2016

Brodal Serei (Freestyle Boxing) @ da:ns Fest 2016

I’ve just returned from an inspiring trip to Phnom Penh for Brodal Serei, a new work about the life and movement of Khmer boxers by Emmanuèle Phuon and Amrita Performing Arts. We’re now approaching the final stretch of the project and are all looking forward to presenting it next weekend as part of da:ns fest!

More info: HERE



August 29, 2016

Is Everything Louder if the Image Disappears? @ The Projector

Presented by Asian Film Archive and The Projector, “Is Everything Louder If The Image Disappears?” is a film + sound experimental programme by Bani Haykal that examines the sonic component of scenography, featuring the rare Chinese silent film PAN SI DONG (1927).

Pan Si Dong (Heard), opens with a live scoring of the film by a sound ensemble facilitated by Aya Sekine, comprising of non-musicians/non-sound practitioners. The latter section Pan Si Dong (Unseen) is a deconstruction/reconstruction of the film, stripped of its visuals, featuring actors, Sangeetha Dorai, Farah Ong and Al-Matin Yatim, with live scoring by Jing Ng, weish and myself together with Aya Sekine’s sound ensemble.

The open workshop is a platform to generate discussions and offer ideas/interactions between practitioners of sound and audiences in order to bridge and bring closer the experience of “listening” to films. Artists involved in the project give insights to their process, methods and personal philosophies in organising the abstract nature of sound.

More Info: HERE


March 09, 2016

New Composition + Sound Design Showreel

I’ve finally had time to put together a new showreel! It features a selection of my collaborative works from 2014–2015, where I took the role of composer, sound designer and more. Here’s to an inspiring 2016!


January 10, 2016

Railtrack Songmaps @ M1 Fringe Festival

For quite some time I’ve been making field recordings and composing for Railtrack Songmaps, a multidisciplinary project and exhibition which is about to premiere at the M1 Fringe, Singapore. The work explores the relationship between people and birds in an area of Singapore under threat from development. I’m looking forward to the opening!

More Info: HERE


November 17, 2015

Untitled II (Bukit Brown Cemetery III) @ Running With Strippers

Over the past month I’ve been working intensely on a live score for Bukit Brown Cemetery. I will be presenting this on Friday 20th November 2015 at CAKE THEATRE’s event Running With Strippers. It’s been an inspiring process and I’m very grateful to Natalie Hennedige, Sharon Tang and the rest of the CAKE team for helping to make this work possible!

More Info: HERE


May 18, 2015

SEASATE @ Venice Biennale 2015

Since the end of last year I’ve been working with Charles Lim on the sound for one of his SEASTATE pieces – It’s been a rigorous process and a valuable learning experience! Charles is presenting his work at the Singapore Pavilion in Venice’s Arsenale. The pavilion is curated by Shabbir Hussain Mustafa of the National Gallery Singapore and commissioned by the National Arts Council, Singapore. Catch it from 9 May to 22 November 2015.

More Info: HERE


September 20, 2014

FUGUE 1,3,5,7 @ Archifest 2014

I have been invited by HCF and Associates to create a multichannel soundscape installation for FUGUE 1,3,5,7 – their half of this years Archifest Pavilion, Singapore. The festival takes place 26 September 2014 to 11 October 2014 and is organised by the Singapore Institute of Architects (SIA).

More info: HERE



May 29, 2014

Exploit (Bukit Brown Cemetery II) @ Bermondsey Project Space

Private View: Thursday June 12, 6.30 – 10 PM

How do we talk to each-other when our communication is mediated by language and technology across time and space? In this exhibition twenty-two established and up-and-coming artists from the United Kingdom and Singapore address this theme with diverse and exhilarating responses.

Works range from Eleanor Moreton’s I Narcissus, her re-interpretation of the Greek myth of Echo and Narcissus and Dan Hays’s painting of his Colorado doppelganger to Tania De Rozario and Lynn Lu’s two-room installation Fuse with myriad grazing silkworms.

In her haunting film Fragments on Machines Emma Charles observes the evolution of New York’s architecture to accommodate the matconnectors that comprise the physical manifestation of the “virtual” world. Natalie Dawkins uses humour in works exploring the ways in which we control – and are controlled by – social media. Min-Wei Ting’s elegiac work You’re Dead To Me communes with the tropical forests and ancient tombs of Singapore’s Bukit Brown cemetery, a location further explored in Zai Tang and Simon Ball’s animated soundscape composition Exploit (Bukit Brown Cemetery II).

In Love, Piracy Manu Luksch invites visitors to collaborate in an act of undermining censorship, while Sarah Choo’s film Hidden Dimension explores moments of solitude within contemporary family life, and Debbie Ding’s gentle sculptural work Lint reflects on intimacy and traces in a long-distance relationship.

On the evening of Saturday June 14th at the gallery will also host ‘Broken Telephone’, a celebration of contemporary Singaporean and British writing and poetry presented by Singapore writer and artist TaniaDe Rozario, with invited guest writers.
Ghost of the Wire= is an immersive and richly textured show which asks us to think again about our public and private modes of communication in the modern age.