Zai Tang

Sonorous Art & Design


 

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July 07, 2018

Escape Velocity II @ ??? (undisclosed), Singapore

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Commissioned by CAKE for the latest installment of Running With Strippers 2018, Escape Velocity II is a synaesthetic installation set within the concrete belly of highway. The work is an experiment in bringing the ethereal voices of the Singaporean wild to life through animation and sound visualisation. All the images within the piece originate from scans of my hand-drawn visual score from Escape Velocity I (2018), created in response to the sensuous qualities of creatures recorded in each locale. Building upon past audio-visual creations with artist and animator Simon Ball, our collaborative process is centred on experimentation between the senses; searching for ways to embody sonorous beings and the soundscapes in which they dwell through a visual choreography of animated forms, spaces and architectures. This work will be one of many taking place between 26-28th July 2018. To book your place, please email: admin@caketheatre.com. See you there!

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April 15, 2018

Artist-in-Residence @ NTUCCA

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Very happy to announce that I am currently an artist-in-residence at NTUCCA, from April – September 2018. During this period I will be researching Object-Oriented Ontology and phenomenological modes of listening, as well as using the time and space to experiment with new soundscape compositions, visual scores, animation and projection. The question I’m working with is “What does it mean to listen (and connect to) the other we call ‘nature’ in this time of the Anthropocene?”. If you’re in Singapore and you want to drop by my studio, please do get in touch – email@zaitang.com.

More info: HERE

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March 15, 2018

Escape Velocity I @ MOCA, Second Yinchuan Biennale, China

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I have been invited by curator Marco Scotini to take part in the Second Yinchuan Biennale at MOCA Yinchuan, China. I have proposed to create an installation comprised of slowed down field recordings and a visual score. The title of the work is Escape Velocity I and will feature recordings from Bukit Brown Cemetery, MacRitchie Reservoir and the Rail Corridor, three locales in Singapore under threat from urban development. Like my previous work Respect (Bukit Brown Cemetery I), I will be pressing my sound composition on to a dubplate record. As the dubplate is played throughout the duration of the show, the colourful calls of the creatures emerging from the grooves will gradually disappear underneath the surface noise of the medium. Very excited and honoured to be part of this!

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April 01, 2017

Resident Frequencies @ National Gallery Singapore

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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

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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

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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

 

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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

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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!

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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

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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