Zai Tang

Sonorous Art & Design



Singapore Biennale Teaser (with Arnont Nongyao) – SAM 8Q, Singapore (2019)


 Spectres LIVE (pictured with Yuen Chee Wai) – SIFA’s The O.P.E.N, 72-13, Singapore (2017)

Untitled II (Bukit Brown Cemetery III) – CAKE’s Running with Strippers, GAC, Singapore (2015)

 Untitled (Bukit Brown Cemetery III) – Sound: Latitudes & Attitudes, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore (2014)

Stemming from my foundation as a DJ, my live sets have developed in to using a single turntable & ‘prepared’ vinyl records to improvise with. These vinyls have been melted, scratched, punctured with guitar strings and covered in other materials and substances, to create a gritty, textural sound palette which leans towards the abstract. I explore these crackly, warped surfaces with a contact microphone attached to various implements (e.g. rubber bands, styrofoam, pen knifes) in search of interesting or unexpected sounds. The contact mic becomes a needle in itself, moving across the disfigured memory of a record that once was, and unveiling a new sonorous world between the grooves. More recently I’ve been working with my turnable in tandem with augmented field recordings and vocal techniques inspired by beatboxing. Perhaps this mutated and contorted exploration of expressions could be seen / heard as a navigation of the tension between human and nonhuman existence.



Spectres LIVE (pictured with Dharma, Natalie Alexandra & Bani Haykal) – SIFA’s The O.P.E.N, 72-13, Singapore (2017)