Zai Tang

Sonorous Art & Design


Sound Design + Composition

This is my latest showreel, featuring collaborative works from 2014-2015. Below you can find examples of individual works from 2010–2014, accompanied by short descriptions and links.


Once Canada Square | Collaboration with Simon Ball

Once Canada Square takes London’s financial heartland as a starting point for a surreal architectural visualisation. We used photography and field recordings distorted through digital software and our own collaborative exchange to turn the material into a seductive, graphic animation that utilises the nature of movement to explore notions of progress and development.


LiveLight | Collaboration with Oz Collective

I collaborated with Oz Collective (Alexandre Pachiaudi and Quck Zhong Yi) as sound designer for their interactive audio-visual installation LiveLight, part of i Light Festival 2014, Marina Bay (Singapore). The piece gives the audience a chance to ‘paint’ using any light source: Every light gesture or movement across the space leaves a visual trace on the ‘canvas’ infront of the participant, accompanied by fluctuating sine tones.

More info: HERE


Exploit (Bukit Brown Cemetery II) | Collaboration with Simon Ball

This is a collaborative work with animator & film-maker Simon Ball concerning the prospective transformation (and destruction) of Bukit Brown Cemetery, Singapore. The work makes use of field recordings that are part of my on-going study of Bukit Brown’s acoustic environment. This was shown at STRARTA Art Fair, London and Seeing Sound Symposium, Bath in 2013.

More info: HERE

TIDBTB | Collaboration with Ming Poon & Scarlet Yu

I joined a wonderful creative team (Ming Poon, Scarlet Yu, Woan Wen & Lim How Ngean) as sound designer for  The Infinitesimal Distance Between Two Bodies, a challenging work about the relationship between two professional dancers, as they prepare themselves for a show backstage. I took a partially live, improvised approach to the sound design using my turntable, in combination with material prepared for the surround sound set up. The work was part of Esplande’s Da:ns Festival, Singapore, and showed on 11 – 12th October 2013.


Unform (Solo / Duet) | Collaboration with T.H.E Dance Company

I composed a piece of music for Unform, a collaborative work by T.H.E Dance Company, that was one of three pieces in Solo / Duet, featuring in NUS Arts Festival on 9th and 10th March 2013. Artistic director Kuik Swee Boon worked closely with dance-artists Sherry Tay, Lee Mun Wai and Jessica Christina to choreograph a work that questioned the intention behind one’s personal artistic journey and dissolve the boundary between performer and audience.

More info: HERE


Arrival Reception | Collaboration with Mike HJ Chang

I created the sound design for Mike HJ Chang’s Arrival Reception, a multimedia installation which distorts the liminal space of the door into three dimensions, both revealing and dissolving its psychological function of demarcating the public & private, the familiar & unfamiliar, the self & other. The work was part of Engaging Perspectives: New Art from Singapore exhibition at Gillman Barracks, Singapore, from January 26th – March 31st 2013.

More info: HERE


Jalan Jati (Teak Road) | Collaboration with Migrant Ecologies Project

I worked alongside Zai Kuning to create the sound design and music for Jalan Jati (Teak Road), an animated film that traces the poetic journey of a 1950’s Teak bed back to a location in Southeast Asia, its possible point of origin. Produced under the Migrant Ecologies Project, Jalan Jati has been included in several film festivals and exhibition spaces; Oberhausen Film Festival World Tour 2013, Yamagata International Documentary Film Festival 2013, Rotterdam Film Festival 2013, 5th Singapore Indie Doc Fest 2013 (winning the award for best sound) & Royal Botanical Gardens, Edingburgh, 2013.


Olympic Dreams | Collaboration with Simon Ball

I worked with Simon Ball on Olympic Dreams, a photographic animation following the fence surrounding London’s Olympic park, spanning the full 360 degrees around the site. In its focus on the Olympic fence, the film questions the nature of the dominant line surrounding the event. This line has come to represent a border between the Olympic elite and local residents, who are pushed away from a movement that claims to embody inclusion and community. The work was shown at This is Not a Gateway Festival and London Underground Film Festival during the London 2012 Olympic Games.


Witness | Collaboration with Donna Ong

I created two compositions for Donna Ong’s installation entitled Witness; a piece exploring how we perceive and react to disasters, in particular the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan in March 2011. The above excerpt transitions from composition one, Sea of Voices, to composition two, Unreality, giving an impression of the sonic experience of moving through the space. The work was shown at The Chapel, Singapore Art Museum from 21st – 30th October.


||| Movement (Shuffle) | Team Aural in Collaboration with Strangeweather Movement

Team Aural collaborated with Strangeweather Movement+ to create ||| Movement (Shuffle), re-engaging the physical installation and soundscape’s zones for remembering, contemplating and transforming through dance: bodily movements and interaction set against the fragmentation of past relics, the romantic backdrop of Fort Canning Park and the youthful aspirations of the neighbouring collegiate.

More info: HERE


An Ode to Cliché | Collaboration with Brothers Pleasant

This is a Brothers Pleasant film starring Mr Jon Paul Mitchell. It was filmed over the course of one night with a Braun Nizo S 800 on Kodak Tri-X Super 8. I had the pleasure of creating the score for this short piece. I took a completely improvised approach, in an attempt to discover how I could apply my turntable explorations to film.


All Lines Flow Out | Collaboration with Charles Lim

I composed the sound for the trailers above. Charles Lim’s work All Lines Flow Out, was shown in the Singapore Biennale 2011, at the Old Kallang Airport site.


Ah! | Collaboration with Charwei Tsai

For ‘A Tapestry of Sacred Music’, Charwei Tsai was invited to create a public work at the Esplanade Tunnel Link. Tsai transformed the Tunnel into a path illuminated with words of inspiration and the sounds of Singaporeans singing the word “AH”, which I helped her to record and compose. “AH” is a sacred sound that many major religions in Singapore and around the world embrace; “A-llah”, “A-men”, “A-mitabah”, “A-lleluia”, and “A-OM”. This work aspires to connect a sense of inner peace that is within us all.


Photoperiod Picadilly | Collaboration with Rupert Burton


I collaborated recently with Rupert Burton on the above work entitled Photoperiod Picadilly. The film shows fluctuating intensity of environmental light in Piccadilly Circus over a 24 hour period, using real world lighting data. I had the pleasure of creating sound design / music for it.


2012 | Collaboration with Varvara Zaytseva

I did the sound design for this is a piece by Varvara Zaytseva. 2012 is a letterpress project debating the costs of the upcoming London Olympics. The zeros in the growing budget are substituted with the spherical ‘O’ of Gill Sans, referencing the Olympic circles.

This project was exhibited at the St. Bride event ‘Letterpress: A Celebration’ (November 2008) and ‘The Changing Face of Letterpress’ exhibition (March 2009), as well as shown at the College Art Association Annual Conference in Chicago in February 2010.