WORKS

Jau (4) 

sheng and live electronics

*Jau(4) is commissioned by the Hong Kong Museum of Art to collaborate with a collection, Santa Claus Visiting My Studio (1981) by Fushan Chan.

Program Notes

 

Fushan Chan’s works show a mixture of Chinese and Western culture and local elements. We can find many fragments of Hong Kong’s old days. The images of fishes also appear in his work frequently.

 

Jau (4), the title of this work, is a phonetic alphabet of two words that have the same pronunciation in Cantonese. (They mean swim and travel. ) The performer is acting as a fish swimming from a fish tank and traveling around from the old days to nowadays Hong Kong. I collected some unique, important, and treasure sounds in Hong Kong. The role of sheng is to respond to those sounds. It involved some of my emotional reactions to the sounds in Hong Kong. I tried to follow Fushan Chan's innovative ideas of combining different painting techniques in his work, and mix the live instrumental sound, electronics, and pre-recorded environmental sounds together. This piece is using sounds to recreate the paint of the soundscape in Hong Kong.

 

陳福善的作品中融入了大量中西文化及本地元素,透過欣賞他的作品,可以尋回一些昔日香港的影子。此外,他許多作品中亦常以魚作為素材。

 

Jau(4),取至游和遊的廣東話拼音,我嘗試以笙扮演一條魚,由魚缸中出發,游了一遍回憶中及現在的香港。樂曲中的電子部分採用了一些香港獨有、重要及必需保留的聲音;採用的素材包括:回憶中的香港及現在的香港。而笙的部分則是不同角度地回應這些本地的聲音,當中包括我對這些聲音情感上的感受。陳福善先生的作品,大膽地將不同的繪畫技術巧妙融合。我借覽他的做法,在音樂上試將現實環境、電子效果及現場器樂的聲響結合,以聲音繪畫一幅我眼中現在的「香港」。

《聖誕老人拜訪圖》(1981​)現收藏於香港藝術館

 

 

 

RITA YUNG

COMPOSER

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