Joo Won Park (b.1980) wants to make everyday sound beautiful and strange so that everyday becomes beautiful and strange. He performs live with toys, consumer electronics, kitchenware, vegetables, and other non-musical objects by digitally processing their sounds. He also makes pieces with field recordings, sine waves, and any other sources that he can record or synthesize. Joo Won draws inspirations from Florida swamps, Philadelphia skyscrapers, his two sons, and other soundscapes surrounding him. He has studied at Berklee College of Music and the University of Florida, and currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at the Wayne State University. Joo Won’s music and writings are available on ICMC DVD, Spectrum Press, MIT Press, PARMA, Visceral Media, MCSD, SEAMUS CD Series, and No Remixes labels.
In an interview with The Key Magazine (Feb 2013), Joo Won shares his thoughts and experiences on live electronic music and soundscape compositions.
“The most interesting part of the piece was the spatialization, and because of the articulate and high-pitched sounds that sounded like crosswalk indicators, listeners could track each performer’s movement around the hall without seeing them. The strict metric grid blurred as they reached the outer edges of the hall, making the audience’s awareness of space and distance even more heightened.” – I Care If You Listen, August 2016
“Joo Won Park gave an amusing recital of live electro-acoustical works in which his instrumentarium included Lego pieces, chattering teeth and a Slinky” – Wall Street Journal, January 2015
“In the hands of Philadelphia-based Joo Won Park, the no-input mixer is less a matter of singing than full-on, tantrum-level glossolalia, a heavy gurgle of electric fissues. Up above is Park’s October 1402 (for no-input mixer and computer), which at times sounds like an arcade game on its last legs, and at others like freakazoid hardcore free jazz improvisation.”- Disquiet, October 2013
“Joo Won Park is a rising star among modern composers. He produces music by recording everyday sounds as well as some more unusual ones and designing his own instruments from these sounds, using specialized programs to process the sounds via computer. Some of the programs are so specialized, in fact, that he codes them himself, line by line. It is a painstaking process, but one that yields spectacular results.”- Pathways Magazine, Oct 2010
“Both in terms of malipulating sound, and simply using sound, Joo Won Park is fantastically talented, and it is apparent in every second, with every subtle change, with every click and swirl of this piece. With each phase, each time one texture moves into the next, one is certain that it could have occurred in no other way. Beautiful.” – Asymmetry Magazine, April 2010