Last week, my 3rd solo album, Modulationist was released on NoRemixes Label (click on the album cover).
- Hallelujah (6:49)
- Armor+2 (6:29)
- Notation for Synthesizer (5:12)
- JNNJ (7:06)
- Swamps, Showers, and Creatures (6:36)
- Cmin13 (7:04)
- Singaporean Crosswalk (7:30)
- Modulationist (7:06)
Here’s the promo writing from the record label describing the album.
Known for his series of YouTube video series entitled ‘100 Strange Sounds’, Joo Won Park returns to NOREMIXES for his second album, Modulationist, which finds the composer incorporating live instrumentation into his bed of electronic disturbances.
On his previous NOREMIXES album, Overundertone, Joo Won Park toned down the raw and often aggressive nature of the ‘100 Strange Sounds’ series into more quirky melodic passages that mixed foundsound with his SuperCollider experiments. With Modulationist, the composer pits live performers against the computer with the entire album arching towards a full-on digital takeover. Percussionist Hunter Brown, joins Park on vibraphone during opener, ‘Hallelujah’, a sparse starting place. Complexity develops with ‘Armor+2’ featuring Giovanni Bertoni on clarinets. ‘Notation for Synth’ provides a playful break from the tension as electronics take center stage. This is followed by ‘JNNJ’ which pits dueling percussion against electronics in the album’s most rhythmically challenging work. ‘Swamps, Showers, and Creatures’ utilizes foundsound and sparse electronics with bursts of oboe, for the last sign of acoustic instrumentation on Modulationist. The electronics takeover, however, fitting closer ‘Modulationist’ shows just how hands-on Park is with his electronics as the composer utilizes no-input mixing for a full on sonic assault on the listener.
Hunter Brown, percussion (Hallelujah /JNNJ)
Giovanni Bertoni, clarinets (Armor+2)
Louis Pino, percussion (JNNJ)
Theodosia Roussos, oboe (Swamps, Showers, and Creatures)
There are three previously-unreleased tracks in this album. Cmin13 and Modulationist are created exclusively for this release. The two tracks are examples of the musical directions I am currently interested in. I also included a stereo “studio” version of Singaporean Crosswalk. It sounds quite different from the live recordings as it has different ways to spatialize the sound.
I think I have an intimate personal story to share in this album. Have a listen!
My new solo album titled Overundertone will be released on this coming Monday (April 13) by NoRemixes label. If last album, 120V was a collection of my old pieces, this album is a representation of where I am now. Almost all the tracks in the album use computer-synthesized sounds. Just like anything with with the computer, the sounds in this album are precise, digital, almost to the point that it feels unnatural and inhuman. But I like that aspects of computer music.
Album Art work by Sarah Snyder
I think I made an interesting album. I hope you like it, too.
I performed in 5 cities from Feb 25 to Mar 13.
2.25.15 Lyn Goeringer and I performed a duo improvisation at the Oberlin Faculty Concert. It was broadcasted online.
2.27.15 I did a joint concert with Matthew McCabe at the Columbus State University, GA
3.6.15 I was the keynote speaker at N_SEME2015. I performed my solo set and take about my experience as a solo electroacoustic musician.
3.9.15 I performed Toccata for Found Object and Computer at the University of Nebraska at Kearney for is annual New Music Festival. One gas station in Kearney had an interesting offer.
3.12.15 & 3.13.15 My band I’m With Joo Won performed at Gus’ Cafe in Pittsburgh and Oberlin Playlets. The poster features my hand! More importantly, I shared a stage with improvisational punk band.
And yesterday, IWJW released the first album under Starry Night Records.
In sum, life is good.
120V is out now on Amazon as a downloadable album.
This is a compilation album of my solo works from 2002 to 2013. All tracks except one are available for streaming in Soundcloud (The SCloud has a better streaming quality, and you can listen to the entire track). The album-only track, also named as 120v, is a no-input mixer piece that is quite different from all other works included in this album.
Visceral Media also made a video interview about me and my album. The guest in this video also appears in some of my works.
Please listen, share, review, and purchase the album!
Visceral Media Records will be releasing my new album in few weeks. The album is titled 120V, and it is a “best of” album that contains my works composed in the past 10+ years. It also has a new track for no-input mixer and computer (marked with * in the track listing).
The album has quite a variety in terms of electronic music style. I feel very happy to share an album that contains pieces that reflects who I was and who I am. My life and music has changed immensely since I started to make electronic after plugging things into 120V outlets in the US.
- Sound Mobile – I. Forward
- Fireflies and Cicadas
- Sound Mobile – II. Backward
- Reed Bed
- Sound Mobile – III. All Together