Category Archives: Collaborators

Gestalt – Video for Sky Blue Waves

Nicolas Garnier of Comoda  created a beautiful video that uses my pieces, Sky Blue Waves.

gestalt from comoda on Vimeo.

I love it. I am also very fascinated with this collaboration, because Nicolas found me on Soundcloud, and asked my permission to use the piece on his video. Nicolas and I never met in person, but I think we make a good team!

Sky Blue Waves is a track in Overundertone released by NOREMIXES.

 

Singaporean Crosswalk (2016) – for laptop ensemble

 

Singaporean Crosswalk was inspired by my trip to Singapore in 2010. The sound of the traffic light in the city was quite different from that of the United States and Korea.

 

It was fun, effective, and musically intriguing. During the day, this sound was a theme song for the people in a metropolis. During the night, the traffic lights became part of a flora and fauna surrounding the city. I thank SPLICE Ensemble for commissioning and premiering this piece. I also thank Oberlin College’s Center for Information and Technology for renting me multiple computers.

 Singaporean Crosswalk requires four laptops and four players. It uses the internal speaker and microphone of the laptop, so there is no additional equipment needed. The essence of the piece is in the creation of unique spatialization through physical movement of the laptop players on and off the stage. The recording of the premiere thus does not demonstrate the most interesting part of the piece, but you can at least hear the general atmosphere.

 

All materials needed to play the piece is uploaded on the top folder of this page. Let me know if you have any questions or need different versions (i.e. for trio, octet, etc).

 

Feb-March Tour

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.
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2.27.15 I did a joint concert with Matthew McCabe at the Columbus State University, GA
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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.
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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.
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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.
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And yesterday, IWJW released the first album under Starry Night Records.

In sum, life is good.

dRachEmUsiK


Charles Shriner (aka dRachEmUsiK) and I collaborate as Side Dish Side Affect.   We released an  album in May 2014, and I am very happy with the result. Below is a track in the album called Fermented Stingray.

Charles probably has been performing electronic music before I even got my first synthesizer. He is a multitalented musician who runs a record label, produces albums, tours as a performer, broadcasts a weekly radio show, and runs an electronic music festival (check out charlesshriner.com for his credentials). If you need a music tech guy in Indianapolis, I strongly suggest that you contact Charles.

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I first met him at Electro-Music Festival in 2009, and became friends ever since. I particularly remember his excellent improvisation workshops and open-mindness to all kinds of music.  Charles and I also share love of good food. We named our group after a homemade Korean dinner at my place. I still remember the taste of an oxtail dish I had at Charle’s place during the recording session. Even our track names in the album are crude translation of Korean side dishes.

Please join Side Dish Side Affect when we come to your town for a gig. Let us also know a good restaurant in your town. Meanwhile, dRachEmUsiK + Onewayness is starting a tour next week. Check them out!

Je Seok Koo

I am fortunate to have many talented artist friends. They inspire me, and they do things that I cannot do. Je Seok Koo is an example of such friends. I was introduced to him when he came to The University of Arts in 2012. Over the past few years, Je Seok has become a versatile multimedia artist with an impressive portfolio. Here are some of the things he does exceptionally well.

1. He designs installations and musical instruments

2. He programs audio, and designs web. (Guess who designed my web?)

3. He and I play shows, and he makes living by doing his art (i.e. there are many people who needs his skills).  Check out his recent project with Beats By Dre.

As a technologist, Je Seok helps people (or groups) to do art. I have enjoyed late night discussion with him at a cafe in Philadelphia. We talk about music, codes, and gear. I think we need more people like Je Seok. Meanwhile, contact him at paused-room.com if you need to make an interactive Christmas tree or custom synthesizers.