Chan Kai-young’s “Variations on Light and Space”

December 29, 2015

【SOUND-IMAGination: Hong Kong Landscape 聲影集:香港景觀】

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Chan Kai-young’s “Variations on Light and Space”

I. Q&A

1) How did the image/video inspire you to write this piece? 

I was inspired by the contrasting elements abound in the image: the moving and the still, the living and the lifeless, space and obstruction, natural and artificial entities, to name just a few. 

2) How does your commissioned work correlate with the visual image/video? 

The timeline of piece follows the trajectory of natural light from left to right, following the direction of the protagonist. Incomplete statements of thematic fragments correspond to the hidden subject, and the sudden change of register and texture mirrors the change of spaciousness across the image. 

3) All visual elements of this concert, which served as the initial inspiration for the composers, will be projected on screen during the performance. What is the difference between composing with and without a specified visual image? 

The image is fundamental to guiding the imagination of the audience and offering an extra dimension of meaning in the music. 

II. About the Composer - Chan Kai-young


Hobbies: Travel and Photography 
Favorite sound: All forms of water 
Favorite film director: Hayao Miyazaki

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