From Heritage Space:
If someone asked you which cities in the world are producing best-improvised music right now, please make room for Seoul. “Beneath the economic upheaval of South Korea’s capital Seoul, a nexus of improvisers with hacked consumer electronics are forging a multi-national idiom” (Nick Cain). The city boasts a thriving Improv Scene, consists of a small core of productive and resourceful musicians – Choi JoonYong, Jin Sangtae, Hong Chulki, Park SeungJun, Ryu Hankil – centered around the Balloon & Needle and Manual Label, run by Joonyong and Hankil respectively.
Heritage Space is honoured to host two of these pioneers of South Korea’s experimental musicians: Jin Sangtae and Choi Joonyong on Thursday, 21.03.2019.
The Seoul improvisors use imaginative instruments which found from abandoned objects. They repurpose disposable consumer electronics – CD players, radios, mobile phones, clocks, MP3 players, typewriters – as sound sources, pulling them apart to manipulate the circuit boards, amplifying and treating the sounds of operating processes to create feedback loops and abrasive electronic textures. Static and decaying frequencies are flecked with jittery crackles and clicks and jolted by irregular burst of noise. Choi said that the sounds made from friction, gravity and elasticity of the real world without any processing are the real sounds. Not inferior/superior, nor hierarchical, real.
In this show, Jin Sangtae and Choi Joonyong will be giving a small presentation on Seoul’s Experimental Music Scene via their own performances and Q&A.
Check out their music here:
Jin Sangtae: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7FXGocx50-4
Choi Joonyong: https://vimeo.com/32613144
Website: http://popmusic25.com / Venue ‘dotolim’ http://dotolim.com
Born in 1975 in Seoul, Korea, Jin Sangtae performs with non-musical objects collected through his experience, projected into instruments, and then re-organised into the space. He uses hard drives and several materials that can be connected as a main instruments, and he also plays laptops, radios, car horns and electronics. He’s been uploading online his composition ‘Year‘ via mobile phone everyday since 2015. He founded ‘dotolim‘(a small space for improvised music) and has been organising the ‘dotolim concert series’ since 2008 as well as the festival ‘dotolimpic‘ in 2012, 2013 and 2017.
Choi Joonyong is from Seoul, South Korea. He founded Astronoise(the first noise project in Korea) with Hong Chulki in 1996. He is interested in control and failure of playing by improvisation and composition. Recently he is working on performances focusing on inferior sound/playing. He has released six solo albums such as DANTHRAX which is made with malfunction of CD-player. He produces and designs albums of a label called ‘Balloon & Needle’ since 2000. He also plays bass guitar in a doom metal band ‘Vomit & Tear’ with members of SklavenTanz.