March 29th, 2014 @ 8:00pm
Pyatt Hall, 843 Seymour Street, Vancouver
FOXCONN FREQUENCY contrasts the notion of ‘simple’ western harmonic structure with the dissonant sounds of what is known as black midi: a rapid succession of notes only achievable by digital applications. As a metaphor for eastern work forces creating technology for the west, three visibly Chinese performers trigger the composition through three piano samplers. The output is heard through speakers hidden within a grand piano.
The work is a response to the financial struggles and constraints of emerging composers, who lack the hefty funds needed to hire concert musicians. It is a commentary on the New Music community’s dependency and attachment to ‘expensive’ sounds.
Composition: Remy Siu
Collaborators: Natalie Tin Yin Gan and Milton Lim
Running time: 15 minutes