KISS2019: Resonance

Resonance (공명) —The Sounds of Busan
Sound designers, electronic musicians and researchers to meet in Busan South Korea 29 August through 1 September 2019 for the KISS2019 international symposium and music festival

Sound designers, musicians, researchers and students of sound will meet in the coastal city of Busan, South Korea from 29 August – 1 September 2019 for the Kyma International Sound Symposium (KISS2019) — four days and nights of intensive learning, live electronic music performances, hands-on workshops and discussions on the theme: Resonance (공명).

“Resonance”, from the Latin words resonare (re-sound) and resonantia (echo), can describe the result of an actual physical reflection, of an electronic feedback loop (as in an analog filter), or even the metaphorical result of “bouncing” ideas off each other during a collaboration. When we say that an idea “resonates”, it suggests that we think of our minds as physical systems that can vibrate in sympathy to familiar concepts or ideas.

At KISS2019, the concept of resonance can be experienced through the opening concert dedicated to “ecosystemic” music (performances in which sounds are derived from the natural resonances of the concert hall and the electronic resonances of speaker-microphone loops), through paper sessions dedicated to modal synthesis and the implementation of virtual analog filters in Kyma, through live music performances based on gravity waves, sympathetic brain waves, the resonances of found objects, the resonance of the Earth excited by an earthquake, and in a final rooftop concert for massive corrugaphone orchestra where the entire audience will get to perform together and experience collective resonance.

The conference city of Busan South Korea is also reflected in the program: a hands-on workshop for how to record and process 3d audio recordings of Busan for virtual and augmented reality; another workshop on how to take data from Busan Metropolitan City (like barometric pressure or sea level changes) and map that data into sound; a live performance celebrating the impact of shipping containers on the international economy (especially in a commercial port city like Busan); a piece inspired by Samul nori, traditional Korean folk music, where four performers will play a large gong fitted with contact mics to set up feedback loops, creating evolving resonators to evoke the spirits of lightning, wind, rain, and clouds; and a live performance of variations on the Korean folk song: Milyang Arirang, using hidden Markov models.

KISS2019 participants will explore new ways to compose, present, and experience music and immersive sounds presented by an international line-up of live computer music performers. Here is the full program:

29 Aug 2019
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