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Sound Off
Manufactured Reality

This creative project combines zheng, multiple projection formats (6th-order ambisonics, binaural), and both pre-recorded and live electronics. In the midst of pandemic restrictions, online interactions have become placeholders for authentic in-person experiences, fabricating brief and illusory moments of intimacy. The project aims to mirror the internet’s capacity for transcending physical space, transporting users into remote or even imaginary spaces. Using ambisonics, multiple overlapping “realities” are created in order to partition a physical space into multiple artificial environments. Each “reality” inhabits a unique sonic environment, representing either an expansion or compression of time and space. As such, spectators become “travellers,” using sound as a means of navigating and transcending physical space.


William Kuo

William Kuo is a Taiwanese-Canadian composer working with instruments, electronics, and audio recordings, recently expanding into electronic improvisation. His work explores the possibility of perceiving multiple overlapping sonic realities through a heightened awareness of the listening context.
His music has been presented at the C-LAB (Taiwan Sound Lab), Gaudeamus Muziekweek (Netherlands), Bludenzer Tage zeitgemäßer Musik (Austria), Cluster New Music Festival (Canada), Festival Voix Nouvelles (France), and ManiFeste Festival (France). Apart from his activities as a composer, he has also performed as an electronic musician at Twenty Alpha in Hong Kong.
Notable collaborators in recent years include TAK Ensemble, Ensemble Nikel, Quasar Quatuor de Saxophones, Ensemble Klang, Asko|Schönberg, Ensemble Multilatérale, Le Nouvel Ensemble Moderne, Ensemble InterContemporain, Ensemble Paramirabo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Heather Roche, Eva Zöllner, Juliet Fraser, Juliette Adam, and Karen Yu.
He received his Bachelor's in Composition from McGill University in 2013 and his Master's in Composition from the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal in 2015. In 2018-19, he participated in the Cursus computer music program at IRCAM in Paris, France. He was a finalist for the Gaudeamus Award in 2018.