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Sound Off

This project is entitled Engram, which is a term used by psychologists to explain the process of learning, memorizing, and forgetting. The project draws on the shaping of reality by memory and the nature of memory as a collection of traces of the past, as Marcel Proust explored in his works. The intricate workings of engram, therefore, are the inspiration for the project, which aims to further explore the relationship between time, memory, and space.

With Engram, the composer sees the performer as the “trigger” that allows the physical space to be “performed” by the real-time composition of electronic sounds. The “triggered” electronic sounds, in turn, allow multiple temporalities to simultaneously flow in the acoustic space. Each temporality has its procession, which takes place in different parts of the physical space. The interference enacted by visual works, in the meantime, serves as another flow of time and as an expression of the stream of consciousness. The continuous and discontinuous flows of the temporalities in the spaces thus become a significant concept of this project.


Huang Chi-Yen

Born in Chiayi (Taiwan), Huang Chi-Yen’s music involves abstract spirits and embodies smooth transitions of timbres and tense musical expressions.
Huang’s work was selected for the 2021 Taipei International New Music Festival and the TimeArt Academy Young Composers Project. He has been invited to perform at venues such as the National Recite Hall, the National Theater’s Experimental Theater, and the National Concert Hall in Taiwan. Huang has also been awarded the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Summer Course Grant to study at the University of Bamberg.
Huang’s enthusiasm for cross-disciplinary collaboration is exemplified by the work he produced while studying at the Taipei National University of the Arts, which integrated elements of instrumental and electronic music, the Ambisonics system, and theatrical performance. This work was performed at the Kuandu Arts Festival in 2020 and 2021 and the Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab’s “Diversonics” Sound Festival.