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Correspondences Studio releases ambient soundscape with electronic artist Rainbow Chan

What happens when avant-garde electronic music and Chinese literature amalgamate?

  • Roger Yiu
  • 25 December 2020
Correspondences Studio releases ambient soundscape with electronic artist Rainbow Chan

If you are looking for some literature-based music to consume over the holiday weekend, Australian indie artist Rainbow Chan has released a downtempo soundscape with Correspondences Studio as a collaboration with the ongoing exhibition, Silence Dialogue.

The soundscape itself is Rainbow’s personal interpretation and a vague translation of the Chinese poem ‘Second Drifting’ /《二度漂流》by Ouyang Yu. In the brief nine-minute soundscape, Chan used acoustic instruments and electronic reverb to help listeners experience vague loneliness and loss while being placed in an unfamiliar environment. The musical elements align well with the artist’s soft whisper. In her conversation with Correspondences’ lead curator Emma Thomson, Chan explained why she chose to elaborate on this idea with electronic music instead of traditional instruments.

“My intent was to use process-based compositional techniques to explore issues concerning identity, alienation, and loneliness in ‘Second Drifting;,’’ said Chan. Chan has been a prominent indie music producer and has performed at renowned venues and festivals including Sydney Opera House, Vivid, MONA FOMA, Gallery of Modern Art, Melbourne Music Week, Iceland Airwaves, National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts, and Tai Kwun in Hong Kong. Additionally, her multi-arts installations have been exhibited with Firstdraft Gallery, Liquid Architecture, 4A Centre for Contemporary Asian Art, and I-Project Space in Beijing.

Correspondences Studio is a social enterprise based in Australia that emphasizes curating creative projects that bring together socially engaged, situational, and interdisciplinary practices to connect diverse audiences and artists in ways that stimulate, inspire, and question.

You can now listen to the soundscape here.

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