C-LAB Sound Festival: Diversonics

The Taiwan Contemporary Culture Lab (C-LAB) and The Institute for Research and Coordination in Acoustics/Music (IRCAM) have collaborated on the establishment of the Taiwan Sound Lab, the purpose of which is to explore the integration of new sound technologies, culture and arts. To announce its completion at C-LAB, they are partnering again for the C-LAB Sound Festival: Diversonics taking place from November 22 to November 30, 2019. Numerous sound technology works from Taiwan and France present a new twist on artistic creation.

This sound festival is based on the theme Diversonics, expressing the diversity that is found in sound art. An attempt is made to express sound through various methods, while combining sound technologies in the spirit of experimentation. At the same time, through performances and workshops, the public can participate, by producing and listening to sounds, to enhance acoustic diversity.

The opening production, OPUS, is performed by the well-known group 1024 architecture and Quartetto Maurice of Italy. It spans classical music and electronically-produced sounds. The C-LAB Sound Festival – Technology vis-à-vis Music takes place at Zhongshan Hall, during which the instrumental ensemble, L’Instant Donné, based in Paris, performs several contemporary technology-based sound works. In addition, the Taiwan Sound Lab teams up with the Taipei Chinese Orchestra and violinist SU Shienta to present an all-new technology-based version of The Butterfly Lovers Violin Concerto. This production incorporates sets based on virtual reality (VR) designs of Hong Kong sand animation artist Hoichiu and Tainan National University of the Arts. This is integrated with a show developed by the Jin Kwei Lo Puppetry Company for an unparalleled concert.

For the production, Re: A Morning in Taipei, composers LIM Giong and CHEN Chiahui created two different soundtracks from a contemporary perspective to accompany the images in PAI Chingjui’s 1964 film A Morning in Taipei. Italian acoustic researcher David Monacchi visited undisturbed primary forests in the Amazon, Borneo and Africa. With scientific research as his starting point, he recorded their sounds to create Fragments of Extinction. Through Taiwan Sound Lab’s speaker array, audiences can experience these nearly extinct soundscapes. Composer Natasha Barrett and digital arts group OpenEndedGroup collaborated on the production Pockets of Space in which the beauty of the universe is explored through VR and 3D technologies. A Song Within Us, a collaboration by indigenous director Fangas Nayaw and the Taiwan Sound Lab, makes use of VR and immersive sound technologies to create an illusory setting for the performance of The Song of the Tafalong.

To enable the public to gain an understanding of the Taiwan Sound Lab, a series of activities has been organized including Friday Night Karaoke, Make My Own MV Workshop and The C-LAB’s Great Voices Karaoke Competition. We invite residents of neighboring communities to C-LAB’s first sound festival. In addition, children will enjoy AQUA AR, where they can use their fingers to draw images and see them brought to life in an imaginary world through artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR).

For this year’s C-LAB Sound Festival, we focus on the diversity of sounds and bring together traditional Chinese orchestral music, sand animation, puppet theater, indigenous culture, VR/AR, AI, film and karaoke to add social value through multiple elements. In addition, it is hoped that the Taiwan Sound Lab will continue to carry out cross-industry and cross-disciplinary exchanges and experiments.