Samson Young ( 楊嘉輝 )

Artist︱ Samson Young
With formal training in music composition, an eye for visuals and a keen interest in emergent technologies, composer-sound artist Samson Young (b.1979) has been known to combine his diverse expertise into uniquely intermedia experiences. In 2007, Young became the first from Hong Kong to receive the Bloomberg Emerging Artist Award with his audio-visual project “the Happiest Hour.” In 2009, CNN’s global portal CNNgo named him one of the top “20 people to watch in Hong Kong.”

Young is a regular guest at festivals around the globe, including: Sydney Springs International NewMusic Festival (Australia 2001), the Canberra International Music Festival (Australia 2008), ISCM World Musid Days (Australia 2010), MONA FOMA Festival of Music and Art (2011); the Bowdoin International Music Festival (US 2004), Bang on a Can Music Summer Music Festival (US 2005), Perspectives International Festival of Media Art (US 2009); Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadt(Germany 2006); Dark Music Days (Iceland 2008); Kuala Lumpur Contemporary Music Festival(Malaysia 2009); Microwave International New Media Arts Festival (HK 2004), October Contemporary (HK 2007 and 2009), Le French May (HK 2004 and 2009), and the Hong Kong Arts Festival (HK 2009 and 2010). Young is a Ph.D fellow at Princeton University, and an assistant professor at the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His mentors include Chan
Hing-yan and electronic music pioneer Paul Lanksy (

Performance Introduction︱ I am thinking in a room, different to the one you are hearing in now (Homage to Alvin Lucier)
I am thinking in a room... is a tribute to composer-sound artist Alvin Lucier, who was the first person to create music out of brainwave signals back in the 1960s. In this work, I used two sets of research-grade brainwave sensor to monitor the EEG brainwave signals emitted by the performers. Several solenoid motors are connected to the sensors, and they reflect the performers' concentration level. The more focused the performers are, the more activated the motors will become. While Lucier used EEG signals essentially as input signal randomizer, in my work concentration level is pre-determined and written into the musical notation. Maintaining a consistently high level of concentration proved to be difficult though - an aural awareness of my focused stated is distracting.

演出者︱ Samson Young
作曲家及聲音藝術家楊嘉輝於美國普林斯頓大學 (Princeton University) 攻讀作曲博士學位,師隨陳慶恩及著名電子音樂先驅Paul Lansky,現為香港城市大學創意媒體學院助理教授(。2007年憑着以任天堂Gameboy為創作靈感的聲音藝裝置《快樂時光》獲選為第一位「Bloomberg新一代藝術家」。 2009年獲美國有線新聞網絡 CNN的環球網站選為「top 20 people in Hong Kong to watch」之一。楊嘉輝曾任香港小交響樂團2008 / 2009樂季駐團藝術家,駐團期間曾為樂團創作多首多媒體管弦樂作品。

楊嘉輝的音樂及聲音藝術裝置,常見於世界各地的藝術節,包括:悉尼之春國際現代音樂節(澳洲2001)、坎培拉國際音樂節(澳洲2008),ISCM World Music Days(澳洲2010)、MONA FOMA國際音樂藝術節(澳洲2011);鮑登國際音樂節(美國2004)、麻省當代藝術博物館現代音樂節(美國2005)、Perspectives國際媒體藝術節(美國2009);達姆施塔特國際音樂節 (德國2006);Dark Music Days現代音樂節(冰島2008);吉隆波當代音樂節(馬來西亞2009);微波國際新媒體藝術節(香港2004)、拾月當代(香港2007及2009)、法國五月、香港藝術節(香港2009及2010)等

表演簡介︱念起塵動,覺之即無 (Homage to Alvin Lucier)
修法精進   腦袋電波傳感

意根息  馬達動

心空如洗  流 注生滅

念起 念又覺  

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