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Singapore Composers Festival Programme

1000 – 1030
1030 – 1130
Festival Welcome
Talk 1: Exploring Alternative Compositional Approaches Through the Lens of Games

 

Speaker: Danny Imson

Games offer a unique platform for experimentation, encouraging composers, interpreters and artists to integrate elements from their personal experience and facets of cultural identity through conventional or unconventional sound materials, forms and perhaps new spatial experiences. Such unpredictable phenomena from games offer non-linear narratives and interactive environments, challenging traditional compositional boundaries. 

 

Ticket Price: FREE; Register HERE.

1130 – 1300
LUNCH BREAK
1300 – 1430
Opening Concert:
Young Composers Forum
Presenting the works of young composers selected from our YCF Programme: Andre GOH, Grace YI, CHAN Hao Li, MAH Ji Rui, Joel TAN, Verena LOW, Xavier HUI, TJAN Yi Xuan, TAN Zheng Rui.
Performed by: WeirdAftertaste

 

[Concert synopsis to be updated!] 

 

Ticket Price:

  • Student Members: S$5

  • Student Non-Members: S$8

  • Full & Associate Members: S$8

  • Non-Members: S$15

; Register HERE.

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1430 - 1500
BREAK
1500 – 1600
Talk 2: How Do You Make Software Sing?
Designing New Instruments for Maximum
Expressivity
Speaker: Pete Kellock

Pete says he has a "modest goal": he's trying to create the most expressive and musically-versatile musical instruments that have ever existed (or at least the most expressive and musically-versatile electronic instruments). He does this by taking commercially-available MIDI control devices and combining / extending them to create new instruments and meta-instruments. 

 

The key ingredient in this is software: to define the behaviour and response of these instruments, Pete builds code in Max/MSP, Java, and C - a process of technological experimentation and discovery guided by musical instincts. In this talk he will demonstrate several of the instruments and talk about the goals and challenges in creating them.

 

Ticket Price: FREE; Register HERE.

1600 - 1630
1630 – 1800
BREAK
Closing Concert:
Composers Society of Singapore x 
Malaysia Composers Collective
Presenting the works of: Jellal KoaySebastian Ooi, Ainolnaim Azizol, Avik CHARI, DING Jian Han, Nathanael KOH.
Performed by: WeirdAftertaste
Malaysian Composers Biography

Jellal Koay

Koay Loong Chuen (also known as Jellal Koay, b. 2001) is a Malaysian pianist-composer. He has been studying piano performance under Ms. Kwan Yin Hui since 2012, and later started studying composition with Malaysian composer Dr Wong Chee Wei since 2019. As a student composer, he won several awards such as the 1st Prize for Solo Harmonica & Orchestra category in the Hong Kong International Composition Competition for Chromatic Harmonica 2021, 2nd Prize for Brass Trio category at The Diversity Initiative Call for Scores, and selected as one of the winning composers in the Malaysian Patriotic Music Composition Competition 2019 (Choir Category). He had also participated in the Virtual Manila Composers’ Lab 2020, Malaysian Young Composers’ Workshop 2021 and The Rondo Production’s Musical Exchange Programme 2021 (Composition).

 

Jellal is currently studying composition at Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of Assoc. Prof. Peter Ivan Edwards and Adeline Wong.

 

Sebastian Ooi

Sebastian Ooi Wei Chern is a Yangqin performer, composer, arranger, and conductor based in Ipoh. He currently serves as the Yangqin performer for the N10 Ensemble and as an instructor for the Chinese Orchestra of SMJK Sam Tet (STCO) and Shen Jai High School (SJCO). He began his musical journey at a very young age, studying piano under the tutelage of Ms. Patricia HC Lim. Later, he was introduced to the Yangqin by Mr. Teh Beng Huat. In 2010, he was accepted as an undergraduate student in Yangqin performance at the China Conservatory of Music, under the guidance of renowned Yangqin performer Associate Professor Wu HuangHuang, and he successfully graduated in 2014. A pivotal moment in his career came when he participated in the SoundBridge Festival 2015 as a performer, sparking his interest in composition. In 2018, he resumed his studies at the China Conservatory of Music, focusing on composition under the mentorship of Associate Professor Wang Jue. Sebastian's goal as a composer is to delve deeper into various musical cultures, idioms, and techniques, incorporating these diverse elements into his music.

 

Ainolnaim Azizol

Ainolnaim Azizol (b.1987) is a Malaysian contemporary classical composer. He has written a range of compositions commissioned and premiered for various events such as Acht Brücken Musik Festival WDR3 Cologne, Germany, Asian Composers League Japan, New Recorder Music Festival Switzerland, 2nd MA/IN ~ Spaziomusica Italy, Linux Audio Conference University of Stanford US, Bristol Loudspeaker Orchestra (BULO) UK, Bristol New Music Festival UK, New York City Electroacousic Music Festival, to name a few. His artistic research explores the eco-culture soundmarks as a catalyst in amplifying Malay identity through the sound arts practice. Ainol is a MARA Scholar for Ph.D study at the University of Bristol in 2019 under Graduate Exellence Program (GrEP), curator for SPECTRA Electroacoustic Music Festival 2014 to present, SoundBytes Recital, MARA Laptop Orchestra, MARA Loudspeaker Orchestra and founder of Malaysia Electronic Music Lab (MEMLab) society. Currently he is a full-time academic staff at the Conservatory of Music, College of Creative Arts, Universiti Teknologi MARA and vice president of Malaysian Composers Collective (MCC). 

 

Website: https://ainolnaim.wordpress.com

 

Joining hands with the Malaysian Composers Collective, the Composers Society of Singapore and Weird Aftertaste present a diverse palette of sounds and stories from composers of Singapore and Malaysia.

 

Ticket Price:

  • Student Members: S$5

  • Student Non-Members: S$8

  • Full & Associate Members: S$8

  • Non-Members: S$15

; Register HERE.

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