The rhythmic fabric of five musical instruments, each of which represents one of the five elements of nature, is a fundamental part of nongak, a traditional Korean musical genre. South Korean artist Hyungjoong Kim (KR) paid reverence to it during his CAT@Ars Electronica Residency. He created Jangdna (Korean: rhythm), an interface that not only analyses and visualizes an audible piece of music, but also makes it modifiable in a very simple way. The sound of an installation visitor’s voice tweaks the music’s rhythmic DNA and develops it in a particular direction.
Jangdna has been realized within the framework of CAT@Ars Electronica – a program within the Ars Electronica Residency Network in collaboration with CTIA Chungnam Culture Technology Industry Agency (KR).
Sound development supported by Chris Bruckmayr´s Ekdahl Moisturizer
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“Every time I listen to a certain hypnotic loop, I feel like the rhythm is formed as a cell that has its own rhythmic information – time or beat – in my body. I would say, this information can be considered as DNA.” Read more on the Ars Electronica Blog!