An Evening with Samson Young


An Evening with Samson Young

West Hall Auditorium

November 17, 2015 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

In this seminar I will discuss an on-going project For Whom the Bell Tolls: A Journey Into the Sonic History of Conflict, which takes the titles of Hemingway’s novel quite literally and asks: who needs bells? For whom are bells cast, sounded, and preserved in perpetuity? Much like the traveling landscape artist, in this work I notate and record the sounds of these large sonorous objects in a variety of auditory conditions. The 60-day journey that spans five continents will generate an archive of recordings, sound sketches, a composition for tape and orchestra. I will also discuss a couple of my recent works, including the radio broadcast piece Nocturne (2015), multimedia performance Anatomy of a String Quartet (2014), and installation The Coffee Cantata (Institute of Fictional Ethnomusicology) (2014).

Born in 1979, in Hong Kong, sound artist and composer Samson Young studied music, philosophy and gender studies at the University of Sydney and holds a Ph.D. in Music Composition from Princeton. His interdisciplinary projects are experienced in galleries, museums, as well as concert halls and theatre spaces. Young is the inaugural winner of the Art Basel-BMW Art Journey Award, and in 2013 he was named 'artist of the year' (media art) by the Hong Kong Arts Development Council. Other honors include an honorary mention at the digital music and sound art category of Prix Ars Electronica, a Jury Selection award at the 15th Japan Media Art Festival, and the New York Society for New Music Brian M. Israel Prize. He participated in the Asia Triennial Manchester, the Moscow Biennale of Young Art, and also at group exhibitions at Amos Anderson Museum, Helsinki, Kunsthalle Winterthur, Switzerland, Today Art Museum, Beijing and Museum of Contemporary Arts, Taipei. URL -

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