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Musical Box (2014)

'No.1 Box' (2014)


As Steven Connor said, ‘We are surrounded by so many noises, and so many voices, and our noises and our voices are so promiscuously blended with each other, that ours is becoming a world of universal, crowded utterance.’ Are we listening wholly to the voices interwoven within the complex flow of sound?

However, a rhetorical question is still there, did it make you pleasure? Someone said: the noise makes me unable to sleep; cannot concentrate. Others said: the noise makes me feel exist; I am fear to silence. At this moment, positive and negative comments have become equivalent. That is how life works. According to Jacques Attali claimed, ‘Music is more than an object of study: it is a way of perceiving the world, a tool of understanding.’ For me, this means the way of representing perceiving the world.

For this practice, I created a noise/musical box that combined a hand-cranked generator and speaker. The concept related to transfer energy to sound and play a ritual action about turning a musical box (work, labor, noise, modernity). Although the sound as a kind of energy around everyday life is invisible, people still tend to realize the state changes around us through audible events. But, if the most sound produced by human work in everyday life are unnoticed, how could we convert the human work (labor resource) as energy into audio and make it easier to noticeable? And why should we value the qualities (or anti-qualities) of ordinariness, triviality, and familiarity become so popular, so important now? Although the most actions we do in every day are trivial, people trend to looking for special. The sound from this box is quite monotonous, just like turning it, repeating rhythm and repeating an action.


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