Exhibition 10: On a Quivering String

On A Quivering String

for dan bau [Vietnamese monochord]

Music composed and performed by Dang Kim Hien

Duration: 7’10″

Composer’s notes:

This composition expresses in sounds the different emotional states that I have experienced during a very happy but difficult period of my life, trying to fulfill working and mothering commitments. My days have been full of contradicting feelings of joy and frustration, of exuberance and tension. These feelings are reflected in the different sonic elements generated from the single string of the dan bau [Vietnamese monochord].

All the sounds and effects were created on the experimental electric dan bau [Vietnamese monochord], designed and built by Mr. Phan Chi Thanh, an experimental instrumental designer in Vietnam.

All sounds and texts copyright © 2005 by Dang Kim Hien

This project was supported by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.

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