“Making music is my only hobby,” says Künstler You Kunwho combines his longstanding passion for the auditory art form with the traditional Chinese landscapes his father taught him as a child. This compilation takes shape in his expansive, multi-layered scenes that follow lush groves and steep rock formations over almost nine meters long rolls of silk. Each of the natural features is the artist’s translation of a sound wave that turns an eccentric series of tracks into vast, serene landscapes.
in the a short video details his multi-faceted process, you (before) strummers on an acoustic guitar and strikes percussive beats, which he then digitally manipulates to form arched bridges or a whimsical rendered cloud that blows the length of the snail. Combining multiple instruments and tracks for more perspective and depth than a single recording would provide, it delivers rich works that transform sung melodies into birds and clouds or the repetitive rhythms of electronic music into segmented architecture.
There is an implicit conversation between the visual and acoustic elements, says Du, describing how he “uses the mood of the painting as a first point of orientation in order to break away from the traditional routines of music arrangement”. Painting styles typically associated with the Song dynasty and contemporary audio converge in the works in a seamless blend of time and sensory experiences, which he explains:
Using painting to influence the music transforms the elements of the music into these landscape paintings and becomes a new type of musical score. This series of works brings traditional Chinese painting and modern music together, whereby “static” and “noise” are present in the works at the same time – which causes mutual influence, interdependence and translation. Just like two people who speak different languages but find a special way to communicate with each other.
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