Tale of an old picture

for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Cello, Piano, Percussion+Radios

2011, duration: 8′

Note: for Ensemble Looptail in the  Amsterdam Composer’s Festival


08-09-13 Gaudeamus Muziekweek 2013

09-10-12 De Link

10-06-12 Hetveem Theatre

Live Recording  in Hetveem at Amsterdam Composer’s Festival

Zhang Xiao gang, “Bloodline” series

Programme Note

The inspiration of this piece came from the “Bloodline”, a painting of ZhangXiaogang, which explored the effect of ‘false photography’ and the exaggeration of the charcoal photo. “Tale of an old picture” is also seeking for an effect of a “false radio” and re-embellish already ’embellished’ lives and memories. The music translated the language from the generic quality of old film and song from the 1930s Shanghai into mechanical images and a modern soundscape. The progress of this piece starts from the small and subtle noises, then transformed to a black and white palette via different fancy images. “The Wandering Songstress” (a Shanghai pop song from 1930s), is the body of the piece that holds different coloristic fragments into one. Occasionally, the music wavers between the “song” and the exaggeration of the noise from the radio.