Malaysia Music Technology Festival – SPECTRA 2016

Nocturne I – Ulek for Soprano, Sampled Gender-Slenthem and Electronics with Eight Speakers was premiered for the second time (world premiered at 7th Yogyakarta Contemporary Music Festival 2014) for SPECTRA 2016 on 22nd October 2016. The event took place at White Box, Publika Solaris Dutamas Kuala Lumpur, organised by Faculty of Music UiTM and supported by Goethe Institut Kuala Lumpur, PGVIM, Faculty of Music Silpakorn University, Birmingham Conservatoire, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak UNIMAS, Toccata Studio and Redbull Media Malaysia. The piece was performed by Khairunnisa Diyana (soprano) and myself (sampled gender-slenthem and electronics with eight speakers). The piece was revised for eight speakers and added with an interlude section (rhythmic spatial, sound object and sampled gamelan Gender & Slenthem). The text of the music is based on a poem nocturne written by Malaysia National Laurette, Muhammad Haji Salleh and the music was gravitated by the sound-world idea of ulek mayang, which was originated from the place that I was born, East-Coast Peninsular Malaysia.

Nocturne (poem) Muhammad Haji Salleh

tonight we have the sea
and sky to help us live.
the winds that blow from behind us
persuade us to go into the future, 
tell us not to fear
tranquility or difference. 
late tonight we borrow the music of nature
to mend the rhythm of our souls
newly broken by the pace of machines
i hold your hand
to marry my body to your lucidity.
in this dawn 
we find a world
that understand us. 
we string our experiences
as proof of our humanness.




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