Category Archive: Instrumental

Mar 19 2011

An aftermath (2011), for flute, clarinet, cello, and piano

Score: An Aftermath

Written: 2011

Performed by: Ensemble Transmission

Performed at: von Kuster Hall, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

An Aftermath (2011) is a musical symposium of pandemic caused by a man-made disaster.  The fast opening section represents a final bombardment to end the war of all wars.  This section is loosely based on the final section of Gustav Holst’s Mars from The Planets, and Marche du Soldat from Igor Stravinsky’s L’histoire du Soldat.  The slow second section represents a close look at a virus that is free to culture and infect already suffering human lives.  This section is in three parts which is based on the mortality rate during the Spanish Influenza (1917-1920).  Listen for the slowly ascending “scalar” passages that represent increasing viral activities.

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Mar 21 2010

Piano quintet no. 2, “Darwin vs. Cremo” (2010), for 2 violins, viola, cello, and piano

Score: Piano Quintet No. 2: Darwin vs Cremo

Written: 2010

Performed by: Music students at the University of Western Ontario

Performed at: von Kuster Hall, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

Piano Quintet No. 2: Darwin vs. Cremo is a discussion on the origins of life written in the British Parliamentary Debate Form.  Darwin’s theory of Evolution, represented by the transformation of a Pentatonic scale through to an Octatonic scale using pitch split transformations, is contrasted by Cremo’s theory of Devolution, which is conversely represented by the transformations to Pentatonic, Whole Tone, and Octatonic scales employing Sean Kim’s compositional Technique of Interval Expansion and Compression.  Through this debate the widely accepted theory of Evolution is challenged by a lesser known theory of Devolution, bringing to light new perspectives on not only where we came from, but also, perhaps more importantly, what we are.   In a 2003 article, New Evidence Challenges Darwin’s Theory Best-selling Author Further Defies Evolutionist,  Cremo’s theory is described as follows:

“Cremo proposes that before we ask the question, “Where did human beings come from?” [We] should first contemplate, “What is a human being?” Cremo asserts that humans are a combination of matter, mind, and consciousness (or spirit).

Human Devolution contains solid scientific evidence showing how a subtle mind element and a conscious self that can exist apart from the body have been systematically eliminated from mainstream science by a process of knowledge filtration. “Any time knowledge filtration takes place you can expect a great deal of resistance, criticism, and ridicule when it is exposed and challenged,” says Cremo.”

In the final section of the debate, both sides conclude harmoniously on the facts that no one can deny: ‘Wherever we came from, we are here; whatever we are, we are.’

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May 03 2008

Ununoctium (2008), for clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, percussion, violin, and contrabass

Score: Ununoctium

Written: 2008

Performed by: Music students at the University of Western Ontario, conducted by Pratik Ghandi

Performed at: von Kuster Hall, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

Ununoctium also known as eka-radon or element 118 is the temporary IUPAC name for the transactinide element having the atomic number 118 and temporary element symbol Uuo.  On the periodic table of the elements, it is a p-block element and the last one of the 7th period.  Ununoctium is currently the only synthetic member of group 18 (the noble gases) and has the highest atomic number and highest atomic mass assigned to a discovered element.

On October 16, 2006, researchers from Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory of California, USA, working at the JINR in Dubna, Russia, announced in Physical Review C that they had indirectly detected a total of three nuclei of ununoctium-294 (one in 2002 and two more in 2005) produced via collisions of californium-249 atoms and calcium-48 ions

This work was conceived in October 2006, after CBC interviewed the head researcher for JINR.  It is based on the numerical relationship between Alan Forte’s set-classes and the atomic weight, atomic number, and various numbers assigned to ununoctium.

Aug 14 2005

Celtic Suite (2005), for flute and piano

Score: Celtic Suite

Written: 2005

Performed by: Kristen Hill and Sean Kim

Performed at: Room 345, Music Building, the University of Western Ontario

Program Note:

Celtic Suite (2005) is written as a birthday present to my wife, Dawn Jeannette Kim during our trip around the Great Lakes in the summer of 2005.

Nov 03 2004

Suite (2004), for orchestra

Score: Suite for Orchestra (2004)

Written: 2004

Performed by: Korean-Canadian Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Richard Lee

Performed at: George Weston Recital Hall, Toronto Centre for the Arts

Program Note:

Suite for Orchestra (2004) depicts the balance of conflict and serenity in life through the metaphor of music.  Moving through unconventional modalities of world musics, this piece suggests a truth: every culture is subject to the barbaric dance with chaos.  The slight dissonances carried by the horns during the final movement symbolically represent the impossibility of attaining perfect “harmony.”

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