Madhye 於境默聲 [2013] 8’18”
for three sopranos, mixed choir, electronic music, and projected video


Oct. 31, 2013 | National Concert Hall, Taipei | Taipei Chamber Singers; Yun-Hung Chen, cond.; Ha Na Lee, video

In a group of teenagers similarity/difference can be observed from their characteristics, behavior, appearance, or values, among others. These traits could result in dichotomy, forming the situation of “person versus group” or “fusion versus disunion,” where such a relationship could be modified due to time and other factors. From another perspective, there could be many inner dialogues and interactions underneath this apparently dichotomous scene; these dialogues and interactions help to shape the spectrum originally constructed by the dichotomy, creating many possibilities and making the change(s) happen.

Therefore, this piece derives its name, Madhye, a Sanskrit word meaning “between” or “within,” from the above concept. In Madhye, the seeming dichotomy is deliberately presented by the exterior elements such as formation, structure, and archetype of the materials. The inner variables, however, allow the transformation to proceed within such a dichotomous environment: the sonic characters and adaptability of the archetype of the materials make it possible to emphasize, obscure, simplify, or complicate their similarity/difference via development and texture over time.





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