- "Chukwon" is based on 'SamulNori', which is a traditional form of
Korean percussion music. 'Samul' means "four things" in English, and
'Nori' means "performing". The ensemble members consist of two skins and
two metals. The instruments symbolize earth (skins) and the heavens(metal).
- The instruments are identified with a constantly changing natural
- The metal instruments represent
- (1) Spring/ lightening/ thunder, and (2) Summer/ wind.
- The skin instruments represent
- (1) Autumn/ rain and, (2) Winter/ clouds
It is said that if people play on these four instruments together, the
vibrations will harmonize earth and heaven into one universe.
Four series of the composition entitled Chukwon which roughly translates
During the first half of "Chukwon III", 3 video projectors will display
images that metaphorically combine with the music to reflect on the unity
of creation. A dancer renders a ritual ceremony to seek God's mercy in the
second half of the piece. Sounds for "Chukwon III" originate from a CD of
Korean traditional music, and from recordings of skin and metal
instruments used in the preformance of 'SamulNori'.
Sounds for "Chukwon I" records of stones, metal instruments, ceramic bowls,
insects and some Korean traditional stuffs -e.g.Da-di-mi (like an iron),
and not-da-ya (large metal bowl)- in Korea. The recording sounds are
using of sound synthesis program such as Sound Editor and Granular
"Chukwon III" consists of electronic sounds only, other movements will
include a percussion quartet as well.
- Compositional scheme of Chukwon:
Prologue: 4 percussionists & voice (ca. 2'29")
- Chukwon I: 4 percussionists & computer generated sound & 2 Reverbs.(ca. 6'07")
- (metal instruments / stone / ceramic bowls, etc): Jun. 1999
- Chukwon II: 4 percussionists & computer generated sound & 2 Reverbs.
- (skin drum / wood instruments & voice): Nov. 2001
- Chukwon III: Computer generated sound music with 3 video projectors and a Dancer
- (1st half (3'20"), 2nd half (3'00): Sep. 1998
- Chukwon IV: 4 percussionists only
- (includes all of I and II instruments): Nov. 2001