Jin Hi Kim
Jin Hi Kim is an innovative komungo virtuoso credited for introducing komungo (geomungo) to the American contemporary music scene. She has developed her compositional concept “Living Tones” emerging from Korean traditional music in cross-cultural chamber and orchestral compositions. Kim focuses on producing multimedia works that involve the interfacing of Asian traditional instruments with emerging interactive technology. She plays the only electric komungo with live interactive MIDI computer system in her large-scale multimedia performance pieces.
Ghost Komungobot (2015) | In this interdisciplinary performance, Jin Hi Kim collaborates with acclaimed visualist Benton C Bainbridge and sound designer Alex Noyes to create an interactive and visually responsive performance. The artists used digital signal processing of Kim’s electric komungo, computer listening, and gesture recognition to create compositional and improvisational structures that interacted in real-time through MAX/MSP software. The work is a reflection of emerging aspects of American and Korean culture including robots, artificial intelligence, and explorations of multidimensional space in the universe. Ghost Komungobot was originally created at CultureHub for Refest 2015 and was co-produced by Harvestworks Digital Arts Center.
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