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User Preferences: Tech Q&A With Sound Artist Yao Chung-Han

Scattered Coordinates 1 at NTT ICC, 2010 from YAO on Vimeo.

Each week we chat about the tools of the trade with one outstanding creative to find out exactly how they do what they do. The questions are always the same, the answers, not so much. This week: Yao Chung-han. Click here for more User Preferences Tech Q&As.

The Creators Project: Who are you and what do you do?
Yao Chung-han:
I currently live and work in Taipei, Taiwan. People know me as a sound artist. My work usually uses fluorescent lights for either art installations or performance. At the same time, I am a curator of a few sound events such as the Lacking Sound Festvial, NoisexBeat, and OnSite.


I Will Be Broken tamtamART, Berlin, Germany 2011

What kind of hardware do you use?
MacBook Pro, arduino, lasers, sensors, fluorescent lamps, speakers, MIDI controllers, FA-101 audio interface, a TASCAM recorder, and more.

What kind of software do you use?
SketchUp, Max/MSP, Final Cut Pro, Logic, and Adobe Audition.


LLSP (Light, Laser, Sound, Performence) – Live Performance FUKUOKA ASIAN ART MUSEUM, Fukuoka, Japan 2009

What piece of equipment can you simply not live without?
Laptop and Internet.

Is there any piece of technology that inspired you to take the path you did?
The radio. It’s so magical that radio can transform messages in the air into sound.


Scattered Coordinates 1 NTT ICC, Tokyo, Japan 2010

What is your favorite piece of technology from your childhood?
The vending machine, especially when new drinks were getting loaded into the machine. It’s always so exciting seeing that happen.

What fantasy piece of technology would you like to see invented?
Ultra high-speed transportation, like, faster than airplanes. So going from Taipei to New York would only take three hours. But perhaps not everyone can physically accept that kind of high speed. We might need to work out to make our bodies fit enough to tolerate it, and it could cause some social issues.

Image courtesy of Yao Chung-han