Be(ing) the Noise (2020)

Working Process with Tongtrakul Kaewyong, the Khaen Player
Microtonal Chord
Microtonal Chord cont.
Singing into the Mouthpiece
Working Process with Jocelyn Tan, the Sheng Player
First Discovery of the "Ghost Notes"
More about "Ghost Notes"

A Community of the Spirit

There is a community of the spirit.

Join it, and feel the delight

of walking in the noisy street,

and being the noise.

Drink all your passion

and be a disgrace.

Close both eyes

to see with the other eye.

Open your hands,

if you want to be held.

Sit down in this circle.

Quit acting like a wolf, and feel

the shepherd's love filling you.

At night, your beloved wanders.

Don't accept consolations

Close your mouth against food.

Taste the lover's mouth in yours.

You moan, "She left me." "He left me."

Twenty more will come.

Be empty of worrying.

Think of who created thought!

Why do you stay in prison

when the door is wide open?

Move outside the tangle of fear-thinking

Live in silence.

Flow down and down in always

widening rings of being.

Cassandra Miller

“a vibrant and joyful experience” – Jennie Gottschalk, Sound Expanse

A dedication to violinist Mira Benjamin, for her down-to-earth, no-nonsense gritty focus. Composing this piece was a play of translations: it is a reworking for violin of a computer-made transcription of an un-plugged performance of Kurt Cobain singing  "Where did you sleep last night", also called "In the Pines," a traditional American folk song often attributed to Lead Belly.

Sketches from Extinction Events & Dawn Chorus
Liza Lim, Extinction Events and Dawn Chorus (2017)

Presentation during the workshop on 20th December 2020

Chies Tsang Score


Chie Tsang Lee