This is a stereo reduction of Aberdeen Humming, which is in octophonic. A total duration of the piece is about 30 minutes and consists of several sections. Use your headphones if possible.
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Introduction to the project
Aberdeen Humming, created by Suk-Jun Kim and supported by sound and Seventeen, Aberdeen's creative hub, is an audiovisual public installation that brings out the sense of place and of community through humming.
As a community project, it concerns collective memory through songs and uses humming as a mode of revealing such memories. Usually, we try to understand a place and its people through various scientific and sociological tools. But being a composer and sound artist, Kim feels that it is the sounds the place and its people make that tell us what the place is and who these people are—more importantly, how they have become what they are now. Kim has always been interested in the relationship between people and place and how people’s memory plays a role, and this installation is another attempt to examine it. Kim has previously created two other humming projects, In Tune, Out of Tune in Berlin in Germany, and the other in Silver City, New Mexico in the US.
Aberdeen Humming is trying to showcase hums from at least 400 to 500 people in Aberdeen by asking them to hum their childhood songs. The project, which runs from July to December, 2013, has two components: Humming Booth and Aberdeen Humming, the final sound installtion.
July 5 - Aug. 18, 2013
Seventeen, Belmont St., Aberdeen, UK
humming booth is part of Aberdeen Humming. In the booth, visitors to Seventeen are asked to hum a song that would remind them of their childhood. The hums taken at the booth will be collated and used for Aberdeen Humming, which is projected to open in November.
Humming is a personal, intimate act. Think about it. You usually hum for yourself or those whom you are very close with. In this sense, offering hums to others means that you are letting others enter your personal space.
A personal place for offering your hum
humming booth offers people in Aberdeen a personal place where they can offer their hums.
People can come into the booth and offer their hums any time.
14 - 30 November 2013
Seventeen, Belmont St., Aberdeen, UK
The final sound installation, Aberdeen Humming, is the culmination of the Aberdeen Humming Project. Aberdeen Humming uses not only the hums collected from humming booth, but also hums that the artist and his team have collected by meeting people in Aberdeen individually.
Images, sounds, and other documentations of the installation will be posted here soon. In the meanwhile, Download the exhibition post here.
The collected hums were used to ‘compose’ the final humming piece without any sound manipulation, except some fade-ins and outs as well as amplitude changes, which is then played back through eight speakers at a low volume. Aberdeen Humming invites you to come and listen to these hums. You might be able to recognise a few hums, and if you do, why don’t you hum along? Some of the hums were also gathered by Music and Communities students at the University of Aberdeen (Rebecca, Ben, Fiona, Laura, Tamara, Christine, and Yasmin)
About the artist
Suk-Jun Kim is a sound artist whose main output is electroacoustic music and sound installation. His work mainly focuses on imaginal listening and place memory through sound. Kim had his first solo exhibition in Berlin, Germany in 2009-2010. He is currently collecting humming from people in Aberdeen for his public audiovisual installation, Aberdeen Humming. Kim is lecturer in Electroacoustic Music and Sound Art at the University of Aberdeen, UK.
Kim's work has received a number of international awards, including first prizes at Métamorphoses (Belgium: 2008), Concurso International de Música Electroacústica Såo Paulo (2007), and Bourges International Competition (2001); commissions from the 2006 World Cup in Germany (2006), Bourges commissions (2002 & 2006), SpACE-Net in UK (2007); a resident composer at Bourges (2004, 2007, 2009), VICC, Sweden (2007), Atlantic Center for the Arts, Florida (2007), MacDowell Colony, New Hampshire (2008), Musiques & Recherches in Ohain, Belgium (2009), and Artists-in-Berlin, DAAD, Germany (2009). In 2011, Kim’s work has been published by DAAD and Kerher as a book/DVD titled Hasla, available on Amazon.