This page contains a selected list of works as supplemental materials for the admission committee’s further review. If interested in Xuan Ye’s full portfolio, please go to https://a.pureapparat.us/
Intriguing debut album of disjointed, abstract computer music and free improv by Chinese artist Xuan Ye— Boomkat
xi xi 息息 (2019) is Xuan Ye’s debut LP. Compiled from solo improvisations across a three-year span, the recordings comprise a fascinating document of X’s foundational ideas: free improvisation, computational randomness, noise of the field, hybrid chaos of gestures and mediated bio-electrical currents.
Universal Serial Bus (2020) is an album release in the form of editioned software and thumb drives. Each USB features 15 tracks of field recordings (2012 – 2020), sculpture in clay, and a desktop application (macOS only) Xuan Ye coded to be an interactive sound experience.
S.Q.U.I.R.R.E.L.S. is a graphic score and web application that pulls animated gifs from the GIPHY database using two sets of keywords: one set is based on animals, the other on distinct body languages. As an instructional visual score, S.Q.U.I.R.R.E.L.S. is open for musicians and dancers to interpret GIFs as the smallest units that compose variations and pulses. This work was commissioned by the Canadian Music Centre in partnership with the Music Gallery in 2020.
The Spectacles Before Us Were Indeed Sublime (2018 ongoing) depicts a fictional voyage on a cruise ship named E. Bending spacetime in a first-person view. Spectacles use cruise imagery as a speculative vantage point for re-imagining the colonial past in the shared present and gestures towards the cultural implications of the maritime voyage as not only the starting point of modern global colonialism but of segregated diaspora and migration more broadly. On the metaphysical level, Spectacles researches the ocean as an archetype of the unconscious that is in constant transmutation and translates the oceanic as tangible experiences channelling the planetary sensorium from a perspective that is towards an ontology of wave.
Telematic Allergies turn recycled electronic waste into senders and receivers that magnify electromagnetic signals in the space by compositing an interactive sound installation.