Bora Yoon

Recorded in London on 19th March, 2011.

Plinko – Voice, Mobile Phone, Glockenspiel

Bora Yoon is an experimental multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer, who creates architectural soundscapes from everyday found objects, chamber instruments, digital devices, and voice.

Yoon has performed her works internationally, at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Nam June Paik Museum in Seoul, Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, the Bang on a Can Marathon, John Zorn’s Stone, the annual Pop!Tech conference a.o.

Collaborators include musicians DJ Spooky, Ben Frost, Kaki King; data artist Luke DuBois; choreographer Noémie Lafrance; theatre companies Ridge Theatre and Dhamma Theatre West; composer Michael Gordon; poet Sekou Sundiata; and the League of Electronic Musicians & Urban Robots (LEMUR).

Her music has been presented by the Electronic Music Foundation and Samsung; commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus of NYC and the SAYAKA Ladies Chorale of Tokyo; awarded by Billboard, BMI, and the Arion Foundation; and published by MIT Press, Swirl Records, and the Journal of Popular Noise.

Recording Notes

Bora made an edited version of “Plinko” from her album  ( (( PHONATION )) ) especially for this cylinder recording. The music is made almost entirely using a mobile phone with a compose-your-own ringtone feature. The bell-like sounds have recorded particularly well and reproduces magnificent from the phonograph horn. It reminds me of the splendid-sounding old cylinder records that feature bells and tuned percussion.