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Monday, 30 November 2009

peony pavilion at Lings Chinese School

peony pavilion at Lings Chinese School

Saturday, 28 November 2009

New toy Gatya Gatya machine Hikki Hax

Gatya Gatya machine by Hikki Hax.

We could put our own objects into it and it gives randomly the object upon payment or no payment; limited play per day possible also.

This is an interesting object because it allows you to introduce surprised and ever changing elements. Could also be used as a group pool of fun object dispenser.

I had an Oracle Gumball machine made. And the custom script for random draw is much more precise; you have a truly random dispensing system - for example you wont be getting 5 times the same Oracle in a row. This one is maybe random but maybe not so random, we dont know but its fun and only 1 prim.

The colors and design are so good - has just the right old fashion look. Red and pale blue very beautiful.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Hundun dark plum lacquer and short qin table, Hundun half shiny, Locking your bike

Hundun half shiny plum lacquer

Following the comments of different preference of qin table height, I made one for this dark plum lacquer Hundun, a short table for "half lotus" position as some qin players prefers - as Stephen Walker explained to me.

Swann looks not bad sitting here like this, quite comfy in fact. No need to redo the animation. :)

Locking your bike
you get an A if you used 3 locks!
locks are just to buy time - thiefs will steal a less-locked bike. :(

one lock for front wheel to frame
one lock for back wheel to frame
one lock for seat to frame
you get an "A" for locking your bike!

High quality sim for good memories, limited ressource: life time, Franck Muller Dress

Swann in a Franck Muller dress from Clock Island at Fashion Research Institute

When is the Virtual World "real"?
When it could provide you with good memories.

When all the objects, the people (avatar) inside speak with authenticity in emotion and in practice.

Somebody who helped you go shopping for that Virtual Koto that you so badly needed is somebody who spent time - their real life time - to help you.

Time is a limited ressource and the person who spent time specifically for you, to be with you - in person in real life, and online via their avatar - has given you the gift of their time and is a real friend.

The Virtual World becomes "real" when the people inside invest their true selves in it. What is life if you are stripped of memories? We have only memories - to provide good memories, you must have high quality experiences.

This translates into high quality objects, scenarios and time - just like in the material world - immaterial world and material worlds are both components of real life.

I have enclosed here a screen shot of a dress from a disappeared sim and a disappeared scenario.

The Dress came from Clock Island where a very beautiful set with falling numbers - indicating time drops from above. There was a treasure chest, and this dress in it as a gift. So beautiful, and such a lovelly, happy memory. The avatar who introduced it to me was an Italian girl from Sicily. She was an excellent shopper for high quality dresses. If she didnt help me, I would never have the patience to go look for these clothes - but I do want to dress nicely! Each dress has good memories because these are results of fun times between girl friends.

The setting was at the Fashion Institute where there was a Fairy Fashion show. Giant size flowers, and avatars all dressed up as fairies. It is a fun and happy moment. This scenario no longer exists as well.

In Secondlife, to keep a freshness often the land changes scenarios for a refreshed experience just like inventive gift shops in our material world.

When I presented the Digital Guqin Museum in a mixed reality event at Rennes, event organised by Hugobiwan, there was a session where real people visiting the installation could talk to me directly live through video - so the person would be talking to an avatar while I could see what they looked like -

a visitor; a young girl said through the video live interview that she is worried about not being able to tell the real from the virtual - afraid of falling into an addictive virtual world.

This is the same concern expressed by people I meet in real life, in the Big Draw event in London and in CHIME, Brussels; when I introduced this project. Not so much they find it "unbelievable" but rather "addicted and fallen in and cant come out afterwards". Once beyond the "not just a role playing game" stage, most people are afraid! Just like the young girl in Rennes

I am so surprised, actually the Virtual World is a little like a 3D telephone.
Would using a telephone make real life face to face conversation disappear?

Using a telephone is for those specific communications where you really dont need to physically move yourself to the location of your listener, that is all.

One time I got a person who called me to say they must see me in person to talk about some urgent matters - however my feeling was, if they couldn't reveal the nature of the urgency, even just a little, then I most likely would not be convinced to make the effort to spent time to see the person in reality.

That is the good use of a telephone!

Similarly, if you find someone obnoxious in the Virtual World, its likely that they are in that phase in real life too.

A friend asked me - a real life friend - how can I tell if the person is nice in the Virtual World and they turn out to be the opposite in real life?
I cannot.

But I think if people bother to use their precious ressource - limited life time - to be in the Virtual World, there must be something they find satisfying for themselves. In this way whatever they show must be "authentic" in someway. Whether you appreciate their expression or not that is a question of preference and style.

Monday, 23 November 2009

CHIME conf, Tan Hwee San, HuaHui cubes, François Picard, Claire Chantrenne, ICH, China Blossoms concert, pink, fmttm, a friend?or a not-friend?

poster session installation sample wall section

MIM venue, Brussels

Brussels HuaHui cube material

HuaHui Cubes
In Brussels on the street where Enr. lives, you just walk from the subway to his house and you would have collected a whole bag of beer cans. Since I was up v early I went out to just see what happens, and exactly that! From the evidence of the beer cans i saw on the street, people drink a lot of beer and energy drinks, and also scotch mixed w cola in small tins (like energy drink) v pretty cans sometimes; By far more variety than in France, also tropical drinks. lots of coke cans in various combination, light, zero, light w lemon, classic etc etc
I dont drink soft drinks normally myself.

Chime conference nuggets

François Picard - Sorbonne prof musicologist Sinologue specialist - said to me during coffee that after investigation w his colleagues on Qin research people, I am the only one in the world who is exploring computer music using Guqin instrument and if I like I am welcome to join their seminar at the Sorbonne. I am very happy to be invited and will surely go see what they do there! François Picard often poses v clear questions and feedbacks at the end of the sessions I see how the picky points could be delicate and there is a way to go about it, not only to do with intellectual capacity, but also an art that comes with practice and wisdom I think.

London woman in charge of an music museum is interested in the DGM Virtual World work, gd.

Johannus with long half way down his back hair, said about Secondlife, that he is afraid of going into sl because he might be addicted, and lost of time, doesnt really know what it is but afraid to be drawn into it and become addicted and lost.

After hanging around listening to my oratorial speech to the people around, Gloria said. with much excitement and animated facial expression that she is very interested in sl, fascinating, she wants to try it, but she wont be going in as herself, she wants to be incognito just to visit around. Which I think is great.

A researcher-professor who wrote a book on Cui Jian the Chinese rocker listened very carefully to me and then asked but what has this to do with music? Then i explain starting from simple analogies that, the way I use VW is like an architecture model for a client, we build a three dimensional computer image model to show contextual spaces and surroundings with the advantage that you could invite the client to come and physically immerse himself in the environment. Just like all real life buildings for exemple the Museum of Musical Instrument, such a beautiful art nouveau building it now houses musical instrument collections but it could also be a restaurant or a nightclub or a spa or a fashion showroom its the infill and how we make use of the infill that determines the musical content. Its a venue created to make things happen. Experiences lived in sl is just as real as in rl, you could also imagine it a little like playing with Barbie Dolls, the simulated play acting is very real. In fact, in real life we often live with our memories because without memories there is little progress and nothing could be elaborated and be built. And the HuaHui cube wall section that I show here is a real life model going from the Virtual World to the Real World. The Virtual World is an office I export buildable items from sl to rl.

Met a woman from San Francisco, a director of a music group. She talked about early immigrants and angel island and gave me a cd, i will look into this because there are very little interest on early immigrants when they too have their own culture - they came to work and build the new world but they also have moments of play, music and enjoyment. I am glad to have her cd. I almost wanted to start speaking in KaiPing just for giving her some shocking fun - as KaiPing is almost not used ever in the cities today, its a country dialect that most immigrants in early 20s used. But this might give her the wrong impression of who I am so i save it for later at a good moment.

Frank. the organiser has come to talk to me several times during the few days, how do i find the conference and if i liked it do i find it worthwhile coming etc. This is a group of people who has studied in china, age ranging from retirement to youthful phds, they are all in Asian-Chinese music . All spks more or less gd putonghua chinese, musicologists by profession. Whats interesting is that there are people from everywhere a truly unique one and only international group. I like the liveliness and variety of this most enjoyable event.

Learnt about the ICH policy in China and what others thought about it. Tan Hwee San spoke in great details about her investigations. I appreciated her clarity and the experience w people that she clearly demonstrated, esp how to negotiate different turns in conf gatherings.

Claire Chantrenne organiser from Museum of Musical Instrument is a bona fide jewel. Such kindness and thoughtfulness no chi chi is really a person who shines. Her assistant Mathieu is also wonderful, they made it possible to show with what we had at hand, under strict limitations of circumstances of downloading software issues, such professionalism and intelligence, esthetic sensitivity to what is the purpose of poster sessions, and an overall attention to the balance of the entire group for the session, we had a very good installation all the same. Diaporama and sample wall section of the HuaHui Cube, Youtube, and live questions and answers. Sound quality of the autditorium was good, to epouse the conditions of the context, I will prepare a high quality video for next event now that the rush is over.

Met Lucca improvisation of qin who played John Coltrane on the qin and his pretty wife.
Stephen Dydo and his qin w pickup.

Beijing Opera workshops and Singing workshops added a hands on dimension to the academia analysis discourse.

China Blossom concert
Three young pretty girls on Zheng.

A concert is a visual event. The music played is delicate sweet rhythmic tunes matching the presentation of three young pretty girls with slim supple arms that rise and fall in unison waves. Yummy girls are always wonderful attractions, but the costumes are a little ambiguous - they are red cache stomach bip like tops - these backless bips tied with a thin string. Two of the girls wore black monokini top under the bips called toudou in Chinese and a third one as designed without any under garment. Because toudou was the women undergarment in china of not so long ago.

At the China Blossom concert, as a result of the toudou costume and the curves revealed - pants lose and low waist revealing the beginning of hip curves, very stylish on an elegant skinny frame. I like it as an individual style, the girls had nice bodies, however as a result of the costume, the performance is tinted in pink - pink as in erotic films. These costumes were distracting from their music.

I also think the girls enjoyed the sexy fashion statements correct to their youthful bodies, thats why they picked this cute and sexy costume.

There is room for showmanship in Chinese ancient music too, how and what, its an interesting subject.

a friend? or a not-friend?

A question, when is a friend a friend?
In answer to my question, Enr said, a friend is when you give the other your time because, time is a limited ressource.
Enr is so right. I am much more conscious of how to not waste my ressource and make better use of my time.

What is the definetion of a friend to you?
When is a friend a friend ?


A gallery in 798 is interested in exhibiting the Mobile Music work which includes travelling of the Mobile Music at different venues and musical events with Guqin live music, Chinese art song singing as I have designed with real players and with our house permanent music maker, our continuous 24hour non stop computer generated guqin music - fmttm.
fmttm = Fly me to the Moon, a computer which composes guqin tunes on the fly following a custom made algorithm an installation created in 2005 for a permanent exhibition in a sculpture park.

Monday, 16 November 2009

Beautiful Qin book by Prof Cecilia Lindqvist

Enjoy reading at the Library of Digital Guqin Museum, first book in the collection. "Qin" by Prof Cecilia Lindqvist!

You could see the cover and some illustrations in Chinese and Swedish. If you like to read the whole book, go to a real life library! Or get your very own copy. It is much more interesting to touch the paper and read in the comfort of your home with a cup of tea, with natural light.

Sunday, 15 November 2009

A "Cabane" by François Taconet : cute French tiny house

winterised wall section

looking out

wc in wood, nice extendable mirror, well designed sink, and shower behind the picture wall

visitors sitting on the classic wooden lawn chair


cozy bed

small heater stove w chimney up pipe

overall view

overall view 2

builder creator François Taconet

Mr.François Taconet makes a really well crafted neat clean elegant cabin - a French tiny house. 10meter square, Canadian Cedar, 1 ton weight, can be towed anywhere by a car, needs no building permit. Inside is a very pretty bathroom all in wood, shower, sink, and wood toilet, everything is in wood, curtain rod, shelvings, floor, window, and even the electric outlet plate is in wood color. Very natural clean workmanship. The cabin uses a wood burning stove that has a little up pipe - just like in fairy tales very cozy. Cost, with interior finish everything 20,000euros. Or empty with shower and electricty all ready to go without furnishing, 12,000euros. Its made to order, as the wall section shows its winterised. Feels very comfortable inside. To find out more, please go here. See video of the delivery all ready to go, in 2 hrs, you could move in.

cat with a cardboard guqin, 中華古琴學會

source: and more, 中華古琴學會
cat playing cardboard guqin; Isnt this cute?

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Festival Europalia.China, Brussels

Sample wall of HuaHui cube, copyright Shuen-git Chow 2009

Festival Europalia.China, Brussels

To see the list of events and program, very exciting.

Chime meeting is part of the festival.

poster session

Festival Europalia.China, Brussels

Festival Europalia.China, Brussels

To see the list of events and program, very exciting.

Music, Film, culture, installation, art... looks like a huge hoopla!

DGM is a mere tiny speck in this whole giant size event, but Swann is already happy to be part of it.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

花魁 HuaHui cube : a sample section for Brussels MIM

花魁 HuaHui cube : a sample section for the presentation at Brussels Museum of Instruments of Music MIM

MIM sent me a message, they will try to hook up internet to see Digital Guqin Museum live. Meanwhile, I am here putting together a sample section - real life size - for the 花魁 HuaHui Mobile Music. Hope they get it working. :)

As I am re-arranging the various cubes - its like playing with pixels but each pixel at 11cm3, very interesting. Each step of the way, it opens up a range of new issues.

I also consider if its to be executed at a large scale - how could we best do it with assistants?

For now, this first prototype is like an intricate embroidery work.

Monday, 9 November 2009

bicycle in sl and in rl, rl Louison Bobet bike, sl Five March racer

Velo made by Five March - I like to ride this one day when its ready!

In sl, we have racing bike; bmx, bamboo bike, workers bike, and some very slim rezz and ride and disappears bike.

I bought a bike in rl, a Louison Bobet - not because of the champions name but because it was on sale on ebay and described as "impeccable" - and its true, almost mint condition.

Such a happy day!
RER train is on strike, but somehow I got on one after 15mn wait - when I got to the other end, retreived my bike, the lady said, bikes not allowed on subway. I said, really? She said only on RER no subway, and seeing RER is on strike there will be lots of people, it will be crowded and in anycase its not allowed leave it upstairs. I said I just bought it and this is the straight line home. She looked at me and said, I cant open the door for you, but if you somehow could get yourself through the turnstile, I wont say anything.

So these two fellow passengers, one in a suit, and the other like a computer geek; they hoisted my bike over the turnstile and the door so i got in ! Thats really sweet, who says Parisians are bad and rude? I thanked them! Inside the train; no crowd at all. Everybody got a seat, lots of room.

This girl said to me, have fun riding!

So i got to the end and pushed the bike out, and right there is an agent writing something, copying some info from the wall, he said to me, bikes are not allowed on subways! I smiled at him and he said again, bikes are not allowed! I said, oh; but exceptionally i took it on the subway because the RER is on strike! And he said; oh; in that case, yeah of course. He smiled this very french nice guy smile - could be in a movie, this man.

Now, who says French Parisian are awful?

I got out of the subway, and saw lots of bikes all locked up everywhere - much more than normal days - because its RER strike day! I rode my bike through the woods, and haha; home.

The Louison Bobet is silent it rides smooooooth.
So happy!

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Large Handscroll Qin 2006

Large HandScroll Qin. Shuen-git Chow 2006. Very slow going work. All this guqin work are not urgent work. However, very good to have and I get real satisfaction when each project comes to an end. It comes to an end when I know there is nothing more I want to alter.

Detail Head

Detail Tail

Friday, 6 November 2009

Falls Noel, graffitti wall w twiddla 5 cubes, Contagious Republic, Duff beer from Texas

Falls Noel visiting the HuaHui Mobile Music, she says, very beautiful.

Graffitti wall out again this time with new color cubes in real life; preparation for the installation for Brussels Real Life presentation.

Few new pics to show you examples of the virtual model tested by other avatars - this is to be applied in real life. All the work in the Virtual World is intended for an application in real life in parallel. Not restricted to Virtual World; Though a lot of things that could be realised in the Virtual World is very difficult in real life.

So we go step by step, right now we could make the HuaHui Mobile Music House as landmark; and we could physically travel with the museum; but we will not have the ideal situation, perfect silence perfect behavior weather etc as in the Virtual World.

We focus on the real world by looking at the blueprint/3D walk in model which is in the Virtual World.

After playing w the Graffitti wall a bit - Contagious Republic hopes that he likes the color cubes and he hopes that I will get a Duff cube - favorite beer of Homer Simpson. Everything leads to more fun. Homer Simpsons Beer here a Youtube!

Does anybody drink Duff, is this a real brand?

After checking, Duff is a fictional beer; but a Texas company does sell them.
I asked them if they would gift three empty Duff beer cans - so we might have a Duff cube!

Here is the short letter I sent to Duff Beer Distribution.

A friend hopes that I will get a Duff cube which means: three Duff beer cans (emptied)to complete the HuaHui Mobile Music Museum to be realised in real life, he says because that's Homers beer. Would you like to gift 3 empty Duff beer cans to the Digital Guqin Mobile Music Museum? For details please send me an email. Or check out our Project site here:, Digital Guqin Museum has won Best Paper award in the slactions09 International Virtual World Research Project and will be published in Virtual World Research Journal. Read about it in the blog.
All beer cans welcome!! Thank you in advanced. Best wishes Swann

Thursday, 5 November 2009

花魁 HuaHui cube, recycling can crushing machines

花魁 HuaHui cube

Since a lot of people like to see the origin of the beer can - i am starting to make some with the color side out too.

I am amazed by the youtubes I see - for conservation and recycling purpose quite a few people have enjoyed inventing/making electric can crushing machines these are very lovingly designed w copper engraved plates and multiple light switches for crushing ONE can at a time - a unit clad in fine plywood finish very neat and tidy, the size of a small end table. Its a joy for the creator. Even though I didnt see the crushed can outcome, I am sure its well crushed and flattened. Cost 500$us

I will get a disc saw to cut the ends of the can off when the volume becomes high. But for now, i just cut them w kitchen knife and scissors. I prefer to reduce the volume of objects in the house.

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

CHIME programme, 18-22nov 09 Brussels (latest update), Poster for DGM in Urban Cities

Urban city poster at Big Draw

Participation at "Big Draw", London, Royal Academy of Art, Urban City.
A very good talk was given by a world famous graphiste who had a brilliant career - Oscar posters etc. After the talk; Blue Print introduce the Urban City project and worked w general public session. During the exhibition, BluePrint the magazine, has set up many pads of color pages which were published for the back cover by famous graphistes. Very nice exhibition, so simple and rich at the same time. Many children and parents were there to join in getting hands dirty at making a collage poster with materials prepared by the workshop.

Digital Guqin Museum : live demo, Poster Session, samples of HuaHui Cubes for real life building of a Mobile Museum
on Friday, 20 Nov09

16.15 SESSION 7 - Poster presentations:

Natasha Shuen-Git Chow, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Digital Guqin Museum: Preservation, promotion and development of the guqin through an online immersive virtual world - Secondlife.


Chinese and East Asian Music:
The Future of the Past

14th CHIME Meeting, 18-22 November 2009
Musical Instruments Museum (MIM), Brussels

All events take place in the lecture- & concert-hall of the MIM,
unless otherwise stated


13.30 Registration Desk open
Welcome drinks

15.00 Welcome speeches by:

Anne Cahen, Director Royal Museums of Art and History KMKG, Brussels
Frank Kouwenhoven, Director CHIME Foundation, The Netherlands
Claire Chantrenne, organizer, Musical Instruments Museum

15.15 Special Performance.
Huanxian Shadow Puppet Theatre, East Gansu.

16.00 Keynote lecture
Tan Hwee-San, SOAS, University of London, UK
“Intangible Cultural Heritage with Chinese characteristics”: The Preservation of Intangible Cultural Heritage in China, an examination of Government Policies and Their Implications.
16.40 Excursion to the exhibition 'The Other World - Puppet Theatre in China'
Palais des Beaux-Arts (BOZAR), rue Ravenstein 23

18.00 Dinner outdoors (at your own cost)

20.00 Concert: Guqin on different terms
Classical Chinese zither in a new light: new ways of exploring an ancient
instrument, from trios to John Coltrane and beyond...
With Ding Chengyun and Fu Lina (Wuhan), Liu Xing (Shanghai);
Luca Bonvini (Paris), Gong Linna, Lin Chen, Wang Hua (Beijing)

21.45 Evening reception at the MIM restaurant: please bring your instruments!

23.30 End of Reception


SESSION 1, Keynote, and workshop

9.30 Keynote lecture
Alan Thrasher, Music Dept, UBC Vancouver
Sizhu Music in Perspective: Rethinking the Ancient Origins Belief.

10.15 Workshop on Chinese Folk Song Singing
Gong Linna (Beijing)

11.00 Coffee & tea break

SESSION 2 - Tradition lost, tradition gained ?

11.30 Jan Chmelarcik, Sinology Dept, Charles University, Prague
Music of Development: Traditional Music, Folk Ritual and Land Policy in Southwest Shandong .

12.00 Helen Rees, Music Dept, UCLA
The Future of China's Musical Past: Snapshots from Yunnan.

12.30 Robert Zollitsch, Munich, Germany
Young Musicians Trained at Chinese Conservatories -
Their Situation and Perspectives.

13.00 LUNCH

SESSION 2 - Tradition lost, tradition gained ? (continued)

14.00 Anne Laure Cromphout, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Cultural Transmission or Cultural Preservation: The Transformation of Amdo Tibetan Music.
SESSION 3 - Musical instruments in the making

14.30 Gisa Jähnichen, Music Dept, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Chinese versus Lao Temple Drums in Northern Laos.

15.00 Lancini Jen-Hao Cheng, University of Otago, New Zealand
The Development, Preservation, and Reconstruction of Formosan Aboriginal Musical Instruments.

15.30 Coffee & tea break

SESSION 3 - Musical instruments in the making (continued)

16.00 Lin Chen, Music Research Institute, Beijing
The Improvement of Instruments in the Early Period after the Establishment of the People's Republic of China.
16.30 Ding Chengyun & Fu Lina, Wuhan Conservatory of Music
Origins, Reconstruction and Development of the Ancient Se Zither
and its Music.

17.00 Liu Xing, Bandu Café, Shanghai
Composing for Zhongruan (Chinese guitar).

17.30 End of session

18.00 Dinner outdoors (at your own cost)

20.00 Concert: China Blossoms
Traditional playing styles clashes with the new in a programme full of contrasts: Li Guangzu, senior pipa (lute) master is set off against the modern virtuoso-style pipa player Zhao Cong (Beijing), and Chen Qijun's traditional Chaozhou style zheng pieces are pitched against the modern swing of the Beijing zheng trio San Chuan. With film interviews.

22.00 End of concert


SESSION 4A - The classical zither guqin: paths of discovery
Lecture Room II [Please note: This session runs parallel with session 4B]

09.30 Stephen Dydo, New York Qin Society, NY, America
Tang Melodies in Contemporary Performance.

10.00 Jeffrey Roberts, Beijing Center for Chinese Studies
Li Xiangting and Guqin Improvisation: New Direction or Recreation of an Ancient Tradition?

10.30 Marion Mäder, University of Cologne, Germany
Giving in to Modernity, Past and Humor - Traditional Guqin Music Today.

11.00 Cofee & tea break

SESSION 5A - Musical instruments in the making (& more on qin)
Lecture Room II [Please note: This session runs parallel with session 5B]

11.30 Yang Yuanzheng, Department of Music, The University of Hong Kong
Demystifying the Golden Age Craftsmanship of Qin Making.

12.00 Zhou Ming, Music College, Shandong University of Arts, China
The Cuo Qin - a Chinese Folk Musical Instrument.

12.30 Luca Bonvini, Paris, France
Transcription of Western Modal Music for Guqin.

13.00 LUNCH [until 14.30]

09.30 SESSION 4B - Panel, chaired by Hermann Gottschewski
The Role of Music for the Japanese Cultural Policy in the Colonial Period (1895-1945) Lecture Room I
[Please note: this session runs parallel with session 4A]

The panel consists of:

09.30 Naka Mamiko, Doshisha Women’s College of Liberal Arts, Kyoto, Japan
How Japanese Residents in China studied Japanese Traditional Music in the Early 20th Century.

09.45 Chōki Seiji, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Cultural Politics of the Japanese Government during the Great East Asia War.

10.00 Lee Kyungboon, Seoul University, Korea
Europeanized Tradition as Propaganda - Ahn Eaktai's Etenraku in Context of the Japanese Cultural Policy During the Second World War.

10.15 Hermann Gottschewski, The University of Tokyo, Japan
Gagaku and Pan-Asianism.

10.30 Panel discussion on the topics presented

11.00 Coffee & tea break

SESSION 5B - Innovation in Chinese musical narrative
Lecture Room I [Please note: this session runs parallel with session 5A]

11.30 Lam Ching-wah, Hong Kong Baptist University, HK
Musical Innovations in Huangmei Opera Films in Hong Kong and Taiwan.
12.00 Law Ho Chak, The University of Hong Kong
Questioning how kunqu becomes “a heritage to be modernized”— A concise study on the musical accompaniment of Bai Xian-yong’s “youth version” of of the kunqu play Peony Pavilion.

12.30 Zhang Weigang, Jiangxi University of Finance and Economics, China
A Preliminary Study of Mengxi and its Tune.

13.00 LUNCH [until 14.30]

14.30 SESSION 6 - Panel, chaired by Fañch Thoraval
Music, sound and gesture: change and continuity in ritual traditions
The panel consists of:

14.30 François Picard, Musicology Department, University of Sorbonne-Paris IV
Long-time Permanence of Musical Repertoires in Ritual Practice.

15.00 Catherine Capdeville-Zeng, Dept Chine, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales (INALCO), France
Organizational Changes in the Nuo Theatre of Shiyou Village, Jiangxi Province.

15.30 Fañch Thoraval, University of Paris Sorbonne, Paris IV
The Hidden and the Shown: Some Change in the Sound Dimension of the Daoist Liturgy.

16.00 Short Coffee & tea break

16.15 SESSION 7 - Poster presentations:

Miriam Brenner, MA Musicology, University of Amsterdam
From earth-zither to brass gongs: Sulawesi Tenggara’s lost and found.

Arlene Caney, Music Dept, Community College of Philadelphia
Perception of the Uighurs in Chinese Performances.

Natasha Shuen-Git Chow, Nogent-sur-Marne, France
Digital Guqin Museum: Preservation, promotion and development of the guqin through an online immersive virtual world - Secondlife.

Fu Limin, China Conservatory of Music, Beijing, China
Study Report on 'Hebei Shenfang Concert'.

Monia Grauso, University Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Liu Sola and her New Chinese Jazz Music.

Sanat Kibirova, St Petersburg University of Culture and Arts
Revival & Reconstruction of Musical Instruments of Kazakhstan's Uyghurs.

Frank Kouwenhoven, CHIME Foundation, Leiden, Netherlands
Chinese Temple Festival Dynamics.

Liu Yong, Dept of Musicology, China Conservatory of Music
The Revival of 'Si Bin Fu Qing' (Chinese chime stones).

Marta Piras, University of Rome La Sapienza, Italy
Mozart and Beethoven in Mandopop: the hit-single 'Don't wannna grow up' (Bu xiang zhangda) from S.H.E.

17.30 End of poster session / Dinner outdoors (at your own cost)

Evening: FREE
Please note the possibility to go and see:
The Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe in: Legend of the White Snake,
one of their most succesful productions in recent years, in Antwerp, at the Bourla Theatre, Komedieplaats 18. (Both tonight and tomorrow at 20.00 h)

Antwerp is half an hour by train from Brussels.
This concert is not included in the registration fee. You can purchase tickets online via

Another attractive option: Part 3 of composer Guo Wenjing's fine
modern opera trilogy 'Chinese Heroïnes'. At the Théatre National in
Brussels (E. Jacqmainlaan 111-115), at 20.15 h. This is a bold mixture of
traditional opera and avant-garde. Part 3 is the most dynamic and most entertaining installment of the series. It includes various clowns. Highly recommended! You can purchase tickets via


09.30 SESSION 8A - Panel, chaired by David Hughes
Cultural Properties Protection Law: The Impact and Future of Japan's Cultural Policy Lecture Room I
[Please note: this session runs parallel with session 8B]

The panel consists of:

09.30 Shino Arisawa, SOAS, University of London
Living National Treasures: Innovation within tradition.

09.45 Jane Alaszewska, SOAS, University of London
Preservation as a Force for Innovation: A case study of the impact of Cultural Asset designation on Japan's Chichibu Night Festival.

10.00 David W. Hughes, SOAS, University of London
Safeguarding the heart’s home town: Japanese folk song as Intangible Cultural Heritage.

10.15 Matthew Gillan, Dept Art & Music, Internat. Christian University, Tokyo
Regional and national support for Okinawan music.

10.30 Panel discussion on the topics presented

11.00 Cofee & tea break

SESSION 9A - Issues in Chinese musical history
Lecture Room I [Please note: this session runs parallel with session 9B]

11.30 Dallas McCurley, Dept of Theatre, Drama and Dance, Queens College, CUNY, USA
On the Role of Martiality in the History of Xi.

12.00 Marnix Wells, London UK
Recovery of Lost Musics: 'that strain again, it had a dying fall!'

12.30 LUNCH (until 14.00 h)

SESSION 8B - New music in East Asia

09.30 Renaat Beheydt, Royal University Leuven, Belgium
Traditional Roots in Contemporary 'Classical' Music. The Work of Zhang Haofu.

10.00 David Leung, Hong Kong University
Wenren Aesthetics and Hong Kong Contemporary Music.

10.30 Lien Hsien-Sheng, Humanities Res. Center, Nat. Science Council, Taiwan
Sound, Song and Cultural Memory - Examples from Contemporary Taiwanese Music.

11.00 Coffee & tea break

SESSION 9B - New music in East Asia

11.30 Ury Eppstein, East Asian Studies Dept, Hebrew Univ of Jerusalem, Israel
Elements from the past in new Japanese music.

12.00 Marie-Hélène Bernard, University Paris-IV La Sorbonne, France
New Music, Old Instruments.

12.30 LUNCH (until 14.00 h)

SESSION 10 - Panel, chaired by Tsao Pen-yeh
Ritual Soundscape in China’s Belief System: Three Field Sketches

The panel consists of:

14.00 Liu Guiteng, Cultural Ministry, Dandong, China
Field sketch I: Drum in the Mongolian Shamanistic Hüderqolu Ritual of the Bargu District.

14.30 Xiao Mei, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
Crowning of a Spirit Medium (Guangxi, China).

15.00 Liu Hong, Shanghai Conservatory of Music, China
Daoist Ritual Music in Shanghai.

15.30 Coffee & tea break

SESSION 11 - Intangible Cultural Heritage in Vietnam

16.00 Barley Norton, Goldsmiths College, University of London
Intangible Cultural Heritage and the Revival of Ca Tru Music Culture in Vietnam.

SESSION 12 - Workshop Peking Opera

16.30 Worskhop with members of the National Peking Opera Company, Beijing.

17.30 End of workshop / Dinner outdoors (at your own cost)

Evening: FREE
Please note the possibility to go and see:
The Shanghai Peking Opera Troupe in: Legend of the White Snake
(in Antwerp; see yesterday evening for details)


SESSION 13 - Issues in Chinese music history

10.00 Ulrike Middendorf, Institute of Chinese Studies, University of Heidelberg
Lament and Praise Songs (yintan qu): Some Notes on an Early Chinese Song Genre .

10.30 Shuyun Crossland-Guo, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
The Quanzhou Nanyin: Historical Connections and Present Manifestations in the Southern Folk Operas.
11.00 Tan Shzr Ee, Royal Holloway University, London, UK
The Rise and Fall of 'Red' Accordions and Harmonicas in Singapore.

11.30 Coffee & tea break

SESSION 14 - The Future

12.00 Interview with Li Liuyi, stage director of Guo Wenjing's contemporary
Chinese opera trilogy 'Chinese Heroines'

12.15 Closing panel: Cultural Intangible Heritage and the Future
Open discussion with a.o. Tan Hwee-San, Barley Norton and guests

13.00 Lunch (at your own cost)

14.00 Open Stage (Concert Hall Musical Instruments Museum)
Bring your instruments and play Asian music!
This concert will be open to the public

16.00 End of programme

If you plan to stay on in Brussels, and would like to hear still more
adventurous music: on Sunday evening, at Flagey, Place Sainte-Croix,
20.15 h, singer Liu Sola will perform with four Chinese drummers,
plus Yang Jing and Cheng Yuyu (pipas) and Wu Na (guqin).
You can purchase tickets via tel. (+32)-(0)2-641.1020.

Sunday, 1 November 2009

VolaVola, a full feature Italian/International cast film sl+rl


Atopic Festival program here:

Machinima screenings throughout the day.