Suejin Jung

Breathmark

Spatial Audio Download Releases 13.01.2023

Nature is my sanctuary and source of creative energy; I retreat to it whenever I find myself overwhelmed by stress or questioning my purpose. The grandiose, expansive, and symbolic styles in the music of Rameau, Chopin, and Debussy depict what I see and feel in nature—joy, hope, and love.

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About the album

Nature is my sanctuary and source of creative energy; I retreat to it whenever I find myself overwhelmed by stress or questioning my purpose. The grandiose, expansive, and symbolic styles in the music of Rameau, Chopin, and Debussy depict what I see and feel in nature—joy, hope, and love.

I am transported into nature when I play my piano part in Kyong Mee Choi’s, musique concrete composition “Until Heard,” which features raw recordings and electronically produced sounds of nature. My organic senses are revitalized in ways piano acoustics alone have never done.

When I came across Jaroslaw Kapusincski’s audio-visual composition “Side Effect,” I immediately fell in love with its incredible marriage of sound and visual landscape. The music follows ten short videos, each shot 150 meters above ground in Poland by photographer and pilot Kacper Kowalski. The aerial view reveals beautifully how humans and nature can coexist symbiotically and aesthetically.

The feature “Breathmark” track (Goodmesh Concours 2020 Entry Project) explores our collective need to address the climate crisis and social injustice. It was a collaboration between myself, as the pianist and creative director, composer Scott Ordway, animator Qi Lu, and dancer Jada German. After completing this project, I knew there was more to be done.

The reality of the climate crisis today leaves us in a dissonant environment: extreme hurricanes, endangered species, ice sheets melting, accidental, but devastating wildfires. To put together this hour-long musical puzzle, I mixed the standard repertoires of Rameau, Chopin, and Debussy with new contemporary music—an interesting juxtaposition of what nature represented for composers back then and now. The blended tones of classical and contemporary music with other forms of art, express the inexpressible: harmony in this cacophonous world.

My mixed emotions of awe, mystery, dream, trepidation and hope for nature and humanity have been strung together in this multimedia program. It is a deep dive into exploring our unique, magical relationship with the natural world.

I hope my Breathmark album will bring awareness to the climate crisis and social injustices–and inspire change. I believe that the mysterious forces of awe, spirituality, and beauty we feel when we confront nature is a collective experience. The music I present reminds us of our unique relationship with nature.

Let’s nurture it one breath at a time.

Tracklist

  1. Until Heard Kyong Mee Choi 10:34
  2. Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir Claude Debussy 4:18
  3. Ce qu'a vu le vent d'Ouest Claude Debussy 4:07
  4. Barcarolle, Op.60 Frédéric Chopin 9:13
  5. Side Effects: I. Roof Jarosław Kapuściński 1:17
  6. Side Effects: II. Bulldozer Jarosław Kapuściński 1:38
  7. Side Effects: III. Boat Jarosław Kapuściński 2:45
  8. Side Effects: IV. Canoe Jarosław Kapuściński 1:40
  9. Side Effects: V. Beach Jarosław Kapuściński 0:59
  10. Side Effects: VI. Waterslide Jarosław Kapuściński 0:53
  11. Side Effects: VII. Cemetry Jarosław Kapuściński 1:48
  12. Side Effects: VIII. Harvest Jarosław Kapuściński 1:21
  13. Side Effects: IX. Highway Jarosław Kapuściński 1:23
  14. Side Effects: X. Glacier Jarosław Kapuściński 2:47
  15. Le rappel des oiseaux Jean-Philippe Rameau 3:05
  16. Breathmark Scott Ordway 10:57

More information

Label

TRPTK

Genre(s)

Classical – Baroque (1600-1750)
Classical – Contemporary (> 1920)

Artist(s)

Benedikt Enzler
Julie Moulin
Kersten McCall
María Cristina González
Mariya Semotyuk
Olga Matieva
Tjeerd Top

Composer(s)

Bach, Johann Sebastian
McCall, Kersten

Recording location(s)

Waalse Kerk, Amsterdam (NL)

Recording date(s)

May – July 2022

Cat. No.

TTK 0101

Release date

January 13th, 2023

Tech specs

Microphones

Josephson C617 w/ Gefell MK103.1 capsules (main)
DPA 4006A (height)

Microphone preamps

Millennia HV-3D-8

AD/DA conversion

Merging Technologies Hapi
Merging Technologies Anubis
Grimm Audio CC2

Recording resolution

DSD 11.2MHz 1bit

Mastering resolution

PCM 352.8kHz 64bit

Monitoring (recording)

KEF LS50
Audeze LCD-X

Monitoring (mastering)

KEF Blade Two
KEF LS50 Meta
Hegel H30
Hegel C55

Cabling

Furutech custom microphone cables
Furutech custom interlinks
Furutech custom power cables
Furutech custom loudspeaker cables
Grimm Audio TPR8 breakout cables
Purecable Prime DIG75 word clock cable

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