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To Listen is To Play – how sound technology has shaped experimental practices of music talk by musician and curator DJ Sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) (United States/Japan)

21 May 2018, Mon 07:30 PM - 09:00 PM

This lecture will look at the practice of noise and experimental music through the act of listening with and by technology. A historical account of how technology has introduced ideas of resonance, amplification, and noise into the practice of music, as well as how contemporary practices of experimentalism in Asia have allowed to break away from institutionalised Western notions of music, leading towards an inclusiveness of listening and community building.


DJ Sniff (Takuro Mizuta Lippit) (United States/Japan) is Co-Director of Ensembles Asia/ Asian Music Network, musician, and curator in the field of experimental electronic arts and improvised music. He builds upon a distinct practice that combines DJing, instrument design, and free improvisation. He has performed internationally at various venues and festivals, having released 12 DJ mixes and 4 albums, which include collaborations with Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide, Martin Tetreault, and Paul Hubweber. As Artistic Director of STEIM (2007­–12) in Amsterdam, he curated and produced large-scale international festivals and award-winning artworks. From 2012 to 2017, he was Visiting Assistant Professor at the School of Creative Media – City University of Hong Kong. Lippit was also one of the invited musicians hosted at the Mirrored Gardens in Guangzhou during the presentation of Tarek Atoui’s The Ground project in 2017.

Image credit: Photo by Ryan Lai.