Sunken Cathedral

Description: 
The architecture of the mind is an infinite space
Composers: 
Bora Yoon
Performers: 
Bora Yoon
New York Polyphony
Sekou Sundiata
Sympho
Chris Eddleton
Peter Scherer
Catalog Number: 
#880
Genre: 
experimental
new classical
new music
electronic
Collection: 
solo voice
ambient
soundtrack
women
audiophile
choral
chamber
spatial
Asia
Location: 

New York City, NY

UPC: 
726708688028
Price: 
$15.00
Release Date: 
Apr 29, 2014
Liner Notes: 
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Format: 
1 CD

Sunken Cathedral

One Sheet: 

Sunken Cathedral is a multimedia album release (CD, Vinyl, and Gralbum, co-produced by R. Luke DuBois) by Korean-American composer, vocalist, sonic surrealist Bora Yoon. Designed as an architectural journey through the chambers of the subconscious, each track on the album illuminates a different sonic “space,” which excavates the memories, insights, and intersections in which our greatest diamonds and demons are held.  Sunken Cathedral traces death, life, rebirth and the cyclical/recombinant nature of the universe; the alchemical moment of transmutation where one medium becomes another.

Yoon creates immersive audiovisual soundscapes using digital devices, voice and found objects and instruments from a variety of cultures and centuries – evoking memory and association to formulate a cinematic storytelling through sound design.  A site-specific and architectural composer, Yoon writes for a wide spectrum of spaces ranging from an abandoned pool to a Frank Gehry building to galleries and black box theaters.

A 2014 TED fellow, Yoon’s pioneering works  have been presented at Lincoln Center, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Nam June Paik Museum (Korea), Singapore Arts Festival, MADE Festival (Sweden), Festival of World Cultures (Poland), Park Avenue Armory, and Walker Art Center, among others.

Classically trained and steeped in a first love of choral music, Yoon is fascinated by the intersection of space and sound, maps, human Venn diagrams, handsome sounding kitchenware, sonorities and the pulleys and strings that hold everything together.

Visual album release with the Graphic Album Collective, coming Spring 2014, featuring the kinetic sculptures of artist Uram Choe.  A new application for the iPad, for listeners to visually experience and interact with musical records. 

Reviews: 

GAPPLEGATE CLASSICAL-MODERN MUSIC REVIEW
“[H]er vocalisms [are] sometimes wordless, mostly rhapsodic, and sensual in their attention to sonic universes. … At the end all flows together in segment-after-segment, leaving one with the feeling of having journeyed to a place, a space that is rather special, both performative and landscaped inside and out. It has the quality of the universally personal, which in fact is what Bora Yoon offers to us in this suite of pieces. There is a poetry here of the celebration of existing within the emotion and experiential ups and downs of a life today. Somehow Ms. Yoon conveys that to us in this collection of works. You are left with an impression, the presence of a sound-artist composer with her own sensibilities, creating sometimes fragile, luminous assemblages, sometimes sound worlds girdered about with a more solid framework.” [FULL ARTICLE]
Greg Edwards