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Saphy Vong

My recent project Neo Geodesia has been dedicated to fusing electro acoustic, experimental electronic processes with traditional Khmer music, applying digital processing to traditional Khmer instruments and Smot chanting, to honour traditional musical forms and explore the far edge of sonic expression.

ကျွန်တော်က စာပိုဒ်တစ်ခုပါ။ ကျွန်ုပ်သည် ဒေတာအစုံမှတဆင့် သင်၏စုဆောင်းမှုသို့ ချိတ်ဆက်ထားပါသည်။ ကျွန်ုပ်ကို အပ်ဒိတ်လုပ်ရန် ဒေတာမန်နေဂျာသို့ သွားပါ။ ဒေတာမန်နေဂျာသည် သင့်ဆိုက်စာမျက်နှာများတွင် အသုံးပြုရန် ဒေတာကို သိမ်းဆည်းသည့်နေရာ သို့မဟုတ် ဖောင်တစ်ခုတင်သွင်းသည့်အခါ ဆိုက်လာရောက်သူများထံမှ ဒေတာစုဆောင်းသည့်နေရာဖြစ်သည်။

 

ဒေတာမန်နေဂျာရှိ ဤစုစည်းမှုကို အကွက်များနှင့် အကြောင်းအရာအချို့ဖြင့် သတ်မှတ်ပြီးဖြစ်သည်။ ၎င်းကို သင့်ကိုယ်ပိုင်အကြောင်းအရာဖြင့် စိတ်ကြိုက်ပြင်ဆင်ရန်၊ သင်သည် CSV ဖိုင်ကို တင်သွင်းနိုင်သည် သို့မဟုတ် နေရာယူထားသည့် စာသားကို ရိုးရှင်းစွာ တည်းဖြတ်နိုင်သည်။ သင့်ထုတ်ဝေထားသော ဆိုက်တွင် အကြောင်းအရာကို ပြသနိုင်ရန် အခြားစာမျက်နှာဒြပ်စင်များနှင့် ချိတ်ဆက်နိုင်သည့် နယ်ပယ်များကို သင်ထပ်ထည့်နိုင်သည်။ သင်၏အကြောင်းအရာကို တိုက်ရိုက်ထုတ်လွှင့်ရန် စုစည်းမှုကို ထပ်တူပြုရန် မမေ့ပါနှင့်။ ဒေတာကို သိမ်းဆည်းရန် သို့မဟုတ် စုဆောင်းရန် လိုအပ်သလောက် စုဆောင်းမှုအသစ်များစွာကို သင်ထည့်နိုင်သည်။

Create a new Digital Diaspora with Music Connection

by Saphy Vong

Description

My name is Saphy Vong, I’m a Cambodian sound/visual artist based in London. I’m mainly graphic designer making artwork for bands. I’m the founder of Chinabot, a platform, record label and collective focused on contemporary Asian music. I have been releasing experimental electronics music since 2008. I’ve released my EP ‘Absynthax’ on american record label Orange Milk records. I’ve managed to perform around the world, in Japan, Russia, Thailand, Finland.

My recent project Neo Geodesia has been dedicated to fusing electro acoustic, experimental electronic processes with traditional Khmer music, applying digital processing to traditional Khmer instruments and Smot chanting, to honour traditional musical forms and explore the far edge of sonic expression. So I’m going to talk about my work with several countries and my creative activities combining Cambodian traditional music with technology.


  • ART AND TECHNOLOGY

With the pandemic, Museums and venues had to shut down, so artists must innovate, experiment new ideas exhibitions or live gigsIt’s evolving and it’s more prepare for the future, Internet is the showroom, as a kid and teenager, I didn’t have internetThe digital presence is really important because of social distancing so we had virtual space this year in collaboration with 2 other collectives from London and Tokyo, Eastern Margins and Avyss Magazine. We had this 3d Shopping mall with exhibitions and live stream music so it was possible to hang out with other avatars.It’s so much easier to visit museums now online with TwitchI also did some online talk with Nusasonic about the future of record labels in South East AsiaIt was interesting to share knowledge between each other even if we are split in so many different countriesthis digital transformation is now in a better position to adapt to change in the long term.


  • MUSIC

The future of music will change a lot with technology, I used to play in rock bands before then I decided to play solo, computer and hardwares are really powerful now, you can produce, mix, master and quickly upload your tracks on many platforms. About my own music or my last album, I tried to make a modern version of traditional Cambodian funeral with sampling or midi files.Cambodia is changing quickly, traditions are still here and important but need to find a place in this modern world, especially when you can’t afford an orchestra for playing at your funeral. I think it’s important to transmit, preserve, perform and compose, we can now digitalise old archives of music. There is this Korean American artist called Lucy Liyou, she combines text-to-speech, sound collage, and Korean poetry, it’s really beautiful and so fresh and new.

 

CHINABOT

About my record label Chinabot, I wanted to create a new digital diaspora connecting asian artists around the world. My goal is to highlight asian electronic musician. We want to collect and promote exciting Asian music. It’s a mix of Asian music, contemporary and traditional soundsI released music from Mongolia, Thailand, South Korea, Japan, China and more. It’s also easier to organise collaboration between artists and share music files. We still release analog music on vinyl and cassettes but of course in digital as well.

 

Bio

Saphy Vong is a French Cambodian, London-based sound/visual artist, and founder of Chinabot, a platform and collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music. Saphy Vong, who has been releasing experimental electronics since 2008. He was born in a refugee camp in Phanat Nikhom (Thailand) to Cambodian refugee parents who fled Pol Pot's regime and was raised in France. He released his EP ‘Absynthax’ via american record label Orange Milk records. He's a sound artist and conceptual collagist who performs around the world. His music is a confluence of ideas, synthesising multiple underrepresented histories, geographies, musical genres and cultural signifiers into compelling, colourful sonic material that packs contemporaneous dance floor weight. 

His recent project Neo Geodesia has been dedicated to fusing electro acoustic, experimental electronic processes with traditional Khmer music, applying digital processing to traditional Khmer instruments and Smot chanting, to honour traditional musical forms and explore the far edge of sonic expression.

LAFIDKI has played at a number of international festivals: Donau Festival 2018 (Krems/Austria), VIA 2012 (Pittsburgh/USA), Nuit blanche - French Institute 2016 (Kyoto/Japan), Museum of Asian Arts (Paris/France) and represented Cambodia at Tallinn Music Week. He has shared stage with Hype Williams, KXP, Tzusing, James Ferraro, Nightmares on Wax, Molly Nilsson, Andy Stott, Varg, Tropic of Cancer, Laurel Halo, Amnesia Scanner, Faka and James Holden.

His music was played by BBC, NTS Radio, Dublab.

https://www.chinabot.co/

https://chinabot.bandcamp.com/



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