Samson Young / Real Music


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Samson Young / Real Music

Edited by Tessa Giblin and Charlotte Day

Contributions by Stefan Bilbao, Alexandra Chang, Charlotte Day, Tessa Giblin, Alexander Rehding, Joel Stern, Samson Young

The catalogue Real Music accompanies an exhibition of new and existing work by Samson Young, premiering at the Talbot Rice Gallery, University of Edinburgh in conjunction with the Edinburgh Festival in July 2019 before travelling to Monash University Museum of Art in 2020.

The exhibition and publication document a major new commission created through the artist’s collaboration with the Next Generation Sound Synthesis (NESS) research group within Edinburgh College of Art’s Reid School of Music. Drawing on systems that model and predict how a virtual instrument would sound in a specific environment (what would a brass instrument sound like played at 300° degrees?), Young has composed music for instruments that could never exist—bending the rules of both music and sculpture to create a host of ‘possible instruments’.

'Real Music' provides insight into the artist’s widely acclaimed practice to date. The first to draw out the reverse ethnographic lens that informs his practice, it features essays by Alexander Rehding, Alexandra Chang, and Joel Stern traversing ethnomusicology, identity politics, and the broader sonic context of Young’s work. Introduced by Tessa Giblin and Charlotte Day, Directors of the Talbot Rice Gallery and Monash University Museum of Art respectively, it also includes a conversation with Stefan Bilbao about NESS research and its application in Young’s work.

Co-published with MUMA, Melbourne and Koenig Books, London.

Design by Ziga Testen and Stuart Geddes

July 2019, English
23 x 30 cm, 122 pages,
soft cover

ISBN 978-3-96098-645-4