Category: concept building

bits & pieces

sometimes i guess point form can help

  1. the project should brings me a full stop for my MFA journey
  2. i start living with my partner last year
  3. the “change of state” by my living experiences is kinda new experience to me
  4. in a good way, i start that so called “independent” life
  5. at the same time, there are always uncertainty happenings around me
  6. at first i treat that as my “fear” towards such “independent”
  7. i don’t want to simply put it into a cliche way to name it as ‘grow’
  8. by any means i would like to take it as a way to explore new possibilities
  9.  just like what i did in my own art, no matter it is sound, visual or any other fields
  10. the topic is named ‘[re:]capture’ since i like to bring up the idea of active / aggressive
  11. to capture something we need to take action by force; whereas recapture something we sometimes need to recover / recreate / re-experience
  12. i find it is the radical factor towards my way on how to do art
  13. in recent years i start dig back certain instruments / techniques on making sound
  14. different gesture / instrument establish its own operation
  15. to me, i always treat creating audio related output as similar as cooking
  16. in my own way, i would like to blend my ingredients altogether
  17. the mixture outcome recalls me of smoothie
  18. or, refer to the youtube channel, “will it blend?”
  19. if iphone will eventually blend into a mix of smoke & dust; what about different sound source?
  20. thus, that “blend” is my gesture / instrument
  21. and what i interested to do is to revisit the works i made in my MFA era; and look for a way to recapture them and reform one new amalgamation.
  22. right now i just build upon one set of effect unit so as to let any kind of raw materials go through it.
  23. collection of “smoothies” are going to be made

final title: [Re]capture


Line breaks: re|cap¦ture

Pronunciation: /riːˈkaptʃə/

Definition of recapture in English:



1Capture (a person or animal that has escaped):armed police have recaptured a prisoner who’s been on the run for five days

1.1Recover (something taken or lost):Edward I recaptured the castleLeeds failed to recapture the form which had swept them to the title

1.2Recreate or experience again (a past time, event, or feeling):the programmes give viewers a chance to recapture their own childhoods


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An act of recapturing someone or something:the recapture of the harbour of Bahia



recapture. Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 19 February 2016. <;.







Line breaks: cap|ture

Pronunciation: /ˈkaptʃə/

Definition of capture in English:



1Take into one’s possession or control by force:the island was captured by Australian forces in 1914

1.1(In chess and other board games) make a move that secures the removal of (an opposing piece) from the board:Black cannot capture the knight

1.2Astronomy (Of a star, planet, or other celestial body) bring (a less massive body) permanently within its gravitational influence:Jupiter’s gravity captured a small percentage of these planetesimals

2Record accurately in words or pictures:she did a series of sketches, trying to capture all his moods

3Cause (data) to be stored in a computer:these allow users to capture, edit, and display geographic data

4Physics Absorb (an atomic or subatomic particle):the free electrons were moving too rapidly to be captured by nuclei

5(Of a stream) divert the upper course of (another stream) by encroaching on its catchment area.


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1The action of capturing or of being captured:the capture of the cityhe was killed while resisting capture

1.1[COUNT NOUN] A person or thing that has been captured:figurative the player was a £2,200 capture from another team


capture someone’s imagination (or attention)
Fascinate someone:the project has captured the imagination of the local public





Mid 16th century (as a noun): from French, from Latin captura, from capt- ‘seized, taken’, from the verb capere.

Words that rhyme with capture

enrapture, rapture

capture. Oxford Dictionaries. Oxford University Press, n.d. Web. 2 March 2016. <;.

21012016_soundwalk practice

[FWD] 病氣回歸: NYC Illbient by Sin:ned

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money mark

DJ spooky

DJ Olive

kid koala



aki onda

Takamasa Aoki




Daisuke Tanabe



more on the 1987 tape

as i recall, this is what my family had in the 80s & this is the machine that record the 1987 tape. other than my dad’s voice i recognized at the start of the tape, i can tell it is recorded at my parent’s room in our big family house. we lived in the 2/f of an apartment which got 14 floors in total. i remember when i open the window i can hear the people below shouting on the streets. in 1987 there was not yet MacDonald in tai kwok tsui, what we had there are just a couple of small scale convenient store & some small restaurants. also i can hear the cars passing by and horns while i was singing a song about the road safety. for the mosquito song i can tell i was moving along while singing since the recording shows my childhood voice varies.

i asked my mom about what the recorder is in the middle of the recording, so i guess i had no idea what a cassette recorder is before? i also mentioned something about TV game which i suppose should be the Vectrex my family had at that time. 


i kept asking my mom about the cassette tape recorder and somehow i was looking for a microphone to hold on, that is why i touched the machine and generated some noises. in the last part of the recording my mom kept asking me about my grandmother so she repeats ‘popo’ for a few times.




it is somehow interesting as we had the discussion about the tape weeks before. after recorded the tape, my mom seldom take it back to have a listen. it’s like as if the recording activity is more important than the playback procedure. my mom tried to do so only to provide me a snap record of myself in 1987; but seems not much more to be done after the tape is made. the act of recording since serves like a parent-child activity, just like some parents will bring the cildren to go to the park. i can tell my mom is not that serious about the recording since some years later she make use of the tape leftover to make another recording for her language learning practices. i felt a bit unhappy with it since the tape somehow takes me back to the 1987. anyway now i digitize the recording and thus my key to 1987 is always there on the internet.

there’s no turning back. but nostalgia is not that harm.

something about the 1987 tape…

there’s no turning back.

As told by my mom at the very beginning of the tape, it was recorded in the year 1987. I was supposed to be 3 years old but since I answered my mom on the tape that I was 2 years old, I guess it is recorded between Jan – Feb 1987. I discovered the tape when I was 10 and since then I never stop crying when listening to it. The tape was made due to my family found out I kept silent all the time and wonder if I was having any problem during my development. They were afraid so since my cousin are autism.

The content of the tape was basically my mom keeps asking me various questions, about my family, about my living place since then, about my dad’s interest on camera. I can hear from the starting of the tape that my dad was supposedly to be helping my mom to do the recording. However I wonder if my dad still remembers doing so at that time. It is supposed to be recorded in my old home in tai kwok tsui. I got a big family since then and altogether there are nearly 15 people in the house. The old house is later sold and I was moved to taipo then. However I still keep recalling the good old days in the house.

I got emotional towards listening to the tape because I find it is so strange to listen to my own voice in the child days. It feels like as if the same person within different timeline meets face to face. Sounds like a time travel, huh? Especially when I listen to the tape, I just cannot deny the fact that I was no longer that child in the tape; after years I was shaped the current ‘me’ and there is no time machine in the real world that can bring me back to the old days. I cannot change the history and there is no turning back.

I do not know if the feeling/perception of the recording will be changed if the medium was changed to picture or a video. Nevertheless I do not think my family can offer such a video camera at the period of time. The cassette tape keeps me focus on my voice in the old days, that childish murmuring gives me an impression that how innocent I was at that time. My memory on such a cassette tape, or as such recording that was made on this medium, path me a linkage between different ages of me. Every time I try listening to this it feels like that current me was trying to make contact with me at the 2 years old. I am sort of like trying so hard to tell the old me that never regret on anything I do, and no matter what do not afraid of grown up.

It is a mixed feeling since I wish time can be freeze in my childhood days but yet I know time moves on.

case study abt the 80s hk style DIY cassette shop

just tried to ask from the facebk group “i like 80s”

details are as follow:



mid80s, shop:

~hkd1.5-2 for a normal song

12″ single:$5
Non-stop mix medley:$10
DIY Canto-pop remix from sino centre:$10

and actually they count it on each of the song

so if they got a big music library they can make you a mixtape yr own

there’s one famous shop in sino centre back in the 80s that they did some cantopop remix on their own

i’m still asking if the following remix is done by that shop:

Seven Seconds