“The 1960s For Me” was commissioned and premiered at the 2014 Hong Kong Arts Festival. Acknowledgement: Historical footage by Public Records Office, Government Records Service, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
CHOI Sai Ho
Choi Sai-ho, a multimedia musician and media artist, has obtained a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Media at the City University of Hong Kong in 2008. He was selected as the first Hong Kong musician to join the Red Bull Music Academy 2006 in Melbourne; the Best of Hong Kong Indie 2009 Number One by Hong Kong Time Out Magazine, the CNNGO Best Hong Kong bands in 2011. He received the Award of Young Artist (Media Arts) by “Hong Kong Arts Development Awards 2012”. The participated performances include Clockenflap Music & Arts Festival (2011, Hong Kong), Electron Festival 2012 (Switzerland), Worldtronics 2012 (Germany), the 42nd Hong Kong Arts Festival “Images of Hong Kong – A concert of new works inspired by Ya Si’s Poetry” (2014), etc. His works were appeared in Perform Media Festival 2006 (USA), VideoBrazil Festival 2007 (Brazil), and more. He has held his solo multimedia concert “Audio-visual live” in 2010 and “An Audiovisual Concert: Live．Planet．Noise” in 2013.
The 1960s For Me
(2015 / 5m23s / Original footage : 720×576 dpi. / Final output : 1920×1080 dpi. /Color)
Drawing inspiration from the sounds, instruments, style, texture, mixing and record back spinning of 1960s pop music (the likes of The Beatles, The Doors, The Velvet Underground), modern sampling methods (such as the remixing styles of Unkle, Amon Tobin and the composing styles of The Chemical Brothers) is used to re-present, synthesize and “musicify” the content of Ya Si’s poems. It also references the line from Bob Dylan’s 1960s classic Blowin’ In The Wind, “The answer is blowin’ in the wind”, to correspond to the line in Ya Si’s poem that pays tribute to the song. This is recited in a recording by singer-songwriter Jing Wong. The Hong Kong historical footage of the 1960s is used to construct the visual.
Acknowledgement: Historical footage provided by Public Records Office, Government Records Service, the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.