Samson Young: Real Music

Samson Young, Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky's 5th, 2018, Video and 12 channels sound installation, 45 mins. Courtesy of the artist.

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Real Music is the first major UK solo exhibition of Hong Kong artist and composer Samson Young (b. 1979). At the heart of the exhibition, newly commissioned Possible Music #2 conjures an impossible, giant musical instrument. Through an ambitious collaboration with the University of Edinburgh’s Next Generation Sound Synthesis (NESS) research group – who have pioneered software to generate the sound of virtual instruments – Young pushes parameters to orchestrate the sound of impossible dimensions, temperatures and forces.

This exploration of what can and cannot be represented is complimented by Young’s colourful graphic scores – which imagine unruly compositions – and items from the University’s collections (Pieter Neefs the Elder's Interior of a Cathedral and a series of ‘tourist instruments’). New video work Orchestrations (2019) evokes the various attempts to transpose Mo Li Hua (Jasmine Flower) whilst Muted Situation #22: Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th (2018) shows an orchestra performing this famous piece with muted instruments. 

Co-commissioned by Talbot Rice Gallery, Monash University Museum of Art, Melbourne, Australia and The Keir Foundation. Supported by Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art, Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne, Edouard Malingue Gallery and the Hong Kong Visual Arts Centre (vA!), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government. 


26 July – 5 October

Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm , Sat/Sun 12noon– 5pm

(after August Tues – Fri, 10-5, Sat 12noon – 5pm)

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Talbot Rice Gallery
The University of Edinburgh, Old College, South Bridge,
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL