Marfa Dialogues

R. Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon

02 March 2012

As part of the opening celebration for Data Deluge, the conceptual new media artist, programmer and performer R. Luke DuBois and multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer Bora Yoon, both based in New York, will perform ( (( PHONATION )) ) , an experimental work rooted in the live shaping of digital information. The duo will perform at the Capri, 2 March 2012, after the community dinner celebrating Data Deluge.

( (( PHONATION )) ) is a multimedia solo performance by Bora Yoon with live video manipulations by Luke DuBois — exploring where sound connects to the subliminal using found sounds, new and antiquated instruments, electronic devices, and voice. Using a sound designer’s approach to performance composition that is steered by a penchant for a song, ( (( PHONATION )) ) is an immersive audiovisual environment,engaging with music as music, and not as part of a genre, taking the means to one end, and using it for another to form new utterances of sound and the beginnings of a new sonic language, within its spatial and architectural context.

New custom technology is being developed with programmer Luke DuBois, and Harvestworks Digital Media & Art, entitled The Body Electric – to enhance greater performance interactivity between the physical, gestural, musical, and visual realm using ground-breaking gaming infrared technology. In every case, a particular sonic geography is evoked that might be inspired by a simple, found-sound in the world, or an expression of a sonic paradox bouncing around only in the mind.

About the artists
R. Luke DuBois is a composer, artist and performer who explores the temporal, verbal, and visual structures of cultural and personal ephemera. He holds a doctorate in music composition from Columbia University, and has lectured and taught worldwide on interactive sound and video performance. He has collaborated on interactive performance, installation, and music production work with many artists and organizations including Toni Dove, Todd Reynolds, Jamie Jewett, Bora Yoon, Michael Joaquin Grey, Matthew Ritchie, Elliott Sharp, Michael Gordon, Maya Lin, Bang on a Can, Engine 27, Harvestworks, and LEMUR, and was the director of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra for its 2007 season.

Bora Yoon is an experimental multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer, who creates architectural soundscapes from found objects, chamber instruments, digital devices, and voice. Featured in WIRE magazine and on the front page of The Wall Street Journal for her musical innovations — Yoon has presented her original soundwork ( (( PHONATION )) ) internationally, at Lincoln Center, the Nam June Paik Museum in Seoul, Patravadi Theatre in Bangkok, the Bang on a Can Marathon, BAM, and John Zorn’s Stone. Her music has been presented by Samsung and the Electronic Music Foundation; commissioned by the Young People’s Chorus Chorus of NYC and SAYAKA Ladies Chorale of Tokyo; awarded by Billboard, BMI, and Arion Foundation; and published by Swirl Records, MIT Press, and the Journal of Popular Noise. Upcoming plans include custom instrument design and performance with LEMUR; recording and remix projects with DJ Spooky, Meredith Monk, and early music group New York Polyphony; and a wax cylinder record for UK phonograph artist Aleks Kolkowski’s museum collection.

Be sure to listen to the Talk at Ten interview with composers R. Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon on Wednesday, 29 February 2012 at 10 am. Listen on KRTS Marfa Public Radio 93.5FM or streaming live on

    Listen to Marfa Public Radio’s Talk at 10 interview with Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon from 29 February 2012.

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    Data Deluge and its musical performances have been made possible through the support of the National Endowment for the Arts, the Foundation for Contemporary Arts and the Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston, with generous contributions by Lacey Neuhaus Dorn & Tucker Dorn, Brooke & Daniel Neidich, Joseph & Esther Varet and Ballroom Marfa members.

    Educational programs for Data Deluge supported by Texas Commission on the Arts, Meyer Levy Charitable Foundation and H-E-B, San Antonio, TX.

    In-kind support provided by Pud & Tigger Cusack-Schexnayder, Tobin Levy, Quality Quinn and Hotel Paisano, Marfa, TX. Special thanks to Joe Cashiola, Ross Cashiola, Rob Crowley, Sean Di Ianni, Sabrina Franzheim, David Gouge, Rosa McElheny, W.N. Parrott, Francisco Rosas and Gory Smelley.