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R. Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon

2 Mar 2012


Marfa, Texas


R. Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon

As part of the opening celebration for Data Deluge, Ballroom Marfa presented the conceptual new media artist, programmer and performer R. Luke DuBois and multi-instrumentalist, composer and performer Bora Yoon. These New York-based artists performed ( (( PHONATION )) ), an experimental work rooted in the live shaping of digital information at the Capri 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.

Artist Profiles

R. Luke DuBois

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

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.


Listen to the Talk at Ten interview with composers R. Luke DuBois and Bora Yoon on KRTS Marfa Public Radio here.