In Buddhism, people use sound to awaken the world every morning. It was an interesting challenge for the composer to use “sound” to awaken the world. The original source of this piece is a big drum, one of the instruments that Buddhists use in temple. With this sound, the piece awakens a new sonic world.
Sangbong Nam is a Korean-born composer and a second winner at 2011 ASCAP/SEAMUS student competition. He is currently a Doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he has earned the Scott Huston Award for composition. His teachers there include Mara Helmuth, Joel Hoffman and Michael Fiday. He was a chief researcher at U-tech performance lab at Korea National University of Arts and received his Master's and Bachelor's degrees in Music composition at Seoul National University in Korea where he studied with Tai-bong Chung and Donoung Lee. Sangbong Nam's works have been concerned with live electro-acoustic music and installation music using sensors, and have been performed in ICMC (England 2011, Montreal 2009); SEAMUS (Wisconsin 2012, Miami 2011); SICMF (Seoul 2008); Network Concert (Seoul-San Francisco, 2008); and Asian-Pacific Week Opening Concert (Berlin, 2005). Recently, his piece “Awaken” was released by Ablaze Records. (http://www.ablazerecords.net/Electronic_vol1.html)