“What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just ain’t so”-Mark Twain. ‘Encroaching’ is a piece that deals with an experience of unpleasant truth - human’s attitude to nature, consisting of sonic environment and marine data of four seasons of Haeundae Beach, Busan in 2019. Inspired by the beauty of the sea, the piece is firstly created from the recording of Haeundae beach last year. Such as sounds of waves, people amused and the motorbikes on the road were captured. After then, a film about climate change encouraged me to look back on the moment I simply enjoyed the sea while not knowing the actual condition of the environment. Thus, I used oceanographic observation data of the beach from April to December in 2019 in the piece, then such numerical data were translated into musical data through Supercollider. During the process, I was in the position of experiencer and interpreter as to the collage of what computer-generated marine data and raw sound of the sea deliver. Also, the varying gradations of swaying gestures in the piece manifest composer’s changing experiences towards nature from a feeling of awe to the awareness of problems and become distant from the issues at some point. Therefore, ‘Encroaching’ is to invite listeners to explore and share demeanours to nature, acknowledging people’s connections and gaps to the environment. The piece was presented on Telematic Festival Earth Day Art Model 2020.
Elsa Jaeyoung Park is a composer based in South Korea. She studied electroacoustic music at the University of Birmingham and Jazz Piano at Seoul Institute of the Arts. Her main interests focus on exploring uncomfortable or ignored emotions primarily in the composition of electroacoustic music and data sonification. Park’s music has been heard in various locations including the UK, Germany, Australia, Korea, and USA. Her music has also been featured in international events such as International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Seoul International Computer Music Festival (SICMF) and film festivals. Park won the best piece of ICMA 2018 regional award Asia-Oceanic at ICMC.