妃子笑 (Smile of Yang) a real-time interactive performance for Wacom and Kyma.
妃子笑 (Smile of Yang) is inspired by the Qing Palace Quatrain by Du Mu of the Tang Dynasty and Chinese traditional Cantonese Opera Lychee Ode. One phrase used in the composition is “一骑红尘妃子笑 (Yi Ji Hong Chen Fei Zi Xiao)”. 妃子 refers to Imperial Noble Consort Yang; she is the love of Emperor Tang Xuanzong of the Tang Dynasty. The backstory of this phrase is that Yang loves the lychee of Lingnan, but Lingnan is very far from the Palace, and the lychee is challenging to keep fresh during transportation. The Emperor to let Yang eat the fresh lychee, ordered officers and soldiers to use horses to travel overnight to transport lychee to the palace. Therefore, many horses died in transport. When Yang saw the fresh lychee, she smiled. She did not think of the officers, soldiers, and horses. Because of Yang, Emperor lost the loyalty of officials and the army. Finally, under the pressure of the military, he had to hang Yang. “Yi Ji Hong Chen Fei Zi Xiao” is also the lyrics of the Lychee Ode in Cantonese Opera. Most of the sounds in this composition are human voices: I use Cantonese to say, “Yi Ji Hong Chen Fei Zi Xiao.”
Yue Pan was born in China. She is an intermedia composer and performer, and she enjoys sound design. Her compositions have been performed internationally, including National Student Electronic Music Event (2020), Turn Up multimedia Festival (2020), and New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2020). She is currently pursuing her MM in Intermedia Music Technology from the University of Oregon.