Chang Yung-Ta has consistently used a low-key, restrained visual style to extend the exploratory quality of his sound art productions and present his unique view of sound-image overload in the information age. Bold yet delicate sound variations are combined with granulated and dynamic visual elements, which drift and collide in the circular, 360 degree surrounding venue, forming an alternative sensory panorama. The work is divided into three thematic sections: Fermenting Soundscapes, Dissolving and Recomposing Aural Space and Developing Sound Deformations, which create multiple virtual portals between time and space perceptions by re-delineating their intrinsic boundaries. Using sound particles as electrical current, and the perception of abstract shifting light as a conductor, Chang creates pure landscapes of visual and aural fluctuations in this unique circular space. Viewers will enjoy the sensation of being immersed in granulated sound and light beams, which stimulate both the eyes and ears.
“Granulated sounds, sometimes concentrated, sometimes diffuse, spread throughout the space. Grainy images accompany and collide with the sounds, moving through your body.” —Chang Yung-Ta
Y Phenomenon is a series of sound-art pieces. The “Y” stands for the city of Yamaguchi in Japan. While the sound artist Chang Yung-Ta was participating in an internship at the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media, he collected the sounds of Japanese life, such as those from nature, those made by people, and traffic and television program sounds. Chang then granulated and rearranged the sounds using digital modulation techniques making each segment of sound into a tiny granule, which travels through the exhibition venue. By eliminating the original associations and suggestions that made theses sounds recognizable, Chang constructed virtual aural fields.
Living in a world full of reproductions and representations, Chang Yung-Ta thinks people have become too accustomed to believing in the authenticity of everything they see and hear, and the original version of these images and sounds seems to be no longer important. Our everyday lives are filled with all kinds of sounds: noise, ambient sounds, people speaking and other sounds, and Chang records them all, not to create musique concrete or ambient soundscapes, but rather to experiment with ambient sounds and explore the possibilities of noise reproduction.