Chin Ting Chan:
“Double Exposure”

Chin Ting Chan Chin Ting Chan | Photo: Chin Ting Chan Chin Ting Chan (born in 1986), Hong Kong composer based in the United States, holds a D.M.A. degree from the University of Missouri–Kansas City and degrees from Bowling Green State University and San José State University. He has been a fellow and guest composer at festivals such as IRCAM's ManiFeste (Paris, France, 2013 and 2018), the ISCM World Music Days Festival (Tongyeong, South Korea, 2016) and the UNESCO International Rostrum of Composers (Tallinn, Estonia, 2015). Chan has worked with ensembles such as the City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, Ensemble InterContemporain, ensemble mise-en, Ensemble Signal, the US sextet Eighth Blackbird, and the Mivos Quartet, giving performances in more than twenty countries. In addition to the American Prize (2013), he has won many other awards and commissions, including from the ASCAP, Association for the Promotion of New Music, the Charlotte Street Foundation, the EAR Classical, Foundation for Modern Music, the Hong Kong Composers' Guild, the MidAmerican Center for Contemporary Music, the Interdisciplinary Festival for Music and Sound Art – Shut Up and Listen!, the Lin Yao Ji Music Foundation of China, the Music Teachers National Association, newEar, the New-Music Consortium, the Soli fan tutti Composition Prize, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the WOCMAT International Phil Winsor Computer Music Competition. He is an Assistant Professor of Music Composition at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

“Double Exposure (2017)” for flute, clarinet, percussion, piano, violin and cello

Inspiration Chin Ting Chan Photo: Chin Ting Chan My music centers on the idea of emergence, in which larger entities of musical phrases arise through continuous mutation and layering of smaller cells. The musical materials are often inspired by my impressions of the visual world consisting of abstract shapes in motion – shapes that are derived from everyday objects, imaginary landscapes, and human interactions. My composition Double Exposure incorporates these concepts into music and constructs gestures that translate my visions into sound. The title is inspired by the photographic and cinematographic technique of the same name. It refers to the superimposition of two exposures to create a single image, resulting in something similar to the effect of an audio convolution that captures aspects of both sources. An image that is exposed to light twice contains the subsequent image layered over the original. It is a visual effect frequently used to create ghostly images, or to add materials that were not originally present.