for harpsichord, electronics and video
Music and video by Austin Yip
Harpsichord performed by Kawai Chan
Premiered by Kawai Chan (harpsichord) at Recital Hall, Hong Kong Baptist University on 5 April, 2019 during "The Keyboard of the 21st Century" conference.
Written for harpsichord, electronics and video, City Beats investigates on the relationship among time, space, and culture. The harpsichord, which was widely used in the Renaissance and Baroque period, is juxtaposed with electronics sound recorded in Hong Kong in 2019. In the work one could hear MTR announcements, pedestrian voices, audible signal for visually impaired, and many more. Some of these recordings underwent granular synthesis, sampling and filtering, some remained unchanged. The video, filmed in Taiwan by the composer, attempts to reinforce the visual-aural contradiction.