Field recording meets glitchy beats, polyphonic vocals mix with unusual instrumental sounds from a musical narrative tradition that seems to be equally distant in terms of time and space. Echo Ho is working on a new composition of the classical Guqin repertoire (Chinese GuZheng, string instrument) in combination with cultures of the slime mold physarum polycephalum, which grow in a specially created electrical habitat. In a fictitious relationship system, mutual communication between a person and a monocellular organism is made possible here. A seemingly scientific attempt, which is surprisingly musically shown in a genre-breaking performance. The first episode of this ongoing process will be premiered at the Blaues Rauschen festival as an audiovisual concert entitled “3 Masters Sonata No.1”.
Her artistic “nomadism” took her from Beijing via Hong Kong and Berlin to Cologne: the experimental composer and performer Echo Ho deals with the inventive process in which culturally mixed media and algorithms are combined to create a random and short-lived fabric of sound and image to accomplish. Ho’s works have been performed and exhibited at the He Xiangning Art Museum Shenzhen, Center-A Vancouver, ISEA, ZKM Karlsruhe, among others. She was a fellow at the Interdisziplinäre Graduiertenschule für Künste und Wissenschaften der Universität der Künste Berlin, taught at the Akademie der Medienkünste in Cologne and is currently a doctoral candidate at the Tangible Music Lab in Linz, Austria.