Overundertone

by Joo Won Park

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Joo Won Park received his PhD in Composition from the University of Florida and currently teaches on the faculty at the esteemed Oberlin College. Known for his series of YouTube video series entitled ‘100
Strange Sounds’, ‘Overundertone’ (his first for NOREMIXES) finds Joo Won Park expanding his sonic palette to a more melodic and often mathematical approach to composition.

Joo Won Park is mostly known in the composition world for working with the Supercollider programming language. The before mentioned ‘100 Strange Sounds’ finds the composer live-processing various objects and instruments with high levels of DSP. But on ‘Overundertone’, tracks like ‘Eyelid Spasm’, ‘Cross Rhythms’ and ‘Beft’ instead opt for mathematical renderings and algorithmic tone generation, a more hands off approach to composition than the scraping and striking of much of Joo Won ’s recent output.

There are other textures that develop across the release as well. ‘Three Corn Punch’ finds the composer utilizing a prepared Disklavier. (A video of the recording can be found on the NOREMIXES youtube page.) And ‘Snake and Ox’ utilizes a no-input mixing board to create feedback circuits, recorded live to computer . There’s also field recordings mixed into the palette with ‘10M to Fairmount’. Throughout, ‘Overundertone’ is held together by Joo Won’s use of melody which draws you into the pieces in distinct ways: sometimes hypnotic, other times sparse and playful.

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released April 13, 2015

All songs written and produced by Joo Won Park (BMI). (c) Starkville Symphony 2015 + (p) NOREMIXES 2015.

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NOREMIXES Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

NOREMIXES was founded in 2014 by Paul J. Geissinger, aka Starkey, to release music that fits between the genres. The label is an outlet for composers, artists and producers with a focus on synth music, electro-acoustic, ambient and modern classical styles. Paul is also co-owner of the Seclusiasis and Slit Jockey Record labels. ... more

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