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Kamal Sabran



Kamal Sabran is a Malaysian artist-researcher. His work is interdisciplinary and exists at the intersections of art, science, and technology. His research work focuses on art-based interventions for human health and well-being. Experimental music, sound art, performance art, and electronic installations are among his artistic endeavors. He received the Malaysian National Art Gallery Best New Media Artist Award for Young and Contemporary in 2004, as well as the Best NOKIA Music Video Director award in 2005. In 2005, he was Artist-in-Residence at the Malaysian National Space Agency, and in 2015, he was musician-in-residence at 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica, California. He is also the founder of the “Space Gambus Experiment,” an experimental music/sound art collective, and the Ipoh Experimental Art School, a creative space focusing on producing experimental art projects. He has collaborated on award-winning films scores with directors such as Mamat Khalid, Shanjhey Kumar, Tan Chui Mui, Ho Yuhang, Pete Teo, among many others. He is currently a senior lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) in Penang.


Stateless Mind #3

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"I am fascinated with analogue, organic, and flowing sound-music creation. In this project, I created ‘Mesin Bunyi’, a synthesizer system that generates generative composition, or music that is completely random, ever-changing, and mutable. This technique allows me to create music that cannot be replicated. It is a collaborative effort between me and the machine that revolves on the idea that sounds may be ‘produced’ by a musician inside an ecosystem that produces various variants on a continuous basis based on the parameters, ‘dance processes’ and algorithms used.


In this live performance I attempt to limit, as much as possible, a completely human-centric approach to algorithmic composition".


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