Beijing Sound Unit | Biography

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Beijing Sound Unit (Daijuin Yao) is a sound artist and curator based in Berkeley, California. Yao holds a doctoral degree in art history from the University of California, Berkeley, and is the co-founder of the Chinese Computer Music Association.

In 2003, Yao curated 'China - The Sonic Avant Garde' on Post Concrete, a release which received widespread acclaim. In 2004, he curated the first survey of Chinese sound art and experimental music for an exhibition at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2005, he began teaching the first sound art and computer music course at the China Academy of Art in Hangzhou in the People's Republic of China and on Taiwan, at Taipei University of the Arts.

Beijing Sound Unit (Dajuin Yao) collaborated with Fällt in 2003 when he contributed a portrait of Beijing as part of the touring installation 'Invisible Cities'. The piece reflects Yao's pioneering work in Chinese sound art which resulted in the founding of a series of 'Sound Units' that engage in field recording in Beijing, Shanghai and elsewhere.

Yao describes the process as "continuously documenting, observing, re-thinking, analyzing and re-contextualizing raw sound objects."



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