Bio       
Kin Lam Lam (b.1993, Hong Kong) is a maker and musician whose work explores the intersection of sound, light, electronics, and visual media. Kin Lam tries to look at the world with a beginner’s mind and designs work that fulfills his curiosity. Drawing from his passion of experimenting with sound and DIY electronics, Kin Lam pushes electronics into the sonic world and uses them to design experimental instruments and objects from repurposed objects and fields. With a classical percussion background, music and sound art are intersected in his work and transformed into which include composition with unconventional notation, and most recently, amplified (fluorescent) lights and electromagnetic noises. Rhythm, timber, and material are focused in his works, which range from instrument construction, composition, live performance, and installation.
       Kin Lam holds a Master's degree in Fine Art from School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from Sam Houston State University,

       林建霖, 跨媒體創作音樂人. 現居美國芝加哥. 他的作品融合表演, 作曲, 自製樂器, 電子裝置 及 影像. 從日常生活中的事物上取材, 不論是靈感上或是直接利用現成物(found objects), 建霖希望藉著自己的作品帶出每個人的好奇心 和 初心, 並發掘出每一件事物無窮的可能性及不同的面貌.
       對於聲音和光的共同性的好奇, 建霖發明出不同的系統並藉著自製樂器, 影片, DIY電子裝置去的方法去呈現. 

       林建霖畢業於美國芝加哥藝術學院 修讀創作藝術碩士, 主修聲音藝術.

Artist Statement
As a performer, instrument designer, and composer, my curiosity and fascinations in sound, light, and electronics has informed my practice. I seek for the answer through making work, and this has led to live performance, DIY instrument, compositions, handmade electronics, video and sound installation. Through my works, I want to encourage and promote the DIY, Maker culture, and importantly, provoke audience’s curiosity about everything in life as well.  

I am fascinated by the unheard and unseen properties in sound and light, and I am interested in their behavior and how they interference each other. I aim to fuse these into my compositions and performances. I build handmade electronics to pick up sound and light, and I manipulate them live for whether sonic or visual results.

Designing my own interface/instruments to fit my needs in both analog and digital platforms is also what I do. In my systems, sound and light are usually interconnected and will affect each other’s behaviors. My passion in developing compositional language in digital platform and handmade electronics opens up a lot of possibilities for live performances. In my recent works, I use light tubes and videos to build instruments.
With a classically trained background in percussion and composition, I aim to look for the intersection between the traditional and the contemporary musical language by incorporating dialectics of tension/release and drama into my compositional style. This has influenced my works to be highly rhythmic and aggressive.



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