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in collaboration with J-Sun, Yan Pang, & Arif Angga.
a dance film,
NB: Turn on CC on the video if you want to experience the sound through captions. Read the program notes below that also gives access to the piece.
“Tangguh,” both a dance film and a musical piece, is a humble effort that addresses how audiovisual music can benefit aurally diverse audiences and bodily diverse performers. It exhibits a one-hand piano performed by Samantha Martinez-Brockhus and dance choreographed and performed by J-Sun and Yan Pang. “Tangguh” tells no story but “breath” and “pulse.”
This audiovisual work is intended to be more accessible not only for cochlear implant and hearing aid users but also for deaf persons and ‘normal’ hearing listeners.
“Tangguh” employs strategies including a solo instrument that sounds almost monophonic/monaural, varied yet controlled rhythmic structures and loudness, a wide span of note intervals, visuals from the pianist and the dancers that almost correspond to each other with the sound source, and closed-captions (CC) corresponding to the piano sound which induce aural imagination. Autistic listeners who enjoy detailed analytical listening might find this piece aesthetic as it also includes irregular meters and unusual placement of pitches. These strategies are explored to give aural accessibility while keeping the piece enjoyable and immersive.
This work is also intended to benefit piano players with or without disabilities. Pianists are welcome to play this piece using a left/right hand and/or five/four fingers. The piece may serve difficulties above a beginner level.
J-Sun & Yan Pang
J-Sun & Yan Pang
videographers & video editor
mixing & mastering
Special thanks to
This project is made possible by the support from School of Music, the University of Minnesota through the Graduate Summer Fellowship 2021.
Piano recorded at School of Music, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US on 18 June 2021.
Dance filmed at Barbara Barker Center for Dance, the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN, US on 27 June 2021.
Piano recorded using Rode NT-SF1, DPA 4060, LOM Geofón, Lumix G-85, Zoom Q2N, and JVC GY-HM200.
Dance recorded using JVC GY-HM200, GoPro Hero 9, and Lumix G-85.
Watch also the piano-only version and the behind the scene videos below: