Ji Youn Kang (Seoul, 1977) is a Korean composer and sound artist based in The Hague. After studying composition at the ChuGye University of the Arts in South Korea she moved to the Netherlands to obtain an MA in Sonology, at the conservatories of The Hague as well as Amsterdam. She focuses on the creation of her own musical language that (re)presents the Korean tradition and cultural elements, using both time-honoured materials and newly created sounds. Most of her pieces have been composed around the rites of Korean Shamanism but were written for the Wave Field Synthesis system (192
loudspeakers) in The Hague, thus exploring the relationship between musical and physical spaces. She has also composed live electronic pieces for traditional and modern instruments, driven by the primitive and powerful rhythmical elements and the noisy sound sources of ritual music in Korea. Her work has been performed in venues and festivals such as Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sonic Acts, TodaysArts, and STRIP (the Netherlands), SICMF (South Korea), Sonar and Festival de Música (Spain), Synthèse (France), and MISO (Portugal). Currently she is a research associate in sonology while continuing her investigation into sound and space and a freelance composer/sound artist.