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[The New York Times] For Composer Lei Liang, Technology Brings a Different Transcendence. Excerpts


Interview by Magnus Lindberg before the world premiere of « Verge » 
with the New York Philharmonic.

The technology that composer Lei Liang encountered during a three-year residency from 2013-16 at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology’s Qualcomm Institute fundamentally shifted his perception of space. For Hearing Landscapes (2015), Mr. Liang worked alongside a team of Qualcomm Institute engineers whose robotic imager scanned paintings by the Chinese artist Huang Binhong (1865-1955), a master at creating the illusion of depth. Extremely high-resolution scans — more than four billion pixels, enough to fill 2,000 HD televisions at native resolution — give viewers the sense of penetrating two-dimensional surfaces and being immersed in the painting, as in virtual reality. Using multichannel speakers, Hearing Landscapes tries to transform this visual experience into an aural one. Mr. Liang continues to explore the kind of multiple, shifting perspectives that evoke the scanner’s joystick navigation, as in a coming commission for the Boston Modern Orchestra Project.

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