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Wei (2020)

for Flute, Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello,

Piano/Keyboard and Electronics


People often say the Internet enables us to communicate regardless of distance, that it brings us closer to each other, anywhere, anytime. For me, however, this often comes with an ‘unstable connection’: a voice that is distorted, and a face that never moves on the screen. I certainly cannot remember how many times in my life when an Internet conversation becomes a constant exchange of ‘Wei?Wei?Wei?’


Similar to ‘hello,’ ‘Wei’ is the Chinese way of greeting when a phone conversation begins. Obviously, it is also the word to shout when you are desperate to hear the person from the other end. Using this word as the main material, this piece is a tribute to all those frustrating times we have spent on Internet phoning and video chatting.


This composition was written for the UPROAR Wales New Music Ensemble in participation of

Ty Cerdd’s CoDI Sound Project.


Premiered February 14, 2020, at Pontio, Bangor.

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