ALEXMALISM AKA ALEX YIU
Drawing inspirations from minimalism, industrialism, sound art, trance, pop and even classical music, the Hong Kong-based music producer, sound artist, and DJ Alexmalism explores the boundary in between styles and genres. He has performed and deejayed in numerous venues and platforms such as XXX, OIL Club, ALL Club, Sónar Hong Kong 2019, Times Museum, Tai Kwun Contemporary, and NTS Radio.

His first track Sombre was released in the complication Mental Maps by the pan-Asia label Chinabot, and his debut album TKO released on Absurd Trax. Named after Hong Kong’s Tseung Kwan O Bay (known as Junk Bay), TKO a collection of jagged club tracks built on a conceptual framework inspired by David Harvey’s geographies of global capitalism. Alex’s approach is minimalist but ends in maximal results. Throughout the record, he moves through trance, house, and techno, employing pointillistic synth patterns and industrial rhythms. Some tracks are lively and effervescent while others feel murky and grinding, lending to the dualistic nature of ‘TKO’ itself. You get the sense that beneath Alex’s disaffection towards his hometown lies a sliver of reverence.

He is currently a PhD candidate in the School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong. His research interest including the current deconstructed club music scene on social media, Hong Kong Underground music scene, and many others music/sound-related topics. As a sound artist, he has exhibited at Para Site, A+ Contemporary, Burning Man by UNPOP, and many other venues. Alex releases his music under the alias Alexmalism and it's available on Bandcamp, Soundcloud.

無論你如何稱呼他為「作曲家、DJ、聲音藝術家、音樂製作人」,Alexmalism 並不害怕通過突破藝術種類之間的界限來擴展自己的藝術表現形式。從極簡主義、工業、聲音藝術、Trance、流行甚至古典音樂中汲取靈感,Alexmalism 創造出一個屬於自己的折衷主義音樂世界。自2015年以來,Alex 已經在 XXX、All、Oil、Sónar Hong Kong 2019、CTM Festival 2020、NTS Radio、HKCR、SHCR 等重要的地下音樂藝術場域甚至廣州時代博物館和大館當代美術館作演出。 

從極簡主義、工業、聲音藝術、Trance、流行甚至古典音樂中汲取靈感,Alexmalism 創造出一個屬於自己的折衷主義音樂世界。他的處女作Sombre由泛亞音樂廠牌Chinabot選中,在合輯《Mental Maps》發行。2018年末,他的首張個人專輯《TKOAbsurd Trax發行。專輯名想法來自David Harvey關於全球資本主義不公平的地理學著作,取義香港城市急速發展造成的垃圾堆填重地將軍澳(Tseung Kwan O, 也稱Junk Bay)。Alex從極簡音樂入手,收穫成果卻頗為豐富。整張專輯里有trance,house,techno,在工業節奏之上又添加了不循規矩的合成器音效。有些曲目是興奮的,活躍的,有些則是陰暗的,折磨的,就像將軍澳的雙重性。

作為聲音藝術家的 Alex Yiu,也曾經在各大小藝術機構如 Para Site、A+ Contemporary 等作展出。

Education(s): 

PhD candidate - School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong
Master of Music in Sonic Arts - Goldsmiths, University of London
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) in Music Composition/Production - Hong Kong Baptist University

Major Exhibitions: 

2019 “Play. Boredom. Worship.” Co-curating with Suze Chan, Tomorrow Maybe, Eaton HK, Jordan, Hong Kong

2018 “Kotodama”, Para Site, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

2018 “Sound Form”, Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, Centre A, Vancouver, Canada

2016 “What Potions Have I Drunk of Siren Tears”, A+ Contemporary, Shanghai

2016 “At Wit’s End”, Kula-Bazaar, Asia Kula Kula-ring, Asia Culture Center, Gwangju

2015 “Nook Echoes, A Joint Exhibition of Cross-media Arts”, PMQ, Hong Kong

2014 “Yasi * We Friend -- A Cross-Media Response Exhibition to Leung Ping Kwan”, Hong Kong Fringe Club, Hong Kong


Performances/Compositions:

2020 Absurd Trax vs Selam X, “Liminal”, CTM Festival, Berghain’s Säule, Berlin, Germany

2019 “Lush Processes”, Sound Forms 2019, Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, McAulay Studio, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai, Hong Kong

2019 ART AFTER HOURS: HONG KONG VISIONS WITH CONTEMPORARY MUSIKING HONG KONG, JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun, Central, Hong Kong

2018 EP “TKO” release concert, HKCR, Foo Tak Building, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

2018 “Chinese Hill Billies” (Do not hasten to bid me adieu), Lecture-performance, Para Site, Quarry Bay, Hong Kong

2018 “UNPOP”, Burning Man 2018, Audio Games Lab, Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong, Black Rock Desert, NV, USA

2018 “Livecraft”, Steve Hui x Alex Yiu, Twenty Alpha, Foo Tak Building, Wanchai

2018 “Alter Ego”, Fresh Form II, Sound Forms 2018, Hong Kong Arts Centre, Wanchai

2018 “Chinese Hill Billies” Lecture performance, Gold Saucer Studio, Sponsored by HKADC, Vancouver, Canada

2017 “You Millions, I Embrace You!” participatory performance in “Proletarian Punk”, Institution for Provocation, Salt Projects, Beijing, China

2017 “Doublé”, multimedia composition, Cycle Music and Art Festival, Gerðarsafn, Kópavogur Art Museum, Reykjavík, Iceland

2017 “Ever Since I Left the CityU”, sound performance, XXX Gallery, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

2017 “You Millions, I Embrace You!”, participatory performance, 100ft. PARK, Sham Shui Po, Hong Kong

2017 Sonic Anchor #29 Part II & #31, sound performance, Comix Home Base, Hong Kong

2017 “Dance off” by Joseph Lee, sound design/performer, Hong Kong Jockey Club Contemporary Dance Series, Black Box Theatre, Kwai Tsing Theatre, Hong Kong

2016- DJ at Hong Kong Community Radio, live stream performance, Hong Kong

2016 “Snark”, Curated by Andre Chan, performer, Tai Kok Tsui, Hong Kong

2016 “What Potions Have I Drunk of Siren Tears”, sound performance, A+ Contemporary, Shanghai 2016 “In between the Tropic of Cancer”, sound performance at Tokyo University of Arts, Tokyo

2016 “EXPERIMENTAL SERIES #2”, sound performance, Fringe Upstairs, Fringe Club, Hong Kong

2016 Papay Gyro Nights 2016 Hong Kong, group improvisation, Focal Fair, Causeway Bay, Hong Kong

2016 “Spaces Traces, Places”, performer, Modern Academy 2.0, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, Unit 12, Cattle Deport Artist Village

2016 “noise=noise [] THE HIDDEN []”, audiovisual performance, Multimedia Theatre, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong

2015 “Boundary Music”, Angharad Davies, Rie Nakajima at Whitechapel: Music for Museums”, White Chapel Gallery, London, United Kingdom

2015 “Practical Vocation” with Francesco Moraca and Serenella Martufi, sound design, The Old Laban Centre, London, United Kingdom

2015 SONIC STRIP: Goldsmiths MMus Degree Show, audiovisual performance, New River Studios, London, United Kingdom

2015 “PureGold 2015”, audiovisual performance, Southbank Centre, London, United Kingdom

2015 “Impression: Fire Dragon Dance” for Chinese Orchestra, CCC & Music Friends, "Chinese Music Impression" concerts, Hong Kong

2014 “Sonic Anchor #16 Fieldwork and Housework”, audiovisual performance, CMHK, Hong Kong

2013 “Hong Kong Composer On Stage”, sound performance, 2013 Chinese Composers' Festival, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong

2013 Midday, Quarry Bay” for percussion ensemble, New Generation Concert, RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild, Hong Kong

2012 “La Soledad” for viola da gamba, Concert “After Gesualdo”, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, St. Joseph Chapel, Sai Kung

2012 “Here and There” by LeeCat Ho, sound design, Dance Theatre "Self.Explore" by Mary Jane Tang, CCDC Dance Centre Jockey Club Dance Theatre, Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong

2010 Graduation Song, The Complaints Choir of Hong Kong, participatory art project

Conferences/Symposiums/Presentations

2020 “Becoming ‘Hong Kong’: Sound and Music of the 2019 Hong Kong Protests”, Research Networking Day, CTM Festival, Berlin, Germany

2018 "An Overview of the Internet-based Underground Post-Genre Club Music and its Translocality: From a Hong Kong Local Perspective", presentation, “Symposium: Underground Music-Making in Hong Kong and East Asia”, Keynote speaker: Prof. Will Straw, School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong, December.

2016 “Perspective on Sound Arts in Hong Kong”, performance/presentation, Special Program 3 ‘In between the Tropic of Cancer’, Cultural Typhoon 2016 ‘Can You Feel It?: Cultural Intervention in the Globalising Cities’ with Keynote speaker: Prof. Lawrence Grossberg, Tokyo University of Arts, July.

Workshops
2017 Cycle Music and Lab, Modern Academy, participating artist, Spring Workshop, Hong Kong

2017 Munich Biennial – International Biennial Platform Hong Kong (Part 2), participating artist, Connecting Space Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2016 Munich Biennial – International Biennial Platform Hong Kong (Part 1), Connecting Space Hong Kong, Hong Kong

2014 “The Modern Academy”, participant, Goethe-Institut Hong Kong, Hong Kong 2009 The Complaints Choir of Hong Kong, participant, Hong Kong

Fellowships/Prizes
2016 Sonic Transmission Artist Exchange Project, Contemporary Musiking Hong Kong

2014 CASH Music Scholarship, Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong Ltd.

2013 New Generation Concert, First Prize, RTHK Radio 4, Hong Kong Composers’ Guild