music producer, singer-songwriter, sound artist, writer, and researcher


Art Practice




I am counting my days on and on (2015) from Alex Yiu on Vimeo.

I am counting my days on and on is a work that combines the use of language and MaxMSP application. I applied different voice samples into a patch which the interface is designed for TouchOSC, a modular OSC and MIDI control surface for the mobile device. Therefore, this application allows the user to control though using TouchOSC. The application is basically a sampler, its buttons trigger the playback of the sound, and toggles and faders cause events and changes the properties of the sound.

The idea behind the use of language is a realisation of sound poetry. Human communicates through language. Our complex vocal organs formalise our thought into muscle contraction, which control the airflow on and off from the lungs. When the listener’s ears receive the vibration through the air, it immediately transforms the vibration into brain signal by the resonance coming from the eardrums to a series of signal transformation. Besides feeling the voice as a pure sensual phenomenon, we also “decode” the voice into meanings, and it also converts into emotional feeling that some- times words fail to conceive. Otherwise, the act of sampling has been the main component of this piece. As in the practice of Pierre Schaeffer’s musique concrète, “there is no difference between the cut bell and the piece of a train: they are “sound fragments.” As long as I sampled my own voice and different found sounds in my archive, the main components are me speaking the numbers in Cantonese. Since Cantonese is a tonal language, the numbers are a perfect example of demonstrating of variant tones in the language.