WANG Zhipeng awarded TASML / DSL Residence @ ZKM

TASML is pleased to announce that WANG  Zhipeng has been awarded the third TASML/DSML Artist Residence Award.

An international jury has selected  WANG Zhipeng, among other candidates for his proposal “Surrounded on Four Sides by the Songs of Chu.” as a resident artist to begin a 4 week-long program at ZKM | Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, Germany in the summer of 2013.

The jury was comprised of the following:

Sylvain Levy, DSL founder, sponsor of the TASML / DSL award
Prof. Ludger Brümmer, Director of institute of music and acoustics, ZKM
Prof. YAO Dajun, China Academy of Art (sound and electronic music)
Prof. Ken Fields, Central Conservatory of Music (sound and electronic music)
Prof. ZHANG Ga, Director, TASML, Tsinghua University / Parsons the New School for Design

Project Title:  Surrounded on Four Sides by the Songs of Chu

FORMAT: Live performance

An aural reconstruction and representation of ancient Chinese acoustic environment, using modern technology, and in so doing, research into wider possibilities of acoustic expression and spatialization of the Chinese spoken language.

Three categories of sounds will be used:

1. Natural sounds: such as, rustling of leaves, water waves, and, most importantly, vocal sounds. Vocal sounds will be the recitation of the lyrics of the Songs of Chu, with no emotional expression.

2. Ancient Chinese instruments: such as battle drums, ancient percussion instruments and sound devices.

3. Electronic sounds: such as sounds produced using analogue and digital synthesis. Through the mixing of different sound timbre, a multi-dimensional listening experience can be built, with emphasis on aural tension and expression. Another key to this experiment is the continuous deconstruction and reconstruction of Mandarin Chinese content in a surround sound environment.


The Kubus and Klangdom at ZKM and its 43-speaker system is required for spatialization performance. Learning and mastering the operation of the Zirkonim software. To achieve smooth flow and variation of sound in space with the best audible results. To sample, edit and modulate raw sound samples using software such as Ableton Live, Max/MSP, Adobe Audition, etc. To perform live at the center of the sound stage with custom controlling software patches written in Max/MSP and Zirkonium.