Christopher Lock & Weilu Ge – Alchemy

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Alchemy is an immersive audio-visual work that chronicles journal entries from an imaginary alchemist at work. Their experiments and notes are documented through sound and image and, in a somewhat nonsensical way, attempt to find answers about the nature and origin of elements and precious metals. Although the alchemist’s notes and findings are purely practical and may sound like nonsense, snippets of random meaning are often gleaned, almost by accident.

Media: Video (2 projectors) and recorded sound, installation (repeating 1 hour audio/video loop)

Weilu Ge is an electroacoustic composer and intermedia artist based in Los Angeles. She works with various media forms from concert music to innovative technology. Weilu’s work often involves collaboration with visual artists working in light, video, painting, photography, and other mediums. Since 2015, she has focused her studies and career on experimental and intermedia music theater in the role of a Composer-Director, exploring the potential of sound as the medium that integrates other art forms and helps create a comprehensive artistic expression. Weilu’s works have been influenced especially by Musique concrète, German traditions of sound art and the notion of Gesamtkunstwerk, which guides her exploration in the concept and layout of space in theater.

Weilu’s works have been presented at the Shanghai New Art Festival, Shanghai International Art Festival in China; SEAMUS conference & concert series; NYCEMF New York City Electroacoustic-Music Festival; Seoul International Computer Music Festival, etc. She is currently pursuing her InterSchool MFA in Composition & Experimental Sound Practice/Art and Technology with a concentration in Integrated Media at California Institute of the Arts. Weilu holds a master’s degree in computer music composition from Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University as well as a Bachelor degree from Shanghai Conservatory of Music.

Christopher Lock (lock-music.com) is an electroacoustic composer and digital media artist based in Cambridge, MA. His works are often densely textural with dark imagery slowly morphing and mutating over time.

Christopher’s works have been presented at universities and festivals around the world including Harvard University, University of Oxford, Berklee College of Music, Johns Hopkins University, CalArts, Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), Jeju National University, National Tsing Hua University (for the WOCMAT International Computer Music Workshop and Conference), NYCEMF, The SEAMUS Festival, The Klingt Gut! Festival, Musinfo Association, and his work for ICMC 2018 is archived at NYU.
Christopher holds Bachelors degrees in Computer Music Composition and Viola Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University. He is currently a Ph.D candidate at Harvard University studying computer music composition under Chaya Czernowin and Hans Tutschku.