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SOW JOW

[born: JO Keita / SO Kyoungtae]

Born in Hiroshima in 1985. A Japanese-Korean musician.

His sonic storytelling began when his father bought him a cassette tape recorder at the age of 5. He was drawn to recording a bunch of random sound elements and making noises to the cassettes. At night he listened to the recordings in bed, and recognized that it was his calling. Inspired by nature, mathematics, visual arts and everyday noises, he has continued an inquiring mind to electronic music and sound art since then.

As a film composer his works have been recognized with prizes at international film festivals. "Au Revoir L'ete" (dir. Koji Fukada) won Grand Prix at Nantes Three Continents Festival. "Mo Ikkai" (dir. Atsuko Hirayanagi) won Grand Prix at Short Shorts Film Festival & Asia. "Snow Woman" (dir. Kiki Sugino) won Jury Prize at Quezon City International Film Festival.

In 2015-2016 he was selected by the Japanese Cultural Ministry as a member of Residency Program for Upcoming Artists Who Lead The Next Generation, and trained in architectural acoustics at Walters-Storyk Design Group. He researched the relationship between architecture and music. His interdisciplinary background has helped him explore connections between art and science, and rethink the way music and sound can function in our space.


1985年生まれ、広島県出身。韓国にもルーツを持つ音楽家。空間の響きや環境音に興味を示しながら、ミニマルな音響作品やPOPな音楽を制作している。作曲家、エレクトロニック・ミュージシャン、サウンド・アーティスト、ペダルスチールギタリストとして、様々なプロジェクトに携わっている。

2006年、東京大学在学中、渡米。物理学から専攻を変え、ニューヨーク市立大学で作曲とオーディオエンジニアリングを学ぶ。日本古来の民話を描いた映画のサウンドトラック、グリーンランドの氷床融解のデータの可聴化プロジェクト、音に反応する照明家具のインスタレーションなど、幅広い分野のプロジェクトに関わり、独創的な音のデザインを手がける。

映画では、音楽を担当した深田晃司監督作「ほとりの朔子」は、ナント三大陸映画祭でグランプリ他受賞多数。平柳敦子監督作「もう一回」は、ショートショートフィルムフェスティバル&アジアでグランプリを受賞。杉野希妃監督作「雪女」は、東京国際映画祭コンペティション部門に正式招待、ケソン国際映画祭で審査員特別賞を受賞。ハリウッド・リポーターやバラエティといった権威ある海外映画誌でもその音楽性を高く評価された。

2016年には文化庁新進芸術家海外研修制度のメンバーに選ばれ、建築事務所Walters-Storyk Design Groupで建築音響を学び、建築と音楽の関連性について研究する。2017年に帰国。


Press

The Hollywood Reporter

"Sow Jow’s remarkable score using modern music inspired by Japanese tradition"

Variety

"the scoring, by Sow Jow, is similarly varied and precise, ranging from the classically Japanese and ghostly — pure choirs and sonorous soft gongs — to the more electric and even electronic"


Main Activity

2016

・ [composer] Snow Woman directed by Kiki Sugino

・ [music coordinator] The Shell Collector directed by Yoshifumi Tsubota

・ [trainee] Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists Who Lead the Next Generation by Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japanese Government at an architectural acoustic company, Walters-Storyk Design Group.

・ [sound editor] I Turn To Jello directed by Andrew T. Betzer

 

2015

・ [composer] A Growing Culture's fundraising campaign

・ [composer] Kyoto Elegy directed by Kiki Sugino

・ [sound installation] tangent:

 

2014

・ [composer & sound designer] Au Revoir L'été directed by Koji Fukada

・ [music editor & composer: additional music] Kinki directed by Kotaro Wajima

・ [music producer] Taksu directed by Kiki Sugino

 

2013

・ [sound designer & music producer] Odayaka directed by Nobuteru Uchida

・ [composer & sound designer] Casual Encounters directed by Will McCord

 

2012

・ [composer] Mo Ikkai directed by Atsuko Hirayanagi

・ [sound designer] Springtime Nostalgia directed by Edmund Yeo

 

2011

・ [composer & sound designer] Folkswagon directed by Shachar Langlev

・ [composer: additional music] Alex directed by Annalisa Vozza

 

2010

・ [composer & sound designer] Magic & Loss directed by Kah-Wai Lim