1979 (age 38)
“Chance, conversation, improvisation… ’sonicbrat’ is the ambisonic brainchild of Darren Ng. As a believer in poetic imperfection, most of his music are performed and recorded on the fly without multi-tracking.”
sonicbrat aka Darren Ng, is a Singapore based sound artist and music composer whose electro-acoustic sound-bites have established him as one of the most sought-after sound and music composer in the local theatre, contemporary dance and international film and art scene. His works have been compared to Erik Satie, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Martin Denny by international music reviewers from U.K. (WIRE: Ken Hollings), U.S.A. (The Silent Ballet and Bluesbunny) and Hong Kong (Hompy). Trained in classical piano, he has been exploring re-interpretive playing and improvisations on various music instruments, using processed “found sounds” to fuse with his acoustic and electronic compositions, exploring minimalist sound art and psycho-acoustic performances and installations.
He has worked and collaborated with many international sound artists and musicians from Spain, Sweden, Germany, France, Greece, Netherlands, Italy, UK, USA, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Thailand. He has also composed for contemporary dance performances by internationally renowned choreographers Zhang Xiao Xiong (USA, Taiwan), Boi Sakti (Indonesia) and Kuik Swee Boon (Singapore). To date, he has been invited to perform solo in Japan (Okinawa), Vietnam (Hanoi Sound Stuff), Hungary (Budapest; Sziget Festival), Spain (Barcelona; SONAR, Asain Festival and RBMA), Austria (Vienna, Wiener Festwochen) and Netherlands (Venlo; Zomerparkfeest). He has had 8 nominations in total for his works so far, winning "Best Sound Design" at the 6th and 8th Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2006 and 2008 respectively, as well as receiving an Honourable Mention for Special Achievement for Best Sound at the 5th Straits Times Life! Theatre Awards 2005 and a President's Design Award '08 (collective win).
He was also one of the 60 chosen from 4000 applicants to represent Singapore to participate in Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA'08) in Barcelona.
He is currently the Associate Sound Artist and Music Composer for The Finger Players.
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