”No chords … gives you a lot more freedom and space to hear things. When you go this way, you can go on forever. You don’t have to worry about changes and you can do more with the [melody] line. It becomes a challenge to see how melodically innovative you can be. When you’re based on chords, you…
Baudouin De Jaer, Compositions For Geomungo and Gayageum: "The Geomungo, the zither of the kingdom of Goguryeo is one of the oldest Korean instruments. It is sometime called the ‘black zither.’ It can be traced back to the 4th century, when it was used exclusively in the sacred setting of court music."
What was your first zine about and when was it made?
My first was an expressionistic urban rendition of the Persephone myth. I was too embarrassed to turn it into the local comic shop, Comic Relief in Berkeley, so it ended up getting submitted and published in a POC poetry anthology called “smell this”.
Describe your most recent zine.
It’s the beginning of a series, somewhere between an urban fable and speculative fiction. Travelling in Asia or even within my own hoods I’ve heard the most remarkable personal mythologies, I wanted to open a space to retell these stories: slightly recognizable, a tad dystopian, yet with potential for an otherworldly subversion. Right now it’s more visually surreal but I’m hoping for it to gain a stronger narrative boost as the series grows.
The mundane world rarely offers us satisfying language with which to relate the extreme mental or emotional states we nonetheless frequently endure. They’re difficult to even discuss, because we lack the tools to describe them accurately and the opportunity for dialogue about them, and to me this is the reason that horror as a genre, and indeed all fiction, exists: stories about the fantastic, the supernatural, the extreme and appalling provide access to states which are familiar but otherwise impossible to talk about. Some feelings are so difficult that only a horror story can convey them, identifying them as overtly evil gives us an excuse to then explore them.
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