Cheongpa Hill

Cheongpa Hill: Located near Seoul Station, it was a settlement for Japanese in the past and some of these houses still remain in this area. 1980s, due to urban environmental maintenance project, many of the hanoks(Korean traditional houses) were converted into villas and small sewing factories were gathered into the village, creating a unique feature. The panoramic view of the Seogyeo-dong can be viewed on the Cheopa Hill.

A Memory Conveyed by the Wind:

The Japanese government used the Yongsan district as a military area to build a Japanese residence on the prosperous Cheongpa-dong Hill. After that, Cheongpa-dong turned into a collage of landscapes created by numerous events as various architectural styles of different eras appeared. The emotions created by the scenery of Cheongpa-dong with such a background are well captured by the poet Seungja Choi's "Do You Remember Cheongpa-dong". Walking along an alleyway stretching along the hill leads to the illusion that her poetic words are realized and laid open. As I walked through the alleys of the town, I thought it would be more interesting to make a sound in response to the landscape reminiscent of the text rather than to make a sound directly in response to the scenery here, and to add it back to the actual scenery.

The music is accompanied by fragments of the poetic words constituting “Do You Remember Cheongpa-dong”, and a wind generating spot was installed for a windchime. The windscreen installed around the Cheongpa Hill visualizes the text and generates the sound of the wind through the windchime. The poem transformed into sound evokes old memories of Cheongpa-dong and the music created as a reminder of the space where the story of the poem happened is added to the sound of the landscape and the audience hears the combination of these two pieces of audio, walking along the alleys of Cheongpa Hill overlaid with the image of the poem. The disappeared memories seem to be like the wind that stays for a while before leaving again, evoking many stories that have passed through here in the form of sounds. There is nothing that exists forever, but there is nothing that disappears forever either.


Kayip is a composer who is interested in capturing spaces which do not actually exist through sound, and has been working on music that focuses on the texture and tone of sound itself rather than melody. Recently, he has worked as a programmer and media artist, and has been working on reinterpreting existing spaces through sound and its visualizations. He majored in contemporary music at the Birmingham National Conservatory and the Royal Conservatory. He was selected by Brian Eno to take charge of arranging and editing the 40th anniversary performance of the Apollo Moon landing at the London Science Museum in 2009. He won the Aberdeen Music Prize for writing a new orchestral song for the BBC Scottish Symphony. From 2007 to 2010, he was selected as a composer for the UK's contemporary music support organization, “Sound and Music”.

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A Memory Conveyed by the Wind