Essays On The Intersection Of Music And Architecture

This is palpable in a grainy 1980s photograph of David Eng’s configuration for editing music videos in his parents’ home in Queens.Two heavy monitors sit on a desk and an edit controller balances on a milk crate underneath.The photo is irreverent, self-aware, and conceptual.There’s so much more in The Moon Represents My Heart that made my mind (and heart) spill over.A horizontal banner printed with explanatory texts spans the length of the gallery.Your eyes and ears should wander through The Moon Represents My Heart, though, before following the text.

Filled with photographs, ephemera, and listening stations covering music from the 1850s to the present, parts of the exhibition felt curiously familiar — as if I knew this culture but I wasn’t sure who told me about it.When I was in middle school I discovered the music of Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou.My Mandarin wasn’t good enough to understand his lyrics, but, thinking that his odes to unrequited love were more relatable than those of an American pop star, I’d ask my mom to translate — at least until our conversations became unbearable lectures on etymology, proper enunciation, and somehow, always, my character.On the walls are seemingly contrasting posters of a flattened Chinese dragon riding waves and a Formula 1 race car, evidence of an American culture seeping into this teen’s life.Eng went on to record artists including Kiss, Salt-N-Pepa, and James Brown for his Bayside Records.But a rare excitement still hung in her voice as she’d sing songs by the pop stars of her generation — Tsai Chin of course, and Fei Yu-ching.Later I learned that my mom was something of a choir star growing up, representing Fengyuan in traveling competitions.A small number of authors cite written source material recording the impact or effect of sound in certain places; others quote writings that thematize the meanings of music or employ it analogically; still others incorporate anecdotes about sound and music from hagiography.Several contributors describe images of music making, both vocal and instrumental, and discuss their accuracy and purpose.My family — like many Chinese and Asian American families — struggles to say “I love you,” making the ends of phone calls terribly awkward.But even if it’s not expressed, there’s love in quiet acceptance.

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