I started working on this recording in 2013. My father had been dead for about a year and I had to stop avoiding what was necessary for me to get out. 'All Of My Bodies' is at once a catharsis that needed to leave my body and something I never really wanted to share with anyone.
As I write this my relationship to the album feels very different and it feels pretty good. I feel like I gave this dark and confusing period in my life a bit of space to exist but then made it into something translatable. And I don't know that it speaks to anyone specifically but it speaks to me. And the thoughts, emotions and memories that flood my mind and body are somehow inherent in these songs. But again, my relationship to this album feels different today. I feel a bit lighter.
Thank you for listening.
When my father passed away I showed up in the Republic of South Korea with his ashes to take to our family burial site where all of my ancestors are buried. This video captures some of the scenery I took in while I sat in transit, with a box full of my dads ashes looking out the window with the little seed in my heart that would later become this song.
The video was shot and edited by my good friend and collaborator Khan Lee. The footage is of The KTX 경부선 (Busan to Seoul) fast train. The continuous shot is from the second last station of the route: GwangMyeong Station(광명역) to Seoul station which just so happens to be the same length of the song 'White Buzz'.
Thank you friend for such a beautiful video. And thank you for watching and listening.
NEW SONG OFF OF THE NEW ALBUM
Holy Hum + Sinoia Caves brings sonic resonance to Khan Lee’s Red, Green and Blue. Played at sunset, this atmospheric composition expands the artwork as a theatre. Situated within the installation site, blending into the field of cones, performers draw audible complements to the inherent character of the immediate environment: buildings, traffic, people, noise, sky, water, wind and the artwork.
Visit Offsite, located at 1100 West Georgia Street between Thurlow and Bute Streets, during sunset (approximately 7:45-8:45pm) to attend this performance on the closing weekend of Offsite: Khan Lee.
Holy Hum is the musical project of multidisciplinary artist Andrew Lee. His installations, sound compositions, music and photography have been exhibited in Vancouver, Malmo and New York. In 2010 he was part of the exhibition First Nations/Second Nature at the Audain Gallery and in 2011 was asked by artist group Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries to compose a sound piece that would exhibit formally the characteristics of seeing. In 2012, Lee was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to perform new work responding to the monochromatic paintings and photographs of Ian Wallace. Lee has performed and presented sound works at the Centre for Performance Research in New York (2012), Kunstradio in Vienna (2013), the Vancouver Planetarium (2015), the International Symposium on Electronic Art (2015) and most recently exhibited a sound installation at the Surrey Art Gallery.
Sinoia Caves is the solo musical output of Jeremy Schmidt, who currently also plays keyboards in Vancouver heritage rock act, Black Mountain. Schmidt has, over the years, assimilated a style and ethos of music-making based largely on an inclination toward atmosphere, repetition, spatial effects and the visual while utilizing antiquated analogue synthesizers. An ongoing subjective examination of the aesthetic past, its ephemeral means of production, the contentious nature of obsolescence and the way in which this receding/widening arc continues to reveal itself as it collides with the present, continues to shape and inform the trajectory of Schmidt’s work.
Free to attend.
In Conversation: Andrew Yong Hoon Lee & Angela Seo
Andrew is a Vancouver based artist who performs under the moniker Holy Hum.
Angela is a Los Angeles based artist who performs in the band Xiu Xiu.
What follows is an excerpt of a conversation that took place over the fall of 2016 into the winter of 2017.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 at 8:28 AM
To: Angela Seo
I’m not sure what my purpose is at this exact moment. But what is meaningful and important in my life has been made clear and that includes my family and friends and then after that I would say my art. I like what Robert Filliou said: “Art is what makes life more interesting than art.” Maybe at one point when I was younger I thought that art was everything and that I was ready to suffer for it. Now I’m like: give me life, give me food and then maybe I’ll make some art.
You have a very strong sense of aesthetic. What type of role do you play in Xiu Xiu?
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 at 11:13 AM
To: Andrew Lee
In many ways, the music and identity of Xiu Xiu is firmly entrenched within Jamie’s identity. He is the founding and only consistent member, and in fact, he is Xiu Xiu. It wouldn’t exist without him.
That being said, it’s a very fluid working process with Jamie and I weave in and out at all stages to tamper with the sounds, textures, and structures of the songs. I also help with editing, mixing, designing the album art and layout, and making music videos. I play in some shows, not all, because I have another job, and help review contracts / biz stuff for the band too (I practiced law for a bit).
I have a different approach to and varying tastes in music / art than Jamie, so it’s an interesting dynamic. But I’ve worked with Jamie long enough to understand his goals, strengths, tendencies, and aesthetic, which helps me to see what he’s trying to achieve and how to push certain things to get there.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 at 11:15 AM
To: Angela Seo
My collaborators are almost always my friends. Or people that I want to be friends with. Ryan Flowers, Rob Tornroos, and Ash Poon are all people that I met in high school and who I still make music with today and none of the music would be possible if it weren’t for them. Khan Lee, who is a jack of all trades, is someone who I work with a lot of the time on art projects and installations. And my partner Jacq is is often the person I am bouncing ideas off of and she is definitely the person that gets asked, “Which do you like better? A or B?”
I wanted to ask you about how you were feeling and what you are thinking about post inauguration. The Women’s March in my opinion was a great first response and it helped remind me that I am not in isolation feeling scared for the future and that there are good people who do care about social and political justice. I marched in Vancouver with my partner and my in-laws alongside over 15,000 other people and I felt for the first time in the last six months that we weren’t going to get swallowed up into a void of some Orwellian nightmare. The march itself, I realized, was not perfect. But what was encouraging was that it was a peaceful demonstration/protest and that it was multigenerational.
In Conversation || Illustration by Dana Kearley for Discorder Magazine
Mon, Jan 30, 2017 at 9:15 PM
To: Andrew Lee
I’ve been struggling to find the right words that say everything I mean. All the fear, anger, sadness, hope, despair, absurdity. Nothing really seems to have weight enough when the scales are already so loaded.
I am also finding it hard to speak as words seem so easily manipulated and truth often useless in this age of post-truths and alternative facts. There’s so much talk of revolutions, resistance, nazis, fascism and it is so difficult to feel so much, and not react and speak emotionally. It pushes me to be mindful, if not vigilant, with my words and intentions.
I want a revolution. But I am not going to call mere reactions and sporadic acts of protest a revolution. I want progress. But no matter how much we regress, a mere return to status quo will not be progress.
I think this is why although I am lifted by the massive protests, and incredibly grateful of continuous and active resistance, I am wary of exaggerating the significance of these actions into a revolution. Instead, in these times, it seems to be a necessary and vital act of humanity.
That being said, shit’s fucking crazy.
I hope we get a revolution.
What’s it like looking in Canada — especially as such close neighbors?
Wed, Feb 1, 2017 at 8:31 PM
To: Angela Seo
I think that Canada’s problems are much more acute and in a sense hiding out in plain site. At least in Vancouver I don’t think we are afraid to erode or erase any semblance of our ancestral histories as long as we put up a plaque or a monument in its place. The city that I live in currently is built upon unceded Coast Salish lands and while there have been small steps to acknowledge this we still don’t have a problem building pipelines on sacred land as long as we are putting up totem poles at the same time. The hypocrisy is real and in plain site.
I can’t really say if things are better because of our current Prime Minister. He’s gone back on his word for electoral reform and has been noncommittal with his promises to respect indigenous lands when it comes to oil pipeline construction. What I will say is that whatever is happening south of the border is happening in Canada as well. And I think Canadians would be foolish to turn their noses up at the US right now because we think that this could never happen here because it has already been happening here for the last 150 years.
Can I ask what you’re doing to get yourself through these dark and depressing times? I haven’t really felt that creative and it also feels a bit futile right now to drop a single from my new record when everything else seems not as important at the moment and somehow being an artist feels even more self indulgent than it already is. What should I do? Do you think there is any merit in creating something that might potentially be an escape for yourself and for someone else?
Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:17 AM
To: Andrew Lee
I definitely struggle with seeming irrelevant. When things are so grave, nothing can really seem meaningful enough. However, making music or art at this time isn’t meaningless or simply an escape. It is a way of engaging. Even if it does not explicitly address the most salient political events of our time, that doesn’t mean art does not matter. This way of thinking is why arts funding and programs are so often the first to be cut. Yet these are the mediums through which we can learn and practice empathy, compassion, and love. It is also a way we can express anger, fear, and despair while still adding to the beauty and joy of the world. Not much else can be so ugly and yet so beautiful.
October 8 2016
This Saturday is International Cassette Store Day 2016 and to celebrate Nasty Wizard Recordings in Beijing, China is releasing a brand new split EP by Holy Hum and Lobekraft (China) along with visual art by Adam Lofbomm (US).
Side A is called "You Be Holy I'll Be Human" and is a collection of compositions that I had been working on in between sessions for the Holy Hum full length. The song "If There Is Transcendence Let It Be Now" also appears in my friend Alysha Serian's film called "Soak".
If you want a physical copy just shoot me a message and we'll figure out how to smuggle it out of China.
You can stream/download the EP below:
September 20th 2016
Holy Hum contributed a song to this compilation/mixtape that is being released on Agony Klub. The cassette is being released in conjunction with a magazine. Order your copy here. And check out the song below.
Come check out my re-imagining/re-interpretation of the song 'Suicide Is Painless'.
April 28th 2016
photo credit: "Hartojo Making Gong" by Angela Muliani
Perpetual Gong Machine of Peace
April 28, 2016, 8pm
Centre A, 229 East Georgia St., Chinatown, Unceded Coast Salish Territories
Using Patrick Cruz's exhibition, Bulaklak ng Paraiso (Flower of Paradise), as a departing point, Andrew Lee deploys multiple cymbals and gongs wired in an automated system to generate a meditative and temporal sonic landscape. Akin to Cruz's installation, Lee’s auditory, and performative intervention materially echoes the symbolic decay and permanence inherent in Cruz's work. Perpetual Gong Machine of Peace possesses neither a beginning nor an end; instead, it attempts to communicate the interstitial space of constancy and impermanence.
ANDREW LEE is a Vancouver based artist. His installations, sound compositions, music and photography have been exhibited in Vancouver, Malmo and New York. In 2010 he was a part of the exhibition First Nations/Second Nature at the Audain Gallery and in 2011 was asked by artist group Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries to compose a sound piece that would exhibit formally the characteristics of seeing. In 2012, Lee was invited by the Vancouver Art Gallery to perform new work responding to the monochromatic paintings and photographs of Ian Wallace. Andrew has performed and presented sound works at The Centre for Performance Research in New York (2012), Kunstradio in Vienna (2013), The Vancouver Planetarium (2015), The International Symposium On Electronic Art (2015) and most recently exhibited a sound installation at The Surrey Art Gallery.
December 3 2015
1) I've started a recording company called HEAVY LARK.
2) The first release on Heavy Lark is a collaboration with myself and Stephen Carl O'Shea of You Say Party. The 4 song EP is entitled Midnight Music and you can order your copy here.
3) We released a video for the song "Upana" off of the new EP and you can watch it below.
I hope you are well people.
November 1 2015
Going to be on TV guys. For those of us in Canada - you can watch our cover of 'The Rip" by Portishead on CBC. Airing Nov. 1st at 3pm and on Nov. 2nd at 11am.
October 21 2015
Every once in awhile a song is written that resonates with you. This is one of those songs for me. Thank you Portishead for making dark music that makes me happy. And thanks to Big Smoke and Victoria Furuya for taking the time to make this video.
"...The city had recently been struck by a storm that brutally rendered a few of our pianos nearly mute including this one, which was restricted to just one octave and a few stray keys on either end. While discussing other options for the shoot with Andrew, he drove down to the garden to assess the damage for himself and an hour or so before we were to meet reported back that he would be able to make it work on the 12-or-so working keys."
October 1 2015
Holy Hum was voted one of the best bands in Vancouver for 2015. Thanks to the Georgia Straight for including us. And also for the free hot dogs.
Check out the interview HERE where I talk about my favourite album of all time, jamming with seminal art rock band UJ3RK5, and Dan Bejar's hair.
September 19 2015
I've been working on this project since January of this year and I'm happy to see it realized finally at the Surrey Art Gallery. Check out this short video I shot of the installation and go see the work if you are in the area.
The Grove—A Spatial Narrative
Andrew Lee, Carmen Papalia, Phinder Dulai
September 19 to December 13, 2015
This multi-channel soundscape and visual narrative explores the community uses of a transient forest that abuts the Newton bus loop and Newton Recreation Centre in Surrey. The Grove has witnessed the extremes of human activity, from illicit transactions and tragedies to community connections over Sunday afternoon lunches and art interventions by a group of Newton neighbours who call themselves, “Friends of the Grove”. A handful of locals are reclaiming this public space and envisioning it as a site to engage passersby. Papalia, Dulai, and Lee delve into the multidimensional use of The Grove to tell its fascinating story through an immersive audio soundscape incorporating field recordings, spoken word, and musical elements.
Presented as part of Open Sound 2015: Polyphonic Cartograph, a three-part exhibition featuring sound art as forms of mapping and counter-mapping.
August 17th 2015
ALL IS NOW FROM HERE ON
by Khan Lee / Holy Hum
at ALSCO textile service building : 5 West 4th Avenue Vancouver BC (Alley entrance)
4 days only : Aug 15-18 1:00Pm- 5:00:00
Reception : August 17 7:00-10:00
Please join us for the reception of an installation by Khan Lee and Holy Hum at the fur vault of Alsco textile building as a part of International Symposium on Electronic Arts(ISEA)
This mysterious fur vault of a commercial laundry facility has not been used for a very long period of time and never been open to public, but has been kept as is since the last day of its service. With support of Alsco textile service, One Twenty Three West, Steel Toad Brewery, and ISEA2015, The space was transformed into an intimate audio visual installation by Khan Lee in collaboration with a multi channel original sound track by Holly Hum.
Using simple interactive analog light control circuits with site specific multi channel musical composition by Holy Hum(Andrew Lee), this installation celebrates moments from the past with voices of many current local musicians in the key of out of service but still operational dry cleaning machine. This could be the very last chance to witness this space in its own form.
ISEA is one of the world’s most prominent international arts and technology events, bringing together scholarly, artistic, and scientific domains in an interdisciplinary discussion and showcase of creative productions applying new technologies in art, interactivity, and electronic and digital media. The event annually brings together artists, designers, academics, technologists, scientists, and general audience in the thousands. The symposium consists of a peer reviewed conference, a series of exhibitions, and various partner events—from large scale interactive artwork in public space to cutting edge electronic music performance.
In the last four years ISEA has been hosted in Istanbul (2011), Albuquerque, New Mexico (2012), and Sydney, Australia (2013), and Dubai (2014). ISEA2015 in Vancouver marks its return to Canada, 20 years since the groundbreaking first Canadian ISEA1995 in Montréal. The Symposium will be held at the Woodward’s campus of Simon Fraser University in downtown Vancouver with exhibitions and events taking place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design and many other sites and venues throughout the city.
The series of ISEA symposia is coordinated by ISEA International. Founded in the Netherlands in 1990, ISEA International (formerly Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts) is an international non-profit organization fostering interdisciplinary academic discourse and exchange among culturally diverse organizations and individuals working with art, science and technology.ISEA International Headquarters is supported by the University of Brighton (UK).
June 26 2015
Sorry guys / Thank you guys but tonights show at the Vancouver Planetarium is sold out!
June 16 2015
I play guitar in the band Siskiyou and our most recent album 'Nervous' was nominated for the
Polaris Music Prize.
I am super proud of this album and I'm happy to see it get some recognition. The album has an amazing cast of players including Owen Pallet, Colin Stetson, Tamara Lindeman, and JP Carter.