Austin YIP: “Miles Upon Miles”《萬里》for solo violin and electronics (2018)

(Commissioned and premiered by violinist Patrick T.S. Yim)

Published by Donemus Publishing with fingerings and bowings by Patrick Yim.


January 25, 2018 at the “Spirit of the Adventurers Concert Series” at the Hong Kong Museum of History, Hong Kong. (World Premiere Performance)

July 18, 2018 at the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, Abrons Arts Center Playhouse, New York City, New York.

September 21, 2018 at the “Romanza” Concert (Presented by Kawai Chan and sponsored by Tom Lee Music), Lecture Hall, Sheung Wan Civic Centre, Hong Kong.

September 30, 2018 at the 2018 Seoul International Computer Music Festival, Jayu Theatre, Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, Korea.

October 19, 2018 at “Sonic Explorations: A Concert of Electro-acoustic Music” at Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.

December 1, 2018 at the “Saturday Music Platform” (Presented by Kung Music Workshop & Tai Kwun Center for Heritage and Art), Tai Kwun Laundry Steps, Hong Kong.

January 7, 2019 at the Toolbox International Creative Academy Opening Concert, Y-Studio, Youth Square, Chai Wan, Hong Kong (Supported by Hong Kong Arts Development Council and U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong & Macau; Sponsored by Tom Lee)

March 9, 2019 at the West Kowloon District “Freespace Happening” Art Park, West Kowloon

March 21, 2019 at the “Time Travel: East to West” Recital at United International College Performance Theatre, Zhuhai, China (Hosted by the Division of Culture and Creativity Office)

April 30, 2019 at the “From Hessler to Hindustan” Violin and Piano Recital at Goethe-Insitut/Max Mueller Bhavan, Kolkata, India (Presented by Goethe-Institut and Kolkata Classics)

May 2, 2019 “Hessler Street Duo” Violin and Piano Recital at the Arts Rotunda, American University of Sharjah, UAE (Presented by American University of Sharjah)

May 4, 2019 “Crossroads” Violin and Piano Recital at Dushanbe Serena Auditorium, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Pitch Pipe Foundation and Dushanbe Serena)

May 5, 2019 Violin and Piano Recital at the Bactria Cultural Centre, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Bactria Cultural Centre and Pitch Pipe Foundation)

May 8, 2019 Violin and Piano Recital at the Shahidi School of Music, Dushanbe, Tajikistan (Presented by Shahidi School of Music and Pitch Pipe Foundation)

August 18, 2019 “From Schumann to Contemporary China” Violin and Piano Recital at the Burgh House Museum, Hampstead, London (Presented by Syntempo)

January 13, 2020: Solo Violin Recital at Mae Zenke Orvis Auditorium, Honolulu, HI, USA. Organized by Music at Mānoa​. Sponsored by Lion Strings Hong Kong and Ebb and Flow Arts Hawaii.

Programme Notes

“Miles Upon Miles” is inspired by an exhibition held at the Hong Kong Museum of History of the same title. The exhibition showcases artefacts discovered along the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor of the Silk Road, including the North-Western side of China, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. The three movements, entitled “I. Gilt Bronze”, “II. Cameleer”, and “III. Sancai”, refer to the features of artefacts in this exhibition. “Gilt Bronze” refers to the materials used for a silkworm of the Han dynasty; “Cameleer” refers to a painting of a Tang dynasty cameleer, and “Sancai” refers to the colours that were used during the Tang Dynasty.

This work is written for amplified violin and electronics. Field recordings of the Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam, taken in Xinjiang 2015, is operated through granular synthesis and serve as an extra dimension to the work. “Miles Upon Miles” is commissioned by violinist Patrick Yim in 2018.


About Austin YIP

As a multimedia artist, Austin Yip’s works investigate on the relationship between literature and sound, as well as the meaning of connotation and denotation through musical and visual means. Recent works include “City Beats” (2019), a work for harpsichord, electronics and video that challenges musical connotation; “Miles Upon Miles” (2018), a work for amplified violin and electronics that juxtaposes violin and Xinjiang Uyghur Muqam; “Project ‘Ballet de la nuit’: Eurydice” (2017), an hour-long electroacoustic work that investigates on the 17th century’s cross-casting tradition; and “Metamorphosis” (2016), an orchestral work that portrays Kafka’s novel of the same title musically.

Frequently presented at musical festivals, Yip’s works have been performed worldwide, examples include the ISCM World New Music Days (Beijing 2018, Sydney 2010), New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival (2018), Seoul International Computer Music Festival (2018), Asian Composers League Conference and Festival (Japan 2010/2017, Vietnam 2016, Singapore 2014), World Saxophone Congress (France 2015, Scotland 2012), Intimacy of Creativity (2012) and many more.

Yip is the recipient of CASH Golden Sail Music Award, Chou’s Annual Composition Commission Award, James Kitagawa Memorial Music Scholarship, Regents’ and Chancellor’s Scholarship, Henry Holbrook Scholarship, James King Scholarship, Eisner Prize, Milton C. Witzel Memorial Prize, University Postgraduate Fellowship, Rayson Huang Scholarship and CASH Best Commissioned Piece Award. Yip received his master and doctorate degree in music composition at the University of Hong Kong, and a bachelor degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

Yip’s works are published by Donemus (Netherlands), ABRSM (UK), BabelScores (France), Ablaze Records (US), Navona Records (US), Hugo Production and Hong Kong Composers Guild. He is currently a lecturer at the Hong Kong Baptist University.




葉氏的作品由荷蘭出版社Donemus、英國皇家音樂學院出版社、法國出版社Babelscores、美國唱片公司Ablaze Records、Navona Records、雨果唱片及香港作曲家聯會出版。他現為香港浸會大學音樂系講師。