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)

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 dyasty; “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.