NVA and the Transpacific Express collective teamed up to bring two keynote speakers—Michelle Cho and Yuriko Furuhata—to discuss various aspects of asian electronic music cultures.
East Asia already produces much of the hardware that powers electronic music culture, but can it produce the software—the soul and ghost of the machine as well? Is Kpop just the so-called “factory produced” sound of a globalized idol industry, or is it also an audio-visual dance culture that takes influence from popular and underground music genres across the Pacific?
About Yuriko Furuhata
Yuriko Furuhata is a media theorist and historian working at McGill University. Her writings on environmental architecture and the history of avant-garde cinema have appeared in such publications as Media+Environment, Grey Room, Screen, and Animation.
About Transpacific Express
Transpacific Express is a Montreal-based collective founded to promote the circum-global sounds of East Asian hip-hop, r&b, boogie, disco, acid, and house.