Carolyn Chen

Interviewed by Berglind María Tómasdóttir

your practice


I make music to look into the inner lives of things.


I think most of my training is as a composer because that’s what my degree is in. So, in some ways it frames my outlook and sort of basic catalogue of techniques.
I make music using traditional musical instruments and also everyday objects and recorded sounds and texts, and people moving around and speaking, and rhythms of light and dark.


When I was developing as an artist I was always in conversation with people who were visual artists or art historians and making work with them and just exchanging ideas in the classes we were doing and hanging out, so I suppose my work is cross arts or could be called that, in that it’s not only using the traditional ingredients of classical music. I work with different media, just depending on the piece.