Kotmun (A Gate of Flowers)

Suk-Jun Kim

  • Year of composition: 2005
  • Duration: 8:56
  • Instrumentation: fixed medium
  • Commission: IMEB


In Korea, ornaments on doors with drawings or wood sculpture of flowers are not just an act of decoration; it is also one common way to bring good spirits to the house and to the people who live there. Many people pass or peek through these doors — an act of desire to get to another space. Sometimes however, one just gazes at the doors, their beautiful flowers and colors. One forgets why she or he was looking at them in the first place or what they wanted to seek beyond them. They stay on the border in-between, enchanted by their exquisite beauty. With Kotmun, the composer intends to auralize this moment of awareness. With the help of the poetic elements of the recorded sounds and the thematic structures of the compositions, the composer aims at creating the uneasiness and yet, spell-bounding experience of this border. Kotmun was commissioned by IMEB (Institut international de musique électroacoustique de Bourges), France.