Deborah Kim is a Korean-Australian composer, performer and researcher whose works focus on the aesthetics of Korean traditional music and music communication through audiovisual scores.
Kim graduated B/Mus Composition at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music where she developed her work entitled "Cognitive Sound Image" for the Motion Graphics Score and Janggu (the traditional Korea drum). Vibrant activities on promoting Janggu were undertaken globally. These activities were broadcasted on the Korean News Channel YTN and were introduced globally through radio interviews, and numerous articles on newspapers and magazines including the cover story featured on the “TOP Woman Magazine” highlighting the representation of woman composer in Australia, Korea and abroad. Kim received the Grand prize from the Ministry of Unification Minister’s Award in South Korea in 2015.
Furthermore, compositions implementing the visual scores were performed live in various performance models at the International conferences including the “Han:geul for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score” performed at the 43rd International Computer Music Conference in South Korea where she received the first prize at the inaugural Hack-N-Makerthon of ICMC in 2018.
Kim is a current PhD student at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music researching Korean musical traditions and implementation of the contemporary music technologies with a combination of audiovisual scores.
As a media director of a global project “Project UL-SSI-GU", Kim puts street performances of Korean drumming with Korean Pungmul musicians around the world on August 15 every year to celebrate the Liberation Day of Korea and hope for the world peace with the general public.
Bachelor of Music, Composition, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney 2014
학사, 작곡, 시드니 대학 (시드니 음대), 2014
PhD, Composition and Music Technology, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, University of Sydney - in progress 철학박사, 작곡과 음악 테크놀로지, 시드니 대학 (시드니 음대) - 진행중
Research supervisor: Dr Ivan Zavada
Ministry of Unification Minister’s Award - Grand Prize
(26th Dec 2015, Seoul City Hall)
1st Prize Winner at the ICMC 2018 & inaugural Hack-N-Makerthon
(8th August 2018, Daegu)
2019 ICMA Asia/Oceania Regional Award Winner
(June 2019, New York, USA)
2018 International Computer Music Conference & Hack-N-Makerthon 1st Place Prize
2019 International Computer Music Association - Student travel grant
2019 International Computer Music Association - 2019 ICMA Asia/Oceania Regional Prize
Kim, D. (2014). Cognitive Sound Image: The creative compositional process involved in electroacoustic audiovisual music and motion graphics score designing. Emille, 12, 25-29.
Bandi Christian School (Busan, South Korea), “Bandi, School of Love” composed and written by Deborah Kim - 2017
Program Developer and Teacher
Hanwoori College, Dural, NSW, Australia - 2012-Present
International Christian Arts School, Dural, NSW, Australia - 2007 - Present
- Developing self-directed learning skills and class materials & activities
- Teaching Mathematics
- Teaching piano and music composition
CEO, Program Developer and Teacher
530English, Gangnam, South Korea - 2017 - Present
- Developing language learning programs and courses
Project UL-SSI-GU, Global Pungmul Institute, 9930 Capitol Dr, Wheeling, IL 60090 - 2014 - Present
Secretary (Australia Chapter) 간사 (호주협의회)
The Peaceful Unification Advisory Council 민주평화통일자문회의
Australia Youth Committee Chair (Australia Chapter)
The Peaceful Unification Advisory Council 민주평화통일자문회의
2020/21 Music Award Committee Judge
International Computer Music Association
Selected Compositions (2008-2020):
Electroacoustics and Fixed media:
Rhythms of Rain for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score (2019)
Han:geul for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score a multimedia performance (2018)
Cognitive Sound Image Motion Graphics score for Janggu (2013)
TANGENTS a live sound processing and motion graphics score for Janggu (2013)
Rhythm of the rain acousmatic piece for Janggu (2012)
OneNori: Playing four instruments through Janggu - Installation I (2013)
TwoNori: The Motion Graphics Score manipulated by the audience - Installation II (2013)
Come to Father’s arms, Contemporary Christian Music, 1st album by Deborah Kim of GloryHouse Music (2015)
Summer Rain, Jazz Improvisation for Janggu and piano by Deborah Kim and Johnson Nguyen (2013)
Love To See You Smile (ENCORE 2009), for Jazz band (2008)
Selected live Performances and Interactive Arts (2009-2022):
Kim,D. (2022). Rhythms of Rain. Platform-L, Seoul, Korea: Seoul International Computer Music Festival 2022 [More Information]
Kim,D. (2022/21). Chil-chae. Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile: International Computer Music Conference.
Kim,D. (2019). Rhythms of Rain. The Sheen Centre, New York, USA: International Computer Music Conference & NYCEMF 2019. [More information]
Kim, D. (2018). Han:geul for Janggu and Motion Graphics Score. Grand Hall, Daegu Concert House, Daegu, South Korea: International Computer Music Conference 2018. [More Information]
Kim, D. (2016). Cognitive Sound Image. Australian Technology Park, Sydney, Australia: NHIFF North Korean Human Rights Film Festival in Australia. [More Information]
Kim, D. (2016). Cognitive Sound Music. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Presence through sound: Place and Contemporary Music in and from East Asia (Symposium).
Kim, D. (2014). OneNori and Two Nori: Interactive Installations for Janggu. Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: Undergraduate Research Symposium and Sydney Conservatorium of Music Orientation Day. [More Information]
Kim, D., Nguyen, J. (2013). Summer Rain: Jazz for Janggu and Piano. East Recital Hall, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia.
Zavada, I., Kim, D. (2013). Tangents. Musicacoustica World Contemporary Music. Central Conservatorium of Music, Beijing, China (excludes SARs and Taiwan Province).
Zavada, I., Kim, D. (2013). Jasmine. Music Cafe, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney, Australia: ISEA 2013.
Kim, D. (2009). Love To See You Smile. Sydney Opera House, Sydney, Australia: ENCORE HSC 2008. [More Information]
December 4, 2016
March 29, 2016
August 7, 2018
February 25, 2014
December 12, 2013
October 23, 2013
June 8, 2013
July 25-31, 2021
June 18, 2019
Oct 14-16, 2022
March 16, 2009
Kim. D. (2022). Liberation Festival 815 해방 축제 815.
2022 - Present
Kim. D. (2017). [OFFICIAL] Project UL-SSI-GU 2017 Final full Video [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnQUYlAcvJY&index=2&list=PLjph28QfOfDBwPF4LBWD5P145jhNHJFYf
2014 - Present
Selected Media interviews (2014~ present):
March 1, 2015
Na, H. (Presenter). (2015). Seeing the sound of Janggu through the eyes [News Broadcast]. Seoul, South Korea: Korea News Channel YTN. [More Information]
September 19, 2018
Na, H. (DJ). (2018). Project UL-SSI-GU in Sydney [Radio Broadcast]. Na, H. (Producer). SBS Korean. Sydney, NSW: SBS Radio. [More Information]
January 26, 2017
Cha, Y. (DJ). (2017). GloryHouse Music Special [Radio Broadcast]. Cha, Y. (Producer). Special Morning. Busan, South Korea: Busan Far East Broadcasting Company.
December 19, 2014
Na, H. (DJ). (2018). Deborah Kim, a developer of the Motion Graphics Score for Janggu [Radio Broadcast]. Na, H. (Producer). SBS Korean. Sydney, NSW: SBS Radio. [More Information]
October 28, 2014
Ahn, J. (DJ). (2014). Composer and traditional Korean percussionist, Deborah Kim [Radio Broadcast]. Ahn, J. (Producer). 1030 Main Street. Seoul, South Korea: Tbs eFM.
Kim, J. (2018, August 7). Future Computer Music ideas come to reality. Daegu Daily. [More Information]
[Articles and Magazines:]
August 7, 2018
July 6, 2018
Yang, D. (2018, July 6). 1.5 generation Korean-Australian Musician, Deborah Kim. Australia Top Media Group. [More Information]
October 27, 2015
Song, S. (2015, October 27). Deborah Kim and Lois Kim, 1st album release ‘GloryHouse Music’. Cross News. [More Information]
March 11, 2015
Kim, M. (2015, March 11). Deborah Kim, 1.5 generation Korean-Australian musician who combines traditional and contemporary Korean music. Korean Foundation For International Cultural Exchange
January 12, 2015
Yang, D. (2015, January). Cover story: Ulssigu Johta, Deborah Kim, a composer and performer. Top Woman Magazine, 107. [More Information]
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