Ji Youn Kang was born in Seoul, South Korea in 1977. She studied Music Composition at the Chu-Gye University of the Arts from 1998 to 2002 and was taught by Yong Shil Park. In 2003 she also continued studying as a research student in the Computer Music Department at Han-Yang University. At that time, she joined the ‘Super Jang-Go’ project, rebuilding an instrument to an electronic one using sensors and MSP.
She moved to the Netherlands in 2006, and in 2008 she acheived her master’s degree in Sonology 2nd phase in the Royal Conservatoire in Hollands under Paul Berg, and expanded her knowledge in Electro-Acoustic music and Music composition. From 2009 to 2011, she continued studying Composition atConservatorium van Amsterdam under Wim Henderickx and Jorrit Tamminga, where she achieved her Master’s degree and explored more for composing instruments and electronics. She as well composes for purely instrumental music; her piece for the project with the Nieuw Ensemble, ‘Enfolding Plane’ shows her reinterpretation of her own tape piece later translated into the instrumental music.
Most of her pieces have been written based on the Korean traditional music, especially ritual and folk music, trying to achieve her own musical colours and language that are expressed by computer generated sounds and multichannel system. Upon the aims, she composed a series of Electronic music pieces ‘Nea-Rim Gut,’ a representitive Korean shamanic ritual, and 9 pieces for the Wave Field Synthesis System (192 loudspeakers). Her pieces have been played in many different places and festivals including La Biennale di Venezia in Italy, the Gaudeamus Muziekweek, Sonic Acts, STRP, TodaysArt, ModernBody, International Film Festival Rotterdam in the Netherlands, Internationales Musikinstitut Darmstadtin Germany, Sonar in Spain, Festival Archipel in Switzerland, sonADA in United Kingdom, SICMF in South Korea, Time of Music in Finland and Royaumont, Synthesis in France.
Currently she is working as a freelance Composer/Sound Artist in The Netherlands.