Flora Yin Wong: The ‘Monday Is OK’ Mix
Though word and sound, Flora Yin Wong‘s work has explores intimate, existential and spiritual subjects.
Her experimental sound work pairs the organic with the synthetic, marrying early traditional instruments with field recordings and the use of electronic processing techniques.
These sonic collages, which have found a home on the likes of PAN, Modern Love and Danse Noire, can take the form of abstract sound pieces or rhythmic excursions, and have examined all manner of themes from death and rebirth to fire rituals, mythology and memory.
With her new project Doyenne, she’s found a way of pairing her love of writing and composing. Both a label and independent book publisher, through the platform she’ll examine new forms, ephemera and the divine feminine, beginning with a split tape release from herself and French-Egyptian artist Susu Laroche.
Alongside the tape, Flora will release a book titled 002 that documents the tradition of ‘Singing to Spirits’, which features poems and illustrations from her and Susu, as well as several contributions from their friends including Sarah Shin, YL Hooi, Lucinda Chua and Cucina Povera.
Today’s mix celebrates the influences behind the label, including ritualistic music and found sound, and music that you’ll hear on the label in the future, including tracks from this first release…
Please introduce yourself… Who are you, where are you, what are you?
I’m Flora, I’m in Bali, Indonesia right now, I make music and write, please don’t make me think about my life
Tell us about the Monday mixtape you’ve put together for us.
It’s a bit of a taster of the first EP and some influences that went into the formation of Doyenne, the new record label I started this month, that traverses through dabke, ritualistic music and found sound etc.
If it were to be drawn what would it look like?
It would look like the cover art drawn by my friend who is a wee nutter
What would be the ideal setting to listen to the mix?
Maybe a walk through a dark forest or if you’re trying to summon some spirits
What should we be wearing?
Where was it recorded?
In Hong Kong on a last minute visa run
Are you on the same wavelength as the boomtown rats or do you actually like Mondays?
Who got you hooked on music?
What was the first record you heard and how did it make you feel?
Sweet Like Chocolate was the first cassette I bought and it was and still is super cute
What were the first and last records you bought?
Ok covered first but last physical vinyl was a gamelan record I found in a flea market in Seoul
What are you obsessed with at the moment?
Losing my mind
If you could travel in time… where in time would you go? Why?
Maybe to the future by like 20 years to see what was up