Ear Training

Ear training is having people listen to sounds played on a piano and identifying the pitch. Such exercises seek to develop accurate perceptions of pitch, one of the most important elements in Western music. Part of Western musical education, this training was distorted in wartime Japan into a military exercise to build soldiers’ listening abilities. It also led to the establishment of the pitch division in the Joseon Music Contest at the request of the Japanese Navy. Ear Training (2022) reconstructs the ear training that drills used in Japan’s classrooms and among its armed forces during World War II.

The reenactment of this training is based on scores written by students and unit members, interview materials, audio recordings, and works of other researchers studying the era. The video recreates a collection of enemy aircraft sounds jointly produced by the Japanese Army Air Defense School and Nitchiku Industrial Company and the underwater warship sounds analyzed by the Japanese Navy through a narrator's first-person experience and point-of-audition (POA) soundscape by the use of binaural (3-D) sounds. Through this reenactment, the work summons forth a strange auditory event that had been lost to history.

  • YoungEun Kim
  • YoungEun Kim
  • Bonggu Park
  • Jiwon Lee
  • Taeyong Cho
  • Eugene Kim
  • Nam Yoon Kim
    Sound Mixing
  • YoungEun Kim
    Sound Design
  • Project Type:
    Animation, Experimental, Short, Other
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 14 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    July 8, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
    Korea, Republic of
  • Country of Filming:
    Korea, Republic of, United States
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  • Student Project:
  • Frames of Sound [Solo Exhibition]
    Korea, Republic of
    July 8, 2022
    World Premiere
  • Kasseler Dokfest (Kassel Documentary Film and Video Festival)
    November 14, 2023
    International Premiere
Director Biography - YoungEun Kim

YoungEun Kim’s work examines the history of sound, focusing on how the history of modernization and colonialism has shaped our aural perception centering around Asia and the Asian diasporic community. She studied Art at Hongik University and the Korea National University of Arts, Sonology at the Royal Conservatory of the Hague in the Netherlands. She was an artist-in-residence at Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Film and Digital Media at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts Bern, Switzerland; Samsung Museum of Art, Korea; National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, USA; and many others. She has been awarded at Prix Ars Electronica and SongEun Art Award.

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