[Kamal Sabran @kamalsabran] is an artist-researcher based in Malaysia. He has a PhD in Art and Design (New Media) from the Universiti of Teknologi MARA. His practice is inter-disciplinary and exists at the intersection of art, science, and technology. His research is in the area of art-based interventions for health and well-being. His art work includes experimental music, performance art, and electronic installations. Kamal’s practice is collaborative and he frequently pursues opportunities with other artists, musicians, researchers and scientists. He has won the ‘Best New Media Artist Award’ Young and Contemporary from the Malaysian National Art Gallery in 2004, Best NOKIA Music Video Director in 2006 as well as the ‘ASEAN New Media Artist Award’ from the Indonesian National Art Gallery in 2007. He was Artist-In-Residence at the National Space Agency, Malaysia in 2005 and invited to be part of the visiting artist program for 18th Street Art Center in Santa Monica California in 2015. He is also the founder of an experimental music/sound art collective known as “Space Gambus Experiment” and Ipoh Experimental Art School, a creative space focusing on producing experimental art projects. He has been scoring several award-winning films with directors such as Mamat Khalid, Shanjhey Kumar, Tan Chui Mui, Ho Yuhang, Pete Teo and many more. He is currently working as a lecturer at Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Penang.
In this episode of Extended Asia Vol. 2 “Satellite”, he created a “Obat Bunyi ” which is an experimental music based on the concept of sound medicine. In this project, I’m exploring the potentials of sonic experimentation to be part of therapeutic purposes for the listeners. By combining various Brainwave Frequencies with traditional instruments such as gamelan and rebab, this project forms a healing soundscape that perhaps gives benefit to mental health and well-being. Recorded at The Gamelan Studio, School of The Arts Universiti Sains Malaysia. Mixed, mastered and produced by Kamal Sabran at Ipoh Experimental Art School. Musicians: Che Mat Jusoh on Rebab and Serunai , Mhd Sany Mhd Hanif on Gamelan and Gendang, Kamal Sabran: Analog Synthesizers, Electronics and Sampler.
Image by Kamal Sabran