DALBUKKI is the short version of the Korean words Dal (moon), Geobuk (terrapin) and Tokki (rabbit). Moon, terrapin and rabbit can be found in lots of Korean fairy tales. One of this fairy tales in the Pansori* – the Korean traditional opera – is called 'Su-Gung Ga'**. The story is about a crafty rabbit and a faithful terrapin.
Ge-Suk Yeo's DALBUKKI deforms the story and transforms it into modern spirit: Now it narrates from a terrapin which fells in love with the moon, a raging search of the rabbit and somebody who feels followed by the moon. -
The story, which is already humorous and fantastic in its original version, now gets almost an absurd twist. At DALBUKKI Ge-Suk Yeo tells us the story as a colourful carpet of sounds. The mere endless seesaw between the actors gets a game of music and sounds. Tatters of the original story appear here and there. In doing so Ge-Suk Yeo's voice is accompanied by electro acoustic sound-samples.
A beautiful world of sounds appears, which after a while are so present that you feel you are part of it. A world filled with gossip, trifles, bubbling and whispering beings, true sound sculptures emerge to the audience. A fabulous journey for open minds.
* Pansori - a traditional Korean art form combining storytelling and music
** 'Su-Gung-Ga' - The song of the underwater palace
Stills of Ge-Suk Yeo's DALBUKKI video.
The song of the underwater palace
"Sugung-ga is based on the story of the Dragon King of the Southern Sea, a turtle, and a wily rabbit.
The king is suffering from an ailment that can be cured only with the liver of a rabbit. The King thereupon summons all the ministers to look for the liver of a rabbit on the ground. The turtle volunteers his service to journey to a forest and return with a rabbit.
The turtle succeeds in doing this by luring the rabbit with the wonderful prospects of living in the palace. The rabbit, after discovering his dangerous situation at the palace, coaxes the King to allow him to return to the forest by explaining that his liver was so much in demand that it finally became necessary to conceal it in a secret place and that he has, therefore, come without it.
Upon hearing this, the Dragon King of the Southern Sea grants rabbit permission to go back to the forest with the terrapin after the rabbit promises that he will return with his liver. Once in the forest, the rabbit ridicules the King's and turtle's stupidity and is never seen again. But the rabbit is actually quite moved by the turtle's faithfulness to the King."
Source: National Changgeuk Company of Korea
Ge-Suk Yeo's DALBUKKI
a modernistic deformation of Su-Gung Ga
In Sugung-ga animals satirize beings, thus showing the world as it really is.
Ge-Suk Yeo's DALBUKKI deforms the story of Su-Gung Ga and transforms it into modern spirit: Now it narrates from a turtle which fells in love with the moon, a raging search of the rabbit and some beeings who feel followed by the moon. - The story, which is already humorous and fantastic in its original version, now gets almost an absurd twist.
At DALBUKKI Ge-Suk Yeo tells us the story as a colourful carpet of sounds. The mere endless seesaw between the actors gets a game of music and sounds. Tatters of the original story appear here and there.
I. DALBUK - Moon Dream of the Sea Turtle
II. BUKKI - Rabbit-search game
III. DALBUKKI - The rabbit, who lives on the moon
Sound performance with text
Electroacoustic music with Korean text -text by Ge-Suk Yeo.
Lyrics: Ge-Suk Yeo
German text rectification: Birgit Maschke
Compositions: Ge-Suk Yeo
Vocals: Ge-Suk Yeo
Graphics: Ge-Suk Yeo
Video Animation: Ge-Suk Yeo
Recording, Mixing, Mastering: Ge-Suk Yeo
Production: Bernhard Woehrlin, ART.CappuccinoNet.com
Web: Bernhard Woehrlin, IT.CappuccinoNet.com
Calligraphies: paint-brush and ink on Korean paper
original size: 21.0 x 29.7
digitalized and animated with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe
After Effects and Adobe Premiere
samples and resamples created with
- Roland SP-303 Dr. Boss,
sound editing and mastering with
- Steinberg Cubase;
- Steinberg WaveLab 4,5,6,
- tc-electronic PowerCore Firewire,
- Universal Audio UAD-1
Published 09|2005 on ART.CappuccinoNet.com
[Product ID: ART 008, ILN: 4260046970125, LabelCode: 00327]
DVD - [PAL, MPEG 2 , MPEG audio (MPEG 1 layer 2)]
Durration audiovisual performance
approx 45:00 min
Live audiovisual performance:
- Ableton Live/ Max for Live
- Vidvox VDMX, Quartz Composer
- STEIM JunXion
- iPod touch/ TouchOSC/ OSCulator
- Novation Launchpad
- Korg nanoKontrol, nanoPad
necessary hardware for live performance
1 x DVD player (may repeat the movie clip)
1 x beamer
- idea, composition, calligraphies, video animation,
vocals, electro acoustic sounds, samples by Ge-Suk Yeo