Sounds Like Print

Sounds Like Print

Date & Time

28.04 - 01.05.2023 12pm / 3pm-7pm
24.05.2023 - 26.11.2023 11am–7pm
Close on Mondays


Artists' Book Library


Free of charge


SOUNDS LIKE PRINT | 28.04–01.05.2023 | 24.05.2023–26.11.2023

Sounds Like Print looks at the interplay of “sound” and “print”, through objects produced in multiples and with the potential to circulate, like cassettes, CDs, vinyl records, books, fanzines, and posters. The presentation as a whole offers a visual slice of the “do-it-yourself” spirit of independent art and sound publishers, and their ways to connect with others through forms of self-expression.   

Complementing a central display of experimental music scenes in the Mainland and Hong Kong, several thematic “Notations” are on view. Also featured are installations by contemporary artists, which will evolve alongside performances and conversations by incorporating time and tempo over the run of the project.

Curated by Ingrid Pui Yee Chu and Dr Edward Sanderson, and co-organised with Daniel Szehin Ho.


Special thanks to all the artists in this project, pianists Shelley Ng and Linda Yim, Tom Lee Music, Contemporary Music Hong Kong, Hong Kong New Music Ensemble, and Matthew Walker and James Hoff (Primary Information).

Interns: Iuliia Zheribor, Hua You Ran (Rosen) Zhu


Fri, 28 Apr, 5:30-7pm | Top Ten: Selections from Sounds Like Print

For this casual gathering, Sounds Like Print curators Dr Edward Sanderson and Ingrid Pui Yee Chu will be inviting special guests, including publishers of "sound and print" from BOOKED:. Join them as they press "play" and count down through 10 select items from the display, sharing music on vinyl, cassette, and CD, while giving their reactions to how sound and packaging work together to encapsulate precious moments, sensory feelings, and meaningful messages.

Mon, 1 May, 12-7pm | Furniture Music: Sight Reading

For this durational performance corresponding with Coffee Table Music, Samson Young uses the final day of BOOKED: being Labour Day to serve as "page turner" for a rotating set of pianists who play the musical score from the Hong Kong artist's algorithmically-generated "songbooks"—one published for each day the work is presented in the Artists' Book Library.

Pianists: Shelley Ng and Linda Yim; Special thanks to Hong Kong New Music Ensemble (HKNME) and Tom Lee Music.

Wed, 7 Jun, 7:30-9pm | Tai Kwun Conversations: Sound Imprints

How do regional artists negotiate the changing relationship of sound between the "underground and academic milieux"? As scholars both writing on this subject, Dr Ryo Ikeshiro (School of Creative Media, City University of Hong Kong) and Dr Edward Sanderson (Co-curator, Sounds Like Print, Tai Kwun Contemporary) will discuss the role that academic and art print publishing, along with evolving contemporary media formats, play in documenting the development of sonic art scenes.

This TK Conversation also explores the possibilities of building up and conserving "immaterial heritage" through "sound" and "print" practices, followed by a Q&A session and a live performance by Ikeshiro.

English, with simultaneous interpretation in Cantonese.