In light of the current situation, Creation for Freespace: Exploring Experimental Music with Aki Onda on 21-22 February 2020 (Friday-Saturday) will be rescheduled. Details will be announced on the West Kowloon Cultural District website in due course. Programme Enquiries:

This February, Japanese avant-garde musician and visual artist Aki Onda brings his creative vision and rich experience in music and art making to Freespace with a series of events and workshops on music experimentation and improvisation. Known for his compositions and visual artworks created from field recordings saved on cassette tapes over the last three decades, Onda has presented his works at MoMA, the Louvre Museum and Sound Live Tokyo. He has collaborated with filmmakers, visual artists, musicians, and choreographers, including Ken Jacobs, Michael Snow and Takashi Makino.

The series features a two-day Workshop with Aki Onda, where participants explore theories of experimental music and improvisation, and engage in hands-on practice.

There is also a public Work-in-Progress Showcase, where Onda and local experimental musicians showcase works created during a professional exchange programme in February.

Workshop with Aki OndaWork-in-Progress Showcase

Workshop with Aki Onda

In this two-day workshop, Onda works with local musicians with an interest in creating experimental music and sound art to explore techniques of improvisation and experimentation.

The session offers an introduction to the development of experimental music in different regions with examples of work by a variety of sound artists. Working collaboratively, participants look at how to incorporate a variety of techniques, such as improvisation, extended instrumental technique, spatial sound and deep listening into existing music or art practices, and discuss how to conceptualise works within the framework of critical discourse for experimental music.

Date and Time:
21 February 2020 (Friday) 8:00pm–10:30pm
22 February 2020 (Saturday) 2:30pm–5:00pm

The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)


Aki Onda

Number of Participants:

Target Participants:

  • Sound artists, musicians, music professionals and artists who specialise in installations, new media, creative media and visual arts
  • Students of music, visual arts, creative media, new media, fine arts, performing arts and visual communication
  • Those interested in the creation of experimental music and sound art, and seeking to gain a deeper understanding of the art form

HK$500 per participant

Application Deadline:
7 February 2020 (Friday)

Participant Selections:
Participants will be selected according to information submitted on the application form. Successful applicants will be contacted via email with payment instructions on or before 14 February 2020.

Work-in-Progress Showcase

Presented by Aki Onda and invited local experimental musicians and sound artists, the showcase features innovative and improvised new work resulting from a series of professional exchanges and collaborations.

22 February 2020 (Saturday)


The Room, Freespace, Art Park, West Kowloon Cultural District (Getting to Freespace)

Free admission. Limited capacity on a first come, first served basis. Please register online in advance.

Programme Enquiries:
(852) 2200 0883,

Adverse Weather Arrangements:
If a black rainstorm warning or a typhoon signal no. 8 or above is in force three hours before the start of the event, the event will be cancelled.

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