Kids' recorder works on the world stage

Singapore artist Song-Ming Ang during the filming of his multimedia installation, Recorder Rewrite.
Singapore artist Song-Ming Ang during the filming of his multimedia installation, Recorder Rewrite.PHOTO: DYLON GOH FOR THE NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

Footage of primary-school pupils playing the recorder is part of home-grown artist Song-Ming Ang's multimedia installation for next year's Venice Biennale

When he was in primary school, Song-Ming Ang - like most pupils - had to play the recorder in music class and he was never a big fan.

"Everything about the recorder in our memory is so bad," says the 38-year-old artist of the instrument that has been ubiquitous in Singapore schools since the 1970s.

Please or to continue reading the full article. Learn more about ST PREMIUM.

Enjoy unlimited access to ST's best work

  • Exclusive stories and features on multiple devices
  • In-depth analyses and opinion pieces
  • ePaper and award-winning multimedia content
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 25, 2018, with the headline 'Kids' recorder works on the world stage'. Print Edition | Subscribe