The humble recorder takes centre stage at the Singapore Pavilion at the Venice Biennale

Production crew and participants of the Recorder Rewrite workshop alongside curator Michelle Ho (fourth row from the front, third from right, wearing shades) and artist Song-Ming Ang (fourth row from the front, second from right).
Production crew and participants of the Recorder Rewrite workshop alongside curator Michelle Ho (fourth row from the front, third from right, wearing shades) and artist Song-Ming Ang (fourth row from the front, second from right).PHOTO: DYLON GOH FOR NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL
Artist Song-Ming Ang at the filming of Recorder Rewrite.
Artist Song-Ming Ang at the filming of Recorder Rewrite.PHOTO: DYLAN GOH FOR NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL

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

"Everything about the recorder in our memory is so bad," says the 38-year-old artist of the hard plastic instrument that was a staple in Singapore schools from the 1970s onwards.

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