Early Music Institute
The Early Music Institute was established in September 2005 with the aim of promoting active research and performance of early music (music in or before the Baroque period). Led by Director Oh Ja-kyeong, two senior researchers of the Institute, Jeong Gyeong-young and Lee Seong-ryul, were selected as academic research professors of the National Research Foundation of Korea and have conducted research on early music for three years.
The Institute has promoted greater understanding of early music by hosting a series of special lectures titled “Rediscovery of Early Music”, inviting overseas early music performers and scholars such as R. Stewart. In 2008, the Institute held a workshop led by Honami Koga and Kiyotaka Yayoshi, renowned Baroque dance experts from Japan. The Institute also hosted academic forums with the topic of “Sponsoring German-Based Music in the 18th Century” in 2011, and “Philosophy, Theology and Bach in the 18th Century” in 2012. For performance activities, the Institute has hosted the K-Arts Bach Week since 2009, where German performers and conductors specialized in Bach’s music such as C. Bossert and R. Boerger are invited to promote better understanding of Bach’s various worlds of music.
Computer Music Center
The Computer Music Center undertakes research into music and sounds using computers as part of a wider remit to promote the creation of computer music. Its major projects include virtual reality, video music and sound work (KIST cooperation project) for the Gyeongju Cultural Expo 2000; production of sound and music for the logic game “The Pendulum of Hades” made in collaboration with OrAndIf, a venture business of Seoul National University; and industry-academy projects, such as developing cell phone ringtones for LG electronics. The Center has also carried out education projects, including training MBC Radio producers and sound technicians.
In addition, based on its close relationship with the Korea Electro-Acoustic Music Society, the Center has contributed to the promotion of computer music performances by participating in ACC 2008 (Osaka Geidai) concert, Next Wave Concert 2008 and others.
Korean Composers Center
Within Korea, there is as yet no organization or research center that systematically collects, studies and supplies creative music. Accordingly, countless pieces of creative music are fading away, denying the next generation the value of their musical and cultural properties. Significant challenges abound in regards to ways to theoretically systemize our creative music and establish the identity of our music. Moreover, there are limitations in globalizing and spreading our creative music to the world.
To this end, the School of Music established the Center to enable future leaders of Korean music circles to see and enter the global music industry with a broader perspective. For this, the Center promotes the kind of insight required for students to actually become the leaders of the global music scene. The first goal is to provide a new model for production, performance and research activities of Korean composers. In addition, the Center collects data on Korean composers and conducts joint research projects. Moreover, it also establishes theories relevant to Korean music, recommends the strategic direction for long-term development, and strives to globalize the works of Korean composers and interact with an international audience.