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Between the words, Beyond the words with Hiroko Komiya and Yif


Between the words, Beyond the words is a new collaboration with Hiroko Komiya and Yif from the Silence series. This was a joy to record.
From Hiroko:
This meeting with her was very special in the forest. I talked with her about moon, poem, songs, and silence. Then I recorded her voice by the river and camp fire.
I will never forget the full moon sky we saw together one night. Thanks to Yif for this collaboration with her voice and text. This track is a combination of voice recording and Chris’s instrumental performance. This series of voices will continue.

Photo and Recording of Voice: Hiroko Komiya

Voice and Text: Yif

Instruments: Chris H. Lynn

Full Text below from Yif:

Between the words
A pauses between inhale and exhale,
silence exists.
( )Empty, infinite.
Before to get to the next word –
the next moment,
before the spoon touches the teacup,
lonely traveler,
how much time it takes?

Beyond the words
The noise weaves a wall of sound,
surrounded by it, so crowded,
so crowded until every note loses its meaning.
The huge noise melts everything,
— no different anymore,
there is silence.

In the silence, you can hear the subtlest sound and it becomes the loudest. Those vibrating
frequencies make silence exist. At the same time, this blank Ness of silence is where the
Sound becomes visible.

And out of the silence? Maybe it’s the sound of black hole, where silence gives up on itself
and swallowed up.

Listen carefully.
The time is dropping,
so sharp, brush my eyes,
so gently, melt one ice cream.

Silence may be a minimalist aesthetic. It tends to be extreme, encompassing, and emotional.

Listen deeply
–some pieces of silence

“Emptiness/Silence is the ultimate order.” -Jiddu Krishnamurti

“The Next Best Sound to Silence.” -ECM

In the book “But Beautiful – A Book About Jazz”, there is a description of the piano master
Keith Jarrett under ECM:
“…he’s music effects time as a snow fall effects sound, replacing what was noticeable with
an absence more strongly felt than what is normally so perceptibly present.”

For The exhibition ” Ryuichi Sakamoto: seeing sound, hearing time ” in Beijing, –Ryuichi
Sakamoto sends words:
“… I hope that Chinese audiences can also enjoy the boundary between sound and noise, the
boundary between sound and silence, and the separation between sound and image through
the works.”

The rain in a new place

the rain in a new place
DV/Color/ 5:11/ Silent
Location: Jiangsu Province, China
The rain in a new place was originally composed and edited for the 5 x 5 event where five filmmakers created films for Sergie Prokofiev’s Quintet in G minor for the Riverdale Chamber Music Society which featured University of Maryland’s School of Music faculty and students. This production was a live event held at the Riverdale Mansion in Maryland, April 2016. Here is the silent version of the video. Some of the images appeared in my earlier films shot in Jiangsu Province, China. Enjoy!

New dialogues 4

I am excited to share a new installment of the dialogue series. Big thanks to Una Lee and Daniel Barbiero. Have a look.

Score: Daniel Barbiero
Original text and narration: Una Lee and Chris H Lynn.
Dialogues is an exchange of poems, letters, or notes that are presented as voice- overs. Each narration is accompanied with the same landscape

Kyuja Bae’s A dance of trauma and How to carry stones in us with the Sky Dancers.

Really thrilled and moved that “Then. and then…” my collaborative sound piece with Hiroko Komiya was used for Kyuja Bae’s powerful and moving Butoh performance A dance of trauma and her performance with the Sky performers How to carry stones in us. I posted the two videos below. Here is some info about Kyuja, a Norway based interdisciplinary artist and her collaborators, Check it out.

A dance of trauma:

Dance: Kyuja Bae 

Video: Vegard Landsverk 

Music: Then.and then by Chris H Lynn & Hiroko Komiya

Editing: Ioannis Lelakis

Arigatou to Hiroko and Kyuja Bae

Silence of Silence


I am happy to share  another collaboration with Hiroko which features Austrian poet Carla Rihl. A great pleasure to listen to this poem in German and to imagine this landscape.

From Hiroko:

It was mid summer in the mountain and forest by the lake and river.I
started to record voice.The voice had a presence like a flowing
landscape. It was time to listen and take a deep breath with the forest
air. Thanks to Carla Rihl for participating with her voice and poem.
This track is a combination of voice recording and Chris’s piano
performance. This series of voices will continue.

“Silence of Silence”
Translated from German to English.

S                           O                               S

Silence of waking up

Silence of falling asleep

Silence of dreaming

Silence of believing

Silence of pain

Silence of hope

Silence in a crowd

Silence between two words

Silence in an empty space

Silence of loneliness

Silence of leaving

Silence of letting go

Silence because death is screaming

Silence of listening

Silence of a sacred place

Silence of feeling

Silence of anger

Silence of being forced

Silence of sinking

Silence of singing

Silence of darkness

Silence of your eyes

Silence of magic

Silence of shining

Silence of tragic

Silence under water

Silence of surprise

Silence of you being nice

Silence of love

Silence of greeting

silence of praying

Silence of waving

Silence of raving

Silence of stumbling

Silence of stopping

Silence of blocking

Silence of cutting

Silance of disrupting

Silence of disapprove

silence of dissolving

Silence of dying

Silence of flying

Silence of memory

Silence of a tear

Silence you can’t hear

Silence of creating

Silence of regretting

Silence of forgetting

Silence of emerging

Silence of images

Silence of numbers

Silence of a system

Silence of history

Silence of a spotlight

Silence of observing

Silence of showing

Silence of flowing

Silence of waiting

Silence of the clock

Silence of passing

Silence of tracing

Silence of touch

Silence of breaking

silence of bleeding

Silence of breathing

Silence of hearts beating

silence of pleasing

Silence of releasing

Silence of trying

Silence of walking

silence of finding

Silence of fading

Silence of staying

Silence of saying

Silence of Silence

Silence of


Voice and Poem: Carla Rihl

Concept, Recording and Photo: Hiroko Komiya

Piano: Chris H Lynn