SONIC Relics 2

STPI – Creative Workshop & Gallery

SONIC Relics 2

About Artwork

For SONIC Relics, fragments of sound circuits embossed onto paper look almost ancient or archeological. Using the power of the printing machines to pressure electronic parts into paper seems like a process of fossilisation, as if capturing the data or memory of sound and the machinery behind it. We are invited to play the role of the excavator,
to decode and comprehend the textures and physicality behind a visceral, transient experience.

Artist Profile

As one of Singapore’s leading sound-media artists, Zulkifle Mahmod’s (b.1975, Singapore) interdisciplinary and experimental approach to sound media has expanded the sensory experience of the visual arts. Formally trained in sculpture, Zul has expanded his practice to include live sound performances and sculpted sounds, which are produced by his ready-made gadget-instruments or sound sculptures. His practice investigates the aural relationship between these instruments and the architecture of space, which he terms “sound constructions’ or “sound-scapes”. Focusing on the sculptural qualities of the everyday objects that surround us, his works encourage close listening and an appreciation for the sounds of our urban environments.

Combining his long-standing interest in the aural and the resources available to him at the Creative Workshop, Zul’s body of work created at STPI explores the visualisation of sounds through prints. Working through this thread of enquiry, the artist uses basic electronic circuitry that produces pure sinewave as a starting point to capture the essence of time.

Following this trajectory, Zul examines how sounds/memories can be captured and stored, used and discarded, amplified through layering and adding textures (with some being amplified more than others), and finally, how there is the final imprint and composition in our minds. Such an exploration teases out the idea of how through the process of storing sound/memories, new narratives can be “created” via this procedure.

ZUL has exhibited across the globe. His notable initiatives include an industrial-sound inspired soundtrack in conjunction with an Antoni Tapies exhibition at the Singapore Art Museum and winning Singapore Straits Time Life! Theatre Award 2010 for Best Sound Design (RPM by Kafai/


Zul Mahmod


Collagraph on paper, 6-part installation


25 x 18 cm each