A.TYPIST 26.02.14

A.TYPIST (Hankil Ryu, lo wie, Taeyong Kim)

A. Typist is a project group formed in 2011 by Korean musician Hankil Ryu and writers lo
wie and Taeyong Kim. The group is interested in the unusual and sudden results of acts
of writing, exploring if writing  can be another way of producing music/non­music works.
Investigating an unknown area between text and sound, they apply sound technology to
old  typewriters  and  their  own  mechanisms  so  that,  in  addition  to  the  original  sound,  a
sound derived from writing is produced. A.Typist's first works – Beckett's Typist, Profile,
and Descriptions for Other Things – have been released as three CD+Book sets in 2011
by The Manual and Mediabus. 



Hankil  Ryu is a musician  interested  in finding  an alternative  musical  structure  in
abandoned  objects  like  clockworks,  typewriters  and  telephones.  After  discovering  the
instrumental possibilities of a typewriter, he started to collaborate with writers lo wie and
Taeyong Kim. Since 2005, he organised a monthly event called RELAY and established
The Manual, his own publishing office.

lo wie has written screenplays and text for video works and now collaborates with other
musicians in making sound by writing text.

Taeyong Kim is a novelist born in 1974 in Seoul, South Korea. He majored in creative
writing  at  the  Graduate  School  of  Soongsil  University  and  currently  is  Professor  of
creative writing at Seoul Institute of the Arts. He has published two books of short stories,
Pig on the Grass (2007) and Pimp Story (2012), and a novel, Straight Out (2010), that
examines the fate of man in a world where language invariably betrays intention, yet there
is  no  choice  but  to  use  language  to retain  thought.  One  of  his  short  stories  has  been
published in France under the name J'etais un Maquereau (2011, Cartouche). In 2008, he
won The Korea Times Literary Award and in 2012 the Moonji Literary Award.