The title Kouji (口机) is derived from the traditional Chinese form of entertainment called Kouji (口技): a one-man show based on mimicry, song, and story-telling. The first character “kou (口)” means “mouth” or “vocal” while the second word “ji (技)” loosely translates to “skill.” This type of entertainment required various “vocal skills,” including mimicking noises from nature like the cries of animals. This composition explores the more modern practice of vocal percussion (commonly referred to as “beatboxing”), by sampling vocally produced sounds to create an electronic percussion ensemble. Suitably, the character from the title “ji (机)” means “machine,” making the complete title “vocal machine,” as a pun on the traditional practice of “vocal skill.”

Kouji (口机) was premiered during the 2016 Society of Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States (SEAMUS) National Conference, and was selected to present at the 2016 Toronto International Electroacoustic Symposium