Seung-yoon Lee

Seung-yoon Lee


Seung-yoon Lee is the CEO and co-founder of Radish and previously ran Byline. Radish is a freemium Youtube for stories where you can write, share, and monetise from serialised fiction based on bite-sized pieces suitable for 10 minutes on a smartphone. It is a digital update of the Victorian idea of the serialised novel. For his commitment to media innovation, Seung-yoon was recognised by Forbes as one of the members of the inaugural class of the inaugural class members of Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia. Before launching Radish, Seung-yoon has also built Byline, the world’s most visited crowdfunded journalism platform netting $350,000 to more than 80 journalists in the first six month. As its CEO, he secured exclusive interviews with media thinkers like Noam Chomsky, Julian Assange, Sir Harold Evans, and others. The service is now managed by crowdfunded journalism pioneer Peter Jukes. He was the first East Asian President of the Oxford Union, world’s famous debating society. During his term, he hosted world-class speakers including fellow South Korea rapper PSY, Senator John McCain, and President Martii Ahtisaari. He also launched the Union’s own Youtube Channel that features its key debates and speaker events for the first time. He is a contributing editor for The WorldPost, a joint venture of The Huffington Post and Berggruen Institute.

Lee was previously a member of The Worldpost Contributing Editors.

composed by Arswain
machine learning consultation by Anna Tskhovrebov
commissioned by the Berggruen Institute
premiered at the Bradbury Building
downtown Los Angeles
april 22, 2022

Human perception of what sounds “beautiful” is necessarily biased and exclusive. If we are to truly expand our hearing apparatus, and thus our notion of beauty, we must not only shed preconceived sonic associations but also invite creative participation from beings non-human and non-living. We must also begin to cede creative control away from ourselves and toward such beings by encouraging them to exercise their own standards of beauty and collaborate with each other.

Movement I: Alarm Call
‘Alarm Call’ is a long-form composition and sound collage that juxtaposes, combines, and manipulates alarm calls from various human, non-human, and non-living beings. Evolutionary biologists understand the alarm call to be an altruistic behavior between species, who, by warning others of danger, place themselves by instinct in a broader system of belonging. The piece poses the question: how might we hear better to broaden and enhance our sense of belonging in the universe? Might we behave more altruistically if we better heed the calls of – and call out to – non-human beings?

Using granular synthesis, biofeedback, and algorithmic modulation, I fold the human alarm call – the siren – into non-human alarm calls, generating novel “inter-being” sonic collaborations with increasing sophistication and complexity. 

Movement II: A.I.-Truism
A synthesizer piece co-written with an AI in the style of Vangelis’s Blade Runner score, to pay homage to the space of the Bradbury Building.

Movement III: Alarmism
A machine learning model “learns” A.I.Truism and recreates Alarm Call, generating an original fusion of the two.

Movement IV: A.I. Call
A machine learning model “learns” Alarm Call and recreates A.I.Truism, generating an original fusion of the two.