Mobile Phone Orchestra (MPO) is an interactive performance created in 2011. First performed at a festival, the audience of this piece, which amounted to four hundred people, became active participants: they were orchestra members. In 2011, Ng Chor Guan decided to begin commuting via the bicycle, brought him closer to the world in which he lives. The sounds, sights and smells to which he is exposed on the bicycle, as opposed to that in an automobile, offers much inspiration and motivation towards the creation of new works. He realizes that in commuting by car, one is isolated from the world. This isolation, he believes, creates misunderstanding and miscommunication; cycling opened him up to a world many left behind for comfort.
With Mobile Phone Orchestra, he wishes to share with his audience sounds and music he has seen on his numerous cycling trips; he wishes to inspire conversations and trigger imaginationas.
The tracks of Mobile Phone Orchestra are also an artist’s conversation attempt: they are recordings of a rapidly changing world whose sounds are fleeting and transient. These recordings, transcending time via art, is Ng’s way of making sense of the world around him.