Painted Face is an ambient music player created by Samson Young and Henry Chu. Misreadings of Cantonese Opera are represented in 6 generative compositions.

Tap to propagate
2 fingers (vertical) to alter the pitch
2 fingers (horizontal) to alter the speed
3 fingers to stop

Developed by Henry Chu and Samson Young
Commission by M+, Hong Kong’s new Museum of Visual Cultural for the 2012 West Kowloon Bamboo Theatre Exhibition

M+, the new Museum of Visual Culture for Hong Kong, aims to establish an inclusive and welcoming environment in a world class museum. Visual Art (including Ink Art), Moving Image, Design, Architecture and Popular Culture will be presented outside the framework of a predetermined hierarchical structure. M+ operates from a Hong Kong perspective with a global vision, connecting the local with the international. Bringing forth an open, flexible and forward-looking attitude, M+ intends to inspire, delight, educate and engage the public to explore diversity and celebrate creativity.

What's New

Version 1.1

- Introduction added
- New visual responses to sound
- New sound propagation
- New sound control
- Stereo

Ratings and Reviews


Alex Goodwin

Had a hard time making any sense of what was going on - tried for at least 10 minutes to get any sort of harmony going but ended up giving up in frustration. Hopefully this will get updated in the future to be better.

I'm blown away!

Franky Panic

Gentlemen, you've accomplished your goal. To say anything more would be pointless. I can only offer a sincere "Thank You".

Welcome to the New World!

Anh Ba

I must say that I did not "get" this at first. After going to the links shown in the app it became clear to me the artistic intent of the developers. With that in mind, this is fantastic! The sounds are "traditional" in their modern technological sense and can be manipulated in several ways. At first I regretted that there was no "record" function, but soon remembered that I almost always get bored hearing the same thing more than twice anyways. Regardless, it is easy enough to record onto other devices so no problem. I would hope to see new paintings in the future but for now I am happy with what there is. A true piece of art!


Pill & Pillow Limited
55.1 MB
Requires iOS 3.2 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.
Age Rating
Rated 4+
© M+, Hong Kong’s new Museum of Visual Cultural


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