Sight and hearing act in concert to create a new spatial experience
23 speakers and more than 80 LED lights are arranged in an encompassing fashion around the stage, while a screen for video projections is mounted to the ceiling. The ad lib generated sounds of UA's singing and Uchihashi's guitar and daxophone playing are analyzed via a computer, and translated into abstract images and variously colored lights that transform the entire venue into an interactively changing space.
An originally developed interface for controlling the audio image's motion is installed at the position on stage at which Uchihashi performs. The operation screen shows the stage and marks indicating the speakers. When touching the screen with a pen, a circle forms around that point, and the performed sounds are audible at different volumes according to the circle's shading only from the speakers located within the scope of that circle. The performer can adjust the size of the circle - and thus the audio playback range - by changing the writing pressure, or draw multiple circles to produce various configurations for the motion and distribution of sound. Additionally, the device includes a looped playback function enabled by recording the pen's trajectory, and other functions that can be assigned randomly within a particular area.
Guiterist / Daxophonist / Composer
Born in Osaka in 1959 currently based in Tokyo, Osaka and Vienna. Using a range of effects, his performances both as a solo and session musician are full of lyricism and originality, and his guitar playing with his original unit full of power and creativity. He continues to expand the potential of musical instruments and improvisation. He traverses all genres and has been part of collaborations involving most forms of musical expression. In recent years, he has performed numerous times in North America and Europe. He is known for being Japan's only daxophone musician, a new type of musical instrument invented by Hans Reichel.
A singer born in Osaka in 1972. Making her debut in 1995 with the single "Horizon", she caught the public's atten- tion with her unusual looks and unique singing voice. The single "Jonetsu (Passion)" released in 1996 and the album 11 received wide acclaim. In 2003, she broadened her range of activity, producing the music for the film Shara- sojyu and appearing as a regular guest on the NHK educa- tional television program, Do Re Mi no Terebi. The highly impromptu and thrilling live performances that were part of her national tour in 2004 were released as a live album.
Cast: Kazuhisa Uchihashi, UA
Space design & Lighting design: Takayuki Fujimoto
Moving image design: Masahiko Furukata
Interaction design: Daito Manabe
Programming: Masahiko Furukata, Daito Manabe