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“quartets” [2008]

OTOMO Yoshihide + KIMURA Yuki + Benedict DREW + HIRAKAWA Norimichi + ISHIKAWA Ko + ICHIRAKU Yoshimitsu + Jim O’ROURKE + Kahimi Karie + Sachiko M + Axel DÖRNER + Martin BRANDLMAYR



Silhouettes of musicians are projected onto each side of a white cube installed in the center of the exhibition space, while the music that these musicians play is audible from the inside of the cube. Both silhouettes and music are recordings that were made beforehand of eight musicians’ individual performances. The temporal arrangement for each sequence is controlled by a computer program to create a continuous “ensemble” performance in which the individual performances interact and mix with each other.
At the same time, images showing details of objects made of wood, iron, liquids and other materials are projected onto screens on each of the exhibition space’s four walls, right opposite from the sides of the cube. These images pulsate/flow to the music performed by the silhouettes on the cube.

As visitors cannot look at the projections on the four sides of the cube and the surrounding walls all at once, they can never view the entire piece, even though they can hear the ensemble of all musicians performing at the same time.

Direction / Sound composition: OTOMO Yoshihide
Art direction (cube screen): KIMURA Yuki
Video / Objects (outer screen): Benedict DREW
Algorithm design / Programming / System: HIRAKAWA Norimichi
Recording / Mixing: ITO Takayuki (YCAM)
Shooting: OWAKI Richi (YCAM)
Shooting assistant (cube screen): MURATA Soichiro
Technical support: HAMA Satoshi

Guitar / Turntable: OTOMO Yoshihide
Voice: Kahimi Karie
Synthesizer / Guitar: Jim O’ROURKE
Percussion: ICHIRAKU Yoshimitsu
Trumpet: Axel DÖRNER
Drums and Percussion: Martin BRANDLMAYR
Sinewaves: Sachiko M

Co-developed with YCAM InterLab



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