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WADA Ei "Composition in Motion"
20089 Date: August 29 (Sat.)-November 15 (Sun.), 2009 [Finished]
Composition in Motion photo: FURUKAWA Yuya
The open reel tape recorder, originally designed to record and play audio, has been remodeled and transformed into a computerized composing machine. Sounds picked up through a microphone are recorded, reconfigured and played back, emerging new, yet familiar, with a distinctively analog flavor.

The open reel recorder is an analog recording device that captures audio and records it onto electromagnetic tape, a practice slowly dying amid the current shift to digital recording methods by hard disc storage devices. The tapes that are designed to sit on the reel are large and cumbersome and require additional skill to be set up, which is why the open reel has been replaced with more portable and simpler to operate cassette tapes. By taking original sound equipment and transforming it both in terms of how it works and how it is used, this artwork makes the most of the unique characteristics of the old technologies, while creating an interface for analog and digital technologies and the possibilities they present. Music is created from a combination of recorded voices and the 杜ovementsof the recorders themselves, such as when the three recorders linked in a network synchronize, the tapes are vibrated directly by external computer-controlled equipment to produce a vibrato, or the reels are sped up or slowed down.
WADA Ei Profile WADA Ei was born in 1987 and currently studies at the Department of Information Design at Tama Art University at the same time as fronting the band, Blue Steamoon. He creates music and sound installations by, among other things, incorporating computers into old electronic appliances like tape recorders and Braun tube TVs and combining them with live instruments. In 2008, Wada won a runner-up prize at The 14th Computer Graphics Contest for Students for the 徹pen Reel Ensemble,co-created with SATO Kimitoshi, ASAKURA Takuya, YAMASHITA Ren, and OKANO Sayo. Technical cooperation: MATHRAX LLC.
Related Event WADA Ei HATANAKA Minoru (ICC) Talk & Open Reel Ensemble Live
Date: October 17 (Sat.), 2009, 3:00pmfont color="red">[Finished]