"Otocyon megalotis"
evala + SUZUKI Akio dot

photo: KIOKU Keizo

Sounds at various outdoor listening spots selected by SUZUKI Akio in Kyotango (formerly Amino-cho), Kyoto, including SUZUKI's own outdoor exhibits "Hinatabokko no kukan (Space in the Sun)" and "Otodate (Echo point)," as well as performances on his countless self-built instruments such as the Analapos, Glass Harmonica, Kugiuchi and Cuica Custom, were recorded by evala using state-of-the-art special 3-D microphones. Based on these field recordings, evala artificially created reverberations and echoes of the respective recording locations in an anechoic room, and reconstructed the accordingly transforming sonic movements into an 8.1ch three-dimensional sound installation.

In the dark exhibition space, visitors experience phenomena one may describe as extraordinary acoustic illusions such as hearing sounds from giant musical instruments, or through ears full of water.

The title "Otocyon megalotis" (bat-eared fox) refers to an African native nocturnal mammal with large, highly developed ears that can precisely locate prey, and hear ultrasound that is inaudible to the human ear.

Visitors can enjoy the installation one at a time for up to ten minutes, and are free to choose one from a number of available compositions. More compositions will be added to the list during the exhibition period.

[the list of Sounds]
1. Otocyon Megalotis #1 "Reflection" 7'47"
All Sound Composition, Recording, 3D Sound Programming by evala, 2013

2. Otocyon Megalotis #2 "Chafe" 5'55"
All Sound Composition, Recording, 3D Sound Programming by evala, 2014

3. Kugiuchi & Water Bottle 7'05"
Performance by SUZUKI Akio, 2013
Recomposition, Recording, 3D Sound Programming by evala, 2013

4. Glass Harmonica 6'10"
Performance by SUZUKI Akio, 2013
Recomposition, Recording, 3D Sound Programming by evala, 2014

3D sound produce: evala, ACOUSTIC FIELD
Equipment support: ACOUSTIC FIELD INC.

evala Profile
Sound artist, born 1976. Has been creating and performing edgy works of electronic music, while at once engaging in prismatic sound design utilizing three-dimensional sound systems and other cutting-edge technology in environments ranging from public spaces to stage, film and advertising media. Recent activities include the installations "Steppingstone" (at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry's Cool Japan Fund Inc. office´╝î2013) and "void inflection" (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], 2011), as well as the CD "acoustic bend" (port, 2010), music for "Perfume World Tour 2nd" (one of the Jury Selections at the 17th Japan Media Arts Festival), and sound programming for the Vocaloid opera "THE END" (2012).
Past Exhibition / Event

SUZUKI Akio Profile
Born 1941. His worldwide activities as a pioneering figure in the realm of sound art since the early 1960s have been revolving around "listening" as a central aspect. Built the echo instrument Analapos in 1970. In 1988, he set up the "Hinatabokko no kukan (Space in the Sun)" for listening to the sounds of nature over the course of a day in Amino-cho (now Kyotango) in Kyoto, a place located exactly on the meridian line. Unveiled "Otodate (Echo point)," a painted ear looking like a footprint on the ground, on which one can stand and listen to the sounds of that particular location, in 1996. Has been invited to major art shows and music festivals in Europe and around the world.
Past Exhibition / Event

* This work is installed in an anechoic room, which visitors experience, one at a time. The number of visitors who can experience that installation each day is thus limited.

Reservation tickets are issued at the site, and visitors will be called in turn according to the numbers on their tickets.

Please note that, depending on the number of reservations already made when you arrive at the ICC, you may not be able to experience the anechoic room installation that day.