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Yuichi NAGAO
concept, profile & graduation work data


concept

I have studied Media Art and Sound Art with Christophe CHARLES, and musicology with jazz musician Naruyoshi KIKUCHI.
I'm interested in experimenting and creating innovative works with sound and images.

With John CAGE, we have learned to listen to every sound as "music". My generation sees no more hierarchy between music and noise: I think that we compose music from an infinite sound material in an alternative way, while technology provides us an innovative dimension of "listening". I will thus continue thinking about alternative meaning of composing and listening, using new technology while
keeping great esteem in traditional music.

On another hand, I keep thinking about how we create new visions of sound art, and how the audience can perceive them. Through thinking about various elements in music, especially rhythms with a complicated structure, I thought I want to manage to present sounds or a structural side of music in a visual dimension. That is, I want sounds to take root in an image space and to be visible as a sound construction.

It is thus necessary to shift from the point of "composing" to the way of adopting systems in converting sounds to images, and to think how spectators can be concerned in that construction.

Also I want to know what/how people of my generation are thinking, in other countries and other cultures. In Japan, though there are many interesting movements, most of them seems very tiny. At the same time, I often feel that the situation is somehow "conservative".

This art camp seems to me a wonderful opportunity to develop such collaborative works in a truly international situation, according to my concept stated above. I am thus willing to join the ASIA-EUROPE ART CAMP 2006 and communicate with students of other cultures.


Yuichi NAGAO
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nagaoyuichi82@yahoo.co.jp
acalanatha-3-zen_kh4n@docomo.ne.jp



profile

April, 2001: entered Musashino Art University, Tokyo, department of Imaging Arts and Sciences.

My main activities are:

>>Study of music in a wide range, from J.S. Bach to new media music, with a special interest in african poly-rhythms.

>>Composing music works in various way. Using computer, sampler, acoustic instruments, and musical logic.

>>Live performance using laptop computer, tabla and percussions. Collaborations with acoustic instruments players: voice, trumpet, theremin, percussions, piano, saxophone, etc.

>>Installations using Max/MSP/Jitter.


activities 2004-2006


2004


July

[phraz #1]
at Warsawa (Kichijoji, Tokyo)
using laptop and tabla,
collaboration with voice (Hojo Miwa)

August

[switch]
at Superdeluxe
using laptop
collaboration with laptop, trumpet, wood bass, theremin, piano


October

[intro]
at Musashino Art University
using laptop and junk,
collaboration with trumpet and voice

November

[Environment Art Festival:
IEAD 2004]
at Musashino Art University
using laptop,
collaboration with guitar, violin, junk

December

concert
at Koenji
using laptop and sampler
collaboration with trumpet, voice

concert
at Koenji Enban
using tabla
collaboration with drums,Theremin, piano

2005

January

[phraz #2]
at Salon Koenji (Tokyo)
using laptop
collaboration with voice

concert
at Grapefruit Moon (Tokyo)
using laptop
collaboration with another laptop, sax, piano

March

[otona no hinamaturi]
at Aoiheya (Tokyo)
using tabla
collaboration with drums, Theremin,
piano, violin, trumpet,
wood base

[Christophe Charles and Guests]
at Artland (Tokyo)
using tabla
collaboration with drums, piano, Theremin, wood bass

June

[Musashino Art University Open Campus 2005 - Live Art: Streaming concerts]
using laptop
collaboration with Yi Won Kon (—›Œ³£) & musicians and dancers from Dankook University (Korea), Kubota Akihiro (Tama Art University) & nu: ensemble, Christophe Charles & MAU students.

[Ryouiki no Yukiki (Traversing Territories)]
at superdeluxe
using laptop,
collaboration with Theremin, voice, samplers

[Ryouiki no Yukiki (Traversing Territories)]
at Musashino Art University
using laptop solo

concert
at Grapefruit moon
using laptop,
collaboration with another laptop, piano, sax

July

concert
at Velvet Sun
using tabla
collaboration with drums, piano, Theremin, wood base, cello

October

[bend vol.2]
at Machida city International Print Museum
using laptop
collaboration with physical performance
Collaborative event between several Art universities focusing on Sound Art and circuit bending (Musashino Art University Tama Art University, Tokyo Zokei Art University, Tokyo Kogei Art University, IAMAS)

November

[Digital Intercommunication]
at Machida city International Print Museum
using laptop
Collaborative event between several Art universities focusing on Media Art (Joshibi Art University, Shobi Art University, Musashino Art University Tama Art University, Tokyo Zokei Art University, Tokyo Kogei Art University, etc. )

[Tokyo Stream]
streaming event between Trampoline, Nottingham  and Tokyo, linked with a custom made streaming software and Skype)
using laptop
collaboration with many artists from England and Japan

concert
at Grapefruit moon (Tokyo)
using laptop
collaboration with another laptop, sax, piano

2006

January

[Graduation Works Exhibition]
at Musashino Art University
Installation using Max/MSP/Jitter (see pictures below)
Selected as "Work of excellence" by the jury of the department of Imaging Arts and Sciences, to be exhibited at Musashino Art University Library Museum in April.

March

selected to participate in the "Traversing Territories / Ryoiki no Yukiki" exchange project between Musashino Art University- Nottingham Trent University: events and exhibitions planned in Nottingham and London.


Graduation Work 2006


(click to enlarge)

Sinewave sounds from speakers.
A projection from the ceiling to the floor draws a square corresponding the parameter of the sinewave. The changing wave of frequency affects the drawn square, fractals are drawn
in succession on the floor.

A square iron board (30cm~30cm) is set on the center of the projected image. The audience hit the board with the hammer: the parameters of the sinewave and drawn square change. The audience can thus directly approach the sounds and images.

equipment:
       projector
       macintosh
       mic
       ironboard
       hammer
       amp
       mixer
       speaker


(click to enlarge)


Listen to a recording of the above installation (MAU version, m4a format, 5.9MB)