Ryoji Ikeda - “Data Triplex” from Datamatics
Ryoji Ikeda is a Japanese composer whose music is a scientifically charged experiment in mathematically structured noise and electronic music. Ultrasonics, frequencies of sound waves and sound engineering brought to a metaphysical state and released to probe the human perception of time and space. He often works with audiovisual installations such as the piece called “Spectra” created and performed for Nuit Blanche in Paris in 2008.
“Spectra”, Nuit Blanche 2008 - Paris, France
Ikeda’s creative range is demonstrated through his collaborations with other composers (Carsten Nicolai), choreographers (William Forsyth of Frankfurt Ballett), contemporary artists (Hiroshi Sugimoto), architects (Toyo Ito) and art collectives (Dumb Type).
from Ryoji Ikeda and Carsten Nicolai’s “Cyclo”
Unfortunately, I find it very rare that New York offers us performances in noise music and electronica. Most poignant of such events I was fortunate to discover during my long sojourn in Paris last year. Such spaces as 104, Maison de Métallos, and L’Apostrophe, Théâtre des Arts. Perhaps, the spaces in Europe are more suitable to such daring experiments or maybe it is the whole postmodern attitude towards art and music - “we’ve seen it all, what else is next?” Whatever it may be, I find European playgrounds to be a lot more dangerous, fun and extraordinarily transforming.
Please explore Ryoji Ikeda’s website to learn more about his projects.