100 KeyboardsSonica 2019
Japanese musician and sound artist ASUNA learned in his earliest experiments in music that all cheap keyboards sound slightly different, even when playing what should be the same note. For this live performance, he has assembled an orchestra of 100 different electronic keyboards, from colourful novelty designs for young children to slightly more advanced (but still inexpensive) models, arranged in concentric rings. One by one, ASUNA sets them to emit a single note, building up a digital-choral drone in which a hundred subtle differences of tone and frequency combine and resonate, generating interference patterns and sonic illusions as the audience moves around the circle.
“Within this minimalist premise exists a sound world of surprising depth and complexity.” The Music
Supported by: The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
Image: Benedict Phillips