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Akio Suzuki … 鈴木昭男

Posted by Chris on May 23, 2011 at 3:18 pm  

Akio Suzuki is a Japanese composer, artist and inventor of instruments. he’s interested in the sounds of nature, stripped down pieces of noise and their resonances in a given landscape. David Toop fetes him as “a kind of magician”. In the sleeve notes to the ‘Odds and Ends‘ double CD, Yamantaka EYƎ of the Boredoms, writes “Hearing this music I remember many things, including playing in a puddle as a tiny kid. Play makes all things one. Those who are able to play in the true sense of the word are able to live in eternity. You don’t have to pay no rent to live in the home of eternity. And how cool is that?”

These are really amazing noises. I want to say they’re unearthly, but that’s wrong. The noises are earthly, just maybe not from what many of us think of as the earth. Simple, but richly layered resonances, delays, echos and overtones give such a strong sense of place. Here are three pieces and notes from the Odds and Ends CD featuring his invented instruments. He’s installed and performed with the instruments in galleries, sound art events etc. around the world. some info on that here.

Voice “Analapos – ’70″

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“During the sixties I made nature my teacher. I visited different natural landmarks all over Japan, where I carried out a series of self-study events I called Searching for Echo Point. I would “throw” sounds out into nature and play with the resulting echoes. One day i came up with the idea of a machine that would create echos in a room.

According to a Japanese proverb, parents can learn much from their children. In the same way, the echo instrument I invented and named Analapos still continues to guide me.

In 1988 I held an event called Space in the Sun, the aim of which was to spend an entire day listening to the sounds of nature. I created a special space for this event in the mountains of Aminocho near Kyoto. The space consists of two parallel walls of sundried bricks which produce a unique echo similar to the famous “roaring dragon” walls at Toshogu Shrine in Nikko. I sometimes revisit this space, located right on the meridian, and am touched by how time and weathering is gradually causing it to fade into its surroundings.”

Aeolian Harp

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“At the beginning of the eighties a magazine rang me up, saying that they would like to do an article about my invented instruments. I took them to the sand dunes at Hamaoka to take some picture for the article, and it was there that I discovered that Analapos played a weird melody when the wind blew across it.

These sounds depended on the direction of the wind and on the angle at which the instrument was suspended. I was also suprised to observe that rain and sand particles acted on the coil-springs to stop the sounds.”

Ancient Hill

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“After the Space in the Sun event, I began to think about the links between hearing, living and purification. Thirteen years have now passed since I first moved here to Tango. On three occasions during that period the hill behind my house has played host to a sound festival I promote called Festivity on the Ancient Hill.

The sounds here were originally recorded as ambient music for the Ancient Village local history museum in Tango, and feature me playing some of the instruments I invented during the seventies.”

3 Comments »

  • Comment by tetsu on May 26, 2011 at 11:01 am

suzuki akio.. amazing sound artist.
鈴木昭男 is the way to spell his name it seems tho.

thanks for the constant transmission of music and sound on ur blog!

  • Comment by Chris on May 26, 2011 at 4:47 pm

thanks!

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