|Participating Program||Research Residency Program|
|Activity Based||Rio de Janeiro|
|Period||2023.5 - 2023.7|
I wish to further research a recurring topic in my studies of sound culture: the variety of relations and interactions between music, everyday human-made sounds and the ambients that surround them, with a special interest in ambiguous situations where one could not distinguish clearly the boundaries between those different aspects of sound.
Throughout my residence at TOKAS, I searched for urban sonic situations that could be framed as 'sound installations' (or ‘sound routines’), focusing on Tokyo’s Sumida-Ku and Asakusa areas. Field recordings of selected situations could be heard during the Open Studio days, while functioning as scores to orient the performance of automated instruments assembled by me during the research period.
Recording by Sumidagawa – near Ryogoku ST, 2023 / Photo by MATSUMOTO Mieko
Underwater recording- Sumidagawa, 2023 / Photo by MATSUMOTO Mieko
Recording near Toki no Kane, 2023 / Photo by MATSUMOTO Mieko
What I now consider as the greatest and most consequential achievements of my research are related to the decision of sharpening my focus on framing ‘sound routines’ performed by the city of Tokyo, on the limit between everyday situations and aesthetic appreciation.
As opposed to only being attentive to ‘special foreign cultural events’ - a recurring and frequently criticized issue on field recording practices and discourses -, hopefully I could dive deeper into the workings of certain areas of Tokyo, by dedicating myself to routinely recording everyday events and situations. Also, the family of instruments that I have assembled during the research period is certainly a result with immense potential to be further developed.
Instruments – desk during Open Studio, 2023 / Photo by Kai Maetani