Ryoji Ikeda

dataphonics (+ CD)

dataphonics by Ryoji Ikeda, the minimalist electronic composer and visual artist, is a project that focuses on the relationship between the data of sound and the sound of data. The work deploys frequencies at the very edges of human hearing, sounds that, as Ikeda explains, ‘The listener becomes aware of only upon their disappearance.’

A homage to Musique Concrète pioneer Pierre Schaeffer‘s Solfege de l’objet sonore; dataphonics began as a monthly broadcast on France culture’s Atelier de Création Radiophonique. It is a highly physical auditory response to the ever–present binary numerical system of today’s digital age, ultimately seeking to materialise the invisible domain of ‘totally-pure-digital-data’.

This book and audio CD include the mathematical and graphical examinations of the fundamental binary reduction/representation of sound waveforms, and 10 audio tracks composed from non-audio data as their elemental materials.

Japan’s leading electronic composer and sound artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the minutiae of ultrasonics, frequencies and the essential characteristics of sound itself. His work exploits sound’s physical property, its causality with human perception and relationship with mathematics.

Using computer and digital technology to the utmost limit, Ikeda has been developing particular ‘microscopic’ methods for sound engineering and composition.

This title is part of the Dis Voir, Zagzig Series.


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