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by Nao Nishihara

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Oil Drums 07:46


CAA—37 Nao Nishihara
'Oil Drums', sound installation, 2015

Nao's installation is brilliantly simple: three drums are spinned by electric motors and rubber balls are rubbing against their bottoms making loud drawling sound. The simplicity stops here, and the listener is enveloped by the sound of literally fractal complexity: the tone quality keeps changing because the system is imperfect. The temperature, the humidity, the friction of the rubber balls, the unstable mechanism etc all affect the sound.
Even in the short moments of stability the throbbing of the three sound sources in the huge hall makes a strong impression, alternatively changing from exultation to long reverberation.
Therefore this sound exists only now and here in front of you.
Also, it is a kind of gap that this light and bright sound are originated from the oil drum which is deeply oiled in the heavy industries. A gap is the possibility of a human being because human beings always try to fill the gap.
This recording made during anniversary 10th Cyberfest in The Saint Petersburg Stieglitz State Academy of Art and Design. The place for Nao's installation was chosen for a reason: the space of the Great hall of the Stieglitz Academy is 1196 square meters and its dome is 18 meters high. That's the biggest hall in St. Petersburg. Its natural reverberation period is about 7 seconds.

Nao Nishihara was born in 1976 in Hiroshima, Japan. Active practitioner of sound art and performance. Inspired by dadaism and the classical music of Japan, he is known for building movement-animated, half-autonomous sound machines that explore the bodily aspect of creating and performing music in space. His recent solo and group exhibitions include Mori Art Museum (Tokyo, Japan), IDIO Soundlab (New York, USA), Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien (Berlin, Germany). Lives and works in Yokohama, Japan.


released May 1, 2018


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