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Daisuke Ishida

The Stairway of the SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA (2004)

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The Stairway of the SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA (2004)

material: loudspeakers, batteries, electronic parts, plastic
exhibition: n_ext: New Generation of Media Art, ICC – NTT Intercommunication Center
location: Galleria, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan
time: 19th Jun, 2004

The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA (SWO) is a participatory sound performance project that has been shown at various exhibitions since 2002, for both long and short periods of time. Ken Furudate, Kazuhiro Jo, Daisuke Ishida, and Mizuki Noguchi have served as the core organizers of the project. Under the basic concept that each participant plays a sine wave, people are invited to create a sea of sine waves as a collective sound representation.

SWO performances are concerned with breaking the border between spectators and musicians, as well as the common restriction of the traditional formats of music (music has a beginning and an end) and its hierarchy (e.g. a classical orchestra).
The Stairway of the SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA invited participants to meet at a given time and place to perform together, everyone in their own manner and to their own liking. Participants were asked to either bring a sine wave generating object or make use of the provided spherical sine wave generator, each battery driven and furnished with a loudspeaker and a light sensor, changing frequency depending on light intensity.