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Daisuke Ishida

The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA stay amplified (2006)

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The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA stay amplified (2006)

material: passive speakers, amplifiers, computers, electronic parts, rotary encoder dial, fader, wood, spotlight
exhibition: The 8th International New Media Art festival ART + COMMUNICATION 2006: WAVES
location: ARSENALS of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia
time: 24th – 26th Aug, 2006
support: Grant for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists by The Japan Foundation

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.

This piece shows the process of the accumulation of sine waves left by each visitor over the period of its exhibition. The installation consists of a circular octophonic array of loudspeakers in a wooden pavilion. A pedestal situated in the middle of the room allows for playing a sine wave defined by a fader and a dial. Each visitor enters the pavilion and choses a frequency with the fader and position of the sine wave via the dial. Every choice remains and adds to the ever growing collective performance – from absolute silence to a sound level close to white noise at the end of the festival.