Watch techno artist Kyoka make music from her own brainwaves
The sound artist's creative process is explored in a new short film
Techno artist Kyoka is the subject of a new short film, exploring her creative process and upcoming live show New Music Syntax.
Featuring excerpts from a talk and performance at Signals Festival 2022, held in October at Funkhaus Berlin, the clip is both insightful and atmospheric, diving into Kyoka’s unique artistry.
Kyoka had her brainwaves measured at Tokyo and Berlin’s universities and used these to inform her newest composition, which was developed using Elektron hardware.
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“I am very much inspired by the systems or habits of the brain. I try to make my own brain-music syntax, which is almost like my own music language, and I assign it to my music composition after I check the brainwaves and analyze them as much as possible,” said the Japan-born sound artist in a discussion with Raw Chicks director Beate Kunath.
“This is actually the first time I have tried to understand how the audience’s emotion or chemistry in a real scientific theory based approach, like adrenaline or dopamine, is working. And I tried to assign that to my music,” she noted.
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The short film, jointly produced by Catalyst Institute for Creative Arts and Technology, valcons production & Nadia Says at Your Mom’s Agency, showcases sound and footage of the test performance of Kyoka presents New Music Syntax.
The show is due to be completed and debuted in full at Mutek Tokyo in December.
Watch the film below.
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