Ei Wada

Toki Ori Ori Nasu – Falling Records

Ei Wada – Toki Ori Ori Nasu – Falling Records

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After composing a number of musical pieces Ei Wada (*1987) subsequently switched his attention to outmoded electrical appliances, interested in their supposed obsolescence. He recontextualized and modified them to be played as musical instruments. This work culminated in what is now the Open Reel Ensemble, a performance with Kimitoshi Sato using remodelled reel-to-reel tape recorders. His latest performance work, Braun Tube Jazz Band, won the Art Division Excellence Prize at the 13th Japan Media Arts Festival.
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In Ei Wada’s latest piece, Toki Ori Ori Nasu – Falling Records, watch as tape reels release tape to the bottom of glass columns and then play music as the tape is reversed. via Gizmodo

Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes—until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with.

At the Media Arts Festival, the young artist premiered a piece called Toki Ori Ori Nasu—Falling Records: An arrangement of four tall glass columns crowned by tape reels, each slowly leaking black tape that piles up at the bottom of each case, creating almost geological patterns. When the reels are empty, they reverse—and the music they each contain starts to play.
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source: fileorgbr

Abstract:
In this work, open reel tape recorders are placed on top of high pedestals and, as they play back, the magnetic tape unspools down into plastic receptacle below. The tape that accumulates in the container piles up as time passes, weaving an unusual pattern in the space. When the tape stops accumulating it is wound back up at high speed to a symphonic soundtrack. The pattern that had existed until then is extinguished and a new pattern is then woven.
Biography:
Born in 1987, Ei Wada is an artist and musician, and also head of the Open Reel Ensemble. His work ”Braun Tube Jazz Band” playing Braun Tube Televisions as an instrument received the Excellence Award at JMAF 2010.
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source: fileorgbr

Abstract:
Nessa obra, tape decks de rolo são colocados em cima de altos pedestais e, conforme tocam, a fita magnética se desenrola para dentro de um recipiente plástico abaixo. A fita que se acumula no contêiner se amontoa conforme o tempo passa, formando um padrão incomum nesse espaço. Quando a fita para de se acumular, ela é rebobinada em alta velocidade sob uma trilha sonora sinfônica. O padrão que existiu até então é extinto e um novo padrão é então gerado.
Biography:
Nascido em 1987, Ei Wada é um artista e músico, e também chefe da Open Reel Ensemble. Sua obra “Braun Tube Jazz Band”, usando televisões de tubo catódico como um instrumento musical, recebeu o prêmio de excelência no JMAF 2010.