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Ryoji Ikeda

music for percussion + datamatics [ver. 2.0]

Ryoji Ikeda presents a show in two parts; first applying his signature musical aesthetic to acoustic instruments, before manipulating the data that permeates our world into an audio-visual spectacle.

music for percussion sees Ikeda joins forces with Swiss collective Eklekto for a project that sets aside projections and electronic sounds to focus solely on four percussionists. The performance subverts the audience’s expectations with the players manipulating their instruments in unconventional ways, to unpredictable effect. Using handclaps, crotales, cymbals and the triangle, the piece focuses on the purity of sound, creating textures reminiscent of Electronic music.

datamatics [ver. 2.0] takes the seemingly mundane - data - and uses it as a source for breath-taking sounds and visuals. From sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors, the imagery transforms into dramatic rotating views of the universe in 3D. The hypnotic soundtrack mirrors the imagery, meshing bleeps, crescendos and bass into a kaleidoscopic soundscape.

This performance will contain strobe lighting.

Please note that Ryoji Ikeda will be performing from Front of House and will not be on stage.

music for percussion credits 

concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
percussionists (Eklekto): Alexandre Babel, Stéphane Garin, Lucas Genas, Dorian Fretto
stage manager (Eklekto): Nadan Rojnic
co-production: Eklekto Geneva Percussion Center, Ryoji Ikeda Studio, La Bâtie Festival de Genève
tour production: Richard Castelli - Epidemic

datamatics credits

directed by Ryoji Ikeda
concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
computer graphics, programming: Shohei Matsukawa, Norimichi Hirakawa, Tomonaga Tokuyama
co-commissioned by AV Festival 06, ZeroOne San Jose & ISEA 2006, 2006
co-produced by Les Spectacles vivants, Centre Pompidou, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), 2008
supported by Recombinant Media Labs
produced by Forma


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Digital Programme: Ryoji Ikeda

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Stage times

Start time: 7.30pm

music for percussion: 50 mins

Interval: 20 mins

datamatics [ver. 2.0]: 55 mins

As a guide, please note that events usually finish by 11pm at the latest

Please note all timings are approximate and subject to change


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