With music for percussion 2, Japanese composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda-recognized as one of the leading exponents of contemporary digital music and a pioneer of abstract music- continues his journey of analysis, as well as his focus on percussion and the purity of the sound it produces, a path started with music for percussion 1 (presented at Romaeuropa Festival 2018). Non-musical objects as telegraph keys, metronomes, books, tables, pieces of paper, pencils and rulers, all participate in a new set of minimalist acoustic compositions which build continuity with the composer’s digital work.
TELEGRAPH MUSIC [for duo] (2012-20)
METRONOME MUSIC [for trio] (2020)
BOOK MUSIC [for trio] (2020)
BALL MUSIC [for trio] (2020)
RULER MUSIC [for trio] (2020)
Japan’s leading electronic composer and visual artist Ryoji Ikeda focuses on the essential characteristics of sound itself and that of visuals as light by means of both mathematical precision and mathematical aesthetics. Ikeda has gained a reputation as one of the few international artists working convincingly across both visual and sonic media. He elaborately orchestrates sound, visuals, materials, physical phenomena and mathematical notions into immersive live performances and installations. Alongside of pure musical activity, Ikeda has been working on long-term projects through live performances, installations, books and CD’s such as datamatics (2006-), test pattern (2008-), spectra (2001-), cyclo. a collaborative project with Carsten Nicolai, superposition (2012-), supersymmetry (2014), micro | macro (2015-) and more recently data.verse (2019). His albums +/- (1996), 0°C (1998), matrix (2000), dataplex (2005), test pattern (2008) and supercodex (2013) pioneered a new minimal world of electronic music through his razor- sharp techniques and aesthetics. The Solar System (2016) and technicolors (2020) as limited edition vinyl and music for percussion (2017) was released by The Vinyl Factory. In 2018, he established his online source as codex | edition and released music for percussion [cd+booklet], then superposition [cd+booklet] and music for installations vol.1 + 2 [cd+booklet] in 2021/2022. He performs and exhibits worldwide at spaces such as Ars Electronica Center Linz, Elektra Festival Montreal, Grec and Sonar Festivals Barcelona, The Royal Concertgebouw and Eye Film Museum Amsterdam, Festival d’Automne à Paris, The MET, Crossing the Line Festival New York as well as Kyoto Experiment. He presented solo exhibitions at Park Avenue Armory New York, Museo de Arte Bogota, Hamburger Bahnhof Berlin, DHC/Art Montreal, MONA Museum Hobart – Tasmania, Carriageworks Sydney, HeK Basel, The Vinyl Factory London, Centre Pompidou Paris, Taipei Fine Arts Museum and a major solo exhibition at 180 The Strand London (UK) in 2021 among others. He presented a drone symphony, A [for 100 cars], commissioned by Red Bull Music Academy Festival Los Angeles. Ryoji Ikeda was commissioned by the LA Philharmonic for Fluxus Festival where he presented a new acoustic composition titled 100 cymbals, and collaborated with Hiroshi Sugimoto on a commission by the Ballet de l’Opera de Paris At the Hawk’s well. In 2020, Ikeda performed at Berlin Philharmonie – STROM festival, Asia TOPA Melbourne and more. He was portrayed at Festival Musica Strasbourg, and collaborated with choreographer Pontus Lidberg and the Danish Dance Theatre on his new piece Centaur. In 2021, he presented superposition at International Diaghilev Festival Perm under the Artistic direction of Teodor Currentzis and premiered a commission project with Les Percussions de Strasbourg at KunstFestSpiele in Hannover. He is the award winner of the Prix Ars Electronica Collide@CERN 2014. Ryoji Ikeda is represented by Almine Rech Gallery (Bruxelles, Paris, London, New York), and Taro Nasu Gallery (Tokyo).
Concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
Commissioned by Musica Strasbourg, GRAME Lyon, La Muse en Circuit Alfortville
Performers: Alexandre Babel, Stéphane Garin, Amélie Grould
Stage manager: Thomas Leblanc
Co-production: Musica, La Muse en Circuit
Production, tours: Epidemic (Richard Castelli, Florence Berthaud)