Chosho Hakkei in Rittor Base - HPL ver

evala (JP)

See by Your Ears (SbYE) is a project to create new auditory experiences that explore the dormant possibilities in hearing by Japanese sound artist evala under the concept “seeing with ear.” This work is one of the SbYE and is a 3D immersive audio album using cutting-edge binaural technology for listening with headphones, which allows listeners to have a virtual experience of his exhibition “Chosho Hakkei.” 

“Chosho Hakkei” was held in the vast Japanese garden “Nakazu Banshou-en” with over 330 years of history and was an attempt to awaken the Japanese view of nature and scenery in the brain from sound. Set in this historical property, he installed three artworks; on a bridge, on a small island, and in the oldest extant tea ceremony house. While listening to the current sound, visitors hear immersive sounds like hallucinations, the sound of nature that would have been somewhere far away, and the sound of the garden that they have just walked through. Then they are transported to spaces associated with the various sounds. They came from the surface of a lake, the sky, and even the universe. Also, the boundary between reality and illusion becomes blurred. 

This album is a remarkable reconstruction of these works so that listeners can experience it as if they were walking around the exhibition. Images form as you listen closely, carefully. And inside each listener, they exist in different forms. The essence of SbYE is to tease out so many stories that come from within gently, not by giving meaning or information from the outside, but by opening the perception of hearing endowed to humans. 

Until now, the works of SbYE took the site-specific form of experiencing space itself with a method the artist calls “spatial composition.” With conventional binaural technology, it wasn’t possible to release a stereo 2ch audio album based on that. However, by developing the “HPL standard” with Jiro Kubo (ACOUSTIC FIELD INC.), an engineer of SbYE, this album was finally released. 

See by Your Ears (SbYE) is a project to create new auditory experiences that explore the dormant possibilities in hearing by Japanese sound artist evala under the concept “seeing with ear.” This work is one of the SbYE and is a 3D immersive audio album using cutting-edge binaural technology for listening with headphones, which allows listeners to have a virtual experience of his exhibition “Chosho Hakkei.” 

“Chosho Hakkei” was held in the vast Japanese garden “Nakazu Banshou-en” with over 330 years of history and was an attempt to awaken the Japanese view of nature and scenery in the brain from sound. Set in this historical property, he installed three artworks; on a bridge, on a small island, and in the oldest extant tea ceremony house. While listening to the current sound, visitors hear immersive sounds like hallucinations, the sound of nature that would have been somewhere far away, and the sound of the garden that they have just walked through. Then they are transported to spaces associated with the various sounds. They came from the surface of a lake, the sky, and even the universe. Also, the boundary between reality and illusion becomes blurred. 

This album is a remarkable reconstruction of these works so that listeners can experience it as if they were walking around the exhibition. Images form as you listen closely, carefully. And inside each listener, they exist in different forms. The essence of SbYE is to tease out so many stories that come from within gently, not by giving meaning or information from the outside, but by opening the perception of hearing endowed to humans. 

Until now, the works of SbYE took the site-specific form of experiencing space itself with a method the artist calls “spatial composition.” With conventional binaural technology, it wasn’t possible to release a stereo 2ch audio album based on that. However, by developing the “HPL standard” with Jiro Kubo (ACOUSTIC FIELD INC.), an engineer of SbYE, this album was finally released. 

seebyyourears.jp/projects/chosho-hakkei-rittor
www.bansyouen.com/sound/en

All sound production, compose, recording, mixing: evala 

HPL mastering: Jiro Kubo 

Cover design: Ryoji Tanaka 

Cover photo: Kenshu Shintsubo 

Curatorial direction: Kazunao Abe 

Produced by *See by Your Ears* 

With support from Rittor Base, ACOUSTIC FIELD INC., Semitransparent Design, Banshou-en Conservation Association, Nakazu Bashou-en Marugame Art Museum, Whole Universe, EDGEof, and Akio Suzuki 

evala (JP) is a Japanese sound artist and musician who creates edgy works of electronic music, and exploring auditory experience with the use of 3D sound systems as new instruments. He shows the spatial and immersive auditory experience in his project *See by Your Ears*, which explores the dormant possibilities in hearing under the concept “seeing with ear.” In 2020, an invisible cinema, *Sea, See, She* was premiered, showing a new art form in which each audience visualized their own image by immersing themselves with 70 minutes of 3D sounds in a pitch darkness. It won the Excellence Award of JMAF. 

evala (JP) is a Japanese sound artist and musician who creates edgy works of electronic music, and exploring auditory experience with the use of 3D sound systems as new instruments. He shows the spatial and immersive auditory experience in his project *See by Your Ears*, which explores the dormant possibilities in hearing under the concept “seeing with ear.” In 2020, an invisible cinema, *Sea, See, She* was premiered, showing a new art form in which each audience visualized their own image by immersing themselves with 70 minutes of 3D sounds in a pitch darkness. It won the Excellence Award of JMAF.