Each visitor is given a small device which can play a sine wave, chooses its frequency, and positions it at a location on one of the 49 spiral-shaped columns of copper wire that are arranged in a grid in the exhibition space. These sine waves remain audible for the rest of the exhibition period, which means that the sound field—starting with absolute silence at the beginning of the exhibition—gets increasingly complex with every single visitor’s contribution towards the end of the exhibition. It is thus a collective performance, creating work that continues to change while revealing different sonic qualities depending on the listening point, and number and position of the device being installed.
Referred to as “music being produced outside of traditional music boundaries, a collective deconstruction of the ‘ego of self-expression’ that is prevalent in most musical styles” [Toop et al, 2004], and “‘sonic/musical events,’ where people get together to share a certain time and place, even though there aren’t actually performers intending to play sounds to an audience” [Miwa, 2004], The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA has provided and maintained a framework that offers visitors participation in the creation of the work itself. The work is defined by the interplay of the visitors and the sine waves they played.
A sine wave is said to be the most basic sound, therefore called pure tone, which contains neither overtone nor noise but a single frequency. In the early 19th century, French mathematician Joseph Fourier discovered a certain formula for representing any kind of sound through combinations of multiple sine waves (known as “Fourier transform”). Because of its fundamental importance, a purpose not restricted to sound and the sheer infinite number of possibilities of application, The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA originally chose to dedicate their work to the sine wave.
The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA is a project that works exclusively with sine waves and was launched in 2002 by Ken Furudate, Kazuhiro Jo, Daisuke Ishida and Mizuki Noguchi. ”The single sine waves, which the participants each play freely without a score or conductor, rise and intricately interfere with each other like thin strings, and ultimately create an ocean of sine waves.” Based on this image, The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA presents works between and within performances, installations, and workshops and invites the public to create a collective sound representation.
The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA has presented artistic activities in museums, festivals, and galleries internationally such as Ars Electronica (AT), Arsenals of the Latvian National Museum of Art (LT), Dutch Electronic Art Festival [DEAF] (NL), Edith-Russ-Haus für Medienkunst (DE), NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC] (JP), International Triennale of Contemporary Art Yokohama (JP), Inter-Society for the Electronic Arts [ISEA] (USA), Museum of Art, Rovereto and Trento [MART] (IT), Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo [MOT] (JP), Transmediale (DE), Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM] (JP), and The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions (JP).
Commissioned by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Equipment support FOSTEX COMPANY
Co-developed with YCAM InterLab