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Toshiya Tsunoda


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For more than 15 years, the Yokohama based artist Toshiya Tsunoda has been releasing remarkable acoustic works into a world that he seems to hear like no one else. His CDs are the most idiosyncratic and rigorous to be found among the many field recording releases of recent years, though his work is just as easy to place in the sound art frame. His short tracks capture with dazzling clarity the acoustic characteristics of particular spaces. Often the focus narrows to a single phenomenon: wind whistling, the hum of an aluminium plate, or cicadas heard through a chink in a window frame.

The early Extract From Field Recording Archive series, conceived as a “catalogue of physical vibration”, contains one CD dedicated to standing waves, one to vibration in solids and another to vibration in air. Later CDs often combine field recordings and installation pieces. More recent work, such as his collaboration Familial Readings with the artist Luke Fowler, tends to have a more conceptual bent. Tsunoda has a background in visual art (he studied oil painting at university) and the idea of landscape permeates his practice. However, his pieces always raise questions about the perceptual process, the ways in which particular vibrational phenomena contour the subjective experience of time and space.

“The most important thing for my field work is the possibility of describing the experience of landscape,” he reports. “I want to know how to fix the experience of landscape. It’s a different method to using photography to fix it.

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