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April 1, 2014 AT 10:00 am

Artist Ei Wada uses outmoded technologies to create art pieces #ArtTuesday

In Ei Wada’s latest piece, Toki Ori Ori Nasu – Falling Records, watch as tape reels release tape to the bottom of glass columns and then play music as the tape is reversed. via Gizmodo

Japanese artist Ei Wada, who was born in 1987, belongs to a generation that spent middle school feverishly poring over cassettes to make mix tapes—until, of course, they were quickly outmoded by CDs, and then MP3s. Now, Ei makes art using the outmoded technologies he grew up with.

At the Media Arts Festival, the young artist premiered a piece called Toki Ori Ori Nasu—Falling Records: An arrangement of four tall glass columns crowned by tape reels, each slowly leaking black tape that piles up at the bottom of each case, creating almost geological patterns. When the reels are empty, they reverse—and the music they each contain starts to play.

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