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The Sound Art Works of Nao Nishihara – and Upcoming Performances in NYC #ArtTuesday

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I recently caught a performance by experimental sound artist Nao Nishihara, a music maker from Japan who is currently performing throughout the NYC area. His primary kit is a drumset that he wears like a backpack, and is controlled by multiple cords attached to his feet and toes. His performances are usually accompanied by semi-autonomous mechanical or electro-mechanical devices that produce ambient or surrounding sound elements as well – pictured below in the performance I saw were multiple battery-powered sculptures that were suspended upon and crawled along string, while chiming, drumming, and clanking every so often. Simple, rudimentary devices that seemed to operate on their own whims.

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Another example are these “sound and object” contraptions that produce that wobbling sound from thin sheets of metal:


 
You can keep up with Nao’s work via his blogspot, and if you’re in the NYC area he’ll be participating – along with over 30 other sound artists – in the upcoming Ende Tymes VI Festival of Noise and Experimental Liberation, June 2-5 at Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens.


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