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Yasunao Tone at Lovebytes 2002

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Uploaded on May 11, 2007

Yasunao Tone performed at Lovebytes 2002.

Tone has worked at the outer edges of improvised and avant-garde sound since his involvement with the Fluxus movement in the 60's. From 1976, he has been designing electronic musical compositions inspired by cultural theory and ancient Oriental texts. These works have been performed internationally. A rare chance to see one of electronic sound's true pioneers.

YASUNAO TONE, "WOUNDED MAN'YO AT LOVEBYTES"
"In the fall of 1984, after reading a chapter on digital recording in a Japanese book, I wondered if it was possible to override the error-correcting system of a CD player. If so, I could make totally new music out of a 'ready-made' CD. I began by simply making pinholes on a bit of Scotch tape, which I stuck to the bottom of a CD. The Scotch tape not only changed the pitch and timbre, but also the speed and the direction of the spinning disc. To my surprise, the 'prepared CD' seldom repeated the same sound when I played it again, and it was very hard to control. The machine's behavior was very unstable and totally unpredictable; I therefore thought it would be perfect for performance. Solo for Wounded CD uses my album Musica Iconologos (1993) made with the same technique. It produced sound waves that were so mercilessly distorted that the original could not be recognized. The related piece for Cabinet is part of a CD-ROM project called Musica Simulacra, based on the 8th-century Japanese poetry anthology Man'yo-shu, and will ultimately consist of 4,516 pieces." Live performance recorded on 15 March 2002 at Lovebytes Digital Art Festival, Sheffield, UK.

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