Tokyo Wonder Site MEET THE ARTIST vol. 03_Performance Silence + talk @ TWS Shibuya Café 07/02/2014




Dudu Tsuda  Silence


1. Silence


(Talk) Creative process:

How do I find the right spots to make the sound recordings?

What techniques are required for editing, mixing and for spatialization process?

What kind of compositions and artistic can be done with field recording?

1. Silence









‘Le monde est une catastrophe rythmique’

Valère Novarina


The surround sound piece entitle Silence results from my last research in sound realized during this journey through Japan.

This composition is based in my impressions and sensation related to emptiness and the space between buildings and structures that I could perceive in Japanese Temples and Shrines. These field recordings were made in the city of Nikko, Nagano Prefecture (Nagano, Togakushi, and Matsumoto), Kyoto, Nara and Koyasan. All those places are famous to host important temples and shrines, and for that reason they composed the first part of my trip in Japan.

This piece will be performed live, with realtime composition, spatialization and mixing of the audio samples recorded.



―― 世界はリズミックな惨状だ







The relation of silence and Japanese culture is very complex, and therefore led me to three different kind of possible approaches.

The first one is the relation with space, sound, silence and the divine, expressed by the piece Silence. I was really impressed by the dimensions of the temples and Shrines, and specially by its space organization, designed with emptiness and long distances. The way the priests uses the sound and its propagation through the huge halls and the empty spaces between the buildings has a strict relation to this holy sensation provided by these wondrous architectural structures.

The second approach was conceived when I was in France, applying for this residency program. At that time, I was thinking and trying to create some artistic connection to the sensation of silence in culture. This inspiration led me to the noisiest places in Japan, the Pachinko parlors.

I had a hypothesis that the Pachinko is a result of the difficulty that Japanese people have to express their emotions and feelings in a public context. And to the loneliness that we can find in huge cities, which in Tokyo, I thought to be even bigger.

The last one is based in my impressions of the impact of Fukushima nuclear accident in Japanese society, and how it creates a kind of silence around the subject. I feel that there is a national concern about the human problems that were caused by this incident, specially to those that lived in the area. And when I am referring to this point, I am aiming at local farmers and fishermen who had their trust and image totally destroyed by the fear of nuclear contamination.