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Test Tone vol. 94

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Test Tone 94: Vantage Points to Symmetry

July 9th, 2013 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 23:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.

Christophe Charles + Samuel Dunscombe (from Australia)

Christophe Charles + Samuel DunscombeA first meeting between two composers who are both exploring non-compositional approaches through the use of computer programs and incorporating elements of improvisation into their performances.

Christophe Charles is internationally renowned for his work on Mille Plateaux, Ritornell and SubRosa, and has collaborated with Henning Christiansen, Chino Shuichi, Markus Popp, Shibuya Keiichiro, Yamaguchi Katsuhiro, Yamamoto Keigo among others. He currently holds a professorship at Musashino Art University.

Samuel Dunscombe is an Australian musician and sound artist currently on tour in Japan. He has presented his work at STEIM (Amsterdam), Cave 12 (Geneva), NK (Berlin) and has collaborated with the likes of Francisco López, Jaap Blonk, Marco Fusinato, David Shea, and Satoko Fuji.

Christophe Charles

Samuel Dunscombe

Yoshio Machida + Cal Lyall

Yoshio Machida + Cal LyallForever venturing into new territories, sound/visual artist and steel pan player Yoshio Machida has taken his chosen instrument on a singular path of quiet expression, amassing a fine catalogue of eclectic releases along the way. In addition to a wide range of solo and collaborative work, he is a member of Serbian post-rock unit Walk With the Penguin, dub-electronica unit miimo (with tatsu and Norihide Saji) and Ohanami (with Tatsuhisa Yamamoto). Some of this work is documented on the Amorfon imprint, a record label he founded to investigate the realm of experimental music, releasing everything from baby improvisations to Serbian pop.

On this evening, he'll be joined by Tokyo-based guitarist and sound artist Cal Lyall, whose work explores traditional musical forms in numerous projects (Tetragrammaton, Jahiliyyah, Cataract, Palimpsest, etc.), while incorporating influences ranging from free-flowing drone to ecstatic improvisation. Following a string of releases on Utech, Medama and Subvalent records, an album of his underwater recordings will be released on Australia's X-ALT label later in the year, coinciding with an installation and hydrophone-based performance at this year's Melbourne Festival.

Yoshio Machida

Cal Lyall

Great △ (Makoto Oshiro + Takahiro Kawaguchi + Satoshi Yashiro)

Great △ (Makoto Oshiro + Takahiro Kawaguchi + Satoshi Yashiro)A group of unconventional artists with a penchant for defying expectations, Great △ ('Great Triangle', if you were stumped) concoct performances that mix sound art with installation for a unique and evolving experience.

Depending on the space, the three members (Makoto Oshiro, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Satoshi Yashiro) might create teetering works of sound art, install motorized gagdets around the room or even rearrange the furniture.

Makoto Oshiro

Takahiro Kawaguchi

Satoshi Yashiro

Evil Penguin

Evil Penguin Master of disguises, Mexican top-hats, ambient rockabilly to minimal Hawaiian Kumulipo chants, the Evil Penguin poses the primordial question of evanescence against a backdrop of New Wave folk. Celebratory, subliminal, moment-to-moment. A Tasmanian treasure with a penchant for open spaces.