Industrial Instruments

Live performance at the Design Museum (London) featuring prototypes that represent a reinterpretation of musical instruments in a modern context.

On February 1, 2020, Yamaha Corporation held an event at the Design Museum London featuring musical instruments themed around the concept of "Industrial Instruments," in collaboration with sound artist Yuri Suzuki, as part of his "Sound in Mind" exhibition which was on show at the museum.
"Industrial Instruments" are a collection of concept models for acoustic musical instruments, developed in cooperation with Yuri Suzuki. They were created as an attempt to reinterpret musical instruments in a modern context.
The three concept models appearing in this performance each comprise a mechanism to create sound and a resonating box to amplify it, with the mechanisms featuring a variety of familiar items from everyday life such as electrical switches, key locks, and comb tips. Each of these materials has a unique sound and we believe that using such sound sources may result in the creation of new music for the modern era.
In addition to the live music, this event will also host a talk session with Yuri Suzuki, displays of new acoustic instruments, and hints at the potential of the sound and music that may emerge from them.

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Yuri Suzuki

Yuri Suzuki

Born in Tokyo in 1980, Yuri Suzuki matriculated at the Nihon University College of Art and worked as an assistant at Maywa Denki. After graduating, he moved to the UK and entered the Royal College of Art in 2006 to study for a master’s degree, going on to work at Disney and the Swedish digital musical instruments maker Teenage Engineering while pursuing his artistic endeavors. He established Yuri Suzuki Ltd. in London in 2008, and in addition to his production activities teaches as a tutor at the Royal College of Art, Bartlett School of Architecture Interactive Architecture Lab, and UCL, and giving numerous lectures and workshops, mainly at art universities in Europe. In November of 2018, he joined Pentagram as a partner. As a sound artist, Suzuki has exhibited pieces at art museums around the world, including Tate Britain, the Barbican Centre, Mudam, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo. Two of his works, "OTOTO" and "Colour Chaser" entered the permanent collection of the New York Museum of Modern Art in 2014.

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About "Yamaha Design Studio London"

Today, London is recognized as one of the most vibrant and creative cities in the world. The city is a gathering point for creative minds to collaborate and exchange ideas in many different genres and disciplines. Yamaha Design Studio London has been contributing to such interdisciplinary discussions in this exciting city since 2005.

Theme Industrial Instruments
Date February 1, 2020 18:00 to 20:00 (local times)
Venue The Design Museum
224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington London W8 6AG
Entry fee Free
Information "The Design Museum" Official web site

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