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Keiichiro SHIBUYA


Born 1973. Graduated with a degree in composition from Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. In 2002, established ATAK, a music label releasing CDs of cutting-edge electro-acoustic works by domestic and overseas artists, and also embracing creators in various fields such as design, network technology, etc. His first solo album "ATAK000 keiichiro shibuya", released in 2004, was praised as "a perfect work that rules over the history of electronic music" regarding its dense compositions with a drastic focus on tone and rhythm. Up to the present day, Shibuya is continuously engaging in interdisciplinary collaborations with the likes of composer Yuji Takahashi, and complex systems researcher and professor at the University of Tokyo, Takashi Ikegami. The end of 2005 rang in a particularly active period during which the unveiling of a sound installation co-produced with Ikegami at NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo Opera City, and a presentation/concert of the "third term music" theory of music of motion and transformation through applied non-linear physics garnered significant attention as full-blown collaborations between music and science. In 2006, the sound installation piece "filmachine" incorporating three-dimensional sound and LEDs was shown at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM], followed in 2007 by the release of a CD version of the same work under the title "ATAK010 filmachine phonics", the world's first three-dimensional audio for headphone listening featuring vertical locomotion of the audio image. The work went on to receive an Honorary mention in the Digital Music division at Ars Electronica in 2007. In 2008, Shibuya appeared at transmediale (Berlin), the world's largest festival for technology art, with a presentation/concert of "filmachine", and was commissioned by the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences to compose music for pedestrian traffic lights, actual road tests of which became a big topic at the time. In 2009, he took fellow musicians Yasunao Tone, Ryoji Ikeda and Pansonic on the ATAK NIGHT4 Tour around several European and Asian countries, and back to Japan. Released in September of the same year was Shibuya's first piano solo album, "ATAK015 for maria" followed in 2010 by the CD "Soutaisei Riron + Keiichiro Shibuya: Our Music", a collaboration with Soutaisei Riron that went to No. 1 in the national iTunes music store. The rest of the year was again a busy time when Shibuya provided music for a documentary movie by Shusaku Arakawa, was invited to appear at the ISEA2010 technology art festival in Germany, played concerts with mum cellist Hildur Gudnadóttir, and was in charge of music for the TV play "Spec" that started in October. In 2011, he took "filmachine" on a tour around three locations in France, and appeared as opening act at the "LEXUS HYBRID ART" event in Moscow. In 2012, he contributed soundtracks for the movies "Seiji: Fish on Land", "Spec: Heaven" and "Memory of Origin", all three of which were screened almost concurrently and became highly popular. In the same year, Shibuya released four full-length CDs including these soundtracks, and produced the concert "One(X)" in celebration of the 100th birthday of John Cage. Also unveiled and staged for the very first time was "THE END", the world's first vocaloid opera combining imagery and computer music, but not starring any human performers. The performance at YCAM attracted tremendous interest.

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