Japanese musician and visual artist Atsuhiro Ito is the original creator of the Optron, a unique musical instrument made from fluorescent lights fitted with guitar pick-up microphones. When the voltage applied to the tubes is altered, the electromagnetic noise and flickering light are perfectly synchronised and amplified. This delicate flickering creates a powerful visual hallucination, in which non-existent colours and patterns emerge. Support from fellow Japanese musician Kanta Horio, who makes performances based on physical phenomena like sound, light, magnetism or physical movement, employing electromagnets, motors, LEDs, and circuits which convert each elements of them to one another.
Atsuhiro Ito was born in 1965. He launched his career as a visual artist in the late 1980s, and in 1998 began presenting sound performances at art exhibitions. Ito made use of fluorescent lighting in the creation of an original musical device called the Optron. In addition to his solo exhibition and performance projects, Ito is active in a number of groups. One of these is Optrum, the explosively loud ‘extreme optical noise core band’ consisting of Ito and drummer Yoichiro Shin. Between 2000 and 2005 Ito presented various sound events at Off Site, the now-defunct gallery space in Yoyogi, Tokyo. The Optrum album Recorded was released in June 2006 on the label Unknownmix (Headz).
Kanta Horio studied acoustics and computer music at Kyushu Institute of Design in Fukuoka, Japan. He has performed widely both internationally and throughout Japan. He also works as an engineer of electronic devices and develops several projects include commercial interactive installations, films, and musical instruments.
Curated by AV Festival. Produced by No-Fi. Supported by The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.