This new composition for bass drum and highland bagpipes was performed live within Yoshi Wada’s sound installation at the Discovery Museum.
Part of the American minimalist music and Fluxus scenes in 1960-70s New York, Wada was influenced by George Maciunas, La Monte Young and Pandit Pran Nath. The exhibition at Discovery Museum continues his pioneering practice of making musical instruments from plumbing pipes and electronics. The immersive sound installation is constructed from organ pipes, sheet metal, steel pipe, sirens, gong, alarm bells and a ship’s ventilator. Tuned to the architecture of the Great Hall, the work produces sustained, long drones reverberating through space. More information here.
Yoshi Wada is a sound artist and musician born in Kyoto, Japan. He studied sculpture at the Kyoto City University, and then moved to New York in the late 1960s. Wada joined the Fluxus cultural movement in 1968 after meeting its founder George Maciunas, becoming a key figure on the Japanese Fluxus scene producing work for Flux Box, Flux Mass, and Fluxus concerts.
In New York he spent time studying composition and electronic music with La Monte Young and singing with the North Indian vocalist Pandit Pran Nath. These studies extended his interest in non-western tuning systems. In 1979-80, he constructed a series of large, handmade bagpipe instruments. His later works are entirely scored pieces for portable bagpipes, pipe chanter and percussion. During a year-long DAAD fellowship in Berlin in 1983, Wada began fabrication of an adapted pipe organ, combined with other instruments, which resulted in his major works Off the Wall and The Appointed Cloud. His work is released on the Japanese record label EM Records/Omega Point.
His work has been performed at The Kitchen, New York; New Music in America, New York; Whitney Biennial, New York; Akademie der Kunste, Berlin; Sydney Biennial, Australia; Festival d’Automne, Paris; Kraak Festival, Belgium. His sound installations have been exhibited at Emily Harvey Gallery, New York; Whitney Museum of Art, New York; PSI, New York; and Venice Biennial.
Curated and produced by AV Festival 12. World Premiere.