Ryoji Ikeda

Silk St London Greater London

From Sunday, September 30 2018 at 08:30 pm until Monday, October 1 2018 at 01:00 am

Ryoji Ikeda presents a show in two parts; first applying his signature musical aesthetic to acoustic instruments, before manipulating the data that permeates our world into an audio-visual spectacle.

music for percussion sees Ikeda joins forces with Swiss collective Eklekto for a project that sets aside projections and electronic sounds to focus solely on four percussionists. The performance subverts the audience’s expectations with the players manipulating their instruments in unconventional ways, to unpredictable effect. Devised in four parts – using handclaps, crotales, cymbals and one of the most iconic orchestral percussion instruments, the triangle – the piece focuses on the purity of sound, creating textures reminiscent of Electronic music.

datamatics [ver. 2.0] takes the seemingly mundane - data - and uses it as a source for breath-taking sounds and visuals. From sequences of patterns derived from hard drive errors, the imagery transforms into dramatic rotating views of the universe in 3D, opening up spectacular and seemingly infinite vistas. An accompanying hypnotic soundtrack mirrors the imagery, meshing bleeps, crescendos, and bass into a kaleidoscopic soundscape.