Time: 30 mins
Music: Otomo Yoshihide
Eye of Sound: To celebrate its 10th anniversary, the Intercommunication Centre in Tokyo (ICC), one of the leading experimental art locations in Japan, organised a free-entrance series of concerts featuring several cutting-edge performers from the local scene. The main attraction was Otomo Yoshihide, who delivered a tremendous 30 minutes performance on his prepared turntables. Almost completely rejecting the use of vinyl surfaces, Otomo uses amplified microphones and distortion devices to explore the possibilities of the turntable - not the record - as an instrument. The result is an impressive construction in which Otomo masterfully oscillates between serene, placid designs (refined in other projects such as Filament) and the violent feedback bursts for which he became known, all created in the electric interstices strategically placed between the record-player, the needle and the deck.