Ei Wada

Born 1987 Tokyo, Japan. Lives and works Tokyo, Japan.

Toki Ori Ori Nasu: Falling Records 2013
Reel to reel tape decks, pedestals, sound 410 x 70 x 70 cm each

Photography: Mark Ashkanasy, Courtesy RMIT Gallery. 

Story of Falling Records

In the morning, the banging of a drum reverberates through the back-alleys. It is in fact not a drum though, but the sound of the rice dealer’s own way of repairing his malfunctioning rice mill by banging against it every morning.
Today everyone in town knows the sound of this wake-up call, and before long the rice dealer’s mill even came to be used as a drum in the street carnival. It was around the same time that they unearthed a rotary magnetic recorder as it was used for sound recording back in the 20th century. 
People with a great interest in the phenomenon of accumulated time turning into volume have erected a giant tower of electronicos in the square.

“Electronicos” is what the “electronics” that human civilization once created morphed into, casting away the manual, and draping itself in a smell of new culture instead. In the evening hours, the magnetic material starts falling down as it rotates and plays music, drawing shapes and patterns with time. “Look, the 20th century is falling down! Down like a waterfall…” This is how people scream in the face of this sound and scenery. “Electronicos Fantasticos!”

Ei Wada, 2013

Ei Wada is a musician and artist who uses a combination of old electronic and acoustic instruments to create multi-channel performance arrangements.

Since 2009 Ei Wada has performed in the collaborative Open Reel Ensemble, which combines the use of reel-to-reel tape decks and modern technology to create a musical instrument. Working with Open Reel Ensemble Ei Wada was awarded the Best Performance Prize at the Japan Media Arts Festival for the one-man performance installation Braun Tube Jazz Band – a work made of Braun Tube Monitors. He has performed at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Tokyo, Japan;European Media Art Festival, Osnabrück, Germany; Sónar, Barcelona, Spain; M4Music, Zurich, Switzerland; Transmediale, Berlin; Ars Electronica, Linz and most recently at the 17th Japan Media Art Festival.