April 13, 2023, 7pm
11 Cortlandt Alley
Free RSVP's are at capacity.
As part of our retrospective Yasunao Tone: Region of Paramedia, Artists Space is pleased to present a concert with legendary sound artist Yasunao Tone. For this special evening, he will perform Music for Reed Organ, 1962, A Radio Music, 1963, and Molecular Music, 1982.
This concert will begin with two seminal chance-based and notational performance works from the 1960s: Music for Reed Organ (1962) and A Radio Piece (1963). In the Fluxus-inspired A Radio Piece, Tone rummages through a briefcase filled with transistor radios and tunes them until all have reached the same station. The resulting sound creates a melody that moves freely with the tuning process, foregrounding the radio as an instrument. Music for Reed Organ employs activity generated by chance: an ice cube is placed on the keyboard of a pedal organ, while the wind produced from pumping the organ’s pedals creates tone clusters and is documented in a graphic score. Tone will end the concert with a performance of his foundational work Molecular Music (1982), a piece that famously converts text to image to sound wherein Tone employs light sensors on the surface of a projection screen to actively interpret 16mm images—characters from Chinese poetic texts—and sends that information to sound-producing instruments.