The release is out on Room40 this November
Aki Onda and Akio Suzuki are back collaborating together in a new release on Room40 called Ke I Te Ki. In 2014 the pair released CD and book combo Ma Ta Ta Bi, with the music on this release recorded a year later in New York City at The Emily Harvey Foundation, the art space that formally home to the studio of Fluxus founder George Maciunas. The pair have performed together at various occasions throughout the last half a decade. Onda explains the appeal. “He [Suzuki] and I have a tendency to perceive sound as space, or to always consider sound in relation to space. We don’t usually hear the sound sources as they actually are, since they are always modified by a space’s acoustics and its reflections, absorptions, and attenuation.” He continues. “When we play, we listen carefully to and respond to the extra acoustics of these phenomena. Our ears have to be wide open, constantly adjusting to ever-changing detail. Nothing is fixed.”
Of the recording space, Onda confirms, “Nam June Paik and Shigeko Kubota, whom Akio met around the early ‘80s, used to live in the same building; another former resident and friend of Akio, Yoshi Wada, was said to have done some of the carpentry and plumbing.” He concludes, “it is a historic building of New York avant-garde culture, and the last of the artist co-ops that Maciunas created in New York City. How could this not have an effect on the recording?”
As for the album name, Onda tell us that in Japanese it means “the sound of an alarm, or a whistle to call attention to a hazardous event,” and makes for a reminder to push ourselves further.
Ke I Te Ki is released on 2 November.