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 set Ma Ta Ta Bi. The music on this album was recorded a year later in New York City at The Emily Harvey Foundation, formerly home to the studio of Fluxus founder George Maciunas. Onda and Suzuki have performed together often during the last half a decade. “He [Suzuki] and I have a tendency to perceive sound as space, or to always consider sound in relation to space,” remarks Onda. “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.
“When we play,” he continues, “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.”
About the former Fluxus studio where their new disc was recorded, Onda says, “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.
“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,” he concludes. “How could this not have an effect on the recording?”
As for the album name, Onda reveals that in Japanese it means “the sound of an alarm, or a whistle to call attention to a hazardous event”. See it as a reminder to push oneself further.
Ke I Te Ki is released on 2 November.