Akari Komura


Soundscapes [audio tracks] On-site June 3rd and online June 11th

Mute the motion 
I collected all my samples inside of a parked still car including fastening/unfastening of the seatbelts, inserting the key, knocking on the window, parking brake, and rain hitting on the roof. After categorizing them, the artistic approach arose from my interest in trying to produce organic human-like in contrast to the sound resource, a car, which is a lifeless machine made out of metals and an engine.
The work starts out with mechanical noises and slowly transforms into a heartbeat-like sound. I tried to capture a feeling of being inside a womb from around 0’40”, which then shifts into an ocean-like sound where the watery timbre gradually connects to the actual rain sound on the car roof. The sharp automation of the bandpass at the end function to bring a sense of cars passing by swiftly, evoking them as the sound source of this entire piece. 

Weaving Water 
The work was written in imagination of a primal memory of being surrounded by water in the womb. Through the sense of touching, smelling, drinking, and seeing water, how do we experience water as something that we used to float inside?

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Akari Komura (b.1996) is a Japanese composer-vocalist whose works center around contemplative engagement with listening and soundmaking. Her interest in somatic practice and embodied consciousness is central to her creative process. Her works have been presented at the Atlantic Music Festival, Composers Conference, Montreal Contemporary Music Lab, Nief-Norf, and soundSCAPE. She holds a M.M. in Composition from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in Vocal Arts from the University of California, Irvine. Her major teachers include Evan Chambers, Roshanne Etezady, and Stephen Rush. She is currently pursuing a Ph.D in Composition at University of California San Diego.

Artist Location: San Diego, CA

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