Boundary Synthesizer II

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Boundary Synthesizer II is an interactive audiovisual system that translates familiar moving images such as cityscapes and fireworks into impressive sound. A horizontal “boundary” line is extracted from the outline in each video frame and directly transformed into a sound waveform. Users can interact with Boundary Synthesizer by changing the video contents, controlling the frequency and manipulating the image data using image effects such as wave, mirror and mosaic. Thus, this system is an audiovisual synthesizer in which the oscillator’s waveform is structured by the visual boundary. This waveform is changed in time by videos, and unexpected sound artifacts are continuously generated automatically. Therefore users can explore the intuitive and expressive connections of image and sound by operating the physical controller.

Boundary Synthesizer II
2015
Venues The University of Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
Materials Mac book mini, Projector, Controller, Arduino, Web camera, Speaker etc.
Size Dimension variable
Form Installation/Performance
Technical cooperation Tatsuya Ogusu, Seico Okamoto

The 360° Skyline Song Project

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The 360° Skyline Song Project is an audio-visual installation work that makes sound waves from the visual “boundary” between surrounding scenery and sky. The visual data, made by recording the surrounding scenery with a video camera rotating an angle of 360 degrees, are transformed into sound waves in real time by analyzing each camera frame. Both audio and visual data achieve the intuitive recognition of the transition of the boundary in sceneries. This installation implies the instability of surroundings, by interactively producing sound from changing surroundings and showing the captured movie.

The 360° Skyline Song Project
2015
Venues Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
Materials Mac book Pro, Projector, Mbed, Web camera, Motor etc.
Size Dimension variable
Form Installation
Technical cooperation Kazunori Ogasawara

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Katsufumi Matsui

Katsufumi Matsui is a Ph.D. student at The University of Tokyo Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies. He was born in 1985 in Yamagata. His works are focused in the areas of sound installation, audiovisual performances, image sonification and new interface for musical expression. His works have been selected for participation in international conferences, such as the ISEA, NIME, ICMC. He has received various awards, such as 2014 Asia Digital Art Award Finalist Prizes, 20th Campus Genius Award BRONZE, the Digital Signage Award 2014 Special Prize and the Good Design Award 2011 in Japan.

EDUCATION

2015 -   Ph.D. student, Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo
2015     Master of Arts and Sciences (Information Studies), Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, The University of Tokyo
2008     Bachelor of Arts (History of Western Philosophy), Faculty of Letters, Kyoto University

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016
May           “Sonkei—The Dynamis of the World”, CC4441, Tokyo, Japan

GROUPE EXHIBITIONS (Selected)

2015
Sep. - Oct.  “ICMC 2015”, UNT on the Square, Denton, United States
Aug.            “ISEA 2015”, Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver, Canada
May - Jun.  “NIME 2015”, Louisiana Digital Media Center, Baton Rouge, United States
Feb.             “Asia Digital Art Award Exhibition 2014”, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum, Fukuoka, Japan
2014
Sep.             “ICMC|SMC|2014”, Onassis Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

PERFORMANCES (Selected)

2016
Jul.  “NIME 2016”, Queensland Conservatorium, South Brisben, Australia
May  “ISEA 2016”, Run Run Shaw Creative Media Centre, Hong Kong, China

AWARD

2014
Nov.  Asia Digital Art Award Finalist Prizes
Nov.  20th Campus Genius Award BRONZE, Nominations (two works)
Jun.  DIGTAL SIGNAGE AWARD 2014 Special Prize
2011
Oct.  Good Design Award

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katsufumi.matsui(at)gmail.com
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