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Events & exhibitions

Reiko Yamada and Vijay Iyer: Reflective

Reiko Yamada Prep Drawings 1

Radcliffe Institute fellow Reiko Yamada RI ’16, an independent composer and sound artist, created Reflective, a series of interactive sound art installations based on the aesthetic concept of imperfection in human life. It is an exploration of various media and interactive features to create a deeper engagement with the audience.

This installation is unique in that its material is drawn from recordings of the acclaimed jazz pianist, composer, and Harvard professor Vijay Iyer. The sound material, improvised and recorded in collaboration with Reiko Yamada, has been digitally processed and programmed specifically for the exhibition.

Reflective explores the relationship among decisions, actions, and results. The movements of a visitor in the intimate, darkened gallery space is detected by motion capture sensors, which alter the sound quality of the precomposed piece, making the experience more disturbing or pleasant. Each visitor experiences a unique version of the piece, which is four minutes long. 

This site-specific installation has been shown in several locations around the world: France, Argentina, Mississippi, and now Cambridge, Massachusetts. 

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