A multi-channel sound installation by Keiichiro Shibuya and Takashi Ikegami.

filmachine in Berlin, February 2008. Photo by Michael Sauer.

Three circles of loudspeakers are suspended from the ceiling above an abstract landscape. On entering the space, the visitor starts the composition with a button at the center of the piece, triggering an immersive audio-visual experience in a 3-dimensional soundscape, enhanced by a specially designed LED lighting system. For the exhibition in Berlin, Keiichiro Shibuya creates a new composition which is presented here as a world premiere. It is based on research of complex systems and makes use of cellular automata and logistic maps for sound synthesis.

filmachine was developed and premiered at Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media in 2006. The international premiere in Berlin was produced by les jardins des pilotes for transmediale.08 in cooperation with ATAK, Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM), Tokyo National University of Fine Arts & Music Film and New Media, sponsored by Musikelectronic Geithain and color kinetics Japan, supported by Agency of Cultural Affairs Japan.

The filmachine team is:

Composition: Keiichiro Shibuya (ATAK)
Generating sound patterns and textures: Takashi Ikegami (Tokyo University)
Multiphonic 3-dimensional programming: evala (ATAK, port)
Programme development: Yuta Ogai (Tokyo University / Ikegami lab)
Production management: Maria Shibuya (ATAK)
Technical support: Takayuki Ito (YCAM)

Curated by Kazunao Abe (YCAM)

filmachine in Berlin was curated by Stefan Riekeles (JdP).

Team Berlin: Rüdiger Koch (technical manager Berlin, Podewils’sches Palais), Jörg Schildbach (Lichtblick Bühnentechnik), Jens Glasa (audio-studiotechnik-glasa). Setup: Mario Arnold, Norbert Strache, Frank Szardenings, Paul Friedrich, Jan Jaksiewicz, Ernesto Hernández, Margareta Kocikowski, Philipp Selalmazidis, Somaya Langley.

Thank you very much for your help: Fumiko Suzuki, Christian Wolf, Daisuke Ishida

Thank you: Just Music, Carsten Seiffarth (singuhr hörgalerie), Stephen Kovats (transmediale), Magdalena Rothweiler (transmediale), Phillip Sünderhauf (serve-u), Annette Schäfer (Press), Folkmar Hein (Elektronisches Studio TU-Berlin), Michael Sauer (photography), Julia von Vietinghoff (photography), Miki Nakamura, Hiroyasu Sato, Jiro Kubo, Kazuhiro Iida, Yasuhito Watanabe.

Very special thanks to Olaf August, David d’Heilly, Wilm Thoben, Eckehard Güther, Atsushi Sasaki, Masaki Fujihata and his lab members.