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MARIHIKO HARA

原 摩利彦

Composer

音楽家

The function of music in harmony with nature

自然と調和する、音楽という機能

(THISIS)SHIZENという空間に身を置くとき、視界に入るものや触れるものともうひとつ、「音」の存在に気づきます。サウンドスケープという、音があわらす景色。持ち帰ることはできないけれど、様々な要素をひとつに調和させ、この空間にいるからこそ呼び覚まされるあたらしい感覚を私たちは知リます。手がけたのは音楽家の原摩利彦さん。自身にとっても新しい試みとなった今回のサウンドスケープのプロジェクトを通じて改めて言葉にする、自然への想いがありました。

When you put yourself in (THISIS)SHIZEN, you notice the presence of sound in addition to what you see and touch. A soundscape – landscape in which the sound shows. Although we can't bring it back home, we know a new sensation that is evoked by being in this space, harmonizing the various elements into one. For this time, the composer Marihiko Hara created the sound for (THISIS)SHIZEN. He spoke us about his feelings for nature through this soundscape project, which was a new experiment for him.

自然から直接的に教わる
音楽作りのヒント

The hints from nature
When he create sounds

Nature is my inspiration and hint in making music. It feels like that nature is directly teaching me about dynamics (how to make sounds strong and weak), such as the sounds when I listen in the forest. Sometimes I consciously put myself in nature to make music, but also I do a casual field recording while walking around town or the moment on a trip. For example, in classical music performance techniques, generally I have a teacher specialised for my instrument and teaches me how to play it, and I can develop it through the exchange of ideas. On the other hand, when you make music on a computer, there is no one to be your teacher. Therefore, the nature becomes like a teacher. I get hints from all kinds of natural environments, not only in the forest, but also from the sound of waves and the sound of the wind in the city.

— The sound of birds singing and rainfall, as if they were in the middle of nature, then sometimes blends with fuzzy noise. How did the soundscape of (THISIS) SHIZEN, with its richness of sound and various expressions born?

空間の風景を作る音楽

Soundscape for (THISIS)SHIZEN

Usually, the music played in the store is from playlists or wired music, but the main feature of the soundscape I created for (THIS) SHIZEN is that it is not just a sound source, but using a computer program. It's made to flow with nature sounds from bird, bug and water, and pianos, guitars, synthesisers, etc., and its volume and sound shifts randomly. For example, once every few minutes, there would be the sound of rain, followed by a quiet sound afterwards. Unlike normal BGM music, the sound is not fixed. I've made a scenario, but strictly speaking, no single combinations are the same. I also paid attention to the speaker, and this time I installed four speakers that spread the sound horizontally. Regarding of design, I chose that would coexist in this space rather than hide it.

Initially, they requested to make a playlist or compose a song. However, when I thought about the concept of (THISIS)SHIZEN and the style of the shop, I thought that the presence of living plants and Kohei Nawa's giant sculpture, which is a still object, would harmonise the whole space and draw a landscape of its space if there is continuous movement of sound. This is the first piece of music I've ever made for commercial building. Furthermore, this music can be made sustainably by updating the sound file. In the future, if you add other instruments or environmental music, the program will run and choose new sounds. I aimed for something that leaves that kind of possibility. I created a soundscape, but at the same time I installed a "function" to harmonise this space.

Photography by MH Studio Inc.

— How did you perceive the presence of nature when you composed the sound?

音楽を通して共存する
自然物と人工物

Coexist through music.
Organic and inorganic objects

Since the name (THISIS) SHIZEN includes 'nature' in Japanese, therefore the theme of sound is nature. If you want to include bird calls, it's better to go to the forest and listen. However, in this space, I created a gradation of sound with artificial electronic sounds, as well as guitars and pianos. I also see the electronic sounds of synthesisers not only as manufactured objects that contrast with nature, but also imagining as blending with nature. Just as the sound of a waterfall can be heard as white noise, we can also go back and forth between nature and artifacts depending on the way we hear them, can't we? (THISIS) SHIZEN is located in the middle of Kyoto, but from a broader perspective, it is surrounded by mountains. I thought it might be possible to express the miniature of that environment.

— I’m sure that you have special thoughts since you are based in Kyoto - How do you want the soundscape to exist through (THISIS)SHIZEN?

I'm glad that I was able to place my sound in the city of Kyoto permanently, where is also my base. A soundscape is like a change you slightly notice. That's what I think is important. However, I think that (THISIS) SHIZEN is a place that can be enjoyed with all the senses, so I would be happy if people would listen to the sound as well. While installing the sound in the store, there was a moment when the sparrows just flew by and the soundscape actually blended in with the city. The moment when the inside of the shop and the outside blend together is a great feeling, so I hope you can actually experience it.

PROFILE

Marihiko Hara
Composer
Graduated from the Faculty of Education, Kyoto University. He dropped out of the master's program of the Graduate School of Education at the same university. He works in a variety of media from post-classical to acoustic soundscapes, including stage, fine art, and film, with a focus on the textures and tranquility that emerge from soundscapes. As a solo artist, he has released the albums "Landscape in Portrait" and "RADIX". He presented "Wind Eye 1968", an exhibition of his late grandmother's travel photography and soundscapes. He has been collaborating with Ryuichi Sakamoto, and had in charge of "VESSEL" by Damien Jarre and Kohei Nawa, stage productions by Hideki Noda, and music for "JUNYA WATANABE COMME des GARÇONS" Paris Collection. His latest solo album is "PASSION". In (THISIS) SHIZEN, he worked on the production of soundscapes.
WEB SITE
marihikohara.com

OUR STORY

  • TAICHI SAITO, DAISUKE MATSUE

    Groundscape Designer of ATELIER DAISHIZEN

    New value, new nature

  • KOHEI NAWA

    Sculptor / Director of Sandwich Inc.
    Professor at Kyoto University of the Arts

    Capturing the cyclic ecosystem beyond the stratosphere

  • MARIHIKO HARA

    Composer

    The function of music in harmony with nature

  • AMACHI YOSHIMOTO

    amachi.

    Questioning the relationship between the collective of all the existence.

  • HIDEHIKO MATSUMOTO

    Matsumoto Sake Brewing Co., Ltd.

    Nature and human - Living and changing

  • MASANAO HIGUCHI

    CHANOMIYAGURA Tea farmer

    Nature is the foundation of life

  • SATOSHI HARADA

    Nanzenji Harada

    Keep creating a variety of nature

  • SHUNSUKE KATO

    NOTA&design

    The landscape in front of us and the future beyond

  • SACHIE NODA

    Florist

    Sharpening the sensitivity with the nature