O Plant!

New work with plants at Temple University Gallery 2018.

Miya Masaoka revisits her work with bio response from plants from the 1990’s

  • Masaoka Castle Ruins in Japan

    The Masaoka Castle ruins are in the mountains in the Ehime Prefecture near Matsumoto.  There are Masaoka Family reunions held there every four years…. More »

  • O Plant!

    New work installation with plants and human interaction, Temple Contemporary, Tyler School of Art,  Fall, 2018… More »

  • Monochord

    The one string koto, or ichigenkin, is a very rare instrument.  Masaoka has studied the ichigenkin with the 4th Iemoto of the Seikyodo Ichigenkin Tradition, Issui Minegishi.  She is the great, great granddaughter of Tokuhiro Taimu, the founder of Seikyodo Ichigenkin, who was said to retreat to mountain caves in Japan to meditate, fast and… More »

  • Hiko Hiko

    Shamanistic by nature, Hiko Hiko is an alternative persona who time travels to distant planets, ancient Japan, Harlem, making unannounced appearances and creating evocative acts and disappears just as quickly.  They sometimes wear kimono rags and the high platform shoes of the Zen priests, and clothes embedded with varied percussion.  Hiko Hiko is non-binary and  has… More »

  • Vaginated Chairs and microphone inserts

    MoMA PS1 in the Book Space April 1, 2018. Several participants wore internal vagina microphone pick ups, and the sound was fed to the speakers in the space. Vaginated Chairs MoMA PS1  … More »

  • Factory recordings in Poland and Russia

    Factory Recordings In Prada, Poland at a helicoptor parts’ factory… More »

  • LED KIMONO

    Custom  wearable computing kimono with hundreds of hand-sewn led’s creating a responsive garment that can trigger sound and receive video data in real time. Performances included the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, The New York Electronic Music Festival, and Siggraph, Yokohama, Japan…. More »

  • The Movement of Things

    I have been writing both music compositions and creating audio installations that utilize very long glissandi, and I am particularly interested in the fundamental elements and principles of speed, and the varying speed and its associative perception for the listener.   For The Movement of Things, the many divisi of the sections of the orchestra were… More »

  • Plants Derail Model Train

    Issue Project Room (silo) Brooklyn 2006 Plant response and activity triggers track derailment. Re-enactment of Paul Sauvin’s experiment in the 1950’s.  … More »

  • The Bee Projects (1996-2001)

    Cell Space, San Francisco Electronic Music Festival  2000 8 channel (a-dat) Recorded bee sounds spatialized with early software (C sound), speakers in a large circle. (to be  linked in Review section)  Review: Classical Voice: CONTEMPORARY MUSIC REVIEW Electronic Music, A Blast, A Vision May 5, 2000   By Thomas Goss Give some people an amp, and they can’t… More »

  • Thinking Sound

    There were many version of this piece.  Brain data output was sonified and  processed with signal processing.  IBVA (Interactive Brain Visualization Software) developed by Masahiro Kohata. Piece composed by Miya Masaoka.  (Brain output from various participants, including Saimin Li).  The ensemble SFsound perfomed the piece at Yerba Buena Center Gardens…. More »

  • Dark Passages

    Music composed by Miya Masaoka, Libretto by Thulani Davis, Directed by Ellen Chang. A multimedia oratorio with readers, actual activists and resistors, string quartet, Buddhist chanters, actors, projected slides, video. Ruminations on Japanese American concentration camp survivors and WW II wtih Buddhist chanters, live ensemble, video and still projections, archival footage and actors/readers.  Dar Passages… More »

  • Bee Project #1-6

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