Projects

  • Cubistics, a 3-dimensional score for audience mental mapping and musicians

    Cubistics is a composition for audience mental mapping and musicians by Miya Masaoka. This piece requires audience participation. The audience is requested to follow the mental mapping of a 3-dimensional shape — that of a cube — along with the musicians. More »

  • When I Was A Plant v. 2 (Spanish Speaking plant, with climate data)

     2019 Toronto Biennale, Main Exhibition space November 14-December 1, 2019, curated by Myung-Sun Kim and Maiko Tanaka. The plant  is “speaking,” or expressing the voice of living things, which might otherwise be construed as silent, mute, and passive. The response of the plant and its root system in real time is a manifestation, metaphor of… More »

  • When I Was a Plant (for multiple plants + performers)

    November 14, 2019. Artist Talk, Post Vocal Performance, Tellings, Toronto Biennial.
    https://torontobiennial.org/programs/miya-masaoka-sonifying-the-plants/

  • I Am A Plant (response in image + sound)

    Materials:  philodendrom, electronics, wire, video, sound, human interaction. Gutenburg Sound Art Academy, Mainz University, Germany, August, 2019.

    The symbiotic co-evolution of plants with insects, birds, and parasites resulted in a heightened sensitivity to interaction to other species, and is – in part – revealed in this interactive piece. Additionally, recent research indicates plants communicate with other species of plants sharing resources of water and warning of unfriendly fungi, insects and other environmental information.  Masaoka has been integrating plants into her art performances and installations since the late 1990’s.

  • Singing River So To Speak*

    July 6, 2019
    Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Canada
    Ensemble Evolution; Commissioned work, conducted by Steve Schick; flute, clarinet, bassoon, piano, percussion,  violin, viola, cello. 
    *based on the poem by Maya Angelou, “On The Pulse of Morning”

  • Listen Ahead traffic signs

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  • Listen Ahead: Ear Hut

    Listen Ahead consists of a series of traffic signs, and the Ear Hut, a small structure that is designed to privilege the ear over the eye, or the sense of listening over sight. There are ear-level openings in the walls allowing sounds from the outside environment into the inside. A fluidity of the interior/exterior carry meaning beyond the walls, and can be contemplated upon as those who enter can sit, relax and think.

    https://www.caramoor.org/music/sonic-innovations/

  • 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 »