Koji NAGAHATA & Dominique BALAŸ - « Kotori no Mori »

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East Asia PhoNographic Mornings #10/25
Each Morning of the World #08
Kotori no Mori ~ Fukushima ~ Japan
« Kotori no Mori »
Koji Nagahata + Dominique Balaÿ

Dear Koji,
please find below the invitation for this soundscape project I told you about yesterday.
We could imagine a simple way of collaboration around our common interest in Fukushima soundscapes.
Mixing some of your sounds and some provided by me.
For example, I would see a continuous sound which could serve as a frame for a selection of 3 or 4 of your field recordings in Fukushima.
For this continuous sound I would create, I'm thinking right now about something quite abstract, maybe created from a textile manipulation that I brought back from Fukushima (Litate to be precise). And I will
apply a "stretch" effect, as to dilate the sound to a maximum (to symbolize the dilation of the
time induced by this catastrophe that will not find a term for a thousand years).
Then a very simple editing, just two intricate tracks, yours and mine.

Dear Dominique,
I uploaded two morning' sounds recorded at Kotori no Mori (Forest for
birds) in 2012. Those sounds were originally recorded for making a sound
installation regarding soundscapes after 3.11. The site was one of the
most famous hot spots in Fukushima city, and therefore, I was the only
people in the mountain, when I recorded this sound. Before the quake,
many people enjoyed walking in the morning in that season, and
therefore, these sounds are so symbolic to express the soundscape after 3.11.

Dear Dominique,
I uploaded my voice at the same URL (URL below).
Also, I uploaded the sound of dose meters recorded nearly the same period at another hot spot. If my memory is correct, the environmental radiation level at the point was nearly the same as that of Kotori no Mori.

Koji Nagahata

Since 2011, Koji Nagahata records and documents the impacts of the Fukushima nuclear disaster
on the soundscape of the city where he lives and works as a professor of sound design at the university.
Koji Nagahata is a partner of the project "Meanwhile in Fukushima" curated by Dominique Balaÿ.

The site of the project "Meanwhile in Fukushima":


vit et travaille à Nîmes. Fondateur de webSYNradio, il privilégie les projets collaboratifs (éditoriaux, numériques, sonores), ceux-ci sont présentés et diffusés dans différents contextes et médias, notamment radiophoniques.

Projets (sélection)

WEBSYNRADIO : depuis 2009, WebSYNradio propose des interventions inédites de personnalités  (artistes, intellectuels, chercheurs, écrivains …) , la plupart reconnues sur la scène internationale, plus de 250 contributions à ce jour.

MACROSILLONS : sculpture sonore, présentée en performances (musée d'art contemporain de Sérignan, galerie Point to point ... 2010/2011).

DANS LA BRÈCHE : pièce sonore, diffusion sur France Musique (Jacques-Marie Bernard, Salvatore Puglia & Dominique Balaÿ, Avril 2011). 

ET PENDANT CE TEMPS LÀ, À FUKUSHIMA : depuis mai 2011, développement d’un projet sonore et collaboratif. Diffusions sur ABC Australia, France Musique, France Culture, Radio Campus Bruxelles, Sonic radio (Festival sonic), Mobile radio (biennale de Sao Paulo), RTS, carte blanche du Festival Monophonic (Bruxelles), Festival fukushima!, réseau RADIA …

EXPERIENCE SMAC : projet documentaire sonore présenté à la SMAC de Nîmes (Dominique Rousselet, Florian Doidy & Dominique Balaÿ, 2011-2012).

S'IL ARRIVE CE QUI ARRIVE : création d'une pièce radiophonique, sélectionnée au Grand Prix Nova et diffusée dans différents festivals et programmes radios (2015).

UNE MARCHE EN GARRIGUE : documentaire de création pour Creation on air/ France Culture (octobre 2017)

AU PIRE AUSSI, UNE VILLE d'EUROPE : pièce radiophonique de Dominique Balaÿ (voix: Aurélie Lierman, Réa : Frédéric Fradet & Bertand Larrieu, avec les Instruments Baschet, 2017).

Plusieurs projets en cours : 
LA BAIE QUI N'A PAS DE NOM (documentaire de création), LA VIE AU VILLAGE (documentaire de création), EXTERIEURS (performances radiophoniques)




from East Asia PhoNographic Mornings, track released March 15, 2020
©redit photo : Koji Nagahata


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