short bio

Toshiya Tsunoda (Kanagawa, 1964) is a sound creator known for works of field recording and collage. He studied oil painting at Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he received his MFA. Aside from his work as a sound creator, he is also known for his wide-ranging activities as an installation artist and performer. By using small or contact microphones to produce his field recordings, Tsunodas sound works capture the acoustic characteristics of spaces with dazzling clarity. These works show the ways in which particular vibrational phenomena shape the subjective experience of time and space. His exhibitions include Soundings: A Contemporary Score” with Luke Fowler, MoMA, New York (2013), Simple Interactions Sound Art from Japan,” Museet For Samtids Kunst, Denmark (2011), Yokohama Triennale with Luke Fowler, Yokohama (2008) and Half Life,” Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, Scotland (2007). Tsunoda has also performed at Inverleith House, Edinburgh (2012) and Stuk Arts Centre, Leuven, Belgium (2010).  Contact:

Leader As Gutter  Luke Fowler & Toshiya Tsunoda Taka Ishii Gallry Tokyo
Soundings-A Contemporary Score MoMA NYC
KIKOENAIOTOTalion Gallery, Tokyo
Imprint/Field/ Surface Luke Fowler & Toshiya Tsunoda  Bielefelder Kunstverein,Germany
Luke Fowler & Toshiya Tsunoda  Galerie Gisela Capitain Cologne, Germany
Geometric From Seen Recent Sound with Michael Graeve GKG Bonn, Germany
Luke Fowler(Composition for Flutter Screen#2) Serpentine gallery
21:100:100 One Hundred Sound Works by 100 Artists from 21st Centry
Gertrude Contemporary Art Space, Australia
Yokohama Triennale 2008 (Composition for Flutter Screen with Luke Fowler)
Half Life Kilmartin Glen, Argyll, Scotland
Gray Water ( with Lawrence English) Institute of Modern Art, Brisbane
In Resonance Bumbershoot Arts Festival, Seattle

Performance/Live Installation
 Rockbund Art Museum Shanghai China 
Sealink Gallery Hangzhou China 
Ftarri with Luke Fowler Tokyo 
Liquid Architecture Melbourne 
Issue Project Room Brooklyn 
Stuk Arts Centre Leuven, Belgium 
SMART Project Space Amsterdam

Sealink Gallery Hangzhou
l-e , Osaki,Tokyo
CCA Kikakyusyu, Fukuoka
RMIT university, Melbourne
Kawasaki City Museum, Japan
CCAC Institute, San Francisco
Tama Art University, Tokyo

Recording Work
Detour with manfred Weder Erstwhile Records, NY
TramVibration with haco  Skiti, Japan
O Kokos Tis Anixis edtion.t, Japan
The Temple Recording edition.t
Crosshatches with Michael Pisaro Erstwhile Records
Low Frequency observed at Maguchi Bay hibari musi, Japan
Scenery of Dacalcomania  Naturestrip, Melbourne
Ridge of Undulation  Hapna, Stockholm
Extract from Field Recirding Archive#1  Wrk,Japan


8 Metaphors LUX (ISBN 978-0-9567041-3-0)
SUBSTANTIALS#4 CCA Kitakyusyu (ISBN978-4-901387-73-6)
Erstwords <http://erstwords.blogspot.com/2009/07/field-recording-and-experimental-music.html>
UOVO N.14/2 007 (ISSN1876-0551)
Extract:Portarit of Sound artists, Nonviualobjects
Free Paper Santa vol.1-10
Improvised Music from Japan 2005 issue
Site of Sound:of Architecuture & The Ear, Errant Bodies Press


New Skiti CD realease TramVibration Haco and Toshiya Tsunoda

Haco and Toshiya Tsunoda
Skiti (sk07) November 2013
Duration 34:36

Date: December 28, 2006
Place: Inside a tram on a round trip from Ebisu-cho to Hamadera Ekimae on the Hankai Line (12:03 - 13:46) in Osaka, Japan
Tsunoda captured solid vibrations using a piezo-ceramic sensor and a stethoscope, and Haco used her "stereo bugscope" (two inductive microphones) system to catch electromagnetic sounds.

see video documentation

The first edition of work was used for the View Masters Osaka-Melbourne Remix Exhibition in Osaka in February 2007.



Issue Project Room

Fri, August 9, 2013 - 8:00pm
ISSUE Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Yokohama based artist and composer Toshiya Tsunoda has produced innovative works of field recording and collage for 15 years, carefully concentrating the lyrical power of the world we inhabit. Tonight he presents two live sets with laptop, vibration-plates, and sine waves, as well as premiering a series of new short videos.
Toshiya Tsunoda has been prolific in the experimental arts community for over two decades. Born in 1964 in Kanagawa, Japan, he studied oil painting at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music, where he received an MFA. In 1994, he co-founded and ran label WrK alongside m/s, releasing sound art pieces from various young Japanese sound artists, including his own. He currently runs labels Skiti and edition.t. Tsunoda's recorded works often take the form of untainted field recordings - his Extract from Field Recording Archive series documents vibrations through solid objects and air, and his CD Ridge of Undulation features minimally processed recorded landscapes and vibrations, with sparse sine waves. Tsunoda has released collaborations with Seijiro Murayama, Taku Sugimoto, Mitsuhiro Yoshimaru, and (most recently) Michael Pisaro, among many others. Tsunoda is included in "Soundings" MoMA's first major exhibition of sound art, on view August through November 2013.



Soundings; A Contemporary Score Exhibition at MoMA

Soundings: A Contemporary Score

August 10–November 3, 2013
Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor

MoMA's first major exhibition of sound art presents work by 16 of the most innovative contemporary artists working with sound. While these artists approach sound from a variety of disciplinary angles—the visual arts, architecture, performance, computer programming, and music—they share an interest in working with, rather than against or independent of, material realities and environments. These artistic responses range from architectural interventions, to visualizations of otherwise inaudible sound, to an exploration of how sound ricochets within a gallery, to a range of field recordings—including echolocating bats, abandoned buildings in Chernobyl, 59 bells in New York City, and a sugar factory in Taiwan.
The diversity of these works reflects a complex and nuanced field. Yet the exhibition posits something specific: that how we listen determines what we hear. Indeed, the works provoke and evoke—both in the maker and the museumgoer—modes of active listening, and a heightened relationship between interior and exterior space. At a time when personal listening devices and tailored playlists have become ubiquitous, shared aural spaces are increasingly rare. Many of the artists in the exhibition aim for such realities, and the sound they create is decidedly social, immersing visitors and connecting them in space. In many of the works, links are drawn between disparate topographies and subjects, giving rise to new understanding and experiences.
The artists in the exhibition are Luke Fowler (Scottish, b. 1978), Toshiya Tsunoda (Japanese, b. 1964), Marco Fusinato (Australian, b. 1964), Richard Garet (Uruguayan, b. 1972), Florian Hecker (German, b. 1975), Christine Sun Kim (American, b. 1980), Jacob Kirkegaard (Danish, b. 1975), Haroon Mirza (British, b. 1977), Carsten Nicolai (German, b. 1965), Camille Norment (American, b. 1970), Tristan Perich (American, b. 1982), Susan Philipsz (Scottish, b. 1965), Sergei Tcherepnin (American, b. 1981), Hong-Kai Wang (Taiwanese, b. 1971), Jana Winderen (Norwegian, b. 1965), and Stephen Vitiello (American, b. 1964).

Organized by Barbara London, Associate Curator, with Leora Morinis, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Media and Performance Art.
The exhibition is made possible by MoMA’s Wallis Annenberg Fund for Innovation in Contemporary Art through the Annenberg Foundation.
Major support is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Junior Associates of The Museum of Modern Art, Office for Contemporary Art Norway (OCA), Richard J. Massey Foundation for Arts and Sciences, and the Danish Arts Council Committee for International Visual Arts.
Additional funding is provided by the MoMA Annual Exhibition Fund.




"This is one of my trials to present a 'subject' as a piece of work - which can be called field recordings - that contains the accidentalness. We cannot manipulate the accidentalness. The only way for us to relate to the events is to closely observe what is happening there. "
 disc 1:
1. the sounds of small fruits falling in the grass as the wind shook the tree.
2. the sequence of the chirp sounds of a bush warbler.
3. the various events happening in the temple precincts in the mountain.
4. the echoed sounds in a vacant lot as the night fell gradually.
disc 2:
1. the sounds of three branches falling down on a tin roof of a small roadside shrine.
2. the high-pitched sounds that occurred momentarily when the tree branches rustled as the wind shook the tree.
3. the sounds happening in a pond and its surroundings.
4. the sounds of ashes bursting in the fire built by fishermen.

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