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Suzuki, Akio locked

  • Hugh Davies


(b Pyong-Yang, Feb 24, 1941). Japanese instrument inventor and performer. Working in Tokyo, he has built a number of instruments, including some appealing to children, and sound sculptures, beginning in 1972 with the first analapos, in one version of which the vibratory mechanism is a coiled spring at least 8 metres long. Other instruments include the Kikkokikiriki, a rectangular brass plate with up to five round depressions of different diameters (resembling the saucer-shaped indentations in a steel drum) that produce sustained bell-like chimes when rubbed with a stick; a glass harmonica, in which five hollow glass tubes, identical in length but with different diameters, mounted in a frame, are rubbed with wetted fingers; and the Lateral Thinking Instrument, a panel covered with fragments of pre-recorded ¼″ magnetic tape, glued together to form a large rectangle over which two pencil-type tape-recorder playback heads are moved manually. Suzuki exhibits his instruments and gives solo performances on them, occasionally also using small found objects and a sea-sculpted stone flute that has been in his family (who are Shintō priests) for centuries. He has also performed with composer-violinist Takehisa Kosugi and with numerous other musicians, dancers, and actors....

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