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date: 14 November 2019

Masuda, Kan locked

  • Hugh Davies


(b Nara, Mar 8, 1950?). Japanese sculptor. He began to make sound sculptures in 1974. He went to Spain in 1975, settling in Granada in 1976 and Barcelona in 1980. Practised in working with wood, he continued to use that material in his earliest sound sculptures. From 1977 his works have often been rounded, self-contained shapes (as in the series Trencall de so, ‘Breaking of sound’), inside which a metal tube with a small hammer or several strings is positioned; in some instances these pieces show the influence on Masuda of a study of the guitar which he carried out in 1976. In 1981–2 a new phase began in which Masuda constructed several wind-operated open-air sound sculptures and a series called Paisatge del so (‘Landscape of sound’). In works in the latter group one to nine metal ‘tuning tubes’ hang over large suspended square or rectangular white panels from which obtrude mound shapes with open tops that act as resonators; the tubes are struck by rubber-headed hammers which are activated when the panel is gently touched. In ...

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