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Miki Yui, JP

Musician, composer and visual artist Miki Yui blends field recordings with pure electronic sounds in her compositions. She is drawn to small sounds, to quiet sounds at the limits of audibility, of perception: for example, a plant growing, a plant moving, a plant sending signals to other plants.

The stories of resonance and co-existence that her music tells are enriched by the artist’s practice of deep listening. Influenced by experimental composer Pauline Oliveros’s quest to wholly connect with the acoustic environment and all that inhabits it, Miki Yui explores the relationship between all sounds, whether intentional or unintentional, natural or technological, music or noise. Plant Music was inspired by an early drawing by Joseph Beuys: Pflanze (Plant, 1947).

The minimalistic electroacoustic composition derived from imagining the fragile sounds of germination, of the communication between microorganisms, of the rays of sunlight warming the soil, of moisture entering the roots, of leaves unfurling at dawn.