The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA stay amplified




This piece shows the process of the accumulation of sine waves left by each visitor over the period of its exhibition. The installation consists of a circular octophonic array of loudspeakers in a wooden pavilion. A pedestal situated in the middle of the room allows for playing a sine wave defined by a fader and a dial. Each visitor enters the pavilion and choses a frequency with the fader and position of the sine wave via the dial. Every choice remains and adds to the ever growing collective performance – from absolute silence to a sound level close to white noise at the end of the festival.


Exhibition The 8th International New Media Art festival ART + COMMUNICATION 2006: WAVES
ARSENALS of the Latvian National Museum of Art, Riga, Latvia, 24 – 26 Aug, 2006
support: Grant for Dispatching Artists and Cultural Specialists by The Japan Foundation


passive speakers, amplifiers, computers, electronic parts, rotary encoder dial, fader, wood, spotlight


The SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA (SWO) is a project that works exclusively with sine waves that was launched in 2002 by Ken Furudate, Kazuhiro Jo, Daisuke Ishida and Mizuki Noguchi. ”The single sine waves, which the participants each play freely without a score or conductor, rise and intricately interfere with each other like thin strings, and ultimately create an ocean of sine waves.” Based on this image, the SWO presents works between and within performances, installations and workshops and invites the public to create a collective sound representation.