The Stairway of the SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA




SWO performances are concerned with breaking the border between spectators and musicians, as well as the common restriction of the traditional formats of music (music has a beginning and an end) and its hierarchy (e.g. a classical orchestra).

The Stairway of the SINE WAVE ORCHESTRA invited participants to meet at a given time and place to perform together, everyone in their own manner and to their own liking. Participants were asked to either bring a sine wave generating object or make use of the provided spherical sine wave generator, each battery driven and furnished with a loudspeaker and a light sensor, changing frequency depending on light intensity.


Exhibition n_ext: New Generation of Media Art, ICC – NTT Intercommunication Center
Galleria, Tokyo Opera City, Tokyo, Japan
19 Jun 2004


loudspeakers, batteries, electronic parts, plastic


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.