An artist and a musician, Asuna blurs the border between art and music with an entertaining collage of sonic potpourri. His live performance had a subtle aesthetic ingenuity that pushed it into the stratosphere of performance art.
Asuna stood behind a table that was a jungle of electronics, wires and an array of colorful plastic toys. A lamp to one side of the table gave Asuna a certain picturesque quality that is often lost in the bright lights of common live performance.
The toys not only added to this atmosphere, but they were also used as instruments to add original texture to the music. The toys also gave the performance light-hearted warmth and brought smiles to the faces of the audience. On the other side of the table, blinking lights, electronic bangs, gargles and whizzpops characterized Asuna’s performance with the likes of other sound artists. See Dill, Makoto Oshiro + Yasufumi Suzuki Duo, and Shigehiro Tsubota for other examples of “sound artists”. Although there were times when Asuna’s performance had an overt beat or a pulsing groove, the majority of the show did not have a beat slamming the audience with a familiar time signature. However, Asuna’s performance had rhythm and a distinct flow. Each segment blended into one another with a stylistic pace and the show moved along in a lively manner. Conscious of all aspects of his sound and performance, Asuna had an authority over his music that sometimes seems ambiguous with other sound artists. Everything was intentional and each aspect of sound, aesthetics, rhythm and pitch came together to make a comprehensive art. Asuna has the big picture figured out and he uses sound as his medium for materialization. Asuna has been experimenting with the boundaries of art and music since 1999 and he continues to release contemporary art and music. A great example of Tokyo sound art, check out Asuna for a taste of this niche-culture.