[NetBehaviour] Networked Music Review Commission: "Air Detritus" by Miya Masaoka

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Networked Music Review Commission: "Air Detritus" by Miya Masaoka

"Air Detritus" is derived from sounds that were collected from the air and
water detritus of Central Park, New York. Sounds were collected via a 2-way
radio submerged in a pond, and on land. The act of recycling materials into
a new piece, and re-using objects and sound fragments seems a way to
re-imagine the world, a symbolic treatment that enacts the idea of
sustainability as an elusive but critical goal of consuming fewer materials.
As a consumer working with digital tools, I have accumulated many old
monitors, hard drives, cords, and interfaces that are quickly obsolete. The
molded plastic and metal have a perverse dialectical relationship to the
data of ones and zeros that are transported and stored. This piece is a
moment of reflection upon these relationships, and our relationship to the
world. - Miya Masaoka

"Air Detritus" is a 2007 commission of New Radio and Performing Arts, Inc.,
for Networked Music Review. It was made possible with the funding from the
New York State Music Fund, established by the New York State Attorney
General at Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors.


Miya Masaoka is a classically trained musician, composer and sound/
installation artist. She has created works for solo koto, laser interfaces,
laptop and video. She has also made works for sculpture installations and
written scores for ensembles, chamber orchestra and mixed choirs. In her
pieces, she often works with the sonification of data, and maps the behavior
of brain activity, plants and insect movement to sound.

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