Heavy Requiem

Video – 3D scans of the Kōya San Mountain in Japan


Heavy Requiem, 2019
performance, 30′
Keiichiro Shibuya + Eizen Fujiwara + Justine Emard 

The Japanese Buddhist chant form known as shomyo has a 1200-year history, ranking it together with the West’s Gregorian chant as one of the genre’s oldest living forms.

This will be a unique collaborative performance of integrated electronic and traditional Buddhist music.

AI x Music is an exhibition about the encounter between Artificial Intelligence and music, as well as human creativity and technical perfection. Music might be the most emotional of all art forms, but it is also deeply connected to mathematics, to the physics of sound production, and to the craftmanship of instrument makers. This means that from the very beginning, the history of music is also the history of the instruments, tools, and devices needed to perform it, record it, and reproduce it.

Shomyo (Buddhist chant): Eizen Fujiwara
Music (computer, electronics): Keiichiro Shibuya
Visualization: Justine Emard

Ars Electronica, AI x Music Festival
Monastery of the Canons Regular of St. Augustine’s Order at St. Florian, Linz, Austria

Photos:  Ars Electronica / vog.photo. / Sono Fukunishi