by Julia Hennock in New Music on Thursday 6 September 2007

Japanese artist Toshiya Tsunoda’s field recordings will blow your mind without blowing your eardrums. By placing sensitive microphones inside empty objects, such as bottles and hollow logs, he captures vibrations inaudible to the human ear. Layers of these sounds are artfully cut and composed to produce brute, mesmerising work that challenges our perception of music. A live performance in Brisbane saw Tsunoda sitting cross-legged in an explosion of wires and wine glasses. The audience lingered at the periphery, monitoring their breath and movements so as not to break the almost-silence of his mastery.