Sound Sphere

Lyota Yagi, Sound Sphere, 2011

IDEA: Temporal relationships are a decisive factor in the linear recording of sound.

WHAT: An installation consisting of cassette tape wound around a spherical object and a device to play its sound. There is no beginning or end to the tape; rather, a small motor randomly moves the sphere as it sits atop the player, producing noise. The work varies in scale from installation to installation.

When linear time is wound around a sphere, it is deprived of the relationship between place and time, and thus also loses its meaning (or in other words, causes meaning to arise).
— Lyota Yagi

WHY: Varying sizes of globes are covered with a length of time that is proportional to their surface area. When linear time is wound around a sphere, it is deprived of the relationship between place and time, and thus also loses its meaning (or in other words, causes meaning to arise).

BY: Japanese media artist Lyota Yagi produces works that reference the rich histories of sound art, sculpture, and interactive art.