Nov 20, 2014
ALMA MUSIC BOX: MELODY OF A DYING STAR
Music box that converts the data of dying stars into sound

The ALMA Music Box was created in collaboration with the National Observatory of Japan to raise awareness for the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA) telescopes in Chile. With radio signal data captured by the telescope from the dying star R Sculptoris, we produced 70 music discs that can be played on a customized music box. The resulting somber melody is our requiem to the distant dying star 950 light-years away.

This project has been exhibited at various locations such as 21_21 Design Sight in Japan, Kanazawa’s 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, and Ukraine’s Museum-Arsenal. A special performance featuring the music box was held in collaboration with the Kyoto Symphony Orchestra in front of 2000 guests at the Okazaki Loop Festival and a CD album entitled “Music for a Dying Star” was also commercially produced together with 11 musicians.

[Past Exhibitions]

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo (Oct.4,2014 – Feb.1,2015)
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa(May.26 – Nov.15,2015)
Mystetskyi Arsenal, Ukraine(Nov.9 – Dec.17,2017)
XXII triennale di milano, Milano(Mar.1 – Sep.1,2019)
Toronto Biennale of Art, Toronto(Sep.21 – Nov.30,2019)

 

Credit
Creative Direction / Music Box Production
Creative Direction / Music Box Production
Creative Direction / Music Box Production
Jamie Carreiro (PARTY New York)
Creative Direction / Music Box Production
Creative Direction / Music Box Production
Sound Engineering / Motion Graphics Programming
Taeji Sawai (Qosmo)
Sound Engineering / Motion Graphics Programming
Nao Tokui (Qosmo)
Sound Engineering / Motion Graphics Programming
Toru Urakawa (Qosmo)
Produce
Sari Hayashiguchi (Epiphany Works)
Film
Satoshi Oda