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Artist to mix sights, sounds

Staff writer

It's not quite a concert and it's not quite an exhibition. Australian multiartist Benjamin Skepper, however, hopes to combine those two concepts when he and his sound engineers put on a show of sound art at the Konno Hachiman Shrine in Shibuya on May 12.

"My performance will interweave concepts of both sound art and live musical performance. Field recordings of nature sounds will be layered with live sampling on harpsichord, cello and other instruments to create a very unique audio environment," Benjamin Skepper tells The Japan Times via e-mail.

The show will mark the release of his third solo album, "Inimitable," which was recorded in Tokyo just before the Great East Japan Earthquake. According to Skepper, the inspiration for his music comes mostly from architecture and nature, but this album is dominated by his love for film scores — a love that the audience might be able to recognize at the performance.

"The presentation will be in surround sound, versus orthodox stereo sound. The audience will be immersed in sound from multiple directions, similar to the experience at a movie theater. This will be the first time we present in live surround sound, so we are all very excited about the possibilities," Skepper says.

Benjamin Skepper performs May 12 at Konno Hachiman Shrine in Shibuya-ku, Tokyo. Doors will be open from 5 p.m.-5:45 p.m., the show starts at 6 p.m. Tickets are ¥4,000 at the gate, which includes some complimentary champagne.

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