ATAK Dance Hall
ATAK Dance Hall
Keichiro Shibuya + evala
ATAK has been re-inventing electronic music since it’s establishment in 2002. As a techno-music releasing creative group, they are known for involving a variety of creators in motion picture, design, and networking technology.
ATAK Dance Hall is a project produced by its central members, Keiichiro Shibuya and evala as a laptop-duo that focus entirely on the dance floor. Since the first perfor- mance “3 Hours Dance hall Set” at Tokyo/Daikanyama UNIT awed the audience with a shock in January 2011, they have been repeatedly invited to numbers of top Japa- nese clubs and festivals to entertain full house audiences. The great number of intertwining sound fragments gener- ated from two laptops crosses electro and electronica. The sounds swing through double-step, Bile funk, Vocaloid, Caos algorithm and any other borderlines in a music scene. Shibuya and evala have collaborated with Francois K, RSD a.k.a Rob Smith, James Holden, Nathan Fake,Towa Tei, and AOKI takamasa. Lately they have gained great attention for the Vocaloid Opera entitled ‘THE END’ by Shibuya; Toshiki Okada and sound programmed by evala. The evolution of dance-music coerced by this super unit with magnificent destructive force would not seem to end.
the tech rider of ATAK Dance Hall.
Musician. Born in Tokyo, 1973. He graduated with a degree in composition from Tokyo National Univer- sity of Fine Arts and Music. In 2002, he established ATAK, which functions not only as a music label, releasing CDs of domestic and overseas cutting-edge electro-acoustic works, but also embraces creators in various fields such as design, network technology and so on, as well as being a kind of “platform” to develop dynamic new work. Later, in 2002, Keiichiro Shibuya was involved in the commemoration CD of founding Mori Art Museum.
In 2003, he released a CD ATAK002 keiichiro shibuya + yuji takahashi in collaboration with Yuji Takahashi, a Japanese composer/pianist. Later in 2003 ATAK made a domestic concert tour with Icelandic stilluppsteypa. In 2004, he released his first solo album ATAK000 keiichiro shibuya. His dense composition in that he drastically focused in sound material (color) and rhythm, was described as “a perfect work that rules over the history of electronic music” (Atsushi Sasaki).
Shibuya has been continuing collaboration withYuji Takahashi(composer/pianist,Takashi Ikegami (complex system researcher/ associate professor at Tokyo Uni- versity) . In 2005 Shibuya and Ikegami started their collaboration as they exhibited a sound installation work at ICC (Inter Communication Center of Tokyo Opera City) and made a concert-style presentation to unveil the The Third Term Music, a music theory of sound variation and the motion dynamics based on nonlinear sciences.
His album ATAK010 filmachine phonics (2007) and the 3-dimensional installation filmachine (2006), made together with Takashi Ikegami, were awarded honorary mention in the digital music division at Ars Electronica in 2007. In 2008, the installation was shown at the transmediale, the annual festival of art and digital culture in Berlin, and there was a partner event at Tesla/Podewil’sches Palais. He also worked for a pedestrian crossing signal music project as an electro-acoustic specialist as well as working as a musician for International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences; for the project he composed music from the viewpoint of urban design in place of the previously-used melody “Toryanse”.
In 2009, he organized and took part in an ATAK NIGHT4 tour throughout Europe,Asia and Japan, which also featured Yasunao Tone, Ryoji Ikeda and Pansonic. In September of the same year, he released his first piano solo album “ATAK 015 for maria”.
In 2010, he released a collaboration album, “Our Mu- sic The Principle Of Relativity + Keiichiro Shibuya,” and it topped the iTunes music store chart. He continuously intensifies his creativity, composing for a documentary film by Shusaku Arakawa, giving a concert with mum’s cellist Hildur Guðnadóttir at the technology art festival ISEA2010 in Germany, taking on the musical direction for the TV drama “Spec” (scheduled to air in coming October), and more.
Alongside his musical profession he worked as an associate professor at the University of Tokyo and Tokyo University of the Arts.
Sound artist. ATAK member. Head of “port”.
Established his label “port” in 2004. Has been involved in projects ranging from sound design for various media, to system design for SONY’s and other manufacturers’ products incorporat- ing cutting-edge technology, next to releasing radical works of electronic music and perform- ing live in Japan and abroad His first solo album “initial” (port, 2006), featuring subtle yet muscu- lar pieces based on artificially processed/edited field recordings, received positive reviews as an “outstanding work at the forefront of cutting- edge sound art in Japan.” Frequently lectures at the University of Tokyo and Tokyo University of the Arts.
His blog “hacking tone” can be found at the site of evala
Label: port label