Yui Onodera is a Tokyo-based composer, producer, sounds artist and new media artist whose works explore the relation between musical forms, architectural acoustics and spatial awareness. He has a distinctive figure in the fields of experimental ambient/electro-acoustic music involving delicate hybrids of digital technology and acoustic instrumentation, working across the spheres of composition and installation work. Exploring notions of perception, memory and sonic afect across a wide array of creative forms, he uses a broad palette of musical instruments, field recordings and electronics to craft provocative listening experiences and creating dense clouds of blurry, hypnotic sound. His works are widely published internationally, he has released numerous works on esteemed labels like KOMPAKT, Room40 and more. In addition to his studio albums he composed the music for the documentary film about John Cages "Cage 64". In 2017, alongside his musical profession he works as a sound art lecturer at Rikkyo University and Musashino Art University. He has also produced collaboration works with artists from every imaginable genre: sound artists Francisco Lopez, Stephen Vitiello, musician/visual artist Robert Lippok, composer Scanner, producer Pjusk, Yotam Avni.
He studied music and architecture design, after working as an architectural acoustics designer, his familiarity with both the architectural acoustics and sonic arts resulted in numerous commissions to create sounds and music for specific, tangible locations (complex facility, office, airplane, etc). Interested in the psychological effects of sound, he identify those work as “environmental music”, the Japanese translation of “ambient” but one that framed it in a new context. They are reminded that how this can define and centre yourself within your own space. In parallel to his music career he works on art/media installations. He is a founding member of the art collective Nor whose ethos is centered around the production of multidimensional work through sound, visual and Installation art. In recent years, his work has been exhibited at international festivals and museums including Media Ambition Tokyo, MUTEK Festival (Japan) and NTT inter communication center [ICC].
German Record Critics’ Award 2023 | Electronic and Experimental
Sound of the Year Awards 2021 | BEST SOUND INNOVATION IN EVERYDAY LIFE
ADFEST 2019 | MEDIA LOTUS： BEST USE OF AUDIO_SILVER
ADFEST 2019 | AUDIO LOTUS：USE OF AUDIO SUB-CATEGORY_BRONZE
New York Festivals 2019 | AUDIO/RADIO：Best Use of Medium_Finalist Certificate
PRESENT FUTURE Art & Technology Star Award 2019 : Installation Star Award
22nd Japan Media Arts Festival | Art Division : Jury Selections prize
Spikes Asia 2018 | Radio & Audio : Silver Spike
AD STARS 2018 | Data Insights : Crystal
ALIFE 2018 | ALife Art Award : Honorable Mention prize