Hailed as one of Japan ambient music’s modern masters, Yui Onodera is a Tokyo-based composer and sound artist whose works explore the relation between musical forms, architectural structures and spatial awareness. Exploring notions of perception, memory and sonic affect across a wide array of creative forms, he uses a broad palette of musical instruments, field recordings and electronics to craft provocative listening experiences that are reminiscent of the heavier sides. The astonishing variety of sounds comes from sources that are concrete yet overwhelmingly invisible. All music in this stems from field recordings and musical instruments-but it does not simulate the natural reality of the original sounds. Instead, the work creates a sonic hyper-reality, a virtual world of sound. He has released numerous works on esteemed experimental labels like KOMPAKT (DE), Baskaru (FR), Serein (UK), and/OAR (USA), and more.
He studied music and architecture, after working as an architectural acoustic designer, he has provided the music for films, contemporary dance/Butoh. As well as recorded works, he produces installation pieces, often using multiple speaker systems. His work connects the points between a bewilderingly diverse array of genres – a partial list would include sound design, film scores, contemporary composition, electronic/acoustic music, architectural acoustic design. Currently, alongside his musical profession he works as a music lecturer at Rikkyo University and Musashino Art University.
He studied the Shō (Japanese free reed musical instrument) with Ko Ishikawa. Shō is one of the three main wind instruments in gagaku. He creating concert piece by Japanese tradition musical instrument and advanced technology for multiple speaker systems. It is an improvised, spontaneous, live performance in the spirit of experimental music, paired with influences ranging from computer music to original instruments, from classical minimal music to drone and noise. He has also produced collaboration works with artists from every imaginable genre: sound artists/professor at Virginia Commonwealth University Stephen Vitiello, composer/sound artists Scanner, Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra's clarinet and piano soloists Vadim Bondarenko, butoh dancer/choreographers Yukio Suzuki.