Kenji Kojima has been experimenting with the relationships between perception and cognition, technology, music and visual art since early 90's in New York City. RGB Music Project creates a music from color data of a photograph. If you are the first time visitor, please see "RGB values into Music (Mona Lisa)" or RGB MusicLab Subway Synesthesia Video". RGB MusicLab is an application of MacOS and Windows which put together these technical studies programmed by the artist. The latest works treat binaries as pigments which are one of basic art materials, and adapted cipher technologies for an art method.
The first online video exhibition by the ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community. RGB Music "Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011" was selected for 2015 online art exhibition "Enhanced Vision – Digital Video" of ACM SIGGRAPH Digital Arts Community.
RGBミュージック「コンポジション福島2011」が、ACM SIGGRAPH（アメリカ・コンピュータ学会アート部会）で初めて開催するオンライン・アート・エキジビション「ENHANCED VISION – DIGITAL VIDEO」に選ばれました。
June 2014 Solo Exhibition "Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011" Opening View at MediaNoche in New York City.
The exhibition is at MediaNoche in New York City from June 12th to July 12th, 2014. The musics were created from news photographs on the net by algorithim. "Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011" was exhibited in "FILE Media Art Festival 2012" at Sao Paulo, Brazil. The opening view video by Sanae Maeda Buck.
The project explored a music from Light and Shade by performance. The performer played not only the dance, but she produced the keys of music by her motions. The performance was based on Japanese Noh that was a classical masked drama with dance and music. The video music was an algorithmic composition. The computer program read video data of light and shade which were changed by the performer's movements, and converted them to a music. The video expressed that Noh player's mind carried out first then the actual body followed, and the trace of mind was behind the body.
March 2015 The Snow Park / Algorithmic Composition
The program captured and compared the brightness data of 84 divided image areas in every 4 seconds then the two largest different data were converted to musical notes and played.
Current version of Application "Luce" Dp.10, Studies 01 - 12
The program "Luce" captures changing lights of 48 divided image areas through a videocam then converts RGB data of the highest three different values of areas to musical notes. The picture looks like a still image, but the lights that human eyes can not recognize differences are changing very slightly in every second. The program sets the maximum different value of the light and the sequence interval. The program name "Luce" referred the Scriabin's "Prometheus" which score included lighting part "Luce". I am thinking that the program will be used for an installation in empty spaces like hall, and/or for a performance art.
This project splits an image to audio and visual files. The two files mege into the original image with showing the color pixels and playing the music. A full screen player for Mac OS "Merge AudioVisual Player 06".
ソフトウエアはイメージをオーディとビジュアルのファイルに分割して、再びオリジナル・イメージに再生します。 日本語版3分説明ビデオ（Japanese 3 minutes video）
Algorithmic Composition "CipherTune / 暗号音楽" DIY Algorithmic Composition / Image Reversible Music. Video Demo An encrypted text or a photograph is converted to a MIDI music file, the music file can be decrypted to originals. アルゴリズム作曲「CipherTune / 暗号音楽」イメージを暗号化して音楽に変換、音楽をイメージに復号 / 2013年
LiveCode Programming Japanese Tutorial for beginners
RGB values of a news photograph are converted to a music by algorithm.
It was one year project from January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011.
Total music archives were 5,016.
The musics were created from the image data of 5 Internet News Site's Photographs. The New York Times | The Guardian | Spiegel Online | El País | Le Monde
The video shows binary data (00000000 to 11111111) of RGB colors and musical notes. The revolving cube is the mapping of colors in RGB color space. One of the bottom corners of RGB color cube is 0,0,0 (black). The top corners on a diagonal is 255,255,255 (white). The points are RGB color values in the cube. The line ties points by the order of the musical notes. The actual work is MacOS application.
JIKANKEI displays angles of the SUN and local times of cities and places on the Earth. Sunrise and sunset data are taken from US Naval Observatory Date Services through Internet. The latest version shows Sun directions and FUJYO JIHOU (gradually changing time) that is before Westernized Japanese Clock System.
June 12 - July 12, 2014
Solo Exhibition "Composition FUKUSHIMA 2011" at MediaNoche in New York City
The opening view video by Sanae Maeda Buck. The musics were created from news photographs on the net by algorithim.
Software Art "CipherTune" was at ESPACIO ENTER 2013.
ESPACIO ENTER was the International Festival of Art Science Innovation and Digital Culture. It opened at Tenerife of the Canary Islands.
Digital Art Festival in Brazil (Belo Horizonte) FAD (FESTIVAL DE ARTE DIGITAL)translationExhibition: September 10 - 18, 2010 Webart: September 6-12, 2010 Quina Gallery (Ed. Bag, 2nd Floor - Centro - Belo Horizonte)
PROCESS is a 2 day festival focusing on the sound of systems. Terms like 'process-driven' and 'generative' are expanded to include live performances based on breath, a train-yard video that generates rhythms dynamically, and a large metal 'drop machine' which emulates electronics, with no electronics. The programme features two evenings of live performances and new-media works, a workshop and a special internet commission, and takes place on March 19 and 20 at Ausland, an iconic venue situated in the heart of Prenzlauerberg, Berlin.
Sound Installation "RGB Music RENGA" is an algorithmic composition. It improvises music at the installation place.
Kenji Kojima had been selected in Part Electronic Arts - Section II -
Category New practices of Netart of the 36th Bourges InternationalCompetitions Electroacoustic Music and Electronic Art 2009 for his piece "Subway Synesthesia". July, 2009
May 18 - 22, 2009 Sound Installation “Subway Synesthesia” in RE-NEW 2009 Digital Art Festival Huset i Magstræde, Copenhagen, Denmark
Short video version of "Subway Synesthesia (includes 02-01-02)".
The original is not a video work.
"Subway Synesthesia" is a software art, includes 10 musics and NYC Subway photographs.
Nov. 6 - Dec.13, 2008 Subway Synesthesia / Kenji Kojima,
AC[Direct], Chelsea, New York City
Sound Installation of RGB Music and Photographs It is not an impression of a photograph of a musical variation. It composes a score from an image directly.