HIROFUMI UCHINO



Biography

Australian based Japanese artist who creates "noise" related performances, objects and exhibitions with wide range skills and methods.
Founder of "Defektro" and "Lastgasp Art Laboratories".


Selected artworks


iron forest
metal, giant magnetostrictive material speaker units, electronics components
2000 x 2000 mm, 2014


theremin 02
electronic components on canvas
400 x 300 mm, 2014


motorcycle and angel
acrylic on paper
1205 x 680 mm, 2014


Defektro

Characterised by their harsh Machine produced Junk Metal sounds Defektro have been performing together for over fifteen years. Formed In 1995 in Tokyo, Japan, DEFEKTRO is a 3 human, many machine noize unit. The units original members Hirofumi Uchino and Ayako Honda crashed onto the noise scene in Tokyo in 1995. In 2001 they were joined by Laura Oyaizu (of Australian unit KUNT) to make the present day unit Defektro. Hirofumi Uchino, a futuristic Dr Frankenstien, is the evil mastermind and father of the machines used in Defektro. The sound is produced by the machines, sampled, effected chewed up and spat out to the pleasure of the audience. website: http://defektro.com



Installation + live performance. Kinetic noise machines and sound equipments were set on stage.




Defektro is quite simply one of the very best noise bands I ever saw, if not the best. Industrial sounding pulsing giving way to harsh rushes then back again; the overall feel changing without any drop in the sheer beauty it all. The richness of their sound was really amazing. I often need some time to get used to this kind of music, but not this time. There was so much going on, on many levels. I wasn’t that loud, but the wide range of frequencies kept both my bones and ears busy. I love getting that kind of physical experience, being able to listen as well was gravy. The interplay between both was what made this a favorite. I had heard high praise about them before the show, and it actually turned out to be understated.
By Counterfnord




Installation for the theatre called "Sunfarlong" in Tokyo in 2001. It is built at all of the lobby space of the venue. There is a tunnel made with many expanded metal sheets, and noise machines are displayed at the out side of the tunnel.



A "parametric speaker" unit in Defektro's show
Sound from ultrasound is the name given to the generation of audible sound from modulated ultrasound without the use of an active receiver. This happens when the modulated ultrasound passes through a nonlinear medium which acts, intentionally or unintentionally, as a demodulator.


"LRAD" in Defektro's show
The Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD) is an acoustic hailing device and sonic weapon developed by LRAD Corporation to send messages, warnings, and harmful, pain inducing tones over longer distances than normal loudspeakers. LRAD systems have been used to counter piracy, as non-lethal crowd control weapons, and as communication devices. (Wikipedia)





The flamethrower to capture the sound of combustion of LP gas, as well as a visual effect.


Lastgasp Art Laboratories

Formed in 1992 as an "art laboratory" and studio specialising in sound design, the manufacture of musical instruments and sound effects pedals . Also producing metal sculptural objects, it supports artists and provides information, workshops and methods. It also functions as a record label. website: http://lalweb.com



Selected products. Left to right and front to back, stainless steel noise instruments (flame thrower, spring guitar and turn-table guitar), effect pedals and low frequency oscillator.




The Multi Noise Processor 2 (MNP2) is a sound/noise instrument which contains five sound generating units - two theremins, oscillators, tape tracer and shaker (electric maraca).


"Sweat" by Branch Nebula (theatre)
Composer / Noisician / performer





"SWEAT is a darkly humorous work that takes its audience into the world of those who do the dirty work. It uses parkour, Bboying, football, noise art and dance." (The noise art of Mr Uchino, being for me, the most impressive element of the show).
By KEVIN JACKSON's Theatre Diary



The SMS-Interactive Music (SIM) Project
Performer




The SMS-Interactive Music (SIM) Project brings together a world class group of musicians and technicians to develop an
improvised collaborative performance technique. This technique involves improvised musical performance, technology and
the audience as co-collaborators.

By creatively subverting readily available computer hardware and mobile phone technology, matched with the skills of our
musicians, we will bridge the divide between audience and performers. Our goal is to facilitate an open interaction that has a
high level of musicianship, thereby creating a new musical experience.


"Vinyl Rally" / "Mixtape" / "Pinball Pianola" by Lucas Abela
Audio processors electronic engineering











"Apple Of Iron" by Rachel Walls
Composer




The track "Apple Of Iron" was contributed for the animation called "Apple Of Iron" by Rechel Walls.


"Mechanatronalistic" by Rully Zakaria
Composer




The track "Mechanatronalistic" was composed for the drawing called "Mechanatronalistic" by Rully Zakaria.


"Rubbers Lover" by Shojin Fukui (film director)
Assistant for sound making