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Takayuki Rai

Formerly at Lancaster University

Takayuki Rai

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Takayuki RAI was born in Tokyo in 1954. He studied composition with Yoshiro Irino in Japan and Helmut Lachenmann in Germany, and computer music with Paul Berg at the Institute of Sonology in the Netherlands. He worked at the Institute of Sonology as a guest composer in the 1980s. Since 1991 he has been teaching computer music and composition at the Sonology Department, Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, and since 2006 at the Lancaster University in The United Kingdom

In 1981 he started working on real-time sound synthesis techniques, and later on interactive computer music with real-time signal processing in The Netherlands. Since 1991 he has realized various pieces for instruments and live computer systems using Max/ISPW and later Max/MSP. He is also involved in creating interactive multimedia art using a new, specially developed software called 'DIPS' (Digital Image Processing with Sound), of which he has been the project supervisor since 2000.

His works have been selected at numerous international competitions, including the Gaudeamus Competition of Composition, the ISCM World Music Days, and the International Computer Music Conference. He also won the premier prizes at the 13th and 17th International Electroacoustic Music Competition Bourges in France, the Irino Composition Prize in Japan, and 1st prize at the NEWCOMP International Computer Music Competition in USA.  In 1991 he received the ICMA (International Computer Music Association) Commission Award.

Some of his scores are published by DONEMUS in The Netherlands and recordings of his works are included in various CDs released by Wergo, le Chant de Monde, CENTAUR, Digital Art Creation, etc.

Additional Information

Composition Awards and Selected Works

  • ISCM World Music Days 2012, Belgium, Active Figuration for violin and computer (selected), 2012
  • International Computer Music Conference, Denmark, Labyrinth for tape (selected), 2007
  • International Computer Music Conference, Spain, Facade for guitar and computer (selected, listening room), 2005
  • International Computer Music Conference, Sweden, Lucent Aquarelle for harp and tape (selected), 2002 
  • International Computer Music Conference, Germany, Kinetic Figuration for MIDI piano, VP-1 synthesizer and IRCAM Signal Processing Workstations (selected), 2000
  • WERGO CD "Computer Music Current" series (Chosen for), Germany, Five Inventions Accompanied by Computers for cl., vc. and pf.(hon. mention), 1992
  • International Computer Music Association Commission Award, 1991
  • International Computer Music Conference, Canada, Sparkle for bass cl. and tape (selected), 1991
  • 17th International Electroacoustic Music Competition Bourges, France, Four Inventions for piano and a signal processing computer (2nd prize, 1st prize not awarded), 1989
  • NEWCOMP International Computer Music Competition, USA, Four Inventions for piano and a signal processing computer (1st prize),1989
  • International Computer Music Conference, Germany, Transparency for harp and tape (selected), 1988
  • 15th International Electroacoustic Music Competition Bourges, France, Five Inventions Accompanied by Computers for cl., vc. and pf.(hon. mention), 1987
  • Warsaw New Music Forum, Poland, Solidity for 10 instruments (selected), 1986
  • Le Chant du Monde CD "Cultures Electroniques" (chosen for), France, Transparency for harp and tape, 1986
  • 13th International Electroacoustic Music Competition Bourges, France, Transparency for harp and tape (Mixed Electroacoustic Music Prize), 1985
  • ISCM World Music Days 1985, Canada,  Solidity for 10 instruments (selected), 1985
  • Irino Composition Award, Japan, Isolationfor bass cl. and tape (Chamber Music Prize), 1981
  • Gaudeamus Competition of Composers, The Netherlands, Isolationfor bass cl. and tape (selected), 1980

 

Commissions

  • French Government and International de Musique Electroacoustique / Bourges (IMEB), France, horizontal stillness for electroacoustic, 2009
  • Music From Japan, New York, USA, Active Figuration for violin and computer, 2009
  • Ensemble NOMADO, Tokyo, Time flows… for bass-fl./fl., perc., guitar, and computer, 2007
  • Media Art Festival, Hamamatsu, Japan, Lucent Aquarelle for harp and computer, 2001
  • NTT Research Laboratories, Japan, Impulse for percussion and computer, 1997
  • International de Musique Electroacoustique / Bourges (IMEB), France, Seven Refractions for fl. and computer, 1995
  • Yoshiko Shibuya, pianist, Tokyo, Kinetic Figuration for MIDI piano, VP-1 synthesizer and IRCAM Signal Processing Workstations, 1994 
  • Mrs.Kei Mori, Japan, Meteor for harp solo, in memory of Dr.Kei Mori, 1993
  • Xenakis Ensemble, The Netherlands/Alicante Festival, Spain, Static Sequence for solo vl. and 8 instruments, 1993  
  • Ensemble Gending/Dutch Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, Three Unknown Spaces for Gamelan instruments and tape, 1993
  • International Computer Music Association (Commission Award), Three Inventions for soprano sax., double bass, pf., harp and a signal processing computer, 1992
  • Mondorian Quartet / Dutch Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, Style for string quartet, 1991
  • Champ d'Action / Gaudeamus Foundation / Dutch Ministry of Culture, Belgium and The Netherlands, Broken White for 8 instruments (fl. ob. cl. trb. vl. vla. vc. pf.), 1990
  • Dutch Ministry of Culture / Groupe de Musique Experimental Bourges (GMEB), The Netherlands and France, Sparkle for bass cl. and tape, 1989
  • Groupe de Musique Experimental Bourges (GMEB), France, Four Inventions for pf. and a signal processing computer, 1988
  • Dutch Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, Recursive Figuration for 6 cellos, 1987
  • The International Computer Music Conference 1986 / Dutch Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, Five Inventions Accompanied by Computers for cl., vc. and pf., 1986
  • Sound Space ARK, Japan, Friction for alto-fl., cl., pf. and harp, 1986
  • Masumi Nagasawa, harpist,The Netherlands and Japan, Transparency for harp and tape, 1984
  • Gijsbrecht van Amstel Quartet, The Netherlands, Junction for alto-fl., vl., vc. and harp, 1983
  • ASKO Ensemble / Holland Festival / Dutch Ministry of Culture, The Netherlands, Solidity for 10 instruments, 1983

 

List of Compositions

  • Discrete Transfer for piano and computer, 10', 2012
  • Horizontal Stillness for electroacoustic, 10', 2009
  • Active Figuration for violin and computer, 13', 2009
  • Time Flows for fl./alto-fl, guitar, percussion and computer, 13', 2007
  • Labyrinth for electroacoustic, 10', 2004
  • Facade for guitar and computer, 11', 2003
  • Lucent Aquarelle for harp and computer, 12', 2001uter Music Journal, 28, no. 4 (2004)
  • Mirage for 17-stringed koto and computer, 8', 2000
  • Transfiguration for clarinet and computer with or without interactive multimedia computer system, 10', 1999, rev. 2002
  • Impulse for percussion and computer, 20', 1997, rev. 2004
  • Seven Refractions for flute and computer, 14', 1995, rev. 2003
  • Kinetic Figuration for MIDI piano, Yamaha VP-1 synthesizer and IRCAM Signal Processing Workstations, 16', 1994, rev. 2000
  • Static Sequence for solo violin and 8 instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, violin, viola, cello and double bass), 8', 1993
  • Meteor for harp solo, in memory of Dr.Mori, 9', 1993
  • Three Unknown Spaces for Gamelan instruments (bonang barung, gender panerus, saron peking, saron barung, saron demung, kenongs, kempuls, gongs) and tape, 14', 1993
  • From Three Unknown Spaces, for tape, 14'
  • Three Inventions for soprano sax, double bass, piano, harp and computer, 14', 1992
  • Style for string quartet, 11', 1991
  • Broken White for 8 instruments (flute, oboe, clarinet, trumpet, violin, viola, cello and piano), 10', 1990
  • Sparkle for bass clarinet and tape, 11', 1989
  • Four Inventions for piano and computer, 15', 1988 rev. 1996 
  • Recursive Figuration for 6 cellos, 8', 1987
  • Five Inventions Accompanied by Computers, for clarinet, cello and piano, 15', 1986
  • Friction for alto flute, clarinet, piano and harp, 9', 1986
  • Transparency for harp and tape, 8', 1984
  • Junction for alto flute, violin, cello and harp, 7', 1983
  • Solidity: The transformation of my internal dialogue, for 10 instruments (oboe, clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, 2 violins, viola, cello, piano and harp), 8', 1983
  • Pain for 2 computers (tape), 11', 1983
  • Isolation for bass clarinet and tape, 11', 1980

 

Discography

  • Lucent Aquarelle for harp and computer (movie of performance), included in the DVD of Computer Music Journal vol.28 number 4, the MIT Press, 2004
  • Seven Refractions for fl. and a signal processing computer, included in "Lars Graugaard" released by CLASICCO, Denmark [CLASSCD342], 2001
  • Sparkle for bass cl. and tape, included in "Chrysopee Electronique -Bourges Opus 30 1984-1999" released by IMEB, France [LDC2781115], 2000
  • "Kinetic Figuration:" (solo album) including: Kinetic Figuration for MIDI piano, VP-1 synthesizer and IRCAM Signal Processing Workstations, Transparency for harp and tape, Seven Refractions for fl. and a signal processing computer, Four Inventions for pf. and a signal processing computer,Pain for two computers,released by Digital Art Creation, Japan [DAC-1210], 1998
  • Transparency for harp and tape, included in "MUSICA NOVA : musiana95" released by Olufsen Records, Denmark [CLASSCD139], 1995
  • Sparkle for bass cl. and tapeincluded in "MUSICA NOVA : musiana95" released by Olufsen Records, Denmark [CLASSCD139], 1995
  • Three Inventions for soprano sax., double bass, pf., harp and a signal processing computer, included in "CDCM Computer Music Series Vol.21 : ICMA Award " released by CENTAUR, USA [CRC2255], 1995
  • Five Inventions Accompanied by Computers for cl., vc. and pf., included in "Computer Music Current 8" released by WERGO, Germany [WER2028-2/282 028-2], 1992
  • Four Inventions for pf. and a signal processing computer, included in "Cultures Electroniques 4" released by le Chant de Monde, France [LDC278050], 1989
  • Transparency for harp and tape, included in "Cultures Electroniques" released by le Chant de Monde, France [LDC278043], 1986

Score Publications

  • Transfiguration for cl. and computer, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Seven Refractions for fl. and a signal processing computer, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Lucent Aquarelle for harp and computer, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Facade for guitar and computer, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Three Unknown Spaces for Gamelan instruments and tape, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Style for string quartet, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Broken White for 8 instruments, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Sparkle for bass cl. and tape, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Recursive Figuration for 6 cellos, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Friction for alto fl., cl., pf. and harp, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Transparency for harp and tape, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Junction for alto fl., vl., vc. and harp, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Solidity for 10 instruments, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Isolation for bass cl. and tape, DONEMUS, The Netherlands
  • Isolation for bass cl. and tape, Music Art Magazine, Japan

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