ALICE and G((o))ng Tomorrow Festival present the Portland, Oregon duo Visible Cloaks in creative conversation with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, two trailblazers of the Japanese avant-garde music and visual arts scenes of the 1980s and 90s. Brought together by the RVNG label, they released the album “Serenitatem”, the fifteenth installment in the label’s FRKWYS series of inter-generational collaborations.
As Visible Cloaks, Spencer Doran and Ryan Carlile have developed their own set of creative strategies that form an aesthetic fuse point between human intention, aleatoric composition, and improvisation.
Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano
Yoshio Ojima began his career as a composer of environmental and ambient music, with a particular interest, and optimism, in the possibilities of generative software. His compositional pursuit of human synthesis with computerized forms was realized in its fullest potential alongside Satsuki Shibano, a pianist renowned for her interpretations of Erik Satie and Claude Debussy. Together, they were among a handful of influential Japanese artists whose innovations still resonate, if not more vibrantly than ever, well beyond the tightly-knit scene’s original core.