Maximum Arousal presents YASUNAO TONE (Japan)

Sun Feb 10
The Toff
252 Swanston St



Maximum Arousal is proud to present the first Australian performance from this 73 year-old Fluxus legend!!

Yasunao Tone's near-half century's worth of work links contemporary electronic music with the historical avant-garde. One of the founding members of Japan's Fluxus Movement and an early associate of Yoko Ono and the late John Cage, 73 year-old New York resident Yasunao Tone has been composing experimental sound pieces since the early 1960s. He has been active in the Fluxus movement since 1962 and has also been an organiser and participant in many important music and performance groups such as Group Ongaku, Hi-Red Center, Team Random (the first computer art group organized in Japan) who programmed Univac mainframes to perform Tone's own compositions. Tone has maintained a lifelong fascination with manipulating technology for his own musical ends.

Tone's first composition using CD players, the appropriately titled "Music for 2 CD Players," made its NEA-sponsored debut in 1982. Not long thereafter, Tone began composing pieces based on overriding the error-correction systems of consumer CD players in order to generate new strings of random digital sound. A pioneer in the use of prepared CDs, Tone first scratched his own self-described "wounded" scotch tape and pinhole-punctured compact disc in 1985.

With previous works performed by John Cage, commissions on behalf of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company, installations at 1990's Venice Biennale, and 1993's Whitney Biennale, and releases on the Lovely Music (Musica Iconologos) and Tzadik (Solo For Wounded CD), Mego & Asphodel labels Tone's audio works are vital, intensely visceral, conceptual noise.
Ars Electronica's 2002 Golden Nica Award winner, Tone will be performing in Australia for the first time & supported with a solo set from Natasha Anderson.


"Yasunao Tone has found a way out. He might be the first Saint of the Fucked-With CD." - Kenneth Goldsmith, New York Press

"Tone's ideas about sound and how it moves in space are always worth listening to." - Neil Strauss, The New York Times

"...its been many years since such ugly music sounded so original." - Kyle Gann, the Village Voice

Next Arousal:
Tue Feb 19 - Damo Suzuki (Japan) + Blank Realm (Qld)