01. Who are you ?
My name is KOMAGOME. I am a sound artist and percussionist living in Osaka, Japan.
I usually perform live as a percussionist, and I also conduct and coach orchestras. Since 2019, he has been creating conceptual ambient works under the name "KOMAGOME".
Also, I often do field recordings, and I often create music based on the images I get from them.
02. What are you listening actually ?
It's hard to answer because I listen to so many different songs, but if I had to say it, it would be classical music, film music, and world traditional music. Among them, I often listen to music with a very poetic sound that has an ambient taste and is associated with nature and the vast earth. For example, classical music includes Debussy, Ravel, and Rachmaninoff. Others include William Bacsinsky and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Traditional music such as Gamelan and Japanese gagaku influenced me.
3. How you came to music ?
It all started when I joined the brass band club when I was in junior high school. At that time, I enjoyed playing the drums, but then I joined the brass band club in high school, learned about traditional music, and studied electronic music, classical music, and sound art at university.
4. What gear do you use in studio/live ?
As a percussionist, I often use instruments that make a sound when struck in live performances. For example, musical instruments such as bells and drums, metal plates and pieces of wood, and anything that makes an interesting sound can be used. I often do performances that mix them with electronics.
5. Do you have an anecdote or a memory to tell us about your music ?
A long time ago, in the area where I lived, there was a person who complained that the sound coming from the brass band club of a nearby school was too loud. To be honest, I wondered why the children were having so much fun playing. However, in fact, children at that time were doing bad things in the area, and it seems that they were hated by the residents there. So, along with my friends, I persuaded them to do good deeds with the children at that school. Like picking up trash and saying hello to the locals. As a result, the number of complaints naturally decreased, and the number of adults who supported me increased. At that time, I felt that the sounds I could hear weren't everything. Different people have different ways of thinking and feeling. It is precisely because we understand this and play music that we are able to build good relationships. From then on, I started making music by focusing on the listening environment and the sounds that exist there.
6. Which artist would you dream of working with?
A difficult but interesting question. In my recent activities, I have had more opportunities to collaborate with artists in other genres than just my fellow musicians. I often work with painters. So from now on, if I can collaborate with a dancer or a poet, I think I can have a very fresh experience.
7. What are your plans for the future?
I would like to collaborate with artists of various genres, although it overlaps with the previous question and answer. Also, most of my recent songs have an atmospheric taste, but I would like to challenge myself with more simple and minimalist music.
Photo : Art work by KOMAGOME