The microscopic particles were developed by myriads of voices. They make you feel the vitality as if lives are flowing over, and after a while, you will realize you are being covered by them, as if sinking into the deep psyche. Then, as if they correlate with the millions of flowing lives and nature in this world, reflecting and blending, we will eventually be touching the shared particles which connect all of us.

–Tmymtur

TMYMTUR – Yusei 湧声 – 5000 Gushing Voices

NOTE:This sample was recorded at 44.1kHz, and therefore is not capable of expressing certain distinctive elements (over 20kHz frequencies) of the work.

Yusei explores creating music in the tradition of a John Cage and Brian Eno android lovechild, digitally enabled to search for the objective “truth” in the depth of ultrasonic sound. But even God knows we need to listen to something in order to hear. Enter Tmymtur (pronunciation: as difficult as the work) and his method of using imperceptible, ultrasonic waves contained within the voice (as well as 4999 accompanying, melded voice tracks) to create a shared musical journey of the imperceptible symphonic whisper.

Released in late 2012, “湧声” was created by using microphones to record over 5000 voices, including inaudible, ultrasonic waves that human ears are incapable of catching evoking sounds of a mostly nonexistent pastoral nature–the flow of the river, wind blowing through trees–effectively relocating the brain to an artificial environment. Earlier this month he constructing a sound system at Asahi Art Square in Osaka that transmitted frequencies over 20kHz (above the audible bandwidth). His hope was to demonstrate a sound-art performance there, to create a “sound space” where people subconsciously felt something, such as everything being connected and shared by the sound creation “湧声” (Read: HESO as in connection). We were able to talk with Tomoya Matsuura of the Osaka-Based ENSL AMDC label representing Tmymtur.

Tmymtur - Yusei 湧声

HESO: How does Tmymtur produce the high-frequency sounds?

Tomoya Matsuura: Tmymtur’s voice contains an ultra-high frequency (super sonic waves) components which has over 20kHz. ※It is analyzed at the Japan acoustic lab.

HESO: Are any musical instruments used at all?

Tomoya: This work is created by Tmymtur’s voice only. Instruments are not used at all.

HESO: Is this analog or digital or both? What recording devices are used?

Tomoya: Digital recorded with ProTools, Live Microphone: MKH8040

HESO: How are the sounds processed?

Tomoya: This work is created to record one voice and one voice and overlap more than 5,000 layers of the voices. Also, to output ingredients of super high frequency contained in the voices, microphones and recorders that can record super high frequency beyond audible range (more than 20kHz) are used to produce at sampling frequency 96kHz/24bit. Effect processing is not daringly employed this time.

HESO: What does 湧声 (yusei) mean?

Tomoya: Yusei is coined from Japanese word, “湧く(gush)” and “声(voice)”. There is a Japanese word “湧水 (Yuu-Sui: Spring water)”. The water from a spring in the mountain makes us relax and might be a sacred space for Japanese people.

Almost inaudible until the four minute mark, the entire 21 minute recording gently ebbed and flowed like a calm sea beneath a new moon. Though at around the ten minute mark, when the track suddenly grows in volume in a very conspicuous manner, my 8 week old daughter started to shuffle and cry in a way very peculiar to her. The 12 year old beagle stretched out next to her on the sofa, however, did not stir from her snoring slumber. There may be something to Tmymtur’s Yusei, and although I can’t hear it, I’m still listening.