“Music and sound are always able to transcend gender, age, culture and locality,” says Yuri Suzuki, who through his sound projects investigates the relationship between people and everyday places. The Japanese sound artist has been invited to present a new interactive installation at the Margate Now festival, which takes place in the county of Kent, south-east of London, until January 12, 2020.
The Welcome Chorus combines sound, installation and artificial intelligence. Through a participatory process, voices and stories of the citizens of Margate were collected, then recombining the inputs through digital software equipped with artificial intelligence. 12 coloured cones continuously reproduce the generated songs, to which it is possible to add a sound layer through one's own voice, making the artificial intelligence evolve and generating a shared sense of belonging.