Analog fetishists and sonic spectacle-makers Aki Onda and MV Carbon combine forces, cassettes, cellos, synths, mics, amps, magnets, wires and echoes in unique experimental electronic collaboration.
Aki Onda is an electronic musician, composer, and photographer. Onda was born in Japan and currently resides in New York. He is particularly known for his Cassette Memories project – works compiled from a “sound diary” of field-recordings collected by Onda over a span of two decades. Onda’s musical instrument of choice is the cassette Walkman. Not only does he capture field recordings with the Walkman, he also physically manipulates multiple Walkmans with electronics in his performances. In another of his projects, Cinemage, Onda produces slide projections of still photo images set to live guitar improvisation. Onda has collaborated with artists such as Michael Snow, Ken Jacobs, Alan Licht, Loren Connors, Oren Ambarchi, Noel Akchoté, Jac Berrocal, Linda Sharrock, and Shelley Hirsch.
MV Carbon is a Brooklyn based musician and artist. She is recognized for her unconventional approach to music and her use of tape machines,
cello and circuit bent devices. Her orchestrations are designed to form visualizations as the woven sounds swell, stutter, and contort.
She collects field recordings and combines them with samples built from guitars and analog synthesizers. She is interested in discovering the place in music that flutters between the serene and the overwhelming. She has performed nationally and internationally with her solo project as well as in collaborations with Tony Conrad, Zach Layton, Okkyung Lee, Aki Onda, Evan Parker, John Wiese, Alex Waterman, Spencer Yeh, and with the dark wave duo, Metalux. She
has work released on Atavistic (Bride of No No), LOAD, 5RC, Hanson, Veglia, No Fun, Rampage and Nihilist (Metalux). Upcoming solo releases coming on Ecstatic Peace and Obsolete Units.