RTV: Ikue Mori

Release Date: Friday, April 23, 2010

This RTV episode talks with Ikue Mori about her trio and how they create a delicate and mysterious electroacoustic soundscape through improvisations.

The trio improvises by using manipulated computer samples, turntable mixing, and an electric bass played with several bowing, pizzicato, and body-striking techniques. In the interview, Mori discusses her creative use of drum machines and computers, her albums, “100 Aspects of the Moon” and “Ventriloquist in Ghost Chamber,” and her liberation through making music in the States.

Performance date: 11/8/2001
Episode release date: 04/23/2010
Host: Phoebe Legere


Ikue Mori began her musical activity by playing drums with the seminal DNA band (with Arto Lindsay and Tim Wright) in the late 1970s and developed her unique methods of performing improvisations with drum machines, which eventually led to her creative uses of the laptop. Her group, Tohban Dian, formed in 1986, “strived to subvert images of Orientalism, femininity, and obsession,” and wove world music and surrealist influences into their song structures. She has since collaborated with many avant-garde performers including Zeena Parkins, Fast Forward, Mark TomkinÌs Dance Company, Joey Baron, Anthony Coleman, Shelley Hirsch, Fred Frith, and John Zorn.