A short story about gSex God Sexh
SexGodSex is a name of machines that I made and they have purposes for
sounding heavy beats and extreme dry tones. The name is taken from a title
of song of US band eSwansf. The machines are two types, one is straight
type and another is folding type.
Those consist of simple parts ? stainless wires, humbucking pickup microphone,
stepper motor, stepper controller, spring coil, fixtures and some small
parts. The system is very physical sounding system caused by the pickup
microphone and the spring, which are moved step by step, and the vibrated
The pickup microphone itself has any motion by making a balance of relationship
between a pulling force by stepper motor and a pulling back force by spring.
That action is complex, and the sounds vary every moment. In case of the
recording versions which are released CD from Senufo Editions in 2014
Milano, my intention was to show the pure variations by relationship of
those on the system. The sounds on CD are direct recordings from the each
machines, they had no special editing and used no additional musical effector.
You can hear the pure variations of sound caused by the machines.
In case of the performance, I often present natural feedbacks which appear
on a relationship between pickup and PA / Guitar Amp as additional live
effects. Over time, the location of the pickup is shifting, because the
stepper motor is pulling it to upside. And the whole physical situation
that involves spatial conditions of live space and conditions of the machine,
is changed. By this, my system may create unpredictable feedback variations
and SexGodSex machine itself will play own 'live' music.
The basic idea of SexGodSex had come from my different two ideas. One
is my unreleased piece for sound that the sound is born from to trace
any scratch of floor by pickup microphone. The microphone itself has a
motion that is moved by a balance between a pulling force by stepper motor
and a pulling back force by spring. Eventually the plan has been realized
as my other installation piece called gsurface: on moving helical springh.
You can see the video documentation at the following address.
Another of my ideas is coming from my musical preference. I love slow
tempo music. And I love heavy low sounds and dry tones. I realized that
the sound, born from my idea of a performance piece which accompanies
with slightly irregular and inhumane sounding phenomena, becomes a great
As my artistic attitude, my intention has tried to deal with various relationships
between natural phenomena and general concepts as theoretical or scientific
idea on human being. I have often tried to show some views about those
ways into my installation and performance piece.
On the other hand, at my performance piece SexGodSex, my interest is slightly
shifting. Ifm recently thinking about mechanism of 'composition' as musical
sense. I guess this has somehow concerned with finding of some 'repetition'
into natural phenomena. Here, Ifm not sure whether the word erepetitionf
is best or not, because I have no idea for 'repetition' on theoretical
or scientific sense, but I'm using it as ambiguous meaning. Furthermore
SexGodSex is not natural, is artificial phenomena but thatfs also physical
things in which I have still interest. Probably erepetitionf may mean
something amplitude range of distribution that we find frequent similarity
of physical things, finding arrangement of tones into an event on space
and time. It is similar as arrangement of sound as musical composition
of rhythm or melody or harmony in traditional meaning. SexGodSex makes
physical things that are made by frequent scratching of wires and made
by resonate of spring. This has a certain repetition structure. And the
sound has variations caused by situations of actual space and physical
conditions of the machine, but also we may find some structure of musical
This piece is taken a different way from my general art works, but Ifm
also thinking about a relationship between a sound as phenomenon and an
idea of human being. Whatever, the sound of SexGodSex is just a physical
thing, but probably this would make some poetic image as music to audience.
minoru sato, 2016