Keiichiro Shibuya

Composer and Musician. Born in 1973. He graduated from the Department of Composition at Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2002, he established his music label, ATAK. His works range from cutting-edge electronic music to piano solos, operas, film music, and sound installations.

 

In 2012, he composed the Vocaloid Opera “THE END” starring Hatsune Miku, taking the traditional tragic structure of an opera, asking “What is death?” and “What is an end?” and putting Hatsune Miku as the mediator to reread it in a modern way. It started with the performance in Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, which had performed worldwide. Louis Vuitton and Marc Jacobs designed the costume of Hatsune Miku in the opera.

 

Since 2017, he has created a new form of opera called Android Opera. In 2018, he had the world premiere of “Scary Beauty,” in which an AI-equipped humanoid robot sings while conducting an orchestra. It was successfully performed not only in Japan but also in Europe and UAE. Furthermore, in 2021, he was commissioned to compose grand opera called “Super Angels” starring the android, opera singers, and ballet dancers with a full orchestra at the New National Theatre, Tokyo. In March of 2022, he composed and performed a new Android Opera, “MIRROR,” for the Dubai EXPO, collaborating with Buddhist monks and the orchestra in UAE.

 

He also composes music for films. In 2020-21, he received the 75th Mainichi Film Awards and the 30th Japan Movie Critics Award for the film “Midnight Swan,” which won the academy award in Japan. In April 2022, he composed a new soundtrack for the film “xxxHOLiC” directed by Mika Ninagawa.

 

Recently he opened a new laboratory, “Android and Music Science Laboratory,” at Osaka University of Arts to develop new ways of creating with androids and AI through music, along with professor Hiroshi Ishiguro, a robotics researcher, and Shintaro Imai, a computer musician/android programmer. Architect Kazuyo Sejima has designed a futuristic yet functional and stunning laboratory, including the interior.

 

Through his composition and collaboration with talented artists and scientists, he challenges the boundary between humans and technology, life and death.

 

http://atak.jp