Musicity x Memu
Musicity Global x Memu
Beginning in 2019, Musicity Global is excited to announce the beginning of a long-term UK/Japan collaboration with Memu Earth Lab and Memu Earth Hotel, which are situated in a remote corner of Hokkaido, Northern Japan.
The Memu site contains unique experimental structures, designed by LIXIL International University Architectural Competition winners over the course of 7 years. Along with a special Kengo Kuma & Associates designed house these buildings now operate as a boutique hotel complex (Memu Earth Hotel) and research platform (Memu Earth Lab).
Memu Earth Lab is a University of Tokyo-led, interdisciplinary research initiative, which works with diverse leading practitioners (ranging across scientific, agricultural, creative, and further disciplines) in responding to and rereading the Memu Earth Hotel site and surroundings. The project does this with particular regard to architecture, climate, landscape, locality and everyday practice.
The Memu area has a harsh, subzero climate for much of the year, and houses a thinly-spread community who work mainly in agriculture and cultivate a wide, flat landscape favoured by Japanese space agencies for rocket launches.
These field recordings were made in Memu and surrounding areas, during a research trip in early March 2019.
Sounds include: milking cows at sunrise, a local artist painting in his workshop amidst spring winds, ice melting on Rekifune river, a hole being drilled in a frozen lake for fishing, drumming the wall of the site’s Kengo Kuma-designed house, and more.
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