Ryo Ikeshiro is an artist, musician and researcher. His work explores the possibilities of meaning and context presented through sound as well as its materiality in relation to digital audio and audio technologies. His output includes installations and live performances in a variety of formats including immersive environments using multi-channel projections and audio, 360-video and Ambisonics, field recordings, interactive works and generative works.
Ikeshiro has presented his works internationally in a wide range of contexts including exhibitions, festivals, concerts and screenings as well as academic conferences. He was part of the Asia Culture Center's inaugural exhibition in Gwangju, South Korea, and his TeleText art pages have been broadcast on German, Austrian and Swiss national TV. He is a contributor to Sound Art: Sound as a medium of art, a ZKM Karlsruhe/MIT publication, and his articles have been published in the journal Organised Sound.
In Ikeshiro's work, techniques of sonification – the communication of information and data in non-speech audio – are harnessed in an artistic context, with algorithms and processes presented as sound to investigate computational creativity and the relationship between the audio and the visual. In addition, the manifestation of issues of identity and Otherness through sound and technology is explored. Comparable processes to sonification are also used such as ideophones in East Asian languages – words which evoke silent phenomena through sound. Recent works investigate uses of machine listening and directional audio technologies.
Originally from Japan, Ikeshiro lived in the UK for many years. He has a PhD from Goldsmiths, University of London, MPhil from Cambridge University and BMus from Kings College London. He previously worked as a Lecturer for the BA in Creative Music Technology and MA in Sound Arts at Bath Spa University, and a Visiting Lecturer at London South Bank University and Goldsmiths.
He is the MFACM Programme Deputy Leader and co-director of SoundLab, a spatial audio art/research unit.