composer & sound artist
audio-visual collaboration with photographer Carolyn Drake (2019)
Slow Room is an audio visual collaboration between composer Reiko Yamada and photographer Carolyn Drake. The experiment began when the artists visited a WWII-era ammunition bunker on Mare Island, a former naval shipyard near Drake’s home in California. Entranced by the echoes that reverberated when she interacted with the concrete interior of the bunker, Yamada recorded a series of sound sequences. Drake returned in the hours before dawn and made still photos in the dark landscape outside the bunker. The resulting piece is a slowly-built conversation recalling the artists’ distinct encounters with a place where pieces of past and present, nature and technology, sound and sight, mix and repeat.
Misbits / Oxford Film Festival, February 7th, 2019