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Profile of Homei Miyashita

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Homei Miyashita is an associate professor in the School of Science and Technology at Meiji University. Born in Firenze, Italy, in 1976, he received a bachelor's degree with a major in Image Science from Chiba University in 2001, a master's degree with a major in Music Composition from Toyama University in 2003, and a Ph.D. degree with a major in Knowledge Science from Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (JAIST) in 2006. His general research interests include entertainment computing and human-computer interaction.

He was a pupil of Yasuko Shoji (Piano), and Kiyoshi Matsumoto (Composition). He produced musics and spatial acoustics of NEW JAPAN KICKBOXING at Korakuen Hall in 1999. He composed musics in TV programs of MRO and NHK kanazawa, and NHK (nationwide network). Also he created TV animation series "Kumanba!", broadcasted by NHK kanazawa from 2001 to 2002. He produced a live performance of image and sound, "Digital Opera Project", and performed in Toyama, Kanazawa and Bangkok. In 2004, He did his first solo concert "Essence of Music" in Kanazawa.

He got Jokichi Takamine Prize (1991) for Science, Think Quest Japan Gold Prize (2002) for Web design, and outstanding performance award in m-flo remix contest, held by avex corporation and Steinberg. (collaboration with Chiharu Murata and Hiro Shiomi, 2001).

Selected Works as a media artist:


Humanoid Synthesizer (2003) from "Exhibition of Sound"

Car Synth (2004) Website of Car Synth


dangomusic (music by pill bugs) (2004) from "Essence of Music"

This piece is, as it were, music created by pill bugs. There are 2 pill bugs in a box, and a camera captures their movements. The system makes the sounds of a Japanese harp in accordance with x-coordinates of the pill bugs, as if there were strings. The pitches of these 'virtual strings' are set on a pentatonic scale, therefore the sounds tend to be consonant. We added two horizontal 'virtual strings' that trigger an arpeggio on the pentatonic scale, to make the sound more 'musical.'


Thermoscore (2004) from "Essence of Music"

Thermoscore system controls the temperature of piano keys via MIDI. I prepared a tempeature sequence that sometimes heats keys to more than 70℃, and under those circumstances, the player improvises freely. I used a Thermographic camera on stage to visualize the effect of the system to the audience.

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