Biography

Electronic Music Composer / Audio Post Production Engineer / Label Gardener

b. 1984 Yamanashi JP
lives and works in Berlin DE

An electronic composer with both the aliases of Yu Miyashita & Yaporigami. A gardener of a label The Collection Artaud. Released works from a number of labels internationally, including German Mille Plateaux and American Detroit Underground. Music videos such as SyncBody, Mimic, The Motion Paradox and Lilium were selected, nominated and screened at festivals in various countries. In recent years, Miyashita has provided music for the installation records by contemporary artist Chiharu Shiota, MEETT by OMA, a Dutch architectural firm, and the footage of the American Burning Man and produced music for three shows of fashion brand Viviano. In addition, a joint exhibition with Kezzardrix was held at the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts.  He was in charge of the entire soundtrack for a film directed by Jeremiah Mosese, This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection, which premiered at the 2019 Venice International Film Festival and has won numerous awards at film festivals around the world, including American Sundance.


Education

2005-2008    University of Brighton, Bachelor of Arts (BA - 2.1), Digital Music and Sound Arts, UK
2004-2005    University of Brighton, Bachelor of Arts (BA - Switched), Architecture, UK
2003-2004    Bellerby’s College, A Levels, Fine Art / Japanese / Mathematics / Physics, UK


Language

English - Native or bilingual proficiency
German - Limited working proficiency (C1 - C2)
Japanese - Native or bilingual proficiency


Discography

2022    Chaos Swallower EP, Yaporigami, EP
2021    IDMMXXI-R, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2021    This Is Not A Burial, It's A Resurrection (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack), Yu Miyashita, ALBUM
2021    IDMMXXI-L, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2021    Xinri F / Xinri G, Yaporigami, SINGLE
2021    Him / Her, Yu Miyashita, SINGLE
2021    Homage (RM), Yu Miyashita, ALBUM
2021    Rest In Calm Peace For Now / I Will See You Later, Yu Miyashita, SINGLE
2021    Never Ending Story / Interstellar Sync, vvhy, SINGLE
2020    Muted Renaissance, Yu Miyashita, ALBUM
2020    Under / Dada, Signal Arrow, SINGLE
2020    He / She, Yu Miyashita, SINGLE
2020    Dys / U, &nbsp, SINGLE
2020    IDMMXX, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2020    Less / More, &nbsp, SINGLE
2020    Collaged Improvisation In Digital I, II, III / IV, V, VI, Yu Miyashita, SINGLE
2020    Er / Ent, &nbsp, SINGLE
2020    Decoded Sphere, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2020    Re-Rendering The Soul (Yaporigami Remix), World’s End Girlfriend, REMIX
2019    Rhythm Study V / Rhythm Study VI, Yaporigami, SINGLE
2019    Xinri C / Xinri D, Yaporigami, SINGLE
2019    We Dance Alone, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2018    Xinri A / Xinri B, Yaporigami, SINGLE
2018    Rhythm Study III / Rhythm Study IV, Yaporigami, SINGLE
2018    Left Eye / Right Eye, Yu Miyashita, SINGLE
2018    I / II, Miyamasa, SINGLE
2017    Rhythm Study I / Rhythm Study II, Yaporigami, SINGLE
2017    One Sound Extinguisher, Yaporigami, EP
2016    Why Are You, Yaporigami, EP
2015    Eye / Hand, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2015    Grind Analysts Fig. 1, Yaporigami / Yu Miyashita, EP
2015    Homage, Yu Miyashita, ALBUM
2015    A Hectic Truer, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2014    Drudged Torn Routine, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2012    Velvet, Yaporigami, EP
2012    Hertzian, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2012    Nil Bit Berg Horn, Junichi Akagawa / Yaporigami, ALBUM
2012    Jade Fib, Yaporigami, EP
2011    Loops 2.0, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2011    Navy See Res In Brighton, Yu Miyashita, ALBUM
2011    Noble Niche, Yu Miyashita, ALBUM
2011    Loops 1.0, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2007    Saryu Sarva, Yaporigami, ALBUM
2007    Split EP, The Retail Sectors / Yaporigami, EP
2006    XIII, Yaporigami, ALBUM


A/V Collaboration

2022    Earth Flipper, Yaporigami, MV
2021    Music Box Film, Yaporigami, MV
2020    Lagged Melancholia Laps, Yu Miyashita, MV
2020    Diced Garden, Yaporigami, MV
2020    Dys, &nbsp, MV
2020    Mercurius, Yu Miyashita, A/V INSTALLATION
2020    Collage, Yu Miyashita, MV
2020    Accelerated Expressions, Yu Miyashita, MV
2020    Movers And Shakers, Yaporigami, MV
2019    Xinri D, Yaporigami, MV
2019    Truth Embedding, Yaporigami, MV
2019    Noble Niche, Yu Miyashita, MV
2019    Language, Yaporigami, MV
2018    Tilted, Yaporigami, A/V INSTALLATION
2015    Lilium, Yaporigami, MV
2014    The Motion Paradox, Yaporigami, MV
2012    Mimic, Yu Miyashita, MV
2012    SyncBody, Yaporigami, MV


Commission

2022    TBA, FILM
2022    Rama Thiaw - ‘The Vanishing’, Yu Miyashita, FILM
2022    TBA, Yu Miyashita, FILM
2022    Studio Groß - ‘Szenen eines Hauses / ある家の風景’, Yu Miyashita aka Yaporigami, ARCHITECTURE
2022    1-1PR.f2R.SM. - ‘TBA’, Yaporigami, MOVIE
2022    1-1PR.f2R.SM. - ‘TBA’, Yu Miyashita, MOVIE
2022    1-1PR.f2R.SM. - ‘TBA’, Yu Miyashita, MOVIE
2021    Arata Mori - ‘A MILLION’, Yu Miyashita, FILM
2020    another: - “MEETT” by OMA, Yu Miyashita, ARCHITECTURE
2020    another: - “International Sports Sciences Institute” by KARAMUK KUO, Yu Miyashita, ARCHITECTURE
2019    Jeremiah Mosese - “This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection”, Yu Miyashita, FILM
2019    another: - “Davis Museum” by SO-IL, Yu Miyashita, ARCHITECTURE
2019    another: - ‘The Orb’, Yu Miyashita, INSTALLATION
2018    Viviano Sue 2019 S/S, Yu Miyashita, FASHION
2018    another: - “Temple In The Forest” by Asif Kahn, Yu Miyashita, ARCHITECTURE
2018    Viviano Sue 2018 A/W, Yu Miyashita, FASHION
2018    another: - “Lost Words” by Chiharu Shiota, Yu Miyashita, INSTALLATION
2017    Viviano Sue 2018 S/S, Yu Miyashita, FASHION
2015    MTV International Ident, Yaporigami, BRAND
2015    Eiji SUmi - “Quark”, Yu Miyashita, INSTALLATION


NFT

2022    Yaporigami -  XXII.VII.III_A, OBJKT, XTZ, Flac
2022    Yu Miyashita - ‘Polygocal Synth Study IV’, OBJKT, XTZ, Mp4
2022    Yu Miyashita - ‘Polygocal Synth Study III’, OBJKT, XTZ, Mp4
2022    Yu Miyashita - ‘Polygocal Synth Study II’, OBJKT, XTZ, Mp4
2022    Yu Miyashita - ‘Polygocal Synth Study I’, OBJKT, XTZ, Mp4
2021    Yaporigami - ‘TOROID’, Foundation, ETH, Video


Exhibition

2020-2021    ALTERNATE SPACE, ONKAF, New Dehli, IN
2018    Chromesthesia - Digiark, National Taiwan Museum Of Fine Arts, Taichung, TW



Live Show

2022/xx    TBA
2021/05    SFC 現代アート概論, Online Stream
2020/08    Channel #22, Online Stream
2020/02    Hyper Real Radio, Radio Fritz, Berlin, DE
2019/07    Channel #20, Galaxy, Tokyo, JP
2019/06    SIGNAL ARROW JAPAN LIVE 2019, KGR’n, Tokyo, JP
2019/06    Diffusound瀰音 - 域外音IV & Fluid Noise, The Wall, Taipei, TW
2019/06    New Syndicate, Acud, Berlin, DE
2019/03    Teorema Festival, Urban Spree, Berlin, DE
2018/10    Punto y Raya Festival, CeTA: Audiovisual Technology Center, Wroclaw, PL
2018/05    Nine Tomorrows, Powerlong Art Center, Hangzhou, CN
2018/03    YU MIYASHITA + ARATA MORI /// JANOSHI, ausland, Berlin, DE
2015/12    Meme City: Hacking Realities Media Art Festival, CAA Gymnasium, Hangzhou, CN
2015/12    Channel #13, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, JP
2015/11    Nonlinear-nauts [exp.003] - Yu Miyashita "Homage" Release Party, Solfa, Tokyo, JP
2015/10    BRDG#6 Crazy Horse, WWW, Tokyo, JP
2015/10    BRDG presents Asakusa Crazy Horse, Dommune, Tokyo, JP
2015/09    OFFLINE | Timeline Bending (DJ set), Miyamasuzaka Studio, Tokyo, JP
2015/08    Beyond Code (w/ Akihiro Kubota), Super Deluxe, Tokyo, JP
2015/08    Grind Analysts by Yaporigami「分析粉砕」上演 - 宮下悠と鍵となる個々での, Dommune,Tokyo, JP
2015/05    Revirth & Hz-records presents BROADJ♯1608-09, Dommune, Tokyo, JP
2015/05    Mark Fell/NHK yx`s POTATO Tour in Osaka, NEW OSAKA HOTEL Shinsaibashi, Osaka, JP
2015/04    Channel #11, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, JP
2014/10    FF Space Showcase (A/V set), Soup, Tokyo, JP
2013/11    Red Bull Music Academy Weekender EMAF TOKYO 2013, Liquidroom / KATA & Liquid Loft, Tokyo, JP
2013/09    Transitio_MX 05, Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City, MX
2012/12    inspiration #2 powered by Ultrabook/CREATORS LAP LOUNGE feat.+MUS, Dommune, Tokyo, JP
2012/12    Republic Vol.10 The Final, Womb, Tokyo, JP
2012/10    Projected Scape, Seminar House, Tokyo, JP
2012/07    Sasakure Festival Vol.2, Womb, Tokyo, JP
2012/03    IdleMoments, Metro, Kyoto, JP
2012/03    BRDG#5, WWW, Tokyo, JP
2012/03    SIGNALDADA presents MESS SURROUND, Super Deluxe, Tokyo, JP
2012/02    Out Of Dots Vol.5, Mogra, Tokyo, JP
2012/02    Minus_2, Shangri-la, Osaka, JP
2012/01    Arktyp Exclusive Live Show (as Signal Arrow), Secret Venue, Fukuoka, JP
2012/01    The Silence Was Warm Afternoon vol.2 (as shotahirama+Yu Miyashita), heavysick Zero, Tokyo, JP
2011/11    Mille Plateaux / Force Inc. Release Party, Chez Jacki, Berlin, DE
2011/06    Denpa 2011, Axxcis, Tokyo, JP
2011/03    mAtter presents "dance alone", Super Deluxe, Tokyo, JP
2010/06    The Freebutt Presents: Ben Frost + Support, The Freebut, Brighton, UK
2009/05    Sonic Art / Brighton Fringe Festival, Blank Gallery, Brighton, UK
2008/08    Loop Festival, Jubilee Square, Brighton, UK
2008/05    Instrumentality, Concorde2, Brighton, UK
2007/12    Electronic Mischief, Sketch, London, UK
2005/11    Overkill, Electrowerkz, London, UK


Licensing

2022    Bokeh Game Studio ID, INS Studio Co., Ltd., JP
2016    M Channel #4, Nylon, JP
2016    M Channel #3, Nylon, JP


Interview

2020/07    Virgin Babylon Records - #VirginBabylonQuestions
2019/04    Ecrit-O - Yaporigami Interview
2019/03    Ecrit-O - 俊英Yaporigamiが更新するIDMの未来
2018/11    Punto y Raya Festival - PyR 2018
2017/06    FF’Space - FF`SPACE INTERVIEW 002: YAPORIGAMI
2015/06    null+void - null041: YAPORIGAMI
2013/12    +Mus - +Mus Documentary
2013/09    Stray Landings - 0021 // YU MIYASHITA / YAPORIGAMI
2012/08    Hz-records - Tokyo Basement Sounds
2012/04    Ark Typ - CONNECT


Media

2018/04    Zhihu  - 受中国美院邀请二度来华演出的 Yu Miyashita / Yaporigami 是怎样的电子音乐人?
2015/12    Oremedia -Yu Miyashita / Yaporigami が選ぶ2015年ベストアルバム10枚
2015/10    Focussound -Yu Miyashitaが選ぶ「日本に眠るエメラルド色の金剛石」
2015/01    The Creators Project - Flowers Burst and Bloom in VJ Collective's Hypnotic Watercolor Experiment
2014/08    The Creators Project - "Infinity" Is An Audio-Visual Concoction That Will Shake Your Senses
2014/03    The Creators Project - 'The Motion Paradox': Kaleidoscopic VJ Visuals Mapped To Dark Electronic Beats
2012/04    The Creators Project - Mimic Is A Series Of Ultra-fast Visual And Sonic Eruptions
2012/xx    whitescreen - 電光石火の破壊! 猛スピードで動き、壊れていくYu Miyashitaの暴力的なノイズMV「Mimic」   
2012/xx    Ark Typ - talkinGIG ver.02


Talk / Workshop

2020/02    Hyper Real Radio, Radio Fritz, Berlin, DE
2019/06    DiffuSound瀰音 - 日本音像藝術家創作分享, 穆勒咖啡館, Taipei, TW
2015/09    OFFLINE | Timeline Bending, Miyamasuzaka Studio, Tokyo, JP
2015/08    Grind Analysts by Yaporigami「分析粉砕」対話 - 宮下悠と鍵となる個々との, Dommune, Tokyo, JP


Word

“The entire film, in fact, is made more haunting by its sound design, and by Yu Miyashita’s score. Listen to the low and scratchy drone of the music as Mantoa finds her home ablaze, and then, afterward, to the high keening of the strings as she sits amid the ashes, on her charred bedstead, with sheep nosing peacefully around her.”
- Anthony Lane

"Miyashita plays Jekyll and Hyde"
- Bleep

"Somehow elegantly weightless yet utterly bombed out and forceful / The most deviant breakbeat techno of 2015 so far”
- Boomkat

“The director suffuses the piece with an entrancing mysticism, accompanied by a spectral score by Yu Miyashita. Its sharp dissonance resonates as if it were a choir of voices screaming from the afterlife.”
- Carlos Aguilar

"While the glitch pioneers tended to favour a stripped down minimalism, Miyashita takes advantage of advances in processing power to create maximalist symphonies of jittery orchestral samples, granular synthesis and dense textural wash. --- his complex creations are well crafted and worth checking."
- Cyclic Defrost

"Digital art star, beatsmith / sound artist"
- The Creators Project

"Like a dance record cultivated in the dark, nurtured away from conventional genre expectations."
- foxy digitalis

“Warm, Aphex Twin works inspired IDM Electronica”
- Hard Wax

"Esoteric excursion / A strange, hypnotic creation that sounds timeless, as if droning on for longer than you’ve been alive."
- Igloo Magazine

"Ten tracks spread over 52-minutes, here see a wide range of musical bliss shattered into hundreds of pieces. From the soothing downtempo musings of the opening track “Lotus Bloom” to the emotively charged “Sacred Tree Ring,” to the effervescent flow of “Diced Garden,” to the cascading beauty and glitch breaks of “8,000,000,” IDMMXX runs its course through a myriad of soundscapes and doesn’t let up. Elsewhere you’ll find lullaby melodies and broken beats on pieces like “Cherub, Eve and Adam” and “Music Box Film” as well as explosively shuffled percussion on “Infinity Under Palace” and “Dual Feathers.” Yaporigami brings it all home in an ode to Aphex Twin (perhaps?) on “I Care Because (I Sense) You Do” where ambient ice blossoms flicker as a serene landscape of emotion passes by our field of vision. IDMMXX is all of the above, and just a little bit more if you let it simmer. While there are many well-executed sonic ideas spread throughout, these are truly blissful IDM’esque passages worth adding to your catalog, coming from a sound sculptor who continues to fine-tune his craft."
- Igloo Magazine

"A jarring mix of ethereal soundscapes and abrasive noise."
- The Quietus

“Along with the images, the score by Yu Miyashita and its accompanying sound design constitute a challenge to conventional Western film language. It’s a welcome and necessary one, I think.”
- Glenn Kenny

“The score, in particular, is a standout for me. Japanese composer Yu Miyashita, who also goes under the name Yaporigami (great IDM in the same vein as Aphex Twin) creates a twisted, unsettling and terrifying sound collage that is unlike anything else I’ve heard over the past year in film and is a likely candidate for my favourite score of 2020. It perfectly embodies the tense undercurrent surging within Mantoa, adding a specific flavour to the film that truly differentiates itself from anything else you will see over the past year.”
- Poorly Written Musings

"It is like an extraordinary Joan Miro's abstract art painting "The Song Of The Vowels"" where symbolic reduction of the flexible and unexamined forms create a thrilling fiction of existentialism. These controversial interpretations that vary among the agility, simplicity, joy, whimsical charm and nightmarish distortions undoubtedly mirror the versatility, intensity and profundity of Yaporigami. His music somehow reflects a current constant stylistic mutation and renewal of Techno scene."
- Secret Thirteen

"Yu Miyashita's music hits you like a wave, in which each droplet of water is replaced by a string of digitized code. When first hit, it is impossible to decipher anything but raw emotion and sound, such is the seemingly impenetrable structure of it, resplendent in white noise mutated by the human hand."
- Silent Ballet

"We quickly realised that his work was some of the most unique music we had heard in some time."
- Stray Landings


Word (JP)

“新しい世代の誕生という感じの、新鮮さがありましたね。それはある意味、ひとつの時代が終わったことと同義なのですが。”
- Akihiro Kubota

“「音楽は言葉に出来ない」という文句はドイツロマン派の詩人が言い出した事らしいが、"言葉"が"意味"を意味するものだとするならば、意味としての楽音具体音や、その構成の歴史的背景を記述する事は可能だったかもしれないし、主観的だとしか思えない曲想に対しても、今や(イデアルな)複数の標語が存在している。現在に於いては音楽を言葉にする事は、それをそのままトレースしたものではないにせよ、不可能な事では無いようである。 この作品 Yu Miyashita "An Arc" は、目紛しく動く音像や切断が繰り返される音響に注目するのならば、ある音を録音加工再構成しそこに新しい意味や響きを見出す、具体音楽から連なる歴史の影響を感じられるだろうし、その意味の衝突や重層に、単なる羅列では済まされないある曲想を見出す事も出来るのかもしれない。 しかしながら、これはラップトップミュージックのある到達点であると思うのだが、波形としてしか実在しない、あまりに抽象的な音の連続は、その背後に隠れる"意味"を見出す事を敢えて拒み、即ち"意味"からの逃走を繰り返し続けているように聴こえるし、そしてその響きは複数の層となりながらも、単一の平面を持ちえず、多面体として、時として複数化しながら、しかし連続を保ちながら、響き続けている。その様は名指されるような、既成の曲想へと回収されるのを拒んでさえいるようでもある。 なのでここに、残念ながら、私が何かを書き付ける事がこの作品に対して何らかの位置を占める事すら出来ないだろうし、修辞による漸近線すら描けないように思える。幾度となくこの音源を聴いて解ったのは、この音楽は決して音色や位相に関して言及する事で片付けられるようなものではない、という事くらいだった…。 "ある弧"と名づけられたこの作品は、その名の通り、決して全体を把握する事のできない巨大な音楽という"円"の確実な、しかし不定の、"弧"として存在しているようである。"
- Kosuke Numakura

“作品毎に必ず新しい試みがされていて、且つ変わらない芯が通っている誰にも似ていない美しさと強さ、数学的な緻密さと迸る情熱、等の相反する要素、例えばクールさと熱さが同居し見事に調和している世界”
-reyri

“自然と涙が出た。振動無くして伝わる音など無い。彼の音楽には、肉体と精神を揺るがす振動と、崩れ逝く世界が置き去りにした情緒が確かに残っている。”
- Shohei Tsuda

“崩壊する新建築に映える高度な物理現象とグリッチやらの歴史的背景からまるで脱臼したかのように旧プラトー形式の理論を無視した音楽構造。マス、アート、近年のネットコミュニティを中心としたポストカルチャー、そして彼の制作活動すべてに生じる大きな差異ひとつひとつこそが Yu Miyashita のオルタナティヴモデルたる所以であり、そしてそれが人を魅了する大きな理由でもある様に思える。今後もその構造領域の拡大が楽しみなアーティスト。"
- shotahirama

“このコメントを書くにあたって…というわけではないが、氏には事前に色々とお話をする機会があった。制作に対するスタンスから美の価値基準に至るまで、決して長いやりとりではなかったが、実のある対話であったと思う。対話の途中で自身の楽曲がいわゆる普通の意味で「音楽的」ではないという発言があり、以前何度か聴かせて頂いた楽曲をイメージすると―決して悪い意味ではなく、確かに…と頷けるものがあったが、今作を全部通して聴いた第一印象は真逆で、”ポップだな”というものであった。何度か聴いていく内に、時間軸に対しての神経の使い方が非常に絶妙で、それによってすんなりと音が入り込んでくるところがポップな印象を与えているのではないか、と自分なりに思い至った。もはや古典的な美術評論といっても差し支えないであろう某論文のタイトルに准えれば、アヴァンギャルドさとキッチュさのバランス感覚が良い(その論文ではキッチュさは忌むべきものとして描かれてはいたが)。さて、くだんの氏とのやりとりでは人によって美の捉え方が異なることの問題にも話が至ったのだが、僕は単純にこの作品を美しいと思うし、恐らくこの作品を手に取る人の大半はそう感じるはずだ。実験的な音の中に、普遍的な美の一端を垣間見ることが出来る良い作品だと思う。”
- Taro Peter Little

“私にとってPOPとは様式でも旋律でも和声でもなく、知識/技術/時間/言語の範疇を超えて否が応でも人を魅了し納得させてしまうもののことです。彼のグルーヴ、そしてノイズはPOPです。”
-World's End Girlfriend



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