Considering the wealth of academic work on the cultural and historical significance of electronic music, its relationship with physical space remains relatively unexplored. In this respect, Yuri Suzuki is truly unique. As an inventor, graphic designer, engineer and electronic musician, he creates art that transforms the complex notions of sound into tangible, deceptively simple designs. In doing so, he renders complex electronics intuitive and educational, and challenges our perception of the physical qualities of music.
Suzuki has called London home for nearly 10 years. He moved from Tokyo after winning a place at the prestigious Royal College of Art, where he’s now a Design Products tutor and member of the New Radiophonic Workshop – a creative group named after the original BBC unit that pioneered experimental sound effects and tracks for radio and TV shows. Today, many of his projects draw inspiration from the physical makeup of London’s multi-dimensional urban sprawl. “It’s a very interesting place to be,” says Suzuki of the city. “It’s so mixed, in a kind of utopian way.”