Ryoji Ikeda

db ,
Co-workers & Funding
concept, composition: Ryoji Ikeda
commissioned by NTT InterCommunication Center (ICC), 2002
  • ikeda db4
    319 × 350
  • ikeda 3
    269 × 350
  • ikeda db2
    583 × 800
  • ikeda db1
    585 × 800
Ikeda's sound installation in an anechoic chamber is intended to quite physically explode the senses. Using the highest and lowest frequencies that human ears can bear, db is a hyper-dense composition of sine waves, white noise and other elements, which blurs the lines between noise and music, thought and matter. The visual equivalent experienced in the dazzling bright white light chamber one enters after passing through a dark hallway between the two spaces completes the sense-shattering totality.
  • aesthetics
    • installation-based
  • genres
    • database art
  • subjects
    • Art and Science
      • databases
  • technology
    • displays
      • electronic displays
        • projectors
Technology & Material
Installation Requirements / Space
powered speaker MEYER UP1 5
powered sub-woofer MEYER 650P 1
mixer YAMAHA 02R 1
16ch HD playback system AKAI DR16 1
anechoic room non-specific 1
chair JASPER MORRISON Low Pad Chair 1
auto lighting fade-in&out system non-specific 1
emergency switch non-specific 1
master HD data 1
speaker BOSE AM-15W (satellite speakers only) 5
power amplifier non-specific 2
white wall H2.5xD7.2m 2
white wall W1.12xH2.5m 1
white floor W1.12xD7.2m 1
fluorescent lamp non-specific 110
CD player (w/repeat function) non-specific 1
master CD 1

  • Ikeda, Ryoji. date | place. Atelier de Création Radiophonique(ACR), France Culture: Èdition DIS VOIR, FR, 2010.
  • Yoshizaki, Kazuhiko and Kohsuke Murata Murata and Kazuya et. al. Kondo, ed. +/- [the infinite between 0 and 1]. : Kiyoshi Hayashi (Esquire Magazine Japan) and Access Publishing Co., 2009.
  • Barral, Xavier and Ryoji Ikeda and Caroline Naphegyi, ed. V =/ L Book. Paris, FR: Editions Xavier Barral, 2008.
  • Ikeda, Ryoji and Forma, ed. formula [book + dvd]. London: Forma UK and Cornerhouse Publication, 2005.