Life Is Beautiful

by Wataru Iwata

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Wataru IWATA - Life is Beautiful
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Life is Beautiful is an acoustic work created by reconstructing the sound generated by the behavior of cells in social simulation with 2D cellular automata. The original work Interactive Media Art "Life is Beautiful" is based on the idea that a cell repeats life and death through the activity of "taking away / giving" a parameter of Life (life power) to another cell. , It is a work to observe how they form a society.

The sound of this work is produced through the activities of these cells. Harmony consists of two major factors. One is related to the number of cells (population), and the other is the amount of life assigned to each cell. The largest number of cell groups determine the scale. Each cell group is assigned a note value, and the average value of the group's Life changes the volume.

"Life is Beautiful" can be said to be a co-composition work composed by Cellular Automata and Wataru Iwata.

released July 15, 2019

Social simulation based on 2D Cellular Automata
“Life is Beautiful”
Programmed by Hironobu NAKAMURA
Concept by Nobumichi ASAI
Design by Tan JC
Generative music by Wataru IWATA


All the songs generated and co-composed by Cell Automaton and Wataru IWATA

The visuals:

1 Convergence of Savage
2 Reboot
3 Nostalgia
Directed by Wataru IWATA

4 The Explosion of Diverseness
5 (The Irrational Relation) Between Universal and Particular
Directed by Koji FURUTA (Media Stream)

「Life is Beautiful」は、2次元セルオートマトンによる社会シミュレーションにおいて、視覚的な振る舞いを見せるセル(細胞)の挙動を、サウンドに再構成して制作された音響作品である。元の作品となるインタラクティブメディアアートの〈Life is Beautiful〉は、あるセルが他のセルに対してLife(生命力)というパラメーターを「奪う/与える」という活動を通して生と死を繰り返すセルをヒトに見立て、彼らがどのように社会を形成するのかを観察する作品である。
本作品のサウンドは、このセルの活動を通して生み出される。 ハーモニーは大きく2つの主要なファクターから成り立っている。1つはセルの数(人口)に関連しており、もう1つは一つ一つのセルに割り当てられたLife(生命力)の量である。 最も数の多いセルグループが音階を決定する。また、各セルグループには音価が割り当てられており、グループのLifeの平均値が、音量を変化させる。このアルバム「Life is Beautiful」は、セルオートマトンと岩田渉による共同作曲作品ということができるだろう。


released July 15, 2019

Wataru IWATA is a Japanese composer/Artist/ Director received a classical piano training since the age of 5. Engaged in TV advertising song production from the age of 6. Started to compose with a multi-track recorder at the age of 9. He also learned Jazz theory at the age of 15.

He spent youth in Boston and NY city and received a shudder from Free Jazz. He studied a painting and art production under Japanese painter, Atsushi Sugimura while he was working as an assistant in NY. After returning to Japan, he has organized painting exhibitions and art installations, performance group to perform, composed music for both commercial and non- commercial, produced multimedia materials, performed Piano trios, quartet, and lecturers at technical school.

Currently, in addition to the piano performance, he also develops a wide range of creative, performances and produces activities in the fields of contemporary, electronic music and media arts. Besides, as a director, he has been actively engaged in transdisciplinary activities such as planning of classical music concerts, writing articles to a science and Literary magazines, planning, and holding of an international scientific symposium, and curating art exhibitions.


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