Steven Kazuo Takasugi is a composer of electro-acoustic music. He collects and archives recorded, acoustic sound samples into large databases, each classifying thousands of individual, performed instances collected over decades of experimentation and research, mostly conducted in his private sound laboratory. These are then subjected to computer-assisted, algorithmic composition, and revised and adjusted until the resulting emergent sound phenomena, energies, and relationships reveal hidden meanings and contexts to the composer. Against this general project of fixed-media is the addition of live performers, often creating a "strange doubling" playing off the "who is doing what?" inherent with simultaneous live and recorded media: a ventriloquism effect of sorts.
During the first iteration of Virtual MacDowell in 2020, Steven worked on a Piano Concerto for the Canadian pianist Roger Admiral, the SWR (South West Germany Radio) Symphony Orchestra, and electronics for the Donaueschingen Music Festival.
Image copyright Marco Giugliarelli for Civitella Ranieri Foundation, 2017