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Cover Your Ears!


Cover Your Ears! (2015)


for two percussionists

ca. 10 min. (ca. 1 min. for video ver.)


Request PDF score HERE

Program Note

Who wants to listen to "music" that the creator of the music doesn't even want to listen to?

On Composition

The act of covering one’s ears contradicts from the act of enjoying a musical experience. It is an act to protect one’s self from loud or uncomfortable noise and overwhelming flow of information, and reclaiming one’s self. Cover Your Ears! is a response to witnessing a number of "composers" composing music in the likes of noise for the sake of what "new music should sound like". If the composers do not want to listen to their works themselves, who else will listen?

The performers as well as all audience members are to wear foam earplugs when experiencing this work.

Past Performances

June 28, 2015 (World Premiere)

Chatori Shimizu Portrait Concert 2015

Kioi Hall, Tokyo, Japan

Percussion Duo Echo (Yuna Yanagawa and Ai Hashimura)

Past Exhibitions

January 30, 2015

play_algorithm. New York City

Computer Music Center at Columbia University, NYC, NY

Curated by Alice E. Baird

Interactive installation version by Alice E. Baird; Maiko Hosoda (Perc.)


June 21, 2015

play_algorithm. Karuizawa

Inose Lodge (National Institute of Informatics), Karuizawa, Japan

Curated by Brad Garton

Interactive installation version by Alice E. Baird; Masayuki Nino (Perc.)

July 18, 2015

Cymbal Matryoshka

Osaki l-e, Tokyo, Japan

Ayaka Miyauchi, Masayuki Nino, and audience participants

July 23-24, 2015

play_algorithm. London

Location: Parker Gallery (London Metropolitan University), London, UK

Curated by Elaine Tomazi

Interactive installation version by Alice E. Baird;  Paulina Szczepaniak (Perc.), Jayoon Choi and Abi Baker (guest artists)

April 23 ~ May 7, 2016

Continuing Effect "Cover Your Ears!"

Curated by Galen Joseph-Hunter

Basilica Hudson, Hudson, New York

Hands-On Installation version of Cover Your Ears! (2015)

Aug. 6 ~ 28, 2016

Finished Goods Warehouse: Columbia MFA Summer Show

Curated by Natalie Bell (The New Museum)

Former Pfizer Factory, New York, NY

Exhibition of scores of Shiki to Unkai (2013), shikaku (2013), and Cover Your Ears! (2015)

June 14, 2019

Dresdner Lange Nacht der Wissenschaften: Cover Your Ears!

Curated by Sebastian Merchel

Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Germany

Experienced-based anechoic chamber version of Cover Your Ears! (2015)

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