Hiroshi Ebina is a sound artist, gagaku musician and photographer originally from Japan, currently living in New York.
“‘Bergen’ came about in one morning in early spring, when I was experimenting with my modular synth. The melody line I improvised on my lap harp was so beautiful that I started recording it. This was the beginning from which everything else flowed”.
He studied traditional gagaku instruments, hichiriki and biwa, and dance under the guidance of musicians from the Imperial Household Agency. His music explores scenic sounds using modular synthesizer and acoustic instruments, as well as found objects and field recordings. Serendipity is a quintessential part of his unique soundscapes as they incorporate sounds and and silences that emerge and disappear as though by chance
Hiroshi says his compositional process is like spreading dots and lines on a white paper and give them some orders. Then those lines and dots start showing some shapes. For him, randomness is the most notable characteristic of so-called ‘ambient music.’ It’s not really about being accurate about rhythm or pitch. It’s not just about drone and reverb either. He is more concerned with texture, the spaces between each note, and how it feels to his ears.