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Osaka College of Music & Osaka University 5th Joint Project -- Lecture and concert "Playing Physics"

2013-11-30 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Two universities in Toyonaka City, Osaka University, a comprehensive university with "Live Locally, Grow Globally" as its slogan, and Osaka College of Music, a college aiming to nurture individuals to carry on the culture of music, have held joint events in the hope that such events would contribute to the promotion of cultural strengths of the local communities.

This 5th joint event will be held at the Millennium Hall of the Osaka College of Music. Makoto KIKUCHI, Professor, Osaka University, will give a lecture and play the theremin, and KATAOKA Risa, lecturer, Osaka College of Music, will play the So, a traditional Japanese musical instrument, more commonly known as the "koto."

Lecture and concert "Playing Physics"

Every musical instrument makes sound in accordance with principles of physics. In Part 1 of this event, Professor Kikuchi will explain what music is from the viewpoint of physics in an easy-to-understand way. Some people may have heard the name theremin, but few persons have heard theremin music played live. A theremin is a box with two antennae, but no keyboard. The theremin makes sounds in relation to the relative position of the thereminist's hands which alter the surrounding electromagnetic fields; these alterations produce an audible sound. The theremin works without the musician touching it, so it looks as if the player makes sounds by manipulating space with magic.

In Part 2, there will be performance of theremin and So. Please enjoy the wonderful mismatch of the koto, a star of traditional Japanese fascinating listeners with its dynamic sounds, and the theremin looking like a musical instrument from the future. (However, the theremin has a history older than that of electric guitar or Hammond organ.)

Part 1  -- Lecture "Playing Physics",  KIKUCHI Makoto, Professor, Cybermedia Center, Osaka Universit
Part 2 -- Performance of theremin and So,  KOJIMA Saori on theremin, KIKUCHI Makoto on guitar and theremin, KATAOKA Risa on So

Date & Time: Saturday, November 30, 2013, 14:00~15:30
Doors open at 13:30.
Venue: Millennium Hall, Osaka College of Music
Seating space in the venue: 300
No fee is charged for attending this event but registration is necessary.

Making Application
Please enter your name (with furigana), address, age, and email address in the application form on this webpage. After receiving applications, a numbered receipt will be sent. Please show your numbered slip at the door. Seating is on a first-come first-served basis.

Please note that this event is not intended for children of preschool age and younger.

For more information, contact:
Handai and Ondai Joint Event Office, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University Hall, Osaka University, 1-13 Machikaneyama-cho Toyonaka 650-0022

Date: 2013-11-30 (Sat) 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Osaka College of Music; Toyonaka City
Registration: Registration online is necessary. URL:
Contact: Handai and Ondai Joint Event Office, Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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