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Open Reel EnsembleJP

Open Reel Ensemble<sup>JP</sup>
Open Reel EnsembleJP

Two-time laureate of the Japan Media Arts Festival, Open Reel Ensemble, founded by Ei Wada in 2009, is among the most unique bands there is. Using old reel-to-reel tape recorders from the ‘70s and ‘80s hooked up to controllers and to a weird and wonderful assortment of obsolete electrical devices, the ensemble delivers a live musical performance as irresistible as it is atypical. Those reel-to-reel tape recorders are played as literal magnetic folk instruments, a style self-described by the band as “magnetikpunk”.
The ensemble was commissioned four times to provide music for Issey Miyake’s fashion shows at the Paris Fashion Week, and also composed the soundtrack to the Japanese short movie Inseki To Impotence, selected for official competition at Cannes Festival in 2013. After releasing a string of CDs and DVDs, the malleable trio published their opus Magnetik Phunk on Bandcamp in 2022, consisting of a series of audio tracks and an e-book. While developing a number of side projects – most notably the Open Reel Orchestra, bringing together twenty musicians with as many reel-to-reel tape recorders – and organizing workshops and exhibitions, the band continued to present their live performances and shows in numerous countries, namely at Sonar in Barcelona, Hong Kong and Tokyo, as well as at the Ars Electronica museum in Linz, Austria.