On her first solo record, Ringing in Our Wrists, Bloody Panda lead singer Yoshiko Ohara cut and pasted together waveforms — bits of found sounds, synthesizer-generated noises pads and other noises — according to how they looked on screen.
Ohara, a talented visual artist, said she wanted to try a new approach. “I saw the screen of the tracks as a canvas and put the wave-forms of noises, phrase, sounds I made on each track in a similar way as I paint on a canvas with acrylics,” Ohara wrote in an e-mail. “I was aiming for a cool image. There was no special rule. I did it casually.”
“Symmetrical Lantern” (pictured below) collapses more than a dozen layers into a single aural soundscape. (You can follow along with the visual image started at about a minute into the track.) During the recording process, Ohara captured ideas and snippets into waveforms, then went about rearranging them visually, without regard for how they sounded together.
“As a solo artist, I do everything by myself, which means I can really get into the world where I am the only one who exist there,” she wrote in an e-mail. “By being immersed in my own sense, I can see new things, which is also good for creativity.” (You can purchase the full album here.)
The Japanese-born singer, who’s now based out of New York, formed Bloody Panda in 2002. They’re currently at work on their third album. She’ll perform her solo music at Lipgloss Crisis in New Haven on Oct. 24 at 6 p.m. Local experimentalists Ham Radio Operator and Colorguard are also on the bill.
Yoshiko Ohara w/ Ham Radio Operator, Colorguard, Oct. 24, 6 p.m., $4, Lipgloss Crisis, 756 Chapel St., New Haven.