Otocare Discussion 1

Wellbeing Through Sound

Otocare with Laura Sampson, Georgia Rodgers, and Madoka Tsuchida

Date:March 11th, 2021
Time:18:00~19:00 JST
Location: CIC Tokyo & Online (Venture Café Tokyo, Thursday Gatherings)

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Type: Open to the public
Language: English

Otocare’s mission is to foster a deep sense of wellbeing through the use of sound, drawing from years of individual research and planning and by forging new partnerships with healthcare professionals, urban designers, artists, and scientists.

Otocare was founded by Yu Morishita and Hikari Sandhu from the University of Tokyo and Nick Luscombe from MSCTY, initially as a response during the early days of the COVID 19 pandemic, to conduct research around the use of sound recordings to improve the wellbeing of staff and patients in high-stress medical environments. The project has since expanded into other areas of study and application. (Otocare Scene 1)

This panel discussion will feature a mix of speakers working as sound artists, musicians, and scientists from the UK and Japan.

The main themes of our discussion will include the ways that sound shapes our daily lives, how we can improve the sonic environment of our cities, the use of music as a way to stimulate memory, and what the sounds of the natural world can provide as a resource for our wellbeing.

Introduced and moderated by Yu Morishita, Hikari Sandhu, and Nick Luscombe.

The discussion will take place as part of Venture Café Tokyo, Tokyo Thursday Gatherings.



登壇者 / Speakers

Laura Sampson
Laura Sampson is a storyteller and arts promoter from London with a degree in medieval literature (Univ. College, London). She has studied noh since 2011 and became a member of Theatre Nohgaku in 2014. She is co-producer of the Noh Training Project UK.

Georgia Rodgers
Georgia Rodgers is a composer of instrumental and electronic music whose work focuses on textural and spatial aspects of sound. In 2016 she was selected as one of Sound and Music’s New voices and in 2018 she was an Oram Award winner. Georgia studied Physics and Music followed by a Masters degree in computer music with Michael Edwards, both at the University of Edinburgh. She was recently awarded a Ph.D. in composition from City, University of London with a particular focus on music for instruments and electronic sound and the human experience of listening and space. Georgia has also worked as an acoustician for a firm of consulting engineers, specialising in architectural acoustics, and as a scientist researching the effects of environmental noise on human health. She lives and works (and was born) in north London.

Madoka Tsuchida
Madoka is a PhD student at the Department of Cultural Anthropology, Graduate School of Arts and Science, The University of Tokyo. Her research interests is a relationship of people with hearing loss and music, and she particularly focuses on hand-sign as their main language. She has conducted field research in a ‘deaf village’ at Bali island, Indonesia.

Yu Morishita
Yu Morishita is a researcher of building informatics at the Institute of Industrial Science, The University of Tokyo with Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Information Studies. Currently, a Project Lecturer leading Memu Earth Lab, a university-wide project exploring ways of listening to the uniqueness of places through fieldwork, figuring the role of infrastructure for the next society.

Hikari Sandhu
Hikari is a researcher at the Institute of Industrial Science with a Ph.D. in Health Science, and a registered music therapist certified in Japan. Hikari has been interested in using sounds and music for human health. She has experience of working with terminal cancer patients in the U.S. and Japan as a music therapist. Her recent interest has been on the health benefits of nature sounds and joy of music in our everyday life.

Nick Luscombe
Nick is a BBC radio broadcaster, producer, music curator/collector and field recordist. He is the founder of the international spatial sound practice MSCTY (www.mscty.space), the leading agency for music and architecture. His previous roles include Chief Music Editor at iTunes Europe, Director of Music at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and presenter of BBC Radio’s Sony Award Winning Late Junction programme.