METHOD NO. 20  (MARCH 1, 2003)

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Poem, Method Music (Methodicist Manifesto)."  Publishers are three 
Japanese artists, Hideki Nakazawa, a (visual) artist, Shigeru Matsui, a 
poet, and Masahiro Miwa, a composer.  You can read the three manifestos 
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This issue, METHOD NO. 20, carries a text by Masahiro Miwa and a web 
piece by Hideki Nakazawa, and word and info by the three Methodicists.


About the Name And Concept from "A Definition of Reverse-Simulation 
Music Founded on the Three Aspects of Music"
by Masahiro Miwa, composer

      Reverse-simulation music is a general term for specific phenomena, 
that can include acoustic events, born of intentional human actions.  An 
important characteristic of reverse-simulation music is that human 
actions are carried out according to sequences resulting from iterative 
      Reverse-simulation music was imagined as music of the kind that 
perhaps had been once performed by the ancients or by primitive tribes 
... or music that could have been performed by them (which we refer to 
as "music that could have been").  At the same time, however, it is an 
experiment in new music depending mainly on computer simulation-based 
trials.  Reverse-simulation music does not necessarily depend on 
existing social structures related to music such as the distinction 
between concerts, composers, performers and audience. 
      Furthermore, traditional music often conceals the origins and 
underlying regulations of the sounds performed with notions of the 
intuitive and spiritual.  Reverse-simulation music, on the other hand, 
rather seeks to expose them through the use of the aspect of "rule-based 
generation" (logical computations); and, adding to it two other aspects 
of "interpretation" and "naming," it defines itself through the concept 
of those three "aspects."
      The three aspects of music referred to in this definition can also 
be applied to musical styles other than reverse-simulation, as they are 
presented as a new conceptual point of view on the music of mankind.  
However, requirements presented here like the use of iterative processes 
are specific only to reverse-simulation music.
      This experiment seeks to reverse the usual conception of computer 
simulations.  Rather than modelling within a computer space the various 
phenomena of the world based on the laws of physics, phenomena that have 
been verified within a computer space are modelled in the real world, 
hence the name, reverse-simulation.  This designation also alludes to 
the modelling of "music that could have been," in other words the 
recreation in the real world of events that likely did not actually take 


Letter-Coordinates-Type Painting No. 4 of 106 Letters by 53 Lines
by Hideki Nakazawa, artist
"Letter-Coordinates-Type Painting No. 1" and "No. 2," made in 1997, were 
my starting point as a fine artist.  Actually, one of the reasons why I 
drafted the Methodicist Manifesto in 2000 was to explain those pieces.  
Yes, I used monochrome letters instead of colored dots, thus those 
pieces were not visual poems.  My idea has tended to deny even a grid 
since 2001, because I noticed that a painting was mere a set of dots 
which need not be fixed any longer.  But this latest piece, "No. 4," is 
different.  It obeyed a grid again in order to synthesize dots, which 
resulted in the use of dots larger and more irregular.


Hideki Nakazawa, artist:
- METHOD NIGHT VOL. 3 by Hideki Nakazawa:
Presentation of "Digital Clay" and the Latest Method Paintings.
Begins at 7 pm on Friday, March 21, 2003.  Admission free.
ISCP #610, 6th Floor of 323 West 39th Street, New York NY 10018
the world's first 3D-BITMAP (!) software which I invented as a part of 
my patents in 1996.  I will also exhibit my latest Method Paintings on 
paper and will have a talk on them, accompanied by a small party.  
Digital Clay:
- Text "NY, Something Like Ecole de Paris" appeared in a SAP News Letter.
I wrote a text on the New York's art scene in Japanese monthly published 
by Saizon Art Program.  I intended ridicule in this title at least two 
thirds.  The content of this text complements my other text, "Against 
This Spoiled Age," appeard in METHOD No. 18.
- Group exhibition "VOCA 2003," March 14-30 at Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo.  
My piece "41193 Yen Which Consists of 19235 Coins (Money Amount No. 24)" 
won the premium prize.  VOCA:
- Open Studio to the Public: 3-6 pm, March 10-14 at ISCP #610, NYC.
Some of the participants of ISCP, International Studio and Curatorial 
Program, will self-manage their open studios each individually during 
these days.  I am one of them.  No appointment needed.  
About the Open Studios:
- "THANK YOU ART 2003" at Ise Cultural Foundation (555 Broadway, NYC), 
12 noon-6pm, March 4-8.  A one-week portfolio and small work viewing, 
featuring some artists, as part of "THANK YOU ART 2003."  
BTW, I myself am also participating in "THANK YOU ART 2003" individually, 
discounting my former product "Cassette on Modern Art History."

Shigeru Matsui, poet:
- "Pure Poem" has reached 4,000 lines in March, 2003, that started on 
the course of writing since 2001.  I have written "Pure Poem" with 
"Quantum Poem" every 5 days since 2002.  Recently I am feeling not that 
the identity of mine writes "Pure Poem," but that the identity of "Pure
Poem" may make me live.  Because nucleotide sequence itself is the 
purest poem.
- Group Exhibition "POESIE VISUELLE JAPONAISE (5)":
from March 1 to 17, 2003, at Galerie Satellite, Paris.
- Contributed a poem to a music concert, "ABSOLUTE-MIX Presents PitchWeb
Vol. 1, Chizuru Mitsuhashi + CATHEDORAL," produced by Tomoko Yazawa.
Begins at 7:30 p.m. on March 13, 2003, at KITAZAWA TOWN HALL, Tokyo.
- Concert "Based on 'Pure Poem' and 'Quantum Poem'" by Shigeru Matsui: 
on Saturday, March 29, 2003, at WINDS CAFE, Tokyo.
Performers: Reisu Sakai, Akito Takimoto, Shigeru Matsui.
Reisu Sakai will sing, Akito Takimoto will dance, and Shigeru Matsui 
will do nothing.  Premiered performance of music and dance by 'Quantum 
- Performance "READING" on April 5, 2003, at Usagigoya, Tokyo.

Masahiro Miwa, composer:
- Finally I completed a text on my concept about an algorithmic 
composition called "A Definition of Reverse-Simulation Music Founded on 
the Three Aspects of Music" as version 1.0.  It took me very long time, 
not only to make the text but also to analyze the activities of myself 
since I was a student.  The latest works such as "Matarisama," "Tuda-
Shiki" and "Muramatsu-Gear" (please see the issue #14, #15 and #19) 
inspired me to get my thoughts thus in shape.  And I believe and hope 
that the subject is not limited just to my personal aesthetic question 
about the creation in our modern society.
What is written in this issue is only the beginning of the text, so I 
will soon open the complete one to the public ... maybe as the first 
issue of "Off-Line Separate Volume of 'METHOD.'"
- March 14 and 16: A revised version of the "Muramatsu-Gear" will be 
performed in Hiroshima and Kyoto by different groups of young Japanese 
- March 23: A new piece for 6 robots will be performed during "DSP off-
summer school 2003" at XEBEC Hall, Kobe.
- 25 to 27 March: I will give a lecture titled "Die Suche nach einer 
neuen akustischen Kunst im modernen Japan" during "Japanisch-Deutsch 
Forum der Freunde des DAAD 2003" at Yamanaka-ko, Yamanashi.  

Group "METHOD":
- Preparing to publish a series "Off-Line Separate Volumes of 'METHOD.'"
The first one will be Miwa's "A Definition of Reverse-Simulation Music 
Founded on the Three Aspects of Music."
- Volunteer assistants wanted to help our activities.


The next issue, NO. 21, will be published on April 1, carrying a text 
by Hideki Nakazawa and a web piece by Shigeru Matsui.  There are two 
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Monthly Email-Bulletin METHOD NO. 20 published on March 1, 2003
(C) Hideki Nakazawa, Shigeru Matsui, Masahiro Miwa, 2003