bySara Ouhaddou 04/16/2018


  • Sara Ouhaddou




When I arrived in Tokyo, I had in mind that it would be the place for my first sound experimentations. I brought some recorded materials with me from Morocco, which are traditional old songs and voices from the Middle Atlas Berber (Amazigh) villages that my family used to listen to or sing. I knew that Tokyo would inspire me more in unexpected ways than being in my environment which is more considered as traditional. I understood that Japan, Tokyo would have much more to offer me than I ever thought. During my stay, I was intrigued  by the question that is who were the Japanese before the Chinese influence, and to me, it was like looking for the Japanese ‘Berber’ (Amazigh). I was curious to find out if Morocco and Japan had something deep in common.

To do so, I explored not only Tokyo and but travelled to Aomori, and during my journey, I have found so many pieces of sound, and instruments that were very close to what I’d researched in Morocco, so I tried to collect their sounds as much as I could. The idea is to create something that questions the similarities between communities particularly when they face the same, similar social and environmental structures.

Furthermore, I always record my journey through the interaction with different people, having interviews, discussion with the persons and working together. Those recordings show my key moments in my work, and most of the time they unlock a question and raise a new one. So, it is important for me to share them.

One soundtrack introduced here is about the similarity between the Atlas Mountains songs and the traditional sounds collected from Aomori. The second one is a journey through my working days having researched about the Japanese language in Tokyo and the craftsmanship in Aomori.