Keiichiro Shibuya’s Android Opera “Scary Beauty” The Japan Premiere will be Performed An Android Conducts a Human Orchestra and Sings with them

A humanoid android with AI “The Alter 2” conducts a human orchestra consisted of 30 members and sings with them. The android leads tempo and volume of music in the performance, and Human can only follow it.

It is an opera showing fatalistic future where humans cannot live without technology they generate. It is a metaphor for transitional circumstances around the relationship between human and technology.

Keiichiro Shibuya is in charge of composition and piano. The android decides tempo, volume and singing expression beyond human imagination. It means that the music proceeds to bring out new abilities of composed music works, at the same time, destroying it all.

The project was started when “The Alter 2” created by Hiroshi Ishiguro (a worldwide robot scientist, Osaka University) acquired an autonomous AI program generated by Takashi Ikegami (a worldwide artificial life scientist, The University of Tokyo). Conspiracy and Competition among AI and artificial life brought by Hiroshi Ishiguro and Takashi Ikegami, the music brought by Keiichiro Shibuya and human orchestra, will renew the relationship between music and human.

The text of opera consists of some extracts from extremely critical texts and statements; a curious love song by Michel Houellebecq, the last novel written by Yukio Mishima just before his suicide, cut up texts by William Seward BurroughsⅡ and etc. One of the updated sections of this work is composed of extracts from the last work by Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein “On Certainly”.

The words of extracts are analyzed and converted into three-dimensional vectors by a converting program “Word2Vec” and the converted components correspond to pitch, length and strength of the music. Consequently, a new music work is generated automatically from texts. This new work will be performed in the opera.

The android sings “The Last 7 Songs of Human”, it would generate new feelings with terror and excitement in human. This opera is not a monochronic story and does not progress chronologically. In the near future the AI in android will be able to choose and to cut up the parts to perform in real time, deciding tempo and volume of the music. This new way makes it possible to realize a new opera to fragment and to integrate accidentally some different stories and music.

It will be the first opportunity you can see a spectacular rehearsal with the android and an orchestra for the future.

The project was named “Scary Beauty”, it intend to “odd”, “weird” beauty.

Scary Beauty

Dates:2018/07/22(Sun) 20:30〜
※After the performance, Hiroshi Ishiguro, Takashi Ikegami and Keiichiro Shibuya will take the stage to talk.
Venue: Symbol zone(ground floor),Miraikan(2-3-6 Aomi Koto-ku Tokyo)
          Fee:ADV: SOLD OUT DOS: 3,000YEN ※Start selling tickets at 19:30@Miraikan 1F ※DOS tickets are limited in number

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Related Event:「Alter2」Special Exhibition:Friday July 20 ~ Sunday July 22:Symbol zone, Miraikan


Alter 2

“Having the appearance looks like human beings, is it the only way to express human-likeness?” An android “Alter2” has minimum skin and exposes its inside structure, but it seems like that it has “life-likeness”. It is challenging to express human-likeness by complex movements.

It was produced by Hiroshi Ishiguro(Prof. of Osaka University), Kohei Ogawa(instructor of Osaka University), Takashi Ikegami(Prof. of The University of Tokyo)and Itsuki Doi(postgraduate student of The University of Tokyo). Osaka University has taken charge of producting robot and Kohei Ogawa has developed a tool to control of the android.

While The University of Tokyo has taken charge of control of “human-likeness” and Itsuki Doi has developed a program to generate movements and sounds of the android in real time.

Alter2 is on display at Miraikan for permanent exhibition. From Friday, July 20~ Sunday 22, it will be on special display in Symbol zone, Miraikan.

Keiichiro Shibuya

Director & Composer

Composer and Musician. Born in 1973. Based in Tokyo and Paris. B.A. in music composition, Tokyo University of the Arts. In 2002 Shibuya established ATAK, a music label releasing CDs of cutting-edge electro-acoustic works by various artists from all over the world. He has produced a lot of music works, for example film music, sound installation, etc.

In 2012 he released the first vocaroid opera “THE END”, without staging any humans in YCAM. Starting with the performance in Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, it has been showed and requested to perform all over the world. He has worked on many cross-sectional collaboration with a lot of researchers and artists, for example Hiroshi Sugimoto(artist),Hiroshi Ishiguro(robot scientist)in Palais de Tokyo, Jeremie Belingard(dancer / actor)in Opera Garnier, etc. He has developed sound of noise and stereophonic sound with Takashi Ikegami(artificial life scientist)over 15 years.


Hiroshi Ishiguro

director of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory

An authority in the field of humanoid robot. Robot scientist. Born in 1963. Doctor of Engineering. Distinguished professor at Osaka University (the Department of Systems Innovation in the Graduate School of Engineering Science), Director of ATR Hiroshi Ishiguro Laboratories and Fellow of ATR.

He researches and develops intelligent robot and interaction-based infrastructure. He aims for realization of next-generation intelligent robot infrastructure. In 2007 he was chosen for “Top 100 Living Geniuses(Synectics)” and placed 26th, the highest among the Japanese person. In 2011 he was received the Osaka Cultural Award.

Takashi Ikegami

B.S. in Physics, The University of Tokyo. M.S. in Physics, The University of Tokyo. Doctor of Science. His research is centered on complex systems(it means recognizing life system using computer simulations) and artificial life. He aims to construct life theory from the viewpoint of dynamics. He is an editor of “Bio Systems”, “Artificial Life”, “Adaptive Behaviors”, etc. He works not only as scientist, but also as artist with Keiichiro Shibuya, evala, Kenshu Shintsubo etc.

Kohei Ogawa

Computer Engineering, Human-computer InteractionPhD

In 2010, He was graduated Doctor‘s Programs of Future University Hakodate system information.A doctor (system information science).

After having experienced a researcher at Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International:ATR , he became an specially-appointed professor of Osaka University Department of Materials Engineering Science from June, 2012. His major is intelligent Robotics.

He works on the development of a robot and the agent system which can coexist with a person.

Ituski Doi

PhD candidate of Ikegami Laboratory

Born 1989 :Ph.D. candidate, Univ. of Tokyo, Grad. Sch. of Art. and Sci.

Ph.D. candidate, Univ. of Tokyo, Grad. Sch. of Art. and Sci.
MSc, Univ. of Tokyo, Grad. Sch. of Art. and Sci.
BSc, Tokyo Univ. of Sci., Fac. of Sci. and Tech.

System architect, Electronics

kotobuki hikaru

Japanese techno / musician / keyboard player. In early 1980 he started music activities as a support member. After joining "Snowy Mountain Brothers" with Morio Agata and backband of Shigeru Izumiya, He joined "P-MODEL" led by Susumu Hirasawa in 1987. Banded as a member in the activities of Pyeongtaek throughout the group freezing and defrosting period. In 1998 he formed Phnompenh MODEL after returning from Cambodia. Perform live performances abroad such as Paris and Berlin. In 2002 solo work "mosaic via post" was released. In 2012, He participated in Isao Tomita "SYMPHONY IHATOV". He has developed a system for synchronizing the Hatsune Miku and orchestra in real-time has become a hot topic.

Orchestra Performance Manager

Motoharu Kawashima

Graduated Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. 1992 Akiyoshidai International Composition Award, 1996 Darmstadt-Kranhistein Music Award, 1997 Akutagawa Composition Award, 2009 Kenzo Nakajima Music Award, 2017 Toshi Ichiyanagi Contemporary Award etc. Izumi Sinfonietta Osaka Program Advisor etc, He is involved in a lot of contemporary music planning and commentaries such as Izumi Symphonyetta Osaka Program Advisor, and in September 2016 he is a commentator at the contemporary music feature of Hokkaido TV "Tamori Club". He is involved in various performances, mainly in his own works and contemporary music works such as conducting, piano, percussion instrument, voice, etc. Director of the Japanese Composers Council. Associate Professor, National College of Music.

Technical Artist

Takayuki Fujimoto

Director of Kinsei R&D, Lighting designer

Fujimoto began participating in projects of the performance group Dumb Type in 1987. He founded Kinsei R & D and began producing stage work using LED lighting. As a recent work, the collaboration with Tsuyoshi Shirai "Node / The Elderly in Desert", "Seeing Red" with Jung Young doo, "T / IT: About Intolerance" made with Monochrome Circus, There is an exhibition "Kuroyami Museum" with Still current. Besides, we collaborate with artists both in Japan and overseas, and since 2010 we have also started trying to light the classical Noh plays with LEDs at Yamamoto Noh theater in Osaka.


Keiichiro Shibuya:Concept, Music Composition, Direction
Alter 2 : Vocal
The Volunteer Orchestra of Students and Graduates at Kunitachi College of Music:Orchestra performance

[Collaborated Study]
Hiroshi Ishiguro (Android Production), Takashi Ikegami (Development of Android's movement), Kohei Ogawa (Co Android Production), Itsuki Doi (Co Development of Android's movement)

[System architect, Electronics]
kotobuki hikaru

[Programming Support]
Masayuki Momo, Shinichi Yamagguchi

[Orchestra Performance Manager]
Motoharu Kawashima

[Instructor of Orchestra]
Yasuaki Itakura

[Orchestra Performance]
Violin I:Riri Ikawa*, Mizuka Iwata, Akiko Kishii, Kanae Toyota
Violin II:Taro Ito, Shota Sakachi, Sayaka Anjo, Wakana Shimane
Viola:Haruka Kaneyasu, Saya Koki, Mirei Hanaoka, Yuta Goto
Cello:Akira Sato, Rina Okada, Mai Tanaka, Shiori Sato
Contrabass:Haruka Onitsuka, Seiya Kondo
Flute:Sayaka Kurose
Clarinet:Reika Matsumoto
Bass Clarinet:Yuna Kawashima
Alto Saxophone:Yuri Nakamura
Horn:Tsukasa Hashimoto
Trumpet:Aya Nishida
Bass Trombone:Shoko Kuriyama
Percussion:Koichi Kameo, Hiroki Mano, Yuma Mitsuka
*concert master

Takayuki Fujimoto

Yoshiyuki Kanamori

[Video] Tomohito Wakui

[Stage Management]
So Ozaki

Osamu Suzuki

[Sound Program Support]
Daichi Miyata

Takehito Masui (Warner Music Japan Inc.)

Tamami Kanda (Co Production), Naomi Ohki, Momoko Nakamura (Production Management)


[Co Sponsor]

[Special Cooperated]
Osaka university, Intelligent Robotics Laboratory(Ishiguro Lab.), The university of Tokyo, Ikegami Laboratory, Alternative Machine Inc., Canon Marketing Japan Inc.

Innovator Japan Inc., Warner Music Japan Inc., Various Dimensions Co., Ltd., Tohjak Inc., YAMAHA Music Japan Co., Ltd., Crypton Future Media, INC., NATIVE INSTRUMENTS JAPANInc., High ResolutionCo., Ltd., CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD., Pi PHOTONICS,INC., Tama Tech Lab., Studio ATLAS

Orange Co., Ltd.

Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture,Orange Co., Ltd.


past performance

2017.09.30 Adelaide