Matsuura Tomoya



(Photo by Noguchi Shohei)

Tomoya Matsuura (Fukuoka, Japan) is a sound artist who builds systems that describe and generate sound. These take the form of music, sound installations, and instruments.

His curiosity is not a sound itself but a system that describes and generates the sound. While he uses programming for varying purposes from a signal processing to a composition, he also makes an analog electronic circuit and primitive digital logic circuits because his works sometimes give a question to existing digital formats itself which we treat in a programming usually.

Feedback systems are a crucial part of the works because they behave like both stable and unstable from similar structures.

Tomoya is particularly inspired by the work of Paul Demarinis which rethinks failed and obsolete technologies and media, and media-archaeological studies. He also uses obsolete technologies in his work such as acoustic memory delay and Whirlwind to ask the questions: Why did these technologies die? How could they be reinvented in today’s context?

This exploration is a combination of social and technical curiosity. Tomoya is interested in rethinking and resisting fixed and standardized formats such as a musical notation, computer architecture, and data structure, and to continue to propose alternative possibilities.


Born in 1994 in Chigasaki City, Kanagawa Pref. Living in Fukuoka Pref. Japan.

2010.04~2013.03 Kanagawa Sohgoh Highschool

2013.04~2016.03 Tokyo University of the Arts Music Creation and Environment in Music Program(Project 3:Sound Engineering, Kamekawa Toru lab.) Bachelor(Music)

2015.02~2017.03 teamlab Sound Engineer

2015.08~09 YCAM(Yamaguchi Center for Art and Media) interlab Internship

2016.04~ Kyushu University Graduate School of Design, Master Program Department of Design, Content and Creative Design Course, Digital Content Design Division(Jo Kazuhiro lab.)


2018 KAKEHASHI foundation Scholarship

2017 Asia Digital Art Award 2017 Interactive Art(Student) Section Finalist Award (送れ | 遅れ / post | past)

2017 23rd Campus Genius Award Nominate (送れ | 遅れ / post | past)

2017(on the Graduation of the Bachelor) Acanthus Music Prize

2015 Ataka-Scholarship


Frequently Use

  • Max/MSP
  • Faust
  • HTML5/CSS3
  • Cubase
  • Puredata
  • Javascript(including Node.js)


  • Openframeworks
  • Julia
  • Processing
  • Protools
  • R
  • JUCE