Bandcamp | Serpent

01. Teslatide
02. Setast
03. Thalezoid
04. Thornavir
05. Pipine
06. Dronesib
07. Maxumab
08. Ndiayifene
09. Habermin
10. Gaodil

Sehno is an experiment in communication across musical languages, an interplay of utterances performed by two different people in two different vernaculars, a conversation which by natural coincidence, collision and concord gives shape to new meanings drawing on the context of our shared contemporaneity.

The discourse takes place between Shingo Inao, who generates his language from the sounds of the keyboard, the tones of electronic devices and the transformations made possible by physical movement in front of a sensor device, and Masaya Hijikata, whose expression of meaning is rendered into non-digital beats and rhythms played on acoustic drums.

The VITRA album was created in the improvised and instinctive manner of a natural conversation, without firmly prescribed themes, or any expected outcome or rigid frameworks; the interaction of the auditory signs was designed to be as uninhibited as possible, with the artists communicating with each other from separate recording rooms and without eye contact.

Shingo Inao: piano, electronic devices, sensor instrument
Masaya Hijikata: acoustic drums

performed and recorded by sehno in MaVision Studio in Berlin, Germany
mixed and mastered by Michał Kupicz

cover photo by Masaya Hijikata
cover design by Marcin Kamola

All rights reserved: sehno & Kaiser Söze Foundation 2018


Shingo Inao

He explores the spatial components of sound and the ways in which sounds detach themselves from the material constraints of their sources and contexts. Shingo is particularly interested in the interactive aspects of producing sound with a sensor system, for example, direct audience involvement, as well as the relationship between sound and classical sculpture, where the interplay of auditory, haptic and visual experiences serves to expose the boundaries and interconnections of those three registers.

Shingo was born in 1980 in Chiba, Japan. He studied Sound Art and Computer Music at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo and Media Art at the Karlsruhe University of Arts and Design (HfG). He graduated with an MA in Media Design/Art from the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. His sculptural works are currently exhibited at the Berliner Galerie Mazzoli in Berlin. Shingo lives and works in Berlin.

Masaya Hijikata

He immerses himself in the kaleidoscopic wonders of the physical, linguistic and temporal aspects of music. Masaya has vast experience in both Japanese martial arts and performing arts, such as Butoh that is based on the philosophy of Zen Buddhism. These foundations inform and invigorate his relationship with sound, music and particularly drums. Ever since playing with the legendary Dou Dou N’diaye Rose in Dakar Senegal in 2013, he has been fascinated by the fluctuating nature of our own expression, especially across cultures and musical languages.

Masaya was born in 1980 in Tokyo, Japan. As a child, he played brass instruments, but at the age of 15 he discovered drums. After teaching himself the basics, he has continuously improved his craft by practice and collaboration with many renowned international artists.

Currently, Masaya splits his time between Warsaw, Poland and Berlin, Germany. He sees music as inherently impossible to categorise and is involved in vastly diverse music projects which could fall under the labels of Impro/Experimental, Electronic Music, Jazz, Hip-Hop, Punk and Pop. He plays with several acts, such as sehno, klās’tĭk, sub-tle, Dawanggang.


premiere: 5 June 2018