SjQ++ is an audio-visual project formed in Kyoto,Japan in 2012 by Yuta Uozumi (piano/computer), Tadashi Yonago, (trombone/computer),Isao Nakagaito(guitar), Shuhei Otani(bass), Wataru Asada(Drums) and Ryo Kanda (visual/computer).
Originally, They started an improvisational music project named "SjQ" in 2001. In the next year, their first piece "meme?" was released from cubicmusic Japan.
They compose their music using multi-agent system in real-time. Multi-agent system is a bottom-up method utilized in the field of computer simulation. The agents(players) create the patterns through their interactions based on the simple rule.
From 2012, the audio-visual project named "SjQ++" has been started by participation of a visual artist (Ryo Kanda a.k.a. Kezzardrix).
In SjQ++, its visual image acts as a catalyst to make the ensemble interact. It visualizes the behavior of each player based on its sound data.
The system can treat the meaning of sound. For example, it connect the relations of each player through motions of the visualized sounds. In addition, it make each player cooperate/compete by using animation.
A dynamic performance appears by control of an interaction flow like them. Audience experience the performance of further indivisibility between sound and visual.
Their sounds and visuals are synchronized perfectly by programing,and not only that, but both are affected by each other and change their performance.
In 2012,They gave six shows in Kyoto,Kanazawa and Tokyo in Japan, and a lot of audience regarded their performance with enormous admiration.