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Takuro Mizuta Lippit (aka dj sniff) is a musician, curator and producer in the field of experimental electronic arts and improvised music.

His musical work builds upon a distinct practice that combines DJing, instrument design and free improvisation. He is interested in how a mediated musical memory, from archival collections of vinyl records to digitally captured sound events during a performance, can be used to create a new sonic reality that emerges through the fleeting notion of the "now." This pursuit has led him to create customized instruments that allow him to intuitively access and re-play these different temporalities ingrained in our listening consciousness. His live performances range from carefully constructed solo sets to improvisational groups with virtuosic instrumentalists.

His curatorial work aims to present a global overview on new experimental approaches to music, sound and performance. He is often involved in facilitating the technical or conceptual development of the works that he features, and his network is built from being an active artist in the field. During his appointment as Artistic Director of STEIM (2007 - 2012) in Amsterdam, he has curated and produced over 100 projects including large scale international festivals and award winning art works.

He has performed throughout Europe, Asia and The United States at various venues and international festivals including Club Transmediale Berlin, Warsaw Autumn, Japan Society NYC, The REDCAT Los Angeles, March Meeting Sharjah, Jazz em Agosto Lisbon, and FLOW Festival Helsinki. He has released 12 DJ mixes and 2 solo albums, and his work has been reviewed in the New York Times, All About Jazz, The WIRE and

He has musical projects with eRikM, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Astro Twin (Ami Yoshida & Utah Kawasaki), Adachi Tomomi, Keir Neuringer, Raed Yassin, Yutaka Makino, Paul Hubwebber, Future Fossils (Raoul van der Weide & Sanne van Hek), Daysuke Takaoka, Mark Sanders, Andy Moor (The Ex), Jaap Blonk and C. Spencer Yeh. In the past he has had the honor to play with some of his heroes such as Evan Parker, Otomo Yoshihide, Akira Sakata, David Toop, Martin Tetreault and Michel Waisvisz.

dj sniff is now based in Hong Kong

Machines for Living by Will Montgomery / The WIRE / 2013
Experimental Turntablism with dj sniff by Peter Kirn / Create Digital Music / 2011
dj sniff: EP by John Eyles / All About Jazz / 2011
A Fickle Sonance by Art Lange / Point of departure 35 / 2011
Electronic Music at Japan Society by Steven McElroy / New York Times / 2010
Interface Magazine 2010
dj sniff/水田拓郎: 1978年生。ターンテーブル奏者、DJ、プロデューサ、キュレータ。

1995年DJ活動開始。1998年にsmash TV productionsを主宰、4年間にわたってanti-Gravity, Bistrosmash!など、ジャンルを超えたイベントを東京各所で開催。また2001年にミックスCD Deframed Memories+-のリリースを機にブレイクビーツ、エレクトロニカのDJとして数多くのイベントに参加。

2001年慶應大学文学部美学美術史学科卒業、同年に研究員として熊倉敬聡、芹沢高志らとともに学術フロンティア・インターキャンパスプロジェクトの立ち上げに関わる。2002年渡米、2004年ニューヨーク大学Interactive Telecommunications (ITP)学科でTom Igoeの師事のもと修士課程修了。翌年に文化庁新進芸術家海外派遣制度のもとオランダ・デンハーグのInstitute of SonologyとアムステルダムのSTEIM, Studio for Electro Instrumental Musicに在籍する。

2007年から2012年までSTEIMのArtistic Directorとしてリサーチ、キュレーション、レジデンシープログラムのディレクションを任され、100以上のコンサートプログラムおよびアーティストプロジェクトを企画/製作。2011年には3日間におよぶ国際電子音楽フェスティバル「Patterns + Pleasure」のキュレーション及びSTEIMの新しいデザインイメージ&ウェブサイトをプロデュース。

演奏家としてはターンテーブルと独自の演奏ツールを組み合わせながら実験音楽/インプロビゼーション/電子音楽の分野で活動。これまで Club Transmediale Berlin, Warsaw Autumn, Japan Society NYC, REDCAT Los Angeles, March Meeting Sharjah, FLOW Festival Helsinki, Jazz em Agosto Lisbonなどに出演。またEvan Parker, Akira Sakata, Otomo Yoshihide, David Toop, Michel Waisvisz, eRikM, Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, Astro Twin (Ami Yoshida & Utah Kawasaki), Adachi Tomomi, C. Spencer Yehと共演している。

2012年から香港に拠点を移し、現在はSchool of Creative Media City University of Hong Kongの客員助教授。

過去の演奏, 履歴
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Always credit photographer, left to right: 1 Jaap Scheeren, 2-3 Tanya Traboulsi, 4 Vivian W Lin

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