Etsuko Yakushimaru is an Ars Electronica STARTS Prize 2017 Grand Prize Winner.
Producing numerous projects, including her band, Soutaiseiriron. Has written songs for a variety of artists and made music for films.While appearing on the music charts with countless hit songs, she has also created many experimental art projects. Making full use of state-of-the-art technology: gene recombination technology, satellite, biological data, a song-generating robot that used artificial intelligence and her own voice, and the production of an original electronic musical instrument.
“Tensei Jingle” and “Flying Tentacles” albums, received praise from figures including Ryuichi Sakamoto, Jeff Mills, Fennesz, Penguin Cafe, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. With both the content and the very existence of her work being futuristic and radical, she brings together pop music and cutting-edge science, technology, and contemporary art in a way that is natural and unfettered. Emblematic of this was her inclusion as the first living musician to have a cover feature in S-F Magazine, Japan's best-known science fiction literary magazine. Including musicians who were featured posthumously, the only two are Etsuko Yakushimaru and David Bowie.