Yoko Sen on Sounds of Caring and How to Listen Generously

Recorded On: 06/25/2020

Thursday, June 25, 2020
3:30 p.m. EDT

About this Session

Join Sound artist Yoko Sen as she shares how she transforms the sound environment in healthcare through her artistic practice, and experience a short new piece of music, "Sounds of Caring," featuring the voices of 21 healthcare workers sharing how they are feeling during the pandemic. 

Learning Objectives
  • Learn about sound artistry and how sound can transform the built environment.
  • Experience a special new piece from sound artist Yoko Sen that highlights the experience of frontline healthcare workers.
  • Talk about how the arts can help raise up stories that otherwise might get drowned out.

Yoko Sen, Sen Sound

This session is a part of the 2020 Annual Convention and Public Art & Civic Design Conference

Yoko Sen

Founder & Sound Alchemist, Sen Sound

Yoko K. Sen is an ambient electronic musician and the founder of Sen Sound, with a vision to transform the sound environment in hospitals.  As a classically trained musician, sensitive to sound, she was disturbed by noise she had experienced in hospitals as a patient – especially the cacophony of medical alarms.  Since then, she has embarked on the mission to humanize hospital experience by transforming the sound.  Yoko is a former citizen artist fellow at Kennedy Center, a former artist-in-residence at Johns Hopkins Sibley Innovation Hub and Stanford Medicine X, and currently an artist-in-residence at KP Innovation at Kaiser Permanente.  Sen Sound has helped healthcare organizations such as Northwell Health, UPMC, and Lurie Children’s Hospital, and device makers, such as Medtronic and Philips, and its initiatives have been featured in BBC, Fast Company, and STAT.  Yoko has served as a keynote speaker for TEDMED (2018), Aspen Ideas Festival: Health (2019), and Healthcare Facilities Symposium (2019).  Her initiative, “My Last Sound,” was selected as a Top Idea by Open IDEO’s End of Life challenge, and she has presented internationally in Iceland, The Netherlands, Romania, India and Brazil.  

Born and raised in Japan, Yoko was classically trained in piano from age three.  Yoko had produced the album, “012906,” which was nominated for “Best Album in Electronica” by the 6th Independent Awards.  She then produced the album “Heaven’s Library,” for which she received the Washington Music Association Awards for “Best Electronica Artist.”  As a self-proclaimed “sound alchemist,” Yoko aspires to create music, which is, to quote Beethoven, “the mediator between the spiritual and sensual life.”  


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