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sandyb


just got another delivery from mimaroglumusicsales - my new favouritest place to spend money as well as all the modular synth sellers. they have a huge range of experimental music there - i could spend a fortune - oh...wait - i have already meh
Obscure Tape Music of Japan vols 1,2,5,7,8 and 9.
and Experimental Music of Japan vol 1
a mixture of mainly old, with some newer, "electronic" music from Japan.
i'll post once i've listened to them

sandy
Bricks
wow. I know nothing of japanese electronic or tape music. whatre some artists youd recommend and what other artists could you compare them to?
Cat-A-Tonic
Is 'Tape Music' synonymous with 'Musique Concrete'?
I love Tod Dockstader, and Skozey Fetisch.
I don't know of any Japanese Tape Music though.
Any recommendations are definitely welcome.

There is a ton of wonderful electronic music from Japan, and a thriving live scene. I wish I could get more time to go see shows.
Working evenings sucks!
Anyway, you should check out Tzadik Record's New Japan series as a fairly comprehensive introduction.

If you like ambient/experimental I would recommend:
-Sachiko M. (Matsubara)
-Tetsu Inoue
-Synapse
-Masaaki Kikuchi
-Ikue Mori

If you like noise:
-K.K. Null
-MSBR

If youy like DEVO:
-Polysics

If you like Indy-Pop:
-Takako Minekawa
-Cornelius
sandyb
sorry for the delay getting back to this and thanks for the recommendations Cat-A-Tonic. i'm also a Tod Dockstader fan - have you got the Aerial triple CD box? - it's very good.
i'm pretty new to japanese electroacoustic music so i don't have a lot i can recommend - still learning.

it seems that a lot of the early music came from the NHK studio. there's a bit of information here:
http://cnmat.berkeley.edu/user/miki_kaneda/blog/2007/12/20/electroacou stic_music_japan_persistence_diy_model
most of the other articles i've found have been very academic and in things like The Computer Music Journal i.e. you have to pay for them confused

one CD i have which is very good is matsuo ono / takehisa kosugi “roots of electronic sound." details of this release are here:
http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/artists/matsuo+ono.html
(btw - you may find some of the other creel pone releases interesting - they re-release very rare/expensive early electronic LPs - i have the Hungarian electronic music one which is great. details are here:
http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/artists/matsuo+ono.html)

i have, somewhere, a CD of some 1950s/1960s japanese electronic music from the series of lps philips issued. details on this series are here:
http://www.woebot.com/movabletype/archives/000545.html
this contains music by Toshiro Mayuzumi, Maki Ishii, Minao Shibata and Makoto Moroi.

the CDs above that i bought are all part of the omega point series and contain a lot of work by toshi ichiyanagi. i haven't had a chance to listen to them yet so couldn't really recommend one over the others but there are some brief samples on this page:
http://www.mimaroglumusicsales.com/labels/omega+point.html

hth

sandy
sandyb
and if you want some really cool newer stuff check out some of the music out on "Improvised Music from Japan."

sandy
Cat-A-Tonic
Quote:
i'm also a Tod Dockstader fan - have you got the Aerial triple CD box? - it's very good.


No, I have Omniphony (with James Reichert), and Apocalypse.
Both are excellent.

Skozey Fetisch's first album Momma Key can often be found on ebay for extremely low prices. It is entirely composed of musique concrete and he claims that it includes several instances of EVP.
Mark C. Jackman is really brilliant, and incredibly quirky.
His records are also available through Dolor Del Estamago and if you contact him directly via MySpace I'm sure he would be accomodating.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&frien did=2754977&MyToken=0c77e87e-517b-4201-8ebb-e2d9a900823a
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&frien did=43650254&MyToken=0c77e87e-517b-4201-8ebb-e2d9a900823a
sandyb
Cat-A-Tonic wrote:
Quote:
i'm also a Tod Dockstader fan - have you got the Aerial triple CD box? - it's very good.


No, I have Omniphony (with James Reichert), and Apocalypse.
Both are excellent.

Skozey Fetisch's first album Momma Key can often be found on ebay for extremely low prices. It is entirely composed of musique concrete and he claims that it includes several instances of EVP.
Mark C. Jackman is really brilliant, and incredibly quirky.
His records are also available through Dolor Del Estamago and if you contact him directly via MySpace I'm sure he would be accomodating.
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&frien did=2754977&MyToken=0c77e87e-517b-4201-8ebb-e2d9a900823a
http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&frien did=43650254&MyToken=0c77e87e-517b-4201-8ebb-e2d9a900823a


cool - i just picked up a copy of the Skozey Fetish album for $2.98! less than $10 including shipping to Ireland smile
i had a look/listen to the myspace links - definitely sounds good although not the easiest to actually read!
ndkent
Some random thoughts --

Matsuo Ohno parallels with Dosckstader in some ways. Though it doesn't resemble his later work that much, the original black and white episodes of "Astro Boy" (tetsuwan atomu) are fascinating listening for Ohno's musical electronic sound effects taking the place of incidental music. Avoid the color remakes.

Generally unless the prices are too jacked up (discs are generally US$25 to $30 retail in Japan + a reasonable amount for import costs meaning maybe $35 is fair but $45 might not be) you do want to get anything that interests you sooner rather than later because very few releases stay in print very long. Typically a label will press 1000 (maybe 500 at most 5000 of something rather "popular" when it comes to reissues) and won't necessarily make more. I think the strategy is to get people to preorder or buy right away.

http://www.sonore.com/ may be of interest for those looking for non-mainstream music. They are partly France-based and have ties with Jazzmutant (Lemur) as I recall.

YMO have been active the last few years under a few names depending on bandmember negotiations - HASYMO, Human Audio Sponge, Sketch Show. They are a bit more laid back + into glitch sounds these days. Their latest release was for mobile phone only and meant to sell a new model phone and service.

Logic System is still active and uses a mix of modern and vintage gear. Their newer releases seem rarely imported though some of their vintage albums were re-released for the first time in over a decade.

Susumu Hirasawa has been doing distinctive work for decades
http://noroom.susumuhirasawa.com/?ml_lang=en

some info on a number of artists
http://technopop.info
Dofkev
Thanks for this!
elsuturo
that is some of the most beautiful artwork i have ever seen!
de_raaf
this series rules!
Morley
Interesting! Must check some out..
e-grad
The "Obscure Tape Music of Japan" series is highly recommended. Of equal interest at leat to me is the "Oto no Hajimari wo Motomete" series.

Scroll down for the later:
http://homepage2.nifty.com/paganmusik/omega/foreign.html
Knobtwister
Merzbows early work is almost only tape music. Could be worth checking out if you're into weird tape manipulations smile
sandyb
hihi zombie bumped by somebody trying to hit their 50 posts to sell stuff i see!

anyway, great CDs

e-grad i've only got one of these - need to get the others at some point but they're pretty expensive.


Knobtwister
early merzbow is cool. some of it is being rereleased by blossoming noise.
e-grad
sandyb wrote:
e-grad i've only got one of these - need to get the others at some point but they're pretty expensive.

Yes, they are rather expensive yet they sell out rather quickly. Just noted that Vol 1 to 7 have no price tag that's why I guess they're out of stock.
toothless_wonder
Oh yes I 'got those

essantial stuff indeed !!!!!!!!!
toothless_wonder
If I may add my 2 cents If you enjoyed those edition Omega Point , I highly recommend this series by Sound3 Co.




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toothless_wonder
and Sandy I'd happily burn you a copy !
e-grad
You missed out Vol 7?
Kalerne
Slightly off-topic :

I got recently the reeissue of Jean-Claude Eloy CDs Gaku-No-Michi and Shanti. Amazing tape musique (?) / musique concrete (?) produced in NHK studios in the 70's.
I never heard it during performance and just had access to old vinyl. Those CDs are really It's peanut butter jelly time! .

The editor : Hors-Territoires



Tin Whiskers
Good score Sandy. I have a few of this series. Have to dig them out. I do recall Toshi Ichiyanagi having some terrifying and yet beautiful work. Uh .....just realized this thread was from 2008....time warp....bye 8_)
steamroom
i second the reccomendations of the Eloy's. The extended Gaku no Michi is especially good, and is an improvement over the poor Ades pressing (30 mins a side of full freq?). Both are essential. Fans of Roland Kayn and mid 70's Eliane Radigue will also dig it....

putney
Tobor
yeah
Ankh
Can you buy this obscure japanese music as downloads somewhere? Just checked the prices on the CDs.. eek!
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