“Sound Flocking” is the recording of Long龙 performance of 21st January 2018 at Studio Museo Francesco Messina in Milan, for the finissage of Vanni Cuoghi “Invisible Sun” (curated by Nicoletta Castellaneta and Giancarlo Lacchin). The performance is a path between sound and graphic design, and the concept of the exhipbition is embedded in the sing-shape […]
Soft and warm harmonies meet technical sounds, dreamy melodies meet bizarre tone patterns. Accentuated Beats, Sequences, sometimes minimalistic at another time powerful, Cosmic Spheres and Speech Quotes are put together to exciting compositions, that are accompanied by bizarre and sometimes excentric sound creations and strange vocal-samples. The atmospherically-flowing tracks seem to play with feelings of […]
A new EP by Ten Grams, project that sees the Piatto brothers dealing with electro sounds with a bit of techno flavour, is available for pre-ordering at their Bandcamp page. Five tracks new tracks for you to enjoy!
Hello, in the following you can find our new HANDS releases for April. All releases will be available at FORMS OF HANDS 18: V.A. . FORMS OF HANDS 18 . limited cd MONOLITH . Falling Dreams . cd ONTAL . Afflux 2014-2016 . cd MASCHINENKRIEGER KR52 VS. DISRAPTOR . Riot . cd BLAC KOLOR . […]
SWEDISH ELECTRO SCENE facebook page presents its new compilation ‘Swedish electro vol 5’. The compilation released on Sunday April 29th and it’s available for free dowloading. It contains 49 tracks in totalby artists like Machinista, Uncreated, Train To Spain, Vogon Poetry,Lucifer’s Aid,Red Cell, Johan Baeckstrom, Endless Shame, Presence of Mind, Denormal,Mechatronic,KAOS!, White Birches and many […]
CHRIS CARTER (live) SOPHIE COLETTA (DJ set) at the ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN, London. WEDNESDAY, 23 MAY 2018 8PM -12AM £10 BUY TICKETS HERE The terror which Schönberg and Webern spread, today as in the past, comes not from their incomprehensibility but from the fact that they are all too correctly understood. Their music gives form […]
A BelÃten Announcement Two new releases from Distel and Blitzkrieg Baby We’re honored and pleased to welcome two perennial Beläten favorites back into the fold. Both Distel and Blitzkrieg Baby have been and continue to be at the very pinnacle of post-avantgarde pop, and these two releases are no different. Both titles are available now […]
After grabbing sounds and field recordings all over the world, where she also traveled for anthropology research, Zoë McPherson started putting the first bricks for the transmedia project String Figures (an audiovisual project in 7 chapters plus a vinyl, recently released by SVS Records) together. In her own words, “I edit, add beats, synths, vox etc […]
Here it is, a very interesting interview with Australian sound artist and electroacoustic producer Thembi Soddell, following the listening of her recent album “Love Songs” (coming out on Room40). Published alongside an extensive book outlining more literal readings of her ideas of sonic affect, contemporary relationships and the nature of becoming, Thembi explained its title […]
“Last Night” (out on the Swiss label Hallow Ground) is the first studio album in five years by zK, the bicephalous project by Mark Godwin and Gareth Ormerod. Entirely recorded in Bangkok, Godwin’s new hometown, and drawing on sampling and musique concrete techniques, “Last Night” manages to render the nervous energy of the Thai capital […]
40% Record Store Day weekend discounts on Bass Agenda vinyl! Expiring tonight at midnight (UK time) More Bass Junkie stock added! Use code ‘rsd2018‘ at the Bandcamp checkout when you buy these releases Detroit’s Filthiest (aka DJ Nasty) – Descent Into Darkness & Go Nuclear – Machine Learning Carl Finlow & Dez Williams Split EP Bass […]
SPECIAL VINYL/DISC DAY 2018 April 21, 2018 Dear friends, For the 2018 Vinyl/Disc Day, we have prepared original rare items from our collection, in very limited editions with additional original prints, signed and numbered for collectors! Please, order directly to baintotal[at]wanadoo.fr before the eBay auctions. As everything is very limited, please, reserve your copies as […]
Attention Gang Members: New EP: ‘Complicit’ OUT NOW! Gang of Four today release a new EP, ‘Complicit’. Co-produced by the band’s Andy Gill, alongside Ben Hillier (Blur, Depeche Mode) and Ross Orton (M.I.A., Arctic Monkeys), the EP includes previous singles ‘Lucky’ and ‘Ivanka (Things You Can’t Have)’, with artwork that captures the President’s daughter alongside […]
TAPHEPHOBIA “Ghostwood” CD (103rd Cycle) New deeply introspective album by Norway’s Taphephobia. Opting for a slightly cleaner sonic palette than previous releases using less processed sounds and a more natural sounding approach to his guitar work, Ketil Soraker pushes what is now considered as Taphephobia’s signature sound. In the vein of his previous Cyclic Law […]
WHITE RING ANNOUNCES GATE OF GRIEF LP THEIR FIRST RELEASE IN EIGHT YEARS OUT JUNE 22 ON ROCKET GIRL RECORDS STREAM THE FIRST SINGLE ‘LEPROSY’ HERE “Fantastically dark as it fuses slo-mo hip-hop and distorted trance its scare comes in how seductive if it is.” – Loud & Quiet “Less shoegazers-on-codeine, more Fuck-Buttons-go-mad-in-a-crypt.” – […]
Dear friends, we have plenty of great news and releases to present you: Tommy ’86, Snowbeasts, Fresh Flesh Flash, Mlada Fronta, Gary Marx, Sweet William … Welcome to our April 2018 newsletter ! ☆ ☆ TOMMY ’86 “Freedom to obey” new album out soon, pre-orders open ☆ ☆ After his successful last album on Blood Music, […]
A mix of Opera style vocals, ambient, drone and electronica – released at the end of March 2018 – CD (limited edition) & digital "6X0” is an album built on contrasts, between lights and shadows, sacred and profane, good and evil. Alberto Nemo (‘) seems to come from this world and his music is as […]
Out Now! NORDVARGR “Metempsychosis” CD/CS (108th Cycle) CD & CS as well as the limited run of Nordvargr T-Shirts are shipping this week. LP Version will ship by the end of April. The RAISON D’ÊTRE “Alchymeia” LP will also ship this week! Thank you for your patience. sincerely, Frederic NORDVARGR “Metempsychosis” CD/LP/CS (108th Cycle) With great honour […]
Venus Fly Trap have just released on red vinyl their 2007 compilation “Methamorphosis”, which contains eleven songs taken from their albums.
The band was formed by Alex (vocals) and John Novak (guitar, vocals), and Tony Booker on bass guitar prior to their debut twelve-inch single “Morphine” in March 1988. They had a mini-album ‘Mars, in 1989 on the French label Danceteria. They made 2 more albums for Danceteria, ‘Totem’ in 1990 and ‘Pandoras box’ in ’92.
Alex reformed the band with Andy Denton (drums), Gary Lennon (guitar), and Neil Ridley (bass) releasing the album Luna Tide in 1995. They toured Europe extensively, building up a large fanbase, but by 2004 the permanent members were down to ALEX AND Andy, bringing out the album ‘Zenith’ in 2004.
At the moment the band is back in the studio working on new material but in the meantime these classic tracks are released on great sounding vinyl in a collectors package.
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I recently had the chance and pleasure to listen to two releases by Japanese composer Chihei Hatakeyma: his solo album “Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains” (Room40) and “Falling Sun”, a collaborative release he made together with Tom Honey aka Good Weather, released by Rural Colours. I recommend listening to both releases and digging deep into Chihei’s sonic output, but in the meantime I wish to introduce him, his outlook on music and the interesting interconnection between him and Japanese culture.
Chain D.L.K.: Good morning Mr.Hatakeyama! How are you?
Chihei Hatakeyama: Hello, I’m fine.
Chain D.L.K.: Your native country has given a number of very good ambient music makers in recent years, but I don’t express my admiration enough if I say your sound has something more, as it points straight at listener’s emotions, even when it seems to describe an environment. Would you say so?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I would say so. I try not to have a particular awareness or ambition to “make ambient music”.
Chain D.L.K.: Before speaking about your recent releases, could you describe your very first steps on the rich sonic scene?
Chihei Hatakeyama: For “Ghostly Garden”, I already had a clear concept in my mind, so I made the album to meet that concept. I tried to make a drone sound that utilizes the taste of sound files, without using melodies in “Ghostly Garden”.
Chain D.L.K.: Are there any features that distinguish ambient music makers or followers from other sound artists, listeners or musicians?
Chihei Hatakeyama: Modern ambient music has absorbed many different musical styles, such as modern classical, contemporary music or rock influenced Grouper. Compared to other music genres, I think one of the peculiarities of ambient music is that it has not been influenced by traditional communities, countries or regional gatherings. I feel that it is a very personal musical expression within this modern globalized world.
Chain D.L.K.: I remember a quote on ambient music – I think I heard it in a track by Pete Namlook – who described ambient as a music “that angels meditate to”. What do you think about this description? Do you have one for you music?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I think that the phrase is poetic and expanding. It’s a good description. I do not have any description for my music, but I’m always conscious about the sense of time passing by. When I make music, I release the tracks that make the listener feel like he/she is going into the sound.
Chain D.L.K.: You used to play guitar in rock bands when you were younger, but have you ever had any interest in “youngster” genres since then?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I don’t listen often to rock music. I used to listen to rock bands such as Metallica, Megadeth or Pantera. I often listen to old recordings of traditional folk music. The songs of mine workers in Nepal, music from Southeast Asia, India, Africa and so on.
Chain D.L.K.: Japan is often considered as an emblem of the balance between progress and tradition. Do you agree with such a description? How does Japan influence your sound?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I grew up in Japan, so, in some sense, I think you can say that everything of me is influenced by Japan. Sometimes the natural environment or history of Japan directly influences the concept of my albums. I’m inspired by those topics. When we consider the fact that John Cage was influenced by a Japanese Zen Philosopher and Brian Eno by John Cage when he founded ambient music, we could say that ambient music matches Japanese culture. There is also the pioneering role of the Zen influenced tea ceremony, Sen no Rikyu, who made tea utensils very simple and modern. It might be interesting to think about the relationship between the tea ceremony and ambient music.
Chain D.L.K.: Your music sounds ethereal and concrete, at the same time. Do you think that such a coexistence between “tangible” and “intangible” could be better represented than by sound or music?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I like the fluctuations between “tangible” and “intangible”. I like things that are in between things, for example what is in between modern and postmodern.
Sometimes I get lost when I compose music: I sometimes cannot decide if I should use representational sounds or abstract sounds; sometimes, I get confused about how I want to make a track elapse. I find it interesting that these confusions come straight out of the compositions, so, recently, I tried to reproduce those confusions in my tracks.
Chain D.L.K.: Let’s speak about your lovely new album. First of all, how did you enter room40?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I have known room40 since the early two thousands. In 2007, Lawrence English contacted me. After that, I released an album, “saunter”, in 2009, with the room40 label.
Chain D.L.K.: How did you make the textural mantle of each track? Have you manipulated “real” objects or inoculated frequencies around them?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I often record the electric guitar, and later process those materials using a computer or outboard processors. However, for “Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains”, I think I just recorded the sounds of my guitar without processing them on most of the tracks. I also used an analogue synthesizer on some tracks.
Chain D.L.K.: A title like “Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains” sounds really poetic. Does it have any connection with the compositional aspects or the way you shaped the sounds?
Chihei Hatakeyama: The title “Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains” certainly depicts a scenery with the moon shining over a mountain. This album started out with my visit in the Nara prefecture in 2009. Nara has an older history than Kyoto, and is not too refined, having still the atmosphere of early Japan, and it is also the place where many historical events and myths took place. I walked mainly around central Nara, which is the birthplace of the Yamato government. I also did some field recordings. Nara is a basin surrounded by mountains. The title comes from a scene where those mountains are gazed with moonlight. The ancestor god of the current Japanese emperor’s family is a sun goddess named Amaterasu, and Amaterasu has a brother named Tsukiyomi who is a moon god. There is a hypothesis that Tsukiyomi was an important ritual subject, and that is why I chose the moon.
Chain D.L.K.: Where did you take the field recordings of “A Bronze Pike”?
Chihei Hatakeyama: The field recordings used in “A Bronze Pike” were not recorded in one location. I collaged several field recordings from scenes such as a street corner in Nara at night, the front of the Hashihaka tomb in south Nara and also singing workers in Paris.
Chain D.L.K.: In spite of titles like “Mausoleum” or “Phantom Voice”, there is nothing really menacing or horrific in your tracks. Is such a discordance intentional?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I named the tracks on this album following the theme, which is the history of Nara and Japan. “Mausoleum” depicts my impression, actually the shock I had when I visited the Hashihaka tomb. This Hashihaka tomb is one of the oldest tombs in Japan – a very beautiful Keyhole shaped tomb. Onryo worshiping (Revengeful ghost worshiping) has had an important role in Japanese history, and the title “Phantom Voice” comes from an impression, or maybe a delusion that evoked from a spiritual experience I had when I was walking around Nara late at night.
Chain D.L.K.: “Journey To The Imaginary Paradise” is one of my favourite moments of the whole album. Why THE imaginary Paradise and not AN Imaginary Paradise?
Chihei Hatakeyama: This track was inspired from a god named Okuninushi Mikoto, who appears in Japanese myths. He was the king of earth, but he eventually gave away his position and went to another world. I wanted to express the place that he went to by using the word THE.
Chain D.L.K.: What can you say about the cover artwork?
Chihei Hatakeyama: The artwork is a photograph of a Torii built in front of a shrine. This Torii is made out of stones. Although it is difficult to tell from this picture, this Torii faces the sea. Japanese shrines currently have buildings on their grounds, but I think that their early form was simple, just placing a Torii that is made out of ropes, in front of a natural scenery, such as mountains, sea, stones and trees. There was a shrine that had only a Torii in Nara, so I decided to use a Torii for the cover art.
Chain D.L.K.: One of your recent releases that reached my headphones was the collaborative piece with Tom Honey, better known as Good Weather For An Airstrike, on Rural Colours. Can you tell us something about “Falling Sun”?
Chihei Hatakeyama: On this album, we exchanged each sound file using email. “Falling Sun” uses many instruments: electric guitar, vibraphone and field recordings. It creates scenes that people might visit during “Falling Sun” .
Chain D.L.K.: Any forthcoming collaborations or releases?
Chihei Hatakeyama: I have several solo projects in progress now and I am working in collaboration with Dirk Serries, Ken Ikeda and Eraldo Bernocchi.
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