OUT NOW! NM078: GLICE – FLEISCH III (tape (limited to 55 copies) / digital) Three years after initiating their Fleisch-series of cassette/download albums with manipulated live recordings, the Dutch noise group Glice (Ruben Braeken and Melle Kromhout) presents the third and final installment. Fleisch III takes the process of editing and rearranging concert recordings to […]
Industrial/Rock band 51 PEG are pleased to announce the release of their new album AVOID. This is their first release after a 14 year hiatus. Check out the video for "NOCTRL" HERE:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7DX_2zY8mo After garnering a following in the Mid-Atlantic region in the mid-2000's and sharing the stage with acts such as 30 Seconds to Mars, […]
THE NENT“Vulner” CD/LP (136th Cycle) We welcome Berlin based Italian Vince Gagliardi and his audiovisual project The Nent, who’s dream-like aesthetic is rooted in a passion for broken ambient textures, eerie field recordings and poignant percussive elements. His debut album “Vulner“ (mastered at Dadub Studio) offers 3 long progressions with explosive culminations. Mostly composed with field […]
TOR LUNDVALL ANNOUNCES A STRANGENESS IN MOTION: EARLY POP RECORDINGS 1989-1999OUT APRIL 26 ON DAIS RECORDSLISTEN TO “THE MELTING HOUR” HERE As a visual artist and ambient composer, Tor Lundvall’s work often re-contextualizes the familiarity of everyday life through abstraction and space. Starting with the snapshot of a moment, Lundvall extracts its underlying complexity of the seemingly mundane and gives sleeping suggestion […]
– GLICE – FLEISCH III (NM078 Limited Cassette edition / Download) – GLICE | COEN OSCAR POLACK – DEAR BODY (NM079 Limited Cassette edition / Download) 01.03.2019 www.narrominded.com / glice.bandcamp.com Three years after initiating their FLEISCH-series of cassette/download albums with manipulated live recordings, the Dutch noise group Glice (Ruben Braeken and Melle Kromhout) presents the […]
Norwegian visionary artist MORTIIS keeps celebrating his Era 1! Today Mortiis presents his new video “Visions of an Ancient Future.” The videoclip has been written, directed and produced by Ari Savonen. The Finnish director Ari Savonen is known for his work on “Takapihan Pojat: Joulutarina” (2011), “Törkypukki vol. 2” (2016) and “Backwood Madness” (2019). Check […]
ONLY NOW Announces ETERNAL BINDING EP Released 22ND MARCH 2019 A new three track EP featuring amorphous shadings of black metal / industrial & febrile kuduro rhythms RIYL Sunn O))), Principe Discos & Zoviet France PRE-ORDER DL STREAM Only Now is the project of San Francisco based producer & DJ Kush Arora. An established figure operating […]
‘Open Sea' is now available on Spotify and all other music streaming platforms! LISTEN HERE: Spotify Deezer Apple Music YouTube 'The long awaited new LP from Hunter Complex features ten tracks of supreme synth goodness that are at the same time retro and totally futuristic. It’s musically rich in ideas: melodies intertwine with soaring synths […]
Norwegian visionary artist MORTIIS keeps celebrating his Era 1! Today Mortiis presents his new video “Visions of an Ancient Future.” The videoclip has been written, directed and produced by Ari Savonen. The Finnish director Ari Savonen is known for his work on “Takapihan Pojat: Joulutarina” (2011), “Törkypukki vol. 2” (2016) and “Backwood Madness” (2019). View […]
Dabrye’s Three/Three Instrumentals out Feb 22Listen to “Nova” Here “Instead of bowing to current trends, Dabrye burrows further into gritty ’90s boom-bap and proto-electronic influences, weaving internationally-sourced samples into his intricately layered compositions.” – Pitchfork In 2018, Ann Arbor’s Tadd Mullinix made his long-awaited return with Three/Three, a razor-sharp rap album that brought to completion a prophetic trilogy. But any Dabryefan knows it’s […]
February 20, 2019 – Dark Electronic Duo HOT PINK SATAN has released a seductively enticing official music video for their single, "Breathe." Directed/Filmed/Edited by allinaline, "Breathe" is the pair's second single off of their October 2018 released LP, Spells. Check out the video for "Breathe" Here:https://bit.ly/2GUMxa0 '"Breathe" is about connection. It's one of our favorite […]
Wisconsin-based dark synthpop act MISSING IN STARS is very proud to announce the release of ECHO POINT on CD with 2 additional remix tracks. For fans of VNV Nation & Front 242. ECHO POINT Tracklist: 1. Frail – 05:12 2. A Lonely Love Song – 05:43 3. I Fall… – 05:47 4. Chair of Sorrow […]
Someone says that silence is an impossible condition. A confirmation could come by the renowned talent of French multidisciplinary artist Julien Bayle, who decided to isolate himself in the very quiet Mechanical & Acoustic Research Lab LMA-CNRS’ anechoic room during the summer of 2016 with the intent to explore his own inner silence during a […]
"17 Encores" follows the previous work by Daniele Bogon (published exclusively in digital format and with the name Alley), enriching the 10 tracks contained in "17" with 5 other tracks.Through an imaginary landscape made of soft lights and shadows, between moments of total abstraction in the Absolute to more evocative moments of cinematic inspiration, the […]
The first OM tape of this year will be released on 31/01/19 – the second part in our ongoing Echonomy Split Series, which might be only a split of sorts this time: Le Mépris/Le Mépris. 40 tapes + DL-Code, artwork, as always, from Dicey Studios. Look and listen: https://otomatikmuziek.bandcamp.com/album/echonomy-split-series-2 Echonomy Series is looking to select […]
Norwegian visionary artist MORTIIS proudly announces his return to North America in 2019! The godfather of dungeon synth is set to embark on a 10-date trek from March 28th to April 7th 2019. After playing in Europe (including several festivals), Russia, Australia, Mexico and South America, MORTIIS will perform his Era 1 material in USA […]
Paulina Cassidy: Phantom GardensAvailable from Projekt website / Bandcamp Dreampop, swirling atmospheric, and luscious fairytale-like dreams…“Both earthly and ethereal, her music, lyrics and images guide us through an alluring world that seems strange yet familiar, distant but as close as your heart. The veil of the dreamworld is near; the Eternal Feminine is calling.” -Steve Davis, Associate […]
Israeli darkwave/electronic artist LIYA is pleased to announce the release of her new digital EP, LISTEN. For fans of: The Birthday Massacre & Depeche ModeLIYA TREBITCH is a singer/songwriter from Tel-Aviv, Israel. From playing the piano and composing since the age of 5, LIYA started making electronic music at the age of 23. Inspired by […]
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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