Exciting updates, news & more Remixes & Beyond What we have been up to, you ask? We do not sleep here at BIINDS HQ, that is for certain. While we're slowly working on our new EP, a few remixes by us/for us have been released. First, we released "It is I (KvK Devil's […]
Title: "Nu_Polygon releases Dystopian City, a noir cyberpunk ambient odyssey in the same genre as 2814" Description: "Dystopian City is an album inspired by 2814 hypnagogic music and the more ambient side of vaporwave. Neo_Polygon's album is a mix of old computer sounds, mall music loops, ethereal pads, advertising snippets processed beyond recognition and commercial […]
Entropy Zero – Start a War Released through Position Music / Subterra Records / FiXT Music This project belongs to Maks_SF, who has already established himself as a successful composer capable of combining a broad variety of genres within his music. Alongside with his other projects and writing for games and commercials, he became "Entropy […]
According to Human Ear Music‘s info on “Demonstration Disc” (2017, CD/DL, HEM), the recent release by Jason Grier, “issues of labor theory, social practice, and sonic activism underly an abstract surface worked and re-worked toward a hallucinatory depth of field. Loud, decadent, irreverent, and cinematic, Demonstration Disc sounds like mashing down all the preset buttons […]
Montreal-based sound-artist, performer and composer Nicolas Bernier recently dropped a new release on the label of Acte community (grouping some experimental sound artists on an edge of innovation, who are active in Montreal area). According to the introduction by the label, Transfert/Futur, the title of this release “marks a shift from Nicolas Bernier’s rather reductionist approach […]
The inventive Finnish-American guitar explorer Raoul Björkenheim recently released “Doors of Perception”, his third album on Cuneiform together with eCsTaSy, his brilliant band consisting of the brilliant drummer Markku Ounaskari – Raoul’s long-lasting partner in art -, the young hyperactive saxophonist Pauli Lyytinen, and the bassist Jori Huhtala. “In a way, it is countercultural,” Björkenheim […]
The inventive Australian experimental producer Ross Manning recently dropped “Reflex In Waves”, which is more a co-production between Lawrence English’s imprint Room40 and Brisbane’s Institute of Modern Art, related to Manning’s first survey exhibition, titled Dissonant Rhythms. Before Ross starts an already-announced tour to bring this exhibition to many places throughout Australia (in ten venues […]
WOODY APLANALP’S BONSAI UNIVERSE SET TO RELEASE MOONSTREAM (Release Date: February 5, 2018) “From the far out reaches of space comes the latest release from Bonsai Universe.The band is the brainchild of musician Woody Aplanalp and his new album "Moonstream" is performed, produced and mixed by himself. Aplanalp has worked with well-established artists like Bobby […]
Founded in 1988, The Cascades are a Gothic/Post Punk Rock band from Germany. Their style is old-school goth (think Sisters of Mercy) with a modern, artistic sensibility. Over the years they’ve gone through some personnel changes but the band now consists of M. W. Wild – vocals; Morientes de Silva – guitar; and Markus Muller […]
Newsflash: 5th December 2017 www.coldspring.co.uk firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: +44 (0) 1663 749491 COLD SPRING RELEASES – PSYCHIC TV- OUT 23/01 PSYCHIC TV ‘KONDOLE / DEAD CAT‘ 2 x CD + DVD (CSR246CD) £23 Cold Spring are proud to announce “Kondole / Dead Cat” – a double CD and DVD collection, presented in a lavish 8-panel matt […]
Autumn releases wave 1, Fleck ESC live set & Nexus 23 guest mix UK producer Nexus 23 is back for his second sortie on Bass Agenda Recordings. 23 Theory, in short, is audio anarchy at its finest – giving the finger to convention and trends. Four tracks of fast and furious broken beats, wonky basslines […]
Anni Hogan of Willing Sinners, La Magia and Marc & The Mambas fame, has a new album ready titled “Lost in Blue”. ‘Lost in Blue’ is a musical odyssey, says Anni. Her blueness began with seeing Derek Jarman’s BLUE at IMAX in 2014 that helped ignite a big surge in her creativity plus she was listening to a […]
DEISON / DEVIS B e e s (Luce Sia, 042) Released on black C40, limited to 60 numbered copies with download code. Listen / Buy / Download “After a split cassette in 1997, «Bees» is in fact the first collaboration ever between the two historical Italian experimenters Deison and Devis G.* Deison and Devis worked […]
Mostly known as the drummer and the percussionist of the appreciated band The Necks, Tony Buck recently dropped a solo-release ‘Unearth’ on Lawrence English’s label Room40. Better-informed music lovers know that Tony’s activity is much more widespread over the contemporary scene: he extensively played, toured and performed with well-respected projects/musicians such as The EX, Jon […]
“Chasing Towers” is the new digital EP by Noisebrigade and it will be out on November 23rd on Bandcamp (www.noisebrigadeitaly.bandcamp.com) and the main digital retails to download and stream. Why is it titled “Chasing Towers”? Towers don’t go really far. Well, the towers the title is referring to are the ones of the tarot cards, […]
SYNTH NEWS from Slovakia! New compilation CD called SYNTH SLOVAKIA 2017 is released today on 11.11.2017. It is a collection of 15 synth-pop electro oriented bands/projects based in Slovakia. MONTE ROSA / MISSandTROOPS / THE SILENCE / SOUND MINISTERS / PROJEKT203 / IMIAFAN / H.O.H / BLACK ROSE / MARTIN JOY / FORCE / CORIOLIS […]
Mushroom’s Patience – From the Mountain – Lp SPQR XLVI – Black Vinyl + Postcards – ltd 64 copies Special Silver Edition – 14 € One of the most important releases in Mushroom’s Patience history is now re released in a very limited edition featuring 3 exclusive alternative cover postcards. This psychedelic masterpiece is […]
MUTE: NOVEMBER 2017 THROBBING GRISTLE – 40TH ANNIVERSARY REISSUES On November 24th, 2017 The Second Annual Report, presented as a limited edition white vinyl will be released in the original packaging and also on double CD. Additionally, 20 Jazz Funk Greats will be released on green vinyl / double CD plus The Taste Of TG: A Beginner’s Guide to Throbbing Gristle. This will […]
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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