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Improvised Music from Japan 2009 [book + 3 CDs]

Various Artists: Improvised Music from Japan 2009 [book + 3 CDs] (Improvised Music From Japan)

Improvised Music from Japan 2009 takes a look at 33 improvised/experimental music festivals and concert series in Japan through articles and 3 CDs with 31 tracks.

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UPC: 9784990229733

Label: Improvised Music From Japan
Catalog ID: IMJ-310-312
Squidco Product Code: 12591

Format: BOOK + 3 CDs
Condition: Sale (New)
Released: 2009
Country: Japan
Packaging: Book with 3 CDs


Katsura Mouri


Takahiro Hirama

Riuichi Daijo

Taichi Furudate

Suzueri/Jyoji Sawada/Takuji Kawai



Hiroyuki Ura

Segments String Quartet


Kanta Horio


Mitsuteru Takeuchi

Madoka Kouno



Hayato Kurosawa/Hiroshi Kato

Takuma Makino/Manabu Suzuki/Junichi Hamaji

Koji Saito

chihei hatakeyama

Satoshi Kanda

Shinichi Isohata

Shinjiro Yamaguchi

Satoshi Yashiro

Takehiro Nishide/Bunsho Nishikawa

Kanichiro Oda

Makoto Oshiro




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track listing:

Disc 1

1. Katsura Mouri - Chess Piece (2:41)
Recorded at KM2 Studio, Kyoto, February 2009
Mixed and edited by Katsura Mouri

2. Jyurin - Untitled (6:57)
Matt Richelson: guitar
Shayne Bowden: electronics
Recorded live at art space tetra, Fukuoka, June 14, 2009

3. Takahiro Hirama - ratiug (4:33)
Takahiro Hirama: iBook G4; GarageBand; MIDI piano; 4'33" aif file; e, a, d, g, b, e (each second)

4. Riuichi Daijo - Dead Pan Smiles #59-04 (4:20)
Riuichi Daijo: guitar
Recorded live at PlanB, Tokyo, June 26, 2009

5. Taichi Furudate - from contact mic to contact mic (6:59)
Taichi Furudate: compact mixer, 4 contact microphones
Recorded by Taichi Furudate at his home, August 12, 2009

6. Suzueri/Jyoji Sawada/Takuji Kawai - aLiCe (5:22)
Suzueri: vocal
Jyoji Sawada: contrabass
Takuji Kawai: piano
Composition by Jyoji Sawada; words from a poem in Through the Looking-Glass, by Lewis Carroll
Recorded by Isamu Iguchi at IAMAS in 2005
Mixed by Hidenobu Ito in 2009
Originally released on the album Licentia Poetica (Elegant Disc, ELECD-10) on November 4, 2009

7. hum [masaya sasaki + yuki kaneko] - Isolate Tiny Oscillation (7:00)
Recorded by hum at Hiyodori Studio, July 2009
Mixed by hum

8. Mimiz - edit 090111 (7:00)
Satoshi Fukushima: processing
Kensuke Tobitani: instruments
Yoshihisa Suzuki: instruments
Recorded live by Mimiz at Enban Jamboree, Shibuya O-nest, Tokyo, January 11, 2009
Edited by Mimiz

9. Hiroyuki Ura - Attitude (2:08)
Recorded by Hiroyuki Ura at his home, May 26, 2009

10. Segments String Quartet - sky (15:10)
Kazushige Kinoshita: violin
Hiroki Chiba: violin
Nanko Kumon: cello
Yoko Ikeda: violin
Composition by Kazushige Kinoshita
Recorded live at Segment Project Vol. 6, Loop-Line, Tokyo, September 25, 2009

Disc 2

1. BOBO (Ken Ando) - Black Chino (6:16)
Recorded by Ken Ando at Otsuka Orange Studio, August 26, 2009

2. Kanta Horio - Recording 090814 (3:46)
Kanta Horio: 2 solenoids, 2 piezoelectric elements, ATmega168P
Recorded by Kanta Horio at 4nchor5 la6, Tokyo, August 14, 2009

3. SEED MOUTH - Repeated Gray (7:00)
SEED MOUTH (Hirohito Taneguchi): Roland SH-09, 2 CD players, BOSS ME-50
Recorded by SEED MOUTH at SEED Bedroom Studio, August 6, 2009

4. Mitsuteru Takeuchi - cd music (7:00)
Recorded in August 2009
*Please keep the CD player's fast forward button pressed down as you listen to this track. (Do not use headphones.)

5. Madoka Kouno - recorded recording (7:00)
Recorded in Tokyo, January 2009

6. Bon-no-Kubo (4:39)
Masahiko Ota: guitar
Shintarou Takasugi: contrabass
Naoto Yamagishi: drums, percussion
Recorded by Takuya Abe at AMIGO Studio, Irima, May 21, 2009
Mixed and mastered by Takuya Abe, May 31, 2009

7. sisforsound - Track 1 (5:39)
Yuko Mohri: vocal, foot keyboard
Wataru Kitamura: guitar
Keiichi Nakano: drums
Recorded by sisforsound at Rinky Dink Studio, Tokyo, April 28, 2004

8. Hayato Kurosawa/Hiroshi Kato - INAFUJI ver. 1 (6:57)
Hayato Kurosawa: acoustic guitar
Hiroshi Kato: electronics
Recorded at Inafuji, Tokyo, June 17, 2009

9. Takuma Makino/Manabu Suzuki/Junichi Hamaji - layered music op. 1-1 (8:54)
Takuma Makino: electric guitar
Manabu Suzuki: self-made electronics
Junichi Hamaji: soprano saxophone, live electronics
Composition by Junichi Hamaji
Recorded live at grid605, March 15, 2009
Mixed by Junichi Hamaji, April 4, 2009

10. Koji Saito - 33 (5:30)
Recorded by Koji Saito at his home in 2008

Disc 3

1. chihei hatakeyama - Last Night (6:56)
Composition by chihei hatakeyama
Recorded and mixed by chihei hatakeyama

2. Satoshi Kanda - Milk Bottle on Bass Guitar (6:37)
Recorded in Satoshi Kanda's bedroom in Febrary 2009

3. Shinichi Isohata - Simple Drawing (3:31)
Shinichi Isohata: guitar
Recorded by Shinichi Isohata at his home, September 11, 2009

4. Shinjiro Yamaguchi - Hanarete (7:00)
Recorded by Shinjiro Yamaguchi at his home in May 2009

5. Satoshi Yashiro - Rolling up a 25-meter strip of hook-and-loop tape in a room (6:53)
Recorded in August 2009
A recorded work reenacting, at the artist's home, an installation produced in 2007. A recording was made of the sound of a 25-meter-long strip of Velcro-type tape being rolled up by a computer-controlled motor.

6. Takehiro Nishide/Bunsho Nishikawa - Nish "Din" (3:01)
Takehiro Nishide: guitar
Bunsho Nishikawa: guitar
Recorded by Bunsho Nishikawa at Bridge, Osaka, April 2006
Edited by Bunsho Nishikawa in August 2009

7. Kanichiro Oda - Pouring into Water (two liters of water poured from a PET bottle into a river) (0:31)

8. Makoto Oshiro - Piped Unellion, Wind and a Doze (7:00)
During my performance at an outdoor concert that was curated by a friend at a park located in Kofu, Yamanashi, the wind started to blow when I was playing around with feedbacks created between a piezo mike attached to a very thin metal panel and a speaker attached to a resonating tube. The unexpected interference caused by the wind flapping the metal panel was quite interesting, so I ended up playing along with that throughout the whole performance. This was an impressive incident, so I tried to reproduce the effect at home using the wind of a fan heater blowing towards the same setup. Contrary to what happened outdoors, the response was rather delicate in a way particular to closed spaces. The wind of the fan heater ended up making most of the sounds after I attached a spring and weight to the metal panel and hung a small piece of corallite right beside the metal panel. The only work I did during this recording was the obstructing of wind and the triggering of feedbacks. Actually, I sometimes fell asleep during the recording, which went on for a few hours, but that added an amusing spice to it so I decided to leave that portion in as the title. (Makoto Oshiro)

9. Tetragrammaton - Aim of Attention (6:53)
TOMO: violin, hurdy gurdy
Cal Lyall: tabletop guitar
Ken Nobunaga: drums

10. shotahirama - Music for Narita Airport (6:47)
shotahirama: Reaktor 5, Elektron Machinedrum, Elektron Monomachine, Waldorf Blofeld, AT2020
Sound material recorded by shotahirama at Narita Airport in September 2009

11. Saya (7:00)
Saya: piano
Recorded by Saya at her home, October 14, 2009
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"Improvised Music from Japan 2009 takes a look at improvised/experimental music festivals and concert series in Japan. Covered in the magazine are 33 of the many festival/series events taking place around the country. The articles (some written by the organizers themselves, others based on interviews of the organizers conducted in person or by e-mail) reveal the ideas, aims and feelings of the people on the small improvised/experimental music scene who work tirelessly to hold these events on an ongoing basis. There's also an appendix with photos taken at the 2008 Ftarri Festival Tokyo. In addition to the 128-page magazine (all bilingual English-Japanese), there are 3 CDs with a total of 31 tracks by 31 artists/groups, for an amazing range of music.

The names of the events covered in the articles and the writers/interviewees are: Test Tone/Cal Lyall, AFTERWARDS/Makoto Oshiro and chihei hatakeyama, Asian Meeting Festival/Otomo Yoshihide, archetype/Yoichiro Shin, SOUNDROOM/Yasufumi Suzukie, Now Music Arts (NMA)/Yoshiaki Numayama, Ongakusai/Taichi Furudate, series/Satoshi Kanda, Yokohama Impromusica Fes'/Minol Umemoto, Another Perspective on Free Improvisation at Sound Cafe dzumi/Hisashi Terauchi, Open Your Ears and Kurikura Music Meeting/Kyoko Kuroda, Jazz Art Sengawa/Koichi Makigami, tide/perch/yuki kaneko, Magical Mystery Hour/Junichi Uchida, nami to kami/Atsuhito Inukai, Avant-garde Action Music Festival/Hirohito Taneguchi, Ompasha Live/Satoshi Nakazawa, P-hour/Takeshi Tamura, PARARA/Katsura Mouri, Deep Listening Chair Festival/Shota Hirama, ATAK NIGHT/Keiichiro Shibuya, KOH-CHO-KAI/Tetsuro Yasunaga, The Multi-dimensionality of Music/Tomomi Adachi, Arts Festival of the New Generation/Masato Kouchi, Instrumentalize/Minoru Sato, PERSPECTIVE EMOTION/Chie Mukai and Tetsuya Miyata, Against/Shayne Bowden, Experimental Music Recital/Hayato Kurosawa, Taku Sugimoto Composition Series and Chamber Music Concert/Taku Sugimoto, Segments Project/Kazushige Kinoshita."-IMJ

Table of Contents:

4: Test Tone by Cal Lyall

7: AFTERWARDS--Makoto Oshiro/chihei hatakeyama e-mail interview by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

8: Asian Meeting Festival by Otomo Yoshihide

18: archetype--Yoichiro Shin e-mail interview by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

19: SOUNDROOM--Yasufumi Suzukie-mail interview by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

20: Now Music Arts (NMA) by Yoshiaki Numayama

24: Ongakusai by Taichi Furudate

25: series by Satoshi Kanda

26: Yokohama Impromusica Fes'--Minol Umemoto interview by Jun Numata

32: Another Perspective on Free Improvisation at Sound Cafe dzumi--Hisashi Terauchi e-mail interview by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

34: Open Your Ears/Kurikura Music Meeting by Kyoko Kuroda

38: Jazz Art Sengawa--Koichi Makigami interview by Jun Numata

44: tide/perch by yuki kaneko

46: Magical Mystery Hour by Junichi Uchida

47: nami to kami by Atsuhito Inukai

48: Avant-garde Action Music Festival by Hirohito Taneguchi

51: Ompasha Live--Satoshi Nakazawa e-mail interview by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

52: P-hour by Takeshi Tamura

57: PARARA by Katsura Mouri

58: Deep Listening Chair Festival by Shota Hirama

60: ATAK NIGHT--Keiichiro Shibuya interview by Yoshiyuki Suzuki

71: KOH-CHO-KAI by Tetsuro Yasunaga

72: The Multi-dimensionality of Music by Tomomi Adachi

74: Arts Festival of the New Generation by Masato Kouchi

78: Instrumentalize by Minoru Sato

80: PERSPECTIVE EMOTION by Chie Mukai and Tetsuya Miyata

86: Against by Shayne Bowden

93: Experimental Music Recital by Hayato Kurosawa

94: Taku Sugimoto Composition Series/Chamber Music Concert by Taku Sugimoto

103: Segments Project by Kazushige Kinoshita

104: Ftarri Festival

110: Track notes

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