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While on a tour of Japan in 2014 Jason Kahn and Tim Olive recorded these two unhurried explorations for radio, synthesizer, and mixing board (Kahn) and magnetic pickups (Olive). building and releasing tension in a palette of unplaceable sound and structure.

Kahn, Jason / Tim Olive
Fukuoka / Osaka [CASSETTE + download]

Kahn, Jason / Tim Olive : Fukuoka / Osaka [CASSETTE + download] (Notice Recordings)

Label: Notice Recordings    
Released in: USA    

"Kahn (American, living in Zurich) and Olive (Canadian, living in Japan) recorded these pieces while on tour in Japan in May 2014. This release features two unhurried explorations for radio, synthesizer, and mixing board (Kahn) and magnetic pickups (Olive). "Fukuoka," presents a series of gradual unfurlings; pockets of pockmarked, dented and torn glass clusters, tumbling upon and over each other, perhaps briefly interlocking by way of some fragile barb, only to instantaneously break loose. "Osaka" is more comfortably structured, framed by a few small squalls abetting the range of synth and radio static; an instrumentation that resides between thin layers of shifting, jittery translucent timbres.

Kahn and Olive both demonstrate exceptional attention to unrecognized sounds (see Kahn's ongoing Unheard Cities project), and one of the unique attributes of these pieces is their ability to make sounds whose sources, even with limited tools, aren't quite placeable. Their sound palette occasionally finds tension between understood words and speech as sound: hearing a sound that may or may not be speech, and speech that may or may not be understandable. They possess a unique resourcefulness on this release that makes it a surprising listen."-Notice Recordings

"It seems to me that Jason Kahn is quite a lot in Japan and he plays with Tim Olive a lot. They already had a release of Japanese live recordings (see Vital Weekly 926), but around the time that was released they were on the Japanese road again, and this is where the two recordings were made that we find on this cassette. Unlike before the credit for Kahn is bit more detailed here, ascribing him 'analog synthesizer, radio, mixing boards', while, as before, Tim Olive plays 'magnetic pickups'. There is one concert per side on this cassette. May 15 2014 in Osaka and May 18 in Fukuoka. Here they continue their improvisational style, which allows for a bit more than is usually the case; at least for Kahn, that is. But in the company of Olive however the music he/they play is a bit louder and grittier, with acoustic debris of objects falling, shrieks and peeps, along with hiss, static and a radio dropping in and out of the mix. Of the two pieces 'Fukuoka' plays with more abrasive sounds, throwing around in perhaps a bit blunt way and 'Osaka' sees the noise in the more controlled area. It's less bouncy, less a thrown-around of sounds and more working with a few frequency fields and put together with less as an improvisation and more as a composition. Of the two sides, I preferred the dense controlled aggression of 'Osaka', but 'Fukuoka' was not bad either. [...]"-Frans De Waard, Vital Weekly

" is a musician, artist and writer. He was born 1960 in New York and grew up in Los Angeles. He re-located to Europe in 1990 and is currently based in Zürich.

As an electronic musician, vocalist and drummer Kahn collaborates regularly with many musicians, both in improvised settings and in the context of graphical scores which he composes for specific groups.

Kahn has exhibited his installations in museums, galleries, art spaces and public sites internationally. These works focus on the idea of space: the conceptual and physical juncture points, its production and dissolution, and our relation to it as a political, social and environmental medium.

Kahn's other activities include sound pieces for radio, film, dance and theater. He has also designed numerous CD, LP and cassette covers. As a writer, his work has appeared in books, magazines and as liner notes to many audio publications.

Performing regularly around the world, Kahn has given concerts throughout Europe, North and South America, Australia, China, Egypt, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Israel, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Turkey and South Africa.

In 2011 Kahn started the Editions imprint to publish his own recordings and writings."

-Jason Kahn Website (

Edition of 100 copies. Includes unlimited streaming of Fukuoka / Osaka via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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Edition of 100 copies. Includes unlimited streaming of Fukuoka / Osaka via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Label: Notice Recordings
Catalog ID: NTR035
Squidco Product Code: 21502

Condition: New
Released: 2015
Country: USA
Packaging: Cassette
Fukuoka recorded May 18th, 2014 at Art Space Tetra

Osaka recorded May 15th, 2014 at Common Cafe.


Jason Kahn-analogue synthesizer, radio, mixing board, mixing, mastering

Tim Olive-magnetic pickups

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Track Listing:


1. Fukuoka 17:30 SIDE B

1. Osaka 16:43

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