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Machida, Yoshio: Music From The SYNTHI (Baskaru)

The SYNTHI AKS was developed by Electronic Music Studios in 1971, a portable modular synthesizer that used no keys, instead a generative music machine with a matrix patch panel allowing great flexibility in modulation, reverb, effect like delay, and glitch, here in 13 pieces composed by Yoshio Machida layering patterns developed on the SYNTHI.

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product information:

UPC: 3770002157299

Label: Baskaru
Catalog ID: karu:29
Squidco Product Code: 26351

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2014
Country: Japan
Packaging: Digipack
Recorded in 2012 and 2013 by the artist.


Yoshio Machida-EMS SYNTHI AKS

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"Yoshio Machida (町田 良夫 Yoshio Machida?, born 1967 in Japan) is an experimental musician, a steelpanist, composer, and visual artist.

A member of ASCAP, Machida studied minimal art, music and film at the Tama Art University under Kuniharu Akiyama, Yoshiaki Touno, Sakumi Hagiwara and Kishio Suga. In the 1990s, Machida worked for an international cooperation in Asia and Africa.

Machida's first album Hypernatural (1999) had been featured with Brian Eno and Oval (band) on David Toop's article about Generative music. In 2001, Machida started to play improvised music by Steelpan with computer program Max/MSP. Machida has been invited to perform in ISEA2004, Sónar Tokyo, MaerzMusik and other venues. In 2004, Machida founded an experimental music label Amorfon. In 2007, Machida formed an electric Dub band miimo with tatsu and Norihide Saji. Machida also organized "Japan-Macedonia exchange art exhibition" and some workshops for children.

As a visual artist, Machida has produced Photobatik like Photogram technique using photographic paper. Photograms are produced by partial exposure and development of the entire photosensitive surface. Photobatik is "whole exposure and partial development." Machida has expanded his technique to overexposure of the photographic paper followed by only fixing the image, resulting in a pink image."

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track listing:

1. SYNTHI n23 3:24

2. SYNTHI n29 3:52

3. SYNTHI n17 3:06

4. SYNTHI n01 2:03

5. SYNTHI n16 2:16

6. SYNTHI n02 3:22

7. SYNTHI n26 3:22

8. SYNTHI n07 3:18

9. SYNTHI n25 3:33

10. SYNTHI n04 3:26

11. SYNTHI n14 3:28

12. SYNTHI n19 2:07

13. SYNTHI n30 6:43
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"The SYNTHI AKS is a legendary machine. Manufactured by Electronic Music Studios in 1971, this portable modular synthesizer was extremely flexible. Not a keyboard synth like what Moog was doing at the time, this was a generative music machine with a matrix patch panel. Think Max/MSP in analog terms. Except that being analog, it wasn't entirely stable and, thus, had an organic quality that is still valued today.

Music from the SYNTHI is a new endeavour for Yoshio Machida, a consistently surprising sound and visual artist who, among other feats, has released an acclaimed series of sound collage albums (Hypernatural), albums of improvisations on steelpan drums, and records with the bands miimo and Ohanami. This new solo album arrives almost four years after his previous one The Spirit of Beauty (a slow-evolving piece combining instruments, field recordings and electronics), and six years after his Baskaru debut Hypernatural #3.

Music from the SYNTHI consists in 13 pieces. Most of them are quirky and playful. "SYNTHI n 30" has a longing quality you would never expect from a synthesizer. And all of them are 100% SYNTHI. "I simply recorded the repeating patterns and mixed 3 to 5 patterns per piece, without any editing or effects," explains Machida. I wanted to record rich obscure improvisations as performed by the SYNTHI. Every modulation, reverb, effect like delay, and glitch sound is produced inside the SYNTHI."-Baskaru

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