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Nakamura, Toshimaru / Ken Ikeda / Tomoyoshi Date: Ink on Paper (Meenna)

The second recorded collaboration of Japanese no-input mixing board player Toshimaru Nakamura with London-based electronic artist Ken Ikeda and Japanese sound artist Tomoyoshi Date, a large, rich and detailed work of slowly evolving sonic environments, showing masterful control in developing sumptuous sound and then subtly deflecting it with unusual excursions.

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Limited edition of 300

Label: Meenna
Catalog ID: meenna-978
Squidco Product Code: 27332

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2018
Country: Japan
Packaging: Cardstock Sleeve , sealed
Recorded at Hatsudai Studio, in 2013.


Toshimaru Nakamura-no input mixing board

Ken Ikeda-synthesizer

Tomoyoshi Date-contact mic, endless tape, synthesizer

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"Toshimaru Nakamura is a Japanese musician, active in free improvisation and Japanese onkyo.

He began his career playing rock and roll guitar, but gradually explored other types of music, even abandoning guitar, and started working on circuit bending. He uses a mixing console as a live, interactive musical instrument: "Nakamura plays the 'no-input mixing board', connecting the input of the board to the output, then manipulating the resultant audio feedback."

Nakamura's music has been described as "sounds ranging from piercing high tones and shimmering whistles to galumphing, crackle-spattered bass patterns."

Nakamura founded the ensemble A Paragon of Beauty in 1992. He has recorded solo albums, worked as a session musician, and collaborated with artists including Sachiko M ("a kindred spirit"), Otomo Yoshihide, Keith Rowe, John Butcher, Nicholas Bussmann, Taku Sugimoto, Tetuzi Akiyama, dancer Kim Ito, and drummer Jason Kahn."

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"Ken Ikeda is a video artist and composer born in Tokyo (1964) , currently a resident in New York. He has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world and has collaborated with painter Tadanoori Yokoo and artist Mariko Mori. Mist On The Window is his third album, following Tzuki (2000) and Merge (2003) both from Touch label and Mist on the Window (2007) from SPEKK."

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"Tomoyoshi Date was born and raised in San Paulo, Brazil, until the age of three. He currently resides in Tokyo, Japan. He creates acoustic and organic sounds with a little touch of digital processing. He began to create electronic music in 1998. Soon, his tracks were introduced to the Fat Cat and Mille Plateaux websites and to radio stations in the US.

In 2003, he forms the group Opitope with Chihei Hatakeyama (Kranky, Room40), in 2012 the group ILLUHA with Corey Fuller (with releases on Spekk and 12K), and the group Melodia with Federico Durand (with release on Own Records). His solo albums were released from Flyrec (2009, Japan) and Own Records (2011, Luxembourg).

His profession is an Emergency Room doctor, using both western and oriental medicine. Now he also researches the relationship between sound and the physical body at graduate school."

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1. Ink On Paper 40:09
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"No-input mixing board player Toshimaru Nakamura makes wide-ranging use of mixer feedback in his many performances in Japan and other countries. London-based electronics player Ken Ikeda has released albums on a number of labels including Touch (UK), Matchless (UK), and Spekk (Japan). Tomoyoshi Date uses both electronic and acoustic instruments and specializes in ambient styles.

This is the second CD release by these three musicians. (The first, Green Heights, was recorded in 2011 and released on the French label Baskaru in 2013.) In Ink on Paper, myriad longish sustained sounds and short tones bearing a variety of sonic qualities and timbres appear and disappear, followed by the emergence of new and different sounds. Flowing on the whole in a smooth, gentle and relaxed way, these sounds are infused with a comfortable and unique atmosphere. The single 40-minute track, divided into five parts, is an improvised performance recorded in 2013."-Meena

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