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Haco: Nova Naturo (Someone Good)

Drawing inspiration from mythologies surrounding ideas of rebirth, Haco's unique sense of ambience within song structures creates beautiful environments of rich detail and encompassing warmth, performed with an eclectic group including improvising guitarist Manuel Adnot, pianist Tetsuji Matsuo, Stabilo (Speaker Gain Teardrop), Tarnovski (Gurun Gurun), and Keiichi Sugimoto (Vegpher).
 

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UPC: 739027482673

Label: Someone Good
Catalog ID: RMSG 026CD
Squidco Product Code: 30479

Format: CD
Condition: New
Released: 2021
Country: Australia
Packaging: Cardboard sleeve, sealed

Personnel:

Haco-composer, performer

Manuel Adnot-guitar

Tetsuji Matsuo-drums, piano

Makoto Inada-double bass

Stabilo-composer, performer

Jaroslav Tarnovski-composer, performer

Keiichi Sugimoto-composer, performer

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"Vocalist/lyricist-composer/multi-instrumentalist/sound-artist. At her studio, Mescalina, in Kobe, Japan, she has created numerous recordings both as producer and engineer. As a musician and sound-artist, Haco has also given performances and created live installations throughout Japan and the world. With her unique sensibility, Haco has developed her own genre of art based on principles of post-punk, electroacoustics, the avant-garde, improvisation, post-rock, environmental sound, and technology. Haco also frequently lectures and gives workshops on various sound-related topics. In 2005, her CD Stereo Bugscope 00 was awarded a prize in the digital music category at Prix Ars Electronica in Austria.

In the 80s, Haco formally studied acoustics, electronic music, and recording technology. She earned a large following for her recorded work and performances as the composer/lyricist/vocalist of After Dinner (1981-1991), one of the first Japanese indie bands to tour abroad. In 1990, Haco appeared in the film Step Across the Border, a documentary on Fred Frith, which was selected as one of the top 100 films of all time by Cahiers du Cinema. One of Haco's songs, which she played on piano, was also included in the soundtrack CD. A DVD version of the film was released in 2003.

In the 90s, Haco worked as a sound exhibition and installation curator at Xebec, an innovative hall and presentation space for computer music and sound art, which was profiled by the writer David Toop and others. In 1995, Haco released her first solo album. Around the same time, she began performing improvisations with compact samplers, self-produced electronic units, electric mandolin, percussion and toys along with voice. Her "howling pot" performances, which make creative use of feedback, have been compared to sound art. Since her first solo tour of Europe in 1996, her live performances have been hugely successful at the LMC Festival (London), Le Weekend (Scotland), Vooruit Geluid Festival (Belgium), Isole Che Parlano (Italy), and other events.

In addition, she is involved with the guitar improvisation duo Mescaline Go-Go (Christopher Stephens), the odd-song unit Happiness Proof, and the all-female collaboration Hoahio (Yagi Michiyo: koto, Era Mari: percussion, and Sachiko M: sine wave). She has collaborated on recorded work or in performance with numerous musicians, including Ash in the Rainbow (Hiromichi Sakamoto), Yesterday's Heroes (Terre Thaemlitz), Kam-pas-nel-la (Kazuhisa Uchihashi, Samm Bennett, Zeena Parkins), Peter Hollinger, Pierre Bastien, Carl Stone, Seiichi Yamamoto, Otomo Yoshihide, Ikue Mori, Aki Onda, Martin Tétreault, Diane Labrosse, David Toop, Fred Frith, Chis Cutler, Yoshimi P-we (OOIOO, Boredams), Gurun Gurun, and Stefan Schneider. Her original style of vocalizing, experimental pop sound and improvisation surpasses conventional genres and national borders, and continues to attract new listeners.

In a sound-art context, Haco established the "sound collection and observation organization," View Masters, an environmental sound project which seeks to select, extract and define sounds from daily life. In 2002, she began to curate and produce a four-year series of View Masters lectures, concerts and workshops at Aka Renga Soko (Red Brick Warehouse) in the Osaka Port area. In the first installment, she premiered a performance of "Stereo Bugscope," which captured oscillating sounds emitted by the circuitry of an electronic device, and thus, established herself in a new genre of art. In 2003, she gave her first performance using the "Pencil Organ," an instrument created from a home electronics kit that uses test leads (+/-) to produce sound, at the Festival Beyond Innocence in Osaka.

In 2007, she released a whispering vocal-based solo album with acoustic instruments and electronics called Riska. This was followed in 2011 by Forever and Ever (on Disk Union's Arcangelo label), a solo album centering on laptop electronica (including ambient sounds and glitch noises) and vocals. In 2015, her sixth solo album, Secret Garden was released on the Japanese label, Nuovo Immigrato. This internationally acclaimed album includes long-distance collaborations with Marcelo Radulovich (USA), Stuart O'Connor (UK), and Sigbjørn Apeland (Norway). ReR Megacorp offered this assessment: "Haco continues to plough her unique furrow. Small sounds, electronics, distant choirs and floating strands that coalesce into islands of harmony and song before they break apart again. If there's a secret Japanese underground, this is it. Handmade and always inventive, but light as gossamer." Since 2004, she has used voice and self-programmed electronics as an "organic method" in her performances, sometimes accompanied by video images shot and edited with Mariko Tajiri."

-Haco Website (http://www.hacohaco.net/haco/bio_english.html)
10/20/2021

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Manuel Adnot is a Composer, Improviser & Guitarist, known for the gruops 1band4acrew, Aeris, April fishes, Détruire Tous Les Humains, Sidony Box, Swim, Thinking Noise, and Wonderbach.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/4772391-Manuel-Adnot)
10/20/2021

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"Makoto Inada 稲田 誠 (INADA, Makoto) is a Japanese bass player, know for the groups 30seiki, Brazil, Gofishトリオ, Phantasmagoria, Radar, and Suspiria."

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/791858-Makoto-Inada?anv=Inada+Makoto)
10/20/2021

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Stabilo (Yasutica Horibe)

Based in Hiroshima, Japan, stabilo is the solo project of Yasutica Horibe.He plays the guitar in the band, 'speaker gain teardrop', which is based in Hiroshima.'stabilo' was born when he started making music that was difficult to be expressed bythis band using the laptop from 2002. (english translation : fjordne)

-Stabilo Website (http://speakergainteardrop.com/stabilo/)
10/20/2021

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"Hailed as a key figure in Czech experimental-electro music, Jaroslav Tarnovski is a musician, composer and producer, one of the founding members of experimental pop band Miou Miou and the Czech post-everything quartet Gurun Gurun.

Named after a fictional planet from the old school Slovak sci-fi TV series 'She Came Out of the Blue Sky', Gurun Gurun's musical work combines analogue synthesizers, manipulated field recordings, piezo-amplified objects, DIY instruments and effects to span musical spaces ranging from hypno-minimalist atmospheres to warm tones of slow moving, repetitive melodic stanzas.

His performances commonly include a mixture of glitch electronica, musique concrète, drones, computer deconstruction, quirky sonorities and field recordings. He also runs Jipangu, a small label focused on experimental music and sound art."

-Cafe Oto (https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/haco-tarnovski/)
10/20/2021

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Keiichi Sugimoto (杉本佳一), aka FilFla, Fourcolor, Vegpher, is a Japanese guitarist, known for the groups Fonica, Installing, Minamo.

-Discogs (https://www.discogs.com/artist/372523-Keiichi-Sugimoto)
10/20/2021

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track listing:


1. Frozen in Time 3:57

2. Spinning Lantern 2:48

3. Pendulum Feelings 3:41

4. Teardrops of Aurora 7:00

5. Lost and Found (Excursion 2) 3:18

6. A Mind Resort (Shiokaze Version) 5:12

7. Luna Nokto 1:28

8. New Nature 6:05

9. Myths and Facts 9:46
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descriptions, reviews, &c.

"On Nova Naturo, Japan's Haco expands her already divergent song craft into a zone that meshes field recording, electronics and layers of floating voice into an imagined sound environment that encourages a sense of a deepened interior terrain.

Haco's work in groups including the now legendary After Dinner and Hoahio have earned her a unique and respected position in the Japanese music communities, but it is with her solo work that she has unlocked an utterly unique and deeply personal approach to sound.

Drawing inspiration from mythologies surrounding ideas of rebirth, Nova Naturo propagates a sense of ambience, but arrives at this sensation without dwelling in the aesthetics of ambient music. Rather, Haco combines unexpected elements, and uses these combinations to refocus your ears and invites you to listen closely, but with a sense of relaxation. This record is not a labor and instead suggests a kind of release from labor, an opening out into place, into the human experience of exploration and the rewards that come to those present in the moment.

Haco works alongside the French improvised guitarist Manuel Adnot, the drummer and pianist Tetsuji Matsuo, and the double bassist Makoto Inada, who are based in Kobe. Also on this record is Stabilo (Speaker Gain Teardrop) from the Hiroshima ambient scene, and Tarnovski (Gurun Gurun), a key figure in Czech experimental-electro music, who were previously involved in her album, Qoosui (RMSG 016CD, 2017). There is also a collaborative track with the electronic music maestro Keiichi Sugimoto (Vegpher). These partnerships resolve wholly into this recording, bringing new timbres and threads to an edition that is entirely of Haco's making.

This is a music of immense beauty, but it is a beauty that is complex and at times unfamiliar. It's in these uncertain moments that Nova Naturo finds its most compelling and fulfilling resolutions."-Room40

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