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Harth, Alfred

DVD T_error + CD kr ./. jp

Harth, Alfred: DVD T_error + CD kr ./. jp (Slowalk)


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Label: Slowalk
Catalog ID: slow.0001
Squidco Product Code: 5459

Format: CD & DVD
Condition: New
Released: 2005
Country: Korea
Packaging: Digipack Double CD
Produced at LaubhuetteStudio, Seoul 2005


Alfred Harth-all compositions

T_Error features: Yi Soonjoo and William Burroughs with sound sources from Choi Joonyong & Hong Chulki (Astronoise)

Kang Taewhat

Otomo Yoshihide

Sachiko M // kr ./. jp features sound sources from Yun Isang

Hong Chulki

Choi Joonyong

Bulent Ates

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Otomo Yoshihide - born in 1959 in Yokohama, Japan. As a teenager, he spent time in Fukushima. Staying independent, he has consistently composed a wide range of music from improvisation to noise music and pop, and his music talent has spread all over the world. He has a successful career as a film score composer and has produced more than 70 movie soundtracks. In recent years, he has produced special type of concerts and musical works in collaboration with other various artists under the name of "ensembles". In addition, one of his priorities is,producing musical workshop projects involving handicapped children. In 2011, after the Great East Japan Earthquake , he started "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!" along with people in various sectors. He has been active beyond the music scene and this is the reason that he has attracted a great deal of attention. In 2012, he received the Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in the category of Promotion for "PROJECT FUKUSHIMA!". In 2013, he received various prizes including the Japan Record Award for his accomplishments, such as composing the theme music for the TV drama "Amachan".

"I use my real name "Otomo Yoshihide" as my stage name. When you write your Japanese name in English alphabet, many people often write their given names first, then their family names, following in the Western traditional culture. But originally, some Asian countries, including Japan, write their family names first, and then their given names follow after that. In my opinion, there is not only one standard for people's names and we should respect the values each person attaches to their name. Calling someone by his first name is a wonderful custom in Western culture to express familiarity with each other but that custom is not necessary in Japan because nobody has ever called me by my first name. It does not mean that people are unlikely to become close friends with me. It is just that calling me "Otomo" seems easier. There are some places with such customs in the world; where people friendlily call you by your family name. I am definitely not a nationalist but I have a feeling that something is wrong with those people who do not only disregard the tradition I am familiar with, but would rather follow Western standards.

For this reason, I would like to continue using the notation "Otomo Yoshihide" as before. When you call me, please call me "Otomo" as before. This will not cause any problems in its use. Until now, many people have written my name "Yoshihide Ōtomo" or "Yoshihide Otomo" but please understand those notations are not my intention. I am sincerely grateful for your consideration."

-Otomo Yoshihide Website (

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"Born in 1976, Hong Chulki is an improvising/noise musician from Seoul, South Korea. With Choi Joonyong, he founded the first Korean noise music group Astronoise in 1997 and experimental music records label Balloon and Needle in 2000. His main instrument is amplified/unamplified turntables in the recent years. He has been active in audio-visual performance with Korean film artist Lee Hangjun under the name of Expanded Celluloid/Extended Phonograph. He has collaborated with several improvising/noise musicians including Ryu Hankil, Jin Sangtae, Joe Foster, Kevin Parks, Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Jason Kahn, Bryan Eubanks, Will Guthrie, Aaron Dilloway and Okkyung Lee."

-Cafe OTO (

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"Joon-Yong Choi formed the first noise project in Korea, Astronoise, in 1996 with Chulki Hong and has been exploring the amplification and physical properties of sound. It mainly works to expose the underlying sound from the operating mechanism by using errors such as CD players, MP3 players, open reel tape recorders, VCRs, and speakers that are no longer in use. Recently, he is conducting a performance that raises doubts about the perception and inferiority of the sound that occurs between the space and the listening act, and is interested in the control and failure of the performance obtained through improvisation or composition. Since 2003, she has participated in improvised music performances, Starfish and RELAY, and has collaborated with domestic and foreign writers. As a solo, she released five albums, including DANTHRAX, made using the malfunction of a CD player. Since 2000, he has been in charge of designing and producing albums at the label Balloon & Needle, introducing domestic experimental music to overseas. In addition, he is playing bass in'Vomit & Tear', a Doom metal band formed with SklavenTanz members."

-Balloon & Needle (translated by Google) (

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"Bülent Ateş. Born 1942 in Istanbul, Turkey, Bülent Ates came 1971 to Germany on the invitation of Albert Mangelsdorff, and has since become firmly established on the Frankfurt's music scene. He has worked with Heinz Sauer, Bob Degen, Don Cherry, Bengt Rosengren, Leo Wright, Harry Petersen and Alfred Harth amongst others."

-Discogs (

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This DVD & CD release features electroacoustic work from Alfred Harth, using sound sources from Korean and asian artists. The DVD is an assemblage of clips, a series of images that include sequences of William S. Burroughs, alongside diverting or disturbing images too diverse to easily describe. The music includes Harth's playing, with sound sources including work from Otomo Yoshihide and Sachiko M. The CD presents four assembled tracks that reflect on the history of Korea during the first half of the 20th century. Excellent and sophisticated soundwork.
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