Through A Musical Lens: Ainu Mosir by Clarice Jensen

Directed by Takeshi Fukunaga, ‘Ainu Mosir’ is a coming-of-age tale set in an indigenous village in Northern Japan where a community‘s livelihood depends on preserving and performing ancient traditions for visiting tourists. The film focuses on 14-year-old Kanto who has been taking under wing by a family friend after the death of his father as…

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Sound Impression: Literature by Tomotsugu Nakamura

Tomotsugu Nakamura is a musician and graphic designer residing in Tokyo, Japan who composes music with fragments of minimal acoustic & electronic tones and field recordings. My first exposure to his work was the last year’s monologue, an excellent recording that appeared on the Audiobulb label and became a shoo-in for the annual round-up of…

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Travelogue: Longform Editions 14

Launched two years ago by Preservation label boss Andrew Khedoori, Longform Editions is a digital listening gallery which he frames as a “curatorial music practice created to foster and celebrate immersive listening experiences for the musically adventurous”. Indeed, now 56 releases into the project, Khedoori has brought together an impressive array of sound artists from…

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Sound Impression: Going Home by Ai Yamamoto

Originally from Shizumi, Kashiba City in Japan’s Nara Prefecture, Ai Yamamoto is a composer & sound artist who has been making music in Melbourne, Australia since the early 00s including work with such artists as Lawrence English and Ben Frost.  This month she makes her debut on Los Angeles based Dragon’s Eye Recordings with a…

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Track Premiere: Rera by Shinji Wakasa

Boutique label and art studio Rottenman Editions welcomes Japanese artist, composer, & sound designer Shinji Wakasa to their roster this fall. Based in Yokosuka City, Wakasa does commercial & film music and is also part the techno duo Semiosis, but his solo effort here entitled Tranquilo Trasciendo is a delicate and introspective affair. Described as…

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Travelogue: An Eilean Rec. Journey

Eilean Rec. is a non-profit independent French label founded on a rather original concept – a map of an imagined land populated with 100 points each of which corresponds to an album release. A little over five years since it began, that map is nearly complete and during that time, the label has introduced us to…

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Video Premiere: Follow Me to the Moon by Daigo Hanada

When we first met Japanese composer & pianist Daigo Hanada, it was his 2017 debut Ichiru on Moderna Records, an album written in Berlin and Tokyo over the course of a year and recorded with only an upright piano and a pair of microphones. This summer, Hanada returns to the label with a beautiful EP…

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Premiere: ypsilon by Zahn | Hatami | McClure

“Ypsilon” is the second collaboration between veteran sound artists Uwe Zahn aka Arovane (Germany), Porya Hatami (Iran) and Darren McClure (Japan).  Perhaps some readers recall the first time they joined forces as a trio on Veerian (2016, Eilean Rec), a veritable masterclass in minimalist expression and textural sound design. Never ones to repeat themselves, the…

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A Sense of Place: Xièxie by Celer

“A week before leaving, I bought a dictionary and phrasebook…” Under the moniker of Celer, American musician, writer, & photographer Will Long has released a staggering amount of material – a wide assortment of drones, soundscapes, sketchworks, and processed loops. No doubt his many followers each have their own favorites, but personally I always find…

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