Monthly Archives: September 2019

Gerogerigegege LP

The Gerogerigegege LP “Uguisudani Apocalypse” The Trilogy Tapes

This is a baffling record. The press release merely states that it’s a soundtrack to a ‘JR Yamanote line running in Tokyo’ that ‘has the fewest number of users per day’. The Gerogerigegege are a legendary experimental project that have been known to masturbate onstage, release a 75-track album called ‘Tokyo Anal Dynamite’, and released an album that was a single octopus tentacle in a box. It’s strange, then, that as far as I can make out, this album is twelve songs of soulful, keyboard-led funk that sounds like it being played a seedy bar with wipe-clean menus. Still, strange is what this group do best.

$24

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Seitō LP In the Beginning, Woman Was the Sun

V/A Seito : In  the beginning, woman was the sun – Akuphone

Seitō {青鞜} gathers Japanese female artists from various electronic and experimental music fields. The title refers to a cult feminist magazine printed in Japan in the 1910s. Featuring: Fuji-Yuki’s glommy folk song, Kiki Hitomi’s haunted dub tune, Mikado Koko’s deep house hit, Miki Yui’s electoacoustic performance, Kakushin Nishihara’s noisy folk track, Kuunatic’s oriental psych blend and Keiko Higuchi’s memorable 9 minutes cover of classic Japanese folk song Okesa Bushi. All tracks issued for the first time.

$22 only a very few

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Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo LP

Kayo Makino & Tori Kudo LP  “Ein Traum fûr dich” Black Truffle

“Black Truffle announce the release of this genuine head-scratcher, the first collaboration between DJ / mixtape-compiler Kayo Makino and underground legend Tori Kudo. Originally created to be played between acts at the launch of Eiko Ishibashi‘s acclaimed The Dreams My Bones Dream (2018) and then reworked and refined for LP release, the two side-long pieces are sonic environments constructed by Makino for Kudo’s piano to inhabit, or, as the LP’s credits suggest, a “cinéma pour l’oreille” in which Kudo’s piano plays the starring role. Beginning with a soothing field recording of crickets dramatically punctuated by smashing glass, the first side finds Kudo playing his way repeatedly through one of Satie‘s 1897 Pièces froides. Best known to many listeners for his role as leader of the ecstatically shambolic rock unit Maher Shalal Hash Baz, Kudo’s performance of Satie’s whimsical yet haunting melody is alternately halting and fluid, delighting in the hesitations of unstudied technique and the subtle variations between repeated attempts. “

LP $23

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Keiji Haino – Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi

Keiji Haino – Jim O’Rourke & Oren Ambarchi CD or 2LP ” In the past only geniusus were capable of staging the perfect crime…” Black Truffle

For its 50th release, Black Truffle presents the ninth album from one of the label’s core ensembles, the power trio of Keiji HainoJim O’Rourke, and Oren Ambarchi. Drawn from a November 2015 performance at Tokyo’s now-defunct SuperDeluxe, the record’s opening piece drops us immediately into the maelstrom, abruptly cutting into an extended episode of Ambarchi’s pummeling drums, O’Rourke’s fuzzed-out six-string bass, and Haino’s roaring guitar and electronics. Eventually settling into a hypnotic bass and drum groove over which Haino unleashes some almost Ray Russell-eque skittering atonal screech, these opening 13 minutes act as a potent reminder of the trio’s power.

2LP $29

CD $17

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Kosai Hori ltd CD Omega Point

Kosai Hori “Reading-Affair” CD+booklet
OMEGA POINT/Japanese Art Sound Archive OPS-002

Texts are in Japanese and English, limited to 150 copies. Collaboration work with Japanese Art Sound Archive.

Born in 1947 in Japan. This collection is the first selection of Hori’s sound works from the 1970s, a time in which he organized an art movement called Bikyoto REVOLUTION Committee – Bijutsuka Kyoto Kaigi [Council of artists for a United Front] (also known as Bikyoto) – together with artists like Naoyoshi Hikosaka, Nobuo Yamanaka and Yasunao Tone. In those days, Hori’s performance pieces employed various media such as tape recorders, typewriters and video cameras. Texts are in Japanese and English, limited to 150 copies. Collaboration work with Japanese Art Sound Archive.

tr.1 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair)
On the table is a newspaper of the day, which the pair alternatively read up letter by letter. Their voice is played by the two tape recorders with a little delay. The sound from the devices is picked up by the microphone and taken into the loop again with a delay. As this process repeats, the voices of the performers are, as it were, accumulated in the space. As time goes on, the howling from the sound equipment becomes increasingly louder.

tr.2 ACT No.3
A man reads aloud from a book clause by clause, with the recorded word “REVOLUTION” in Hori’s voice inserted after each clause. Heard in the sound recording of this performance are Akugenta’s voice, Hori’s voice, the operating sound of the cassette tape recorders, and loud traffic noise from outside. Through an open window on the venue, the circular expressway of Tokyo could be seen.

tr.3 REPORT Vol.3
The work has the subtitle: “1500km Drive.” On a motorbike, Hori headed from Tokyo towards the north, driving around Tohoku areas all day long while recording the sound of the ride until he came back to Tokyo again. Then he exhibited the motorbike over a white fabric laid in the exhibition venue, while an actor with his face painted in white rode it performing a pantomime of driving. In addition, Hori placed a tape recorder in an adjoining room to play the recording of his ride. The audience gathered in that room to listen to the sound.
The title “REPORT” [“Chousho” in Japanese] is taken after the novel of the same name by Jean-Marie Gustave Le Clezio. However, the word also refers to the written records that the police make when investigating suspects, which Hori described as the “most alienated empty mark of a person.”

tr.4 REPORT Vol.4
In Report Vol.4 shown at “Artists to-day ‘73,” Hori again recorded his own voice, speaking up what he saw on the way from his home to the venue. Once he arrived at the venue, he put a cassette tape recorder on a podium to play the recorded sound at a low volume and left the place.

tr.5 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair)
This performance used a tape-delay system similar to the one used in his 1977 piece, as well as the same fabric, but this time Hori himself appeared as one of the two performers with his face painted in white. Also, instead of newspapers and books, this reenactment used the testimonies of the perpetrators of the Asama-Sanso incident of 1972, the Sakamoto family murder by Aum Shinrikyo in 1989 and the Kobe child murders of 1997, which the pair read aloud alternatively clause by clause.
(Each track is an excerpt from the original tape.)

$32 only a few, no restock

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tr.1 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair) Paris/1977_15’04″
sound file: http://paganrail.sakura.ne.jp/omegapoint/omega-sound/OPS002-1.mp3
tr.2 ACT No.3/1972_6’10”
tr.3 REPORT Vol.3/1973_6’14”
sound file: http://paganrail.sakura.ne.jp/omegapoint/omega-sound/OPS002-3.mp3
tr.4 REPORT Vol.4/1973_8’08”
sound file: http://paganrail.sakura.ne.jp/omegapoint/omega-sound/OPS002-4.mp3
tr.5 MEMORY-PRACTICE (Reading-Affair) New York/1999_6’53″

Toshi Ichiyanagi CD “Computer Space” Edition Omega Point

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Two sound compositions discovered at Mr. Ichiyanagi’s home in 2018 to be released for the first time ! One is an unknown early work created on a computer and the other is material for an experimental short film by Toshio Matsumoto. Particularly, the former piece was revolutionary. The quirky sound he made on the computer at the time was unheard of especially because a computer could only create simple sounds then. Moreover, it also includes an unknown electronic ambient piece reminiscent of a bi
rd tweeting as well as a reissued version of an accompanying single of a mythical self-published book, which inspired Yoji Kuri’s animation work known as “Tragedy on G string”!

1_Toshi Ichiyanagi Computer Space / 1970_3’12”
2_Toshi Ichiyanagi material of Metastasis (a) / 1971_0’39”
3_Toshi Ichiyanagi material of Metastasis (b) / 1971_0’34”
4_Toshi Ichiyanagi title and year unknown (a) _7’25”
5_Toshi Ichiyanagi title and year unknown (b) _7’18”
6_Toshi Ichiyanagi For String #2 + Stanzas (1961, simultaneous performance)_15’55”
– Yoko Ono participated in performance

$19

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Kuniharu Akiyama CD  “Environmental Music for Dining Room of Athletes’ Village in Tokyo Olympics 1964” Omega Point

From participation in the early FLUXUS to giving an introduction of FUTURISM, Kuniharu Akiyama (1929-1996), a renowned music critic, was involved in a vast range of activities. Particularly in the 1960s, he recorded a lot of music on tape for himself. To our surprise, the music compiled on this CD was actually discovered from a series of ambient music pieces played in the Athletes’ Village at the Tokyo Olympics! During this period, Akiyama was fascinated by the sound of Sanukite stone from Sanuki, Shikoku island and he composed several ambient music pieces including this one. Despite the detail of the work have been unknown as the composer was already passed away, a guru of electronic musicologist, Koji Kawasaki, managed to reveal everything behind the piece.

$18

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Gap 2CD “Practical Concert” Omega Point

GAP is an improvisation group which was founded by Kiyohiko Sano, Masaru Soga and Masami Tada in the Mid 1970’s. Now, there are not so many people who could remember their name but since they performed a gig after 40 years in 2017, their unknown sound source was rediscovered by the world. From the early time, they played oscillators and synthesizers, adding to simple self-made instruments, and made a free improvisational performance which is comparable to Taj-Mahal Travellers. Especially for Tada who was under tutelage of Takehisa Kosugi, GAP was a missing-link which lead him from East Bionic Symphonia to Marginal Consort.

DISC 1: Practical Concert – part 1_31’53”, part 2_16’24”
DISC 2: Eros Music – 46’49”

$28

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