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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

Haino orourke ambarchi 2lp

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

Obscure tape music of Japan 23

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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Haino Keiji & Charles Hayward LP

Haino Keiji & Charles Hayward LP “Alost permittes to open its eyes…” 2323

Only a few $26

Haino hayward LP

Joji Yuasa & Ichiyanagi LP Omega point

Joji Yuasa LP “Aoi-no-Ue” Edition Omega Point

New designed cover version of OMEGA POINT’s early LP  limited to  50 copies !

 This work “Aoi-no-Ue” is composed mainly based on metamorphosed sound of Noh-chant. The other sound  is concrete sound such as birds songs, water drops, glasses, warped sound of vibraphone, some genera ted electronic sound and others. My Blue Sky (No.1) is a special electronic work for me, for most of  my other works on this field are based on White Noise. Where as only this piece is exceptionally us ing the other generated sound. – from liner notes by the composer

Only a very few $35

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Toshi Ichiyanagi LP “Music for Tinguely” Edition Omega Point

New designed cover version of OMEGA POINT’s early LP limited to 50 copies!
Ichiyanagi is the best known composer for domestic and foreign avant-garde music fans. Especially in  his brilliant 60’s, he made many great tape music. This LP consists of his obscure three tape works . “Music for Tinguely” was made from junk objects of kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely. “Appearance” is  live electronic music. It was not only premiere performance but also John Cage and David Tudor part icipated in performance. Very noisy and hard core!! “Music for Living Space” was composed for inner space of ‘Sun Tower’ of World Expo in Osaka. Computer generated voice reads architect Kisyo Kurokawa’s manifest.

Only a few $35

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Great White Light LP Omega Point 1

Great White Light organized by Seiji Onishi, Kazuo Kawasumi, Mitsuyoshi Shioya, Goji Hamada performed at the Kishi Memorial Hall in Shibuya, Tokyo, on February 13, 1971. Ten years after the performance, Onishi released a recording of it in LP format as an appendix to his collection “The Works of Seiji Onishi 1966 → 1981”, hereinafter referred to as “Works”). Given that “Works” was published in a small edition, and Onishi moved to Belgium soon after, it was difficult to get our hands around this documentation of the use of sound in the Japanese art of the 1970s. A reissue of this recording is Japanese Art Sound Archive’s 1st LP release.

Great White Light was full of noises created by the wind from the air blowers hitting the microphones. The artists stood in the center of the venue surrounded by the devices: six loudspeakers and air blowers, all facing outward, with a fixed microphone in front of the air outlet of each blower•3. Seats for the audience surrounded the circle, and a beam projector was set next to the wall. During the performance, Onishi operated the transformers of the blowers, and Shioya the lighting. Hamada performed his “action voice” with four microphones•4. In addition to this setup, Taj Mahal Travellers joined as a guest performer. Initially, they had planned to perform only with the blowers and voice, but just before the concert, they got suddenly overtaken by pre-performance anxiety and decided to invite the guests.
(note: this reissue was made from original LP, and some sound problems – slight surface noise and vibration – are on recording.) Ltd to 300, just incredible, noisy and libertaire !

$35

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Makoto Kawashima CDR

Makoto Kawashima CDR “Rain” Homo sacer

pro-CDR, this one is  Kawashima’s last statement, he considers this recording has a different one….Kawashima is really as one of the most uncompromised and talented sax player of these last years, he’s almost like a song-teller, far from intellectualism and the usual Kaoru Abe reference. Different from Urabe, slowly he’s showing a true identity.

$11

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Takehisa Kosugi  new ltd LP Slowscan

Takehisa Kosugi LP “August 14, 1991” Slowscan

Edition of 300 copies, historical recordings from 1991, as the composer wrote “the music was performed by myself, solo. Recorded live at my former apartment in New York”.

Labels designed by George Maciunas, founder of Fluxus movement.

The live prerformance documented here is made using pre-recorded environmental sounds (birds) recorded in the city of Ferrara, in Italy, various noises [live broadcasting sound on WCbs Radio, New York], sounds from the actual performance [a plastic bottle in which a small microphone is installed for pick up voice & other sounds], Electronics [Audio Generator], effects [Time-delay Machine, Pitch Shifter] 

$30 Only a few, move fast

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Reizen CD Different Speed

Reizen CD “Different Speed”  Edition Zeroso

Japanese musician, based in Tokyo, who composes and performs using mainly drone and minimalist techniques. Plays electric guitar, the insides of pianos, and creates works of phonography. Formed the drone quartet NERAE in 2007. In 2011 he shifted to solo performance. His work has been released on P.S.F. Records, Fylkingen Records and Edition Omega Point, etc. Performs frequently around Tokyo. Notable performances outside Japan include TUSK Festival (UK, 2015), UK tour with Elodie (2016), Empty Gallery (Hong Kong, 2017). In June 2019 with some friends he founded edition zeroso (0奏), a small imprint and series of live performances based in Tokyo.

$17

reizenCD001

Gotou 1st CD

Gotou CD ” Gotou” Self Release

Firt release by his trio coming from Sapporo, recorded by Richard Horner at Snowflake studio (LSD March, Tabata Mitsuru). This trio is a rock and punkish band, kind of homage to Malaria ! / Gudrun Gut german band from the 80’s. In fact they are not unknown muscians as one of the musician is Otaco whom we carried some her lo fi songs releases in the last couple of years. It seems there’s a specific scene in Hokkaido and kind of support and help between generations of musicians such Ikuro Takahashi, Aoi Swimming, Richard Horner, MC Mango and more recently Marusu, Meno (with Ikuro)…This is fun, energic and don’t say underground spirit  doesn’t exit anymore in Japan , Tokyo is just not the only place where something happens . A few copies, comes in a B5 leaflet full of pictures.

$19

Gotou CD001

 

Andrew Chalk- Faraway Press LPs

Circae LP ” The Bridge of Dreams” Faraway Press

Circaea is  : Tom James Scott, Ecka Mordecai & Andrew Chalk

The Bridge of Dreams was begun as a series of piano miniatures, played by Tom in St. Matthews church in Hull before it closed many years ago. In the airy and (cold) spaces of the vast church in the winter of 2013 the pieces further condensed into 12 parts of the album here, with wistful string arrangements by Ecka Mordecai and mapped out, finally, by Andrew Chalk.

Press Statement :

Birds love the woods

If you are not a bird

you will not know its truths

A quiet life is much the same.

How would anyone know it

without living it ?

The moon

of my life is setting.

The life now left me

sinks into the hills

(from Visions of a Torn World by Kamo-no-Chomei)

ltd to 300

$19

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Marsfield LP “The Innocents” Faraway Press

Marsfield is  Brendan Walls & Andrew Chalk

The Innocents was begun a long time ago, in 2007 in fact and hence the strange chronology of the Faraway Press catalogue, seeing it in a completed form in early 2019, finally.

The first side of the album (Viae Memoriae = from memory) originates from the start and Vikki Jackman plays piano here, it being the time of her two albums on Faraway Press…

After much dialogue and life changing events, The Innocents became quite a story in its own right. The second side is more biographical and fuses together the album with its synthetic oboe playing and thundering piano that is its conclusion.

Ltd to 300

$19

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Masayuki Takayanagi LP Flower girl

Masayuki Takayanagi quintet LP “Flower Girl” Craftman records

Replica reissue of one of the rarest free jazz LP ever made: Masayuki Takayanagi‘s Flower Girl. Supposedly released in a limited run of 100 copies in 1968, this incredibly rare record – released as a promotional album, and never marketed – gets its first vinyl reissue via Craftman Records. Japan’s leading jazz guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi is one of the first to pursue free jazz music in Japan, and its activity has not been confined to the framework of jazz, but even a pioneer who pioneered the world of experimental improvisation is there. On the other hand, he is greedily working on music in all fields of the world, one of which is Bossa Nova. Half a century after the recording, it is a pleasant cool jazz album that can be enjoyed even without any prior knowledge, and at the same time, one of Bosonanova’s early days in Japan with the first song “so Deep and So Blue” You can also touch And in the midst of a period of high economic growth, it is also a hidden attraction of this work that you can feel the existence of one person’s willingness to try to mature culture as well as economic development, / 1968 recording, Composed by Sion Tomita (Torita Tomita) and arranged by Kiyoshi Yamaya. Performed = Masayuki Takayanagi Quintet (Takayanagi Masayuki (g), Sato Toshio (g), Mitobe Akira (vib), Kuwahara Eijiro (b), Hino Motohiko (ds))

Expensive, limited, we only have a few. Precedent Takayanagi / Kaoru Abe  LP reisue has sold out. Please thinkk about combining as shipping this LP alone or 2 LPs would cost the same.

$65

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Akio Suzuki CD Resonant Spaces

Akio Suzuki CD “Resonant Spaces” 901 Editions

The work presented here for the very first time is the full documentation of Japanese sound artist and instruments builder Akio Suzuki’s solo works performed as part of ‘Resonant Spaces’, a tour with UK saxophonist John Butcher arranged in 2006 by the Arika organisation.
‘Resonant Spaces’ allowed people to experience sound in some of the remotest regions of Scotland for a series of site-specific performances in natural, prehistoric, manmade and industrial locations including the largest coastal cave in the UK (Smoo Cave), the Wormit reservoir, the largest industrial ice house (Tugnet Ice House), the WWII massive 4 storey, 30m wide cylindrical oil tank located in Lyness, the 2,500 year old – and Scotland’s largest stone circle – Ring of Brodgar, and the Hamilton Mausoleum which has an impressive reverberation decay of 15 seconds!
The fascination for the power of echo and the process of listening in relation to the audience are here magnified to create a very particular bond of rare beauty between the musical creation and nature’s environment.
The tour was supported by the Scottish Arts Council Lottery Funded, Tune Up, 300 million, NVA, Whiteburn Projects Ltd.

Project coordination and booklet photos by Keiko Yoshida.
Akio Suzuki’s diary translated by Alan Cummings.
Recorded by Ruari Cormack.
Mastered by Giuseppe Ielasi.
Designed by Mote Studio, Berlin.
Calligraphy by Akio Suzuki.
Saxophone on track 5 by John Butcher.

$19

Akio suzuki resonant CD Akio suzuki resonant 2CD