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Masonna & Incapacitants LP

Masonna  LP Bursting Absolute Moods (The Lost First Album 1989) – Urashima

Black inner sleeve with deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve with Maso Yamazaki’s photo cover art plus full color postcard in 300gr, foldable in A4 size and business card with art cover replica of Coquette tape All Live Recording At My Room where debut Lp on Vis A Vis was announced / Here the God of Noise Masonna in fine early form here on Bursting Absolute Moods, an album recorded in 1989 and originally due to be released on Vis A Vis Audio Arts. But it never happened, and these recordings, made in super-direct manner at home (neighbours be damned) never came out… Until now! Raw electronics, feedback, and loads of screaming, all extremely distorted 

ltd to 300, only a few

$23

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Incapacitants LP Extreme Gospel Night – Urashima

Extreme Gospel Nights is a shocking cassette from 1993, released by one of the Japanoise-defining labels, Vanilla Records, whose sound is particularly exciting, agonizingly dense and full of detail – there’s very little air to breathe here. Gospel refers to the place (in Tokyo) where the recordings were made, so don’t expect traditional spirituals. Instead you get some truly alien performances, complete with sporadic screaming of vivisected baboons drowning in the sonic sludge. There are two tracks on Vanilla tape; Bitter Insect on side A and the super lo-fi Accelerated No(i)sebleed on side B, in all probability recorded directly from the soundboard. Just pure, unadulterated electronic distortion of the highest quality done by two of the masters who have ever turned the knob on a distortion pedal that is fun, terrifying, hypnotic and fascinating all at the same time; their noise takes root not in violence or gimmickry, but in pure energy.  It also serves as great example of just what makes well done noise so great:  the layers of complexity that build upon each other reveal new and different textures and patterns on subsequent listenings.

Mastered by Toshiji Mikawa and reissued for the first time in vinyl, the record has been pressed on 140gr black vinyl with black label and black inner sleeve and comes in a deluxe silver silkscreen on black cardboard sleeve in 300 copies with Tomyodai-lighthouse photo (in the late Meiji) cover art plus an insert in classic paper ultra-bright with finish glossy plastic coating with perfect replica of original art from Vanilla Records tape cover. Each copy enveloped in tissue golden paper (plus sticker) as original tape release. Only a few !

$23

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la scène 裸身 CD & ltd cassette

la scène 裸身 CD 天の赤道  – Ten No Sekido – Inner Pleasure

Subtle and profound Japanese slowcore; It will transport you to the fount via the bowels of the sound. This work is created from a collaboration of Atsuo (Boris), especially inspired by his view about the voice. Each song exudes its presence like a small signpost glowing in the darkness, and its introspective sound swells as a form of therapy.
It features guest guitar by Hideki Yamagiwa (Katurei/Chi to Shizuku) and also guest vocals by Atsuo in 16mins title track “Ten no Sekido” Mastered by Soichiro Nakamura (PEACE MUSIC).

My best discovery (Thanks Dieter). An excellent  Dreamy Japanese slowcore with Saya voice (sometimes reminescent from Saya / Tenniscoats voice, a bit lower and  less “manierish”)  interrupted with intense guitar solos. A name that will probably grow, this one has our highest recommendations. The band shoud have a gig in UK in October, if you can help with finding some more dates in Europe, please get in touch with us or Patrick at Cadmus Tape

$18

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la scène 裸身  cassetteTen no Sekido – Cadmus Tape

25 made. Contains exclusive live version of The 18th Day… comes with glow in the dark plectrum, postcard and download code.  Only a very few, this one has a bonus and comes on an excellent and friendly label from London. I’m pretty sure this one is almost gone for collectors and I’m definitively one of them.

$11

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Not Waving / Jim O’Rourke LP

No Waving / Jim O’Rourke LP  “Side A / Side B” – Diagonal

Sold out at source !
Colour vinyl edition of 500 copies, housed in a screen printed polythene bag. Includes a download dropped to your account.
In a dream hook-up for Diagonal, Jim O’Rourke reimagines material from the vaults of Alessio Natalizia AKA Not Waving and turns in a magisterial kosmiche synth-scape, backed with a sprawling slab of mazy rhythmic brilliance. O’Rourke has been a long-time admirer of Not Waving, and what started out as more of straight remix project quickly turned into a collaboration-at-a-distance, with Natalizia sending extra material and pushing O’Rourke to stray as far from the original material as possible.
In both parts, he does him proud. ‘Side A’ renders an original chromatic synth knot into a spiralling, heavenly superstructure worthy of comparison with Popol Vuh, before the flip envelopes listeners in a hyper-baroque rave hall of mirrors — all iridescent arps and irregular, automated pulses that refract palatial imaginary spaces.

$19 only a few

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Akio Suzuki LP

Akio Suzuki LP “Jumping and Standing” Art Into Life

Limited edition pressing of 300 copies * Includes text insert by Akio Suzuki. Originally recorded in 1984, “Jumping and Standing” consists of a live performance at Musashino Art University by pioneering Japanese sound artist Akio Suzuki, accompanied by five toy rabbits. This long-awaited release epitomizes Suzuki’s approach to performance, imbued with a characteristic sense of humor and an organic interplay with his audiences, as evinced by uproarious laughter heard on the opening track. Now some three decades later, contemporary listeners are likewise drawn ever deeper into this novel noisescape featuring an ensemble of wind-up bunnies on broken boards, metallic fragments, and a reel-to-reel tape deck on the fritz.

$24

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Meno 1st CD

Meno 1sCD  Galleria Zarigania

Meno is the trio of  Hiroto Hayashi, Ikuro Takahashi & Kota Inukai

They are good old friends, they play guitar, bass & drums with Hayashi on vocals. Sometimes it reminds me a bit Kasuni trio but Hayashi’s voice is rawer, sometimes a bit raspy. Simple but a true pleasure for ears. Comes in a nice 15 x 21 cm cover.

$15

(you can order it with the new Ikuro Takahashi LP, shipping costs would remain thesame)

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Philipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien LP

Philipe Maté / Daniel Vallancien LP Souffle Continu Records

Souffle Continu Records present the first ever vinyl reissue of Philippe Maté/Daniel Vallancien, originally released in 1972. Although discrete, the career of saxophonist Philippe Maté includes nonetheless several indispensable albums: be it with the Acting TrioJean Guérin (Tacet), or Jef Gilson (Workshop), his collaborations in a big band or quartet with Lawrence “Butch” Morris, his presence in the Saxophone Quartet and also on the brilliant 1972 album L’Enfant Assassin Des Mouche by Jean-Claude Vannier (BMS 001CD, FKR 001X-LP). As for the man in the background: Daniel Vallancien, a sound engineer rarely featured on the sleeves; the collection Actuel on the BYG label owes much to him (he is at the controls behind Anthony BraxtonDon CherrySonny Sharrock, or Steve Lacy), and the same goes for Saravah for who he notably recorded AreskiBrigitte FontaineMaurice Lemaître, or the Cohelmec Ensemble. Not bad for starters! What is more, Daniel Vallancien is one of a prestigious group of French recording engineers with open ears and often themselves musicians, even if only occasionally for some, including Bruno MennyDaniel Deshays, or Jean-Marc Foussat, who have all recorded remarkable albums as leaders. Behind this collaboration was the idea of creating music which was free, direct, and spontaneous, while having also a minimum of advance planning. Music, according to the brief liner notes desirous to “remove itself from long and patient laboratory experiments“. So, there can be found here none of the sophisticated tools associated with electroacoustic research, but mainly a recording mixer console, which, in the hands of Daniel Vallancien acts directly on the original instrumental sound in real time, modifying and multiplying it while respecting the natural flow. Be it Paul MéfanoBetsy JolasGérard Grisey, or Jacques Lejeune, many contemporary composers working in France have, at one time or another, included the saxophone in their work. Nothing can compare to the singularity of the dialogue between Philippe Maté and Daniel Vallancien, which they themselves describe as being “serious, sarcastic or humorous”, with, here and there, “disturbing sounds”. Words, however, even those used by the protagonists themselves, are insufficient to describe such a sonic object, difficult to identify and, it has to be said, extraordinary. Licensed from Saravah. Gatefold sleeve; Obi strip Edition of 500

$19 only a few

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Gerogerigegege CD Senzuri

The Gerogerigegege CD “The Senzuri Champion revised” Vis à Vis Audio Arts

“revised” edition of Senzuri Champion consisting of alternate takes, live versions and unreleased tracks from around 1985/1988, ltd edition, move fast !

$18

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Haigan CD “Genocide of the good friends” Vis à Vis Audi Arts

Funny grindcore, free noise, free jazz band – just , imagine Hijokaidan drinking some bleach.  On Juntaro Yamanouchi home label, I guess they kind of share the same humour. Only a very few !

$ 14

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Cullcanecho CD “Cullcanecho” Vis à Vis Audio Arts

A very surprising new name on Juntaro’s label. This is a beautiful and delicate album with  a fado influence. It’s not a joke, if you are also like us in enka waters and folk, you really should give a try. Only a very few !

$14

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Ichiyanagi CD w/ Yoko Ono – Omega Point

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

$20

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Maher Shalal Hash Baz cs

Maher Shalal Hash Baz cs “Bleu de la Brousse” Hotel Rustique

ow bias cassette, Hand letterpressed covers, flourescent inks.
includes letterpressed song title sheet & download of music , ltd to 125

Tori Kudo : guitar, voice
Naoki Otani : trumpet
Koji Shibuya : bass, melodica
McCloud Zicmuse : percussion

Recorded live on cassette by Koji Shibuya
at Hameau de la Brousse, France on the 26 of June 2007

$12 only a few

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Masami Kawaguchi’s New Rock Syndicate

Masami Kawaguchi’s New Rock Syndicate CD Now” Purifiva / Kasumuen

CD version of this famous album released on An’archives earlier in 2018, we still have only a few remaining copies of  this one ! Liner notes by our friend Jon Dale

$16

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Sarry – Fuji Yuki + Sachiko

Sarry CD “Exspiravit Planeta” Jigen

Comes in a cradboard sleeve with obi.

New album by Fuji Yuki and 821. This new album is really a nice step as it sounds darker and more minimal, far from the Dead Can Dance sound. Bass turns into a cello, a bit of percussion and noise. Here that works fine, less is more

$16

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Fuji Yuki CD “Orient” Mu planet

CD version of the LP version released on Bambalam, comes in a nifty cardboard sleeve

$16

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Sachiko CDR “Jangala flamed with deep red” Reverb Worship

Re-stock of this excellent droney album by Sachiko, last copies

$9

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Sachiko CDR “Bird Songs in a Deep, Hollow Tone”” Reverb Worship

re-stock, last copies of one of my favorite Sachiko album with some more acoustic sources.

$10

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Albedo Fantastica CD

Albedo Fantastica 

Keiko Higuchi + Sachiko

“Culvert and Starry Night”

CD ltd to 250
Free Wind Mood  series
Label : An’archives
Ref : [An’15]
7 inch silkscreened jacket with obi (red or grey), insert and postcard
Printed by Alan Sherry

Albedo Fantastica  is the duo of  Keiko Higuchi  and Sachiko. Both of them are well known names to those who are evolving in the Japanese underground waters since each has been involved in many projects and each has a consisting discography on labels as Musik Atlach, Improvising Beings, Utech.  Their respective backgrounds are maybe a little bit different but they share a common interest in different genres from jazz and rock to free improvisation and have collaborated with a cast of various musicians in the likes of  Cris X, Fukuoka Rinji, Kawaguchi Masami, Uchida Shizuo, Shin-Ichiro Kanda…

Albedo Fantastica isn’t exception to the unexpected. This album is one of their most powerful performances and their first released on CD.  35 minutes of free spirits calling voices, piano, electronics and more , using all sonic waves to take any good listener to unknown shores. For sure it’s not a comfortable & easy album as the entire experience is rather intense and does not bear a distracted attention.  It requires engagement. Magicians, witches, shamans – just leave your landmarks behind you, as the whole performance will hook and embark you in an intense and unpredictable sonic trip.  Dive into a new dimension, call it psychedelic if you need to label such a bloody and uncompromised music – a listen that is not about to fall into oblivion with these two free women beating space and senses.

Pricing

12 EUR

France : 14 EUR en lettre

All destinations : 17  EUR including airmail

Paypal : clerouley[at]free[dot]fr

Special price with any An’archives LP : 26 EUR + postage

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Seiji Onishi, Gap on Omega Point

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 !

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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”

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Gap 2CD “Practical Concert”  + Poster  special edition Omega Point

Limited to 50

This edition is added original poster “Katakata News” (issue no.2 printed in 1978, A1 size) on regular 2CD “Practical Concert”. “Katakata News” was a publication that reported on workshop activities at “Katakata Music Classroom”, which GAP member organized for elementary school students. On July 16th, 1978, a workshop has been held at a youth culture center in Chiba and was featured in the second issue of the News published in September, 1978.

Unfortunately this poster is written in Japanese only, but a sheet of English explanation for the bulletin is added by OMEGA POINT. In paper bag, limited 50 copies.

SOLD OUT

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Yasumune Morishige /  Reizen CD “Music For Piano” Omega Point

This new recording is collaboration by Yasumune Morishige and Rezen.
Yasumune Morishige is one of Japan’s most unique voices of the cello, improvising musician. His sound is not only hard edge and deep but also sensitive, however, he has played with other artists almost than solo.
Reizen has acted as ambient unit Nerae until several years ago. He plays guitar drone now, and the sound was released on PSF and Fylkingen.

In this recording, they played inside (and prepared) piano only. Especially Morishige’s solo piano play is extremely rare. Reizen’s sound is made from wires of piano vibrated by handy fan. All tracks consists of their solo playing.

1st edition: metallic blue cover (ltd.90)

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Yasumune Morishige /  Reizen CD “Live in Hong Kong” Omega Point

$16

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Somei Satoh CD “Echoes” Omega Point

Back in stock ! Great Classic

$18

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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.

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Takashi Matsudaira “Extended Voices” Omega Point

Extended Voices, a compilation LP album released from Odyssey, a former section of Columbia Records, the U.S., contains works of “extended voices” offered by important authors of the experimental music circle including Pauline Oliveros, Morton Feldman, John Cage and Alvin Lucier [1]. As we had obtained the tape recording of Extended Voices composed by Toshi Ichiyanagi, a number consisting of electronic sounds and modulated voices which is contained in the album, we sought help from Takashi Matsudaira, a baritone singer, and worked on the realization of the piece in a different manner from the original version. By featuring this realization but also adding experimental pieces selected by Matsudaira as well as his own original work, we constructed “an anthology of extended voices” partially as homage to the original LP.

$18

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Toshi Ichiyanagi + Kenji Kobayashi 2CD “Duo Recital” Omega Point

In 1961, soon after Toshi Ichiyanagi returned from the USA, two concerts were performed at the Sogetsu Art Center ; “Toshi Ichiyanagi Concert”, at which some member of ‘Group Ongaku’ joined, as well as “Toshi Ichiyanagi and Kenji Kobayashi Duo Recital”, which recording is used for this album. It was a major opportunity for its audience to experience the works of Toshi Ichiyanagi and the avant-garde philosophy directly in front of their eyes. Six months later, John Cage made his first visit to Japan for a concert tour. Of course, then the Japanese music scene would be struck by a huge “shock”. So we can consider the recital by Ichiyanagi as a “quiet shock” before the “storm”.

DISC 1
track 1: Sylvano Bussotti Music for violin / 9’18”
track 2: Morton Feldman Duet for violin and piano / 9’55”
track 3: Toshi Ichiyanagi The Pile / For String #2 (simultaneous performance) / 19’06”
track 4: Anton Webern 4 Pieces for violin and piano, Op.7 / 5’18”
track 5: La Monte Young 561 to Henry Flynt / 11’24”

DISC 2
track 1: John Cage 34’46.776″ / 31’33”

$29

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Toshi ichiyanagi CD “Music For Tinguely” Omega Point

music composition: Toshi Ichiyanagi / technical assistance: Shigenosuke Okuyama
track 1_Music for Tinguely (1963) 10’01” (from OPA-005)
track 2-4_Sound Materials of ‘Music for Tinguely’ (1963) 15’46”

This simple CD version was made as related item of the magazine gq No.9. Special cardboard package, limited of 300 copies.

$18

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Veltz CD ” Homage to Home Electronics” Omega Point

“I’m interested in junk materials and have made sound works since several years ago. Before then, I listened experimental music as a fan, but my border of music and non music became meaningless by encounter with Fluxus, sound-art, media-art and others. Since then, I love texture of ‘sound’ itself.
I remarked abandoned analog televisions when transmitting system of broadcast signal was changed to digital format in 2011. They are one of my favorite instrument at present, and I hold live performance and installation used them.
In this CD, I used analog TV, cassette tape recorder and video player. However, their sounds are not manipulated, and I recorded their spontaneous machine noise only. Are These one of ‘experimental music’? I think it may be ‘discovered music’. Obviously, I cannot leave from the fascination of ordinary equipments in my life.”

$15

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