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Japan Sound Portrait

Neil Cantwell | Nick Luscombe

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The Japan Sound Portrait podcast is a regular series by Nick Luscombe and Neil Cantwell dedicated to the sharing of the many and varied sounds from Japan - from field recordings of the countryside and the city, to music and interviews from well-known and emerging Japanese artists, as well as international artists with an interest in the subject. For more info about Japan Sound Portrait please visit http://japansoundportrait.tumblr.com/
 
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We are pleased to temporarily return from hiatus to bring you this podcast marking the recent release of a trailer https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewyDyjfV34I for the Sound of Kyoto project, http://www.soundofkyoto.jp/ by Marios Joannou Elia. https://www.mjelia.com/ Sharing Marios' intrigue with the question "Does each city have its own sound?", it…
 
Concluding our series of podcasts focusing on Akinobu Tatsumi's visit to the UK, we are happy to bring you a section from his performance at The Rose Hill in Brighton on Sunday 24th February - it's a rather special journey through a range of both traditional and modern sounds. Please enjoy! And with many thanks to Yolanda Liou for the picture, whic…
 
Although beginning and ending somewhere in the vicinity of Japan, this podcast travels beyond our normal geographical boundaries in order to preview some of the artists who'll be performing alongside TA2MI on his forthcoming UK tour. The mix is inspired sequentially from the line-up for our Sound Portraits event at The Rose Hill in Brighton on Sund…
 
We are delighted to confirm the full details for Akinobu Tatsumi / TA2MI's forthcoming visit to the UK, which will include: Wednesday 20th February The Arts Institute, Plymouth - KanZeOn screening, Q&A, DJ set https://www.plymouth.ac.uk/whats-on/ta2mi-tour-uk-2019-kanzeon-and-the-hip-hop-monk https://www.facebook.com/events/522540438237169/ Friday …
 
Also celebrating Tatsumi's forthcoming visit to the UK, we are making the film KanZeOn available to watch online for free for the first time - Tatsumi is one of three main characters in the film, which is part documentary and part a sensory exploration of sound, so anyone wanting to find out more about his fascinating double-life as a Buddhist prie…
 
Following the announcement of our forthcoming event 'Thus Have I Heard: Sound and Buddhism in Japan' http://thushaveiheard.eventbrite.co.uk/ which features the Buddhist priest and producer/DJ Akinobu Tatsumi, this podcast features a selection of Tatsumi's music. Two selections are taken from this mix of some of his more dancefloor oriented tracks b…
 
In this podcast we are happy to share some of the great music that we've been sent/given during the year... - starting with a remix by our friend Koichi Yuasa/japanetehq of a Japan Sound Portrait track made with Takeshi Nishimoto at last year's nowJapan Festival. - followed by a track called City (Lm version) by GOOD LUCK HEIWA, from their album Lm…
 
Nick meets DJ Sinta and UKD from the Tokyo Grime production duo Double Clapperz, and ONJUICY, a Grime MC also from Tokyo, during their visit to London earlier this summer. https://soundcloud.com/doubleclapperz https://onjuicy.localinfo.jp/ We already started to explore the story of Grime music in Japan in a previous interview with Elijah, Director …
 
Nick meets Tomoko Hojo and Rahel Kraft - two sound artists who are exploring intimate, hidden sounds in different regions through a joint project. During their two months residency at Nairs in 2017, they investigated the specific acoustics of the Lower Engadine, in collaboration with the local community with special regard to the interaction of 'in…
 
We are delighted to interview Kiku Day, (http://www.kikuday.com/) one of the organisers of the World Shakuhachi Festival, which is taking place this week in London. Following discussion of the festival, Kiku-san gives some in-depth background about the history of the instrument, and discloses elements of the experience of playing the instrument, wh…
 
Nick discusses the film CODA with its subject Ryuichi Sakamoto and its Director Stephen Nomura Schible. ---------------------------------- One of the most important artists of our era, Ryuichi Sakamoto has had a prolific career spanning over four decades, from techno-pop stardom to Oscar-winning film composer. The evolution of his music has coincid…
 
Nick meets Haruomi Hosono ahead of his forthcoming UK performances in London https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/light-in-the-attic-haruomi-hosono-acetone and Brighton http://theoldmarket.com/shows/haruomi-hosono/ to discuss the release of The Haruomi Hosono Archival Series by Light In The Attic Records https://lightintheattic.net/artis…
 
Here is a special edition of the Japan Sound Portrait podcast to celebrate a special week-long season on BBC Radio 3 called Night Blossoms, which will explore the mysterious, counter-cultural and unexpected side of Japanese music and arts across the station’s evening programmes, running from 21st to the 27th April. The season will start on Saturday…
 
Ahead of next week's BBC Radio 3 Exposure / Japan Sound Portrait event at Spiritland http://spiritland.com/events/bbc-radio-3-exposure-japan-sound-portrait-live/ we have a special podcast including interviews with two of the featured artists who will be performing - Hatis Noit and Midori Hirano/MimiCof. Hatis Noit is a vocal performer inspired by J…
 
Another Kyushu Special, featuring field recordings by Thomas Martin Nutt https://www.thomasmartinnutt.com/ of - New Years Day prayers at Yasaka Shrine in Kokura. - A summer meadow in Mt. Kujyu. - Part of the Tagawa River Festival. - Frogs in some rice paddies around Nogata. plus two tracks from TA2MI's recently released new HeadCleaner album https:…
 
An interview with Takeshi Nishimoto, combined with recordings from a recent improvised live collaborative Japan Sound Portrait performance at the nowJapan Festival in Vlinus, Lithuania. Born in Fukuoka, Takeshi is a classically trained guitarist and composer who is conversant with European, Northern Indian, and American jazz classical traditions. I…
 
Tomoko Sauvage, Japanese musician and artist active since mid 2000’s, investigates the sculpturality of sound and improvisation in relation to the environment. Mainly known for a musical / visual research about ‘natural synthesizer’ of her invention, composed with diverse fluid, bowls, ceramic, light and underwater amplification, Sauvage’s approach…
 
“to me the world is sound. Sound penetrates me, linking me to the world. I give sounds active meaning. By doing this I am assured of being in the sounds, becoming one with them. To me this is the greatest reality. It is not that I shape anything, but rather that I desire to merge with the world.” Toru Takemitsu, Confronting Silence, p.13…
 
We leave you with the rhythmical motions and gently deep popping that is the sound of green tea leaves being dried in a large metal bowl over a fire. This traditional technique was recorded at a co-operative drying house in a valley of the tea-growing region of Ureshino in Kyushu - apparently one of the few left still using the technique, and the E…
 
A first selection from recent sound gatherings in Kyushu, featuring: - a quartet of Tatami mat weaving machines, made from the igusa grass that is a speciality of the Yatsushiro region. - a performance of Hidakagawa-Iriai-Zakura at the Seiwa Bunrakukan Puppetry Theatre https://kumanago.jp/en/libraries/detail/101 - an extract from TA2MI's forthcomin…
 
Nick Luscombe speaks to Midori Komachi live at the Japanese Playback event in Spiritland. You'll hear excerpts from Midori's performance on the night. Her new album, Warp and Weft, is out now on EM Records. https://www.midorikomachi.com/home/discography/2nd-album-warp-and-weft-2017/
 
Neil talks to kidkanevil about 'nemui pj' - a new duo he's made with Japanese musician Noah. Named after the group's mutual appreciation for making music in pyjamas, they have a debut pumpkin ep out on flau records from July http://flau.jp/releases/r29.html https://flau.bandcamp.com/album/pumpkin-ep Other Featured music: doll (kidkanevil remix) fro…
 
A bank holiday special of material from our recent Japanese Playback event held at Spiritland in London, featuring the one and only Clive Bell. http://www.clivebell.co.uk/ --- CLIVE BELL is a musician, composer and writer with a specialist interest in the shakuhachi, khene and other Far Eastern wind instruments. He has travelled extensively in Japa…
 
This episode focuses on some recent developments in the field of electronic music in Japan, through hearing about the Japanese encounters of Elijah, Director of the UK Grime record label Butterz. http://butterz.co.uk/ Starting with first online contacts whilst DJing on Rinse FM, his interest was further sparked by the Japanese War Dubs Tournament (…
 
As part of our current trip to Japan, Nick meets Taro Tsunoda, the owner of Waltz, an incredible shop specializing in tapes and other vintage musical merchandise. http://waltz-store.co.jp/ It's a place that is definitely worth a visit whenever passing through Tokyo.
 
Further anticipating getting on a plane to Tokyo this time next week, this episode is a collection of music that we picked up on our last Japan Sound Portrait visit back in 2015. Featuring: Orion / Yasuyuki Funatsu https://soundcloud.com/yasuyuki-funatsu Dj Shark https://djshark.bandcamp.com/ and Escalade https://escalade.bandcamp.com/…
 
A collection of beats from shinekosei's Juel Suite, topped and tailed with recordings from Tokyo in anticipation of next month's trip to Japan. The first track in particular was inspired by experiencing the scale of the Tokyo metropolis...
 
Following a break last week for our event at Cafe Oto, the podcast returns with another trip through our Sound Map of Kyushu https://www.japansoundportrait.com/sound-map in anticipation of returning there next month. Featuring an array of field recordings from the shooting of KanZeOn http://www.kanzeonthemovie.com/ and an unreleased track by TA2MI.…
 
The last preview podcast for our event at Cafe Oto next week https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/japan-sound-portrait/ featuring an interview with abirdwhale / Masato Kakinoki, a London-based Japanese musician, audiovisual artist, film music composer, PhD in Music candidate at Canterbury Christ Church University. His work varies from singer-songwriter…
 
Music from all of the artists appearing at our forthcoming Cafe Oto event: https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/japan-sound-portrait/ Makoto Nomura - Fukuoka 5 Makoto Nomura and Kumiko Yabu - Welcome to Tsui Village Midori Komachi - Toshio Hosokawa's 'Spell for Solo Violin' abirdwhale - Singals Verity Lane - As The Surface Of The Ocean Gently Breaks ne…
 
An interview with Makoto Nomura, who will be performing live at our forthcoming event at Cafe Oto. https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/japan-sound-portrait/ --- Makoto Nomura is a Kyoto based composer/improviser. He mainly plays the piano, melodica, rooftiles and gamelan. His composition includes Japanese traditional instruments, Javanese gamelan, wes…
 
The Japan Sound Portrait podcast returns with a trip through our newly released Kyushu Sound Map, available here on our new website: https://www.japansoundportrait.com/sound-map We will be back next week featuring an interview with Makoto Nomura, who will be playing at our forthcoming live event at Cafe Oto on March 16th https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/e…
 
For any regular listeners, just to let you know that the podcast will now be taking a little Winter Break - a few interviews may appear sporadically, but for now we will be focusing on preparing for our first upcoming live event in March https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/japan-sound-portrait/ and a trip to Japan in April. Thanks for listening and we…
 
A special preview of material from a new Japan Sound Portrait USB Card release coming soon on Bleep.com Featuring kidkanevil's KanZeOn ReIndication http://kanzeonreindications.bandcamp.com/track/kanzeon-reindication-kidkanevil and more pieces from shinekosei's Juel Suite http://shinekosei.bandcamp.com/ stitched together with a few field recordings.…
 
Nick Luscombe speaks to Tottenham born music-maker, sound artist and producer Verity Lane, who recently returned to the UK after spending 10 years in Japan. She completed a BA Hons in Japanese and music at School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), and won an award by JASSO to study at Osaka University, Japan. She then went on to complete an MA…
 
This week's podcast is a special feature on the music of Koichi Yuasa - a former car mechanic turned tea farmer now living in the town of Ureshino, Saga prefecture. His company make amazing tea oil products: http://www.ryokumon.jp/ He taught me the meaning of the word 'shibui', probably my favourite Japanese word: a particular aesthetic of simple, …
 
Featuring - sounds collected on our Japan Sound Portrait tour of Kyushu in Spring 2015: a countryside level crossing; the engine of Kazuhisa-san's 1983 Jetta; a performance of Karma Chameleon by Michiko-san at the Lanka school in Kagoshima; Tomo-san's Affinity Lo-Pro bike. - recordings on the island of Yakushima sent to us by Andy Gilham of the ban…
 
A combination of Nick's field recordings in Japan this year Firstly a busy afternoon of activities around a small Japanese town park in early Autumn. Local trains, dragonflies, building work and post office vans all playing their part in this very local sonic soap opera. Followed by a combination of a trip round a supermarket, the sound of traffic …
 
This week's podcast is specially devoted to TA2MI - our friend Tatsumi Akinobu, a Jodo Shinshuu Buddhist monk from the countryside outside the city of Kumamoto in the South of Japan. This mix shows off the full range of his musical talents, taking in: A track from a new release with Cheese N Pot-C for blocsonic http://blocsonic.com/releases/bsmx014…
 
Nick talks to violinist Midori Komachi, discussing her career to date and her thoughts about the relationship between Western and Japanese music. http://www.midorikomachi.com/ Following the interview is Midori's performance of Toshio Hosokawa's 'Spell for Solo Violin', recorded at Hosokawa's 60th Anniversary Concert in Tokyo in November 2015. In th…
 
featuring: Forest Whitaker reciting a quote from the Hagakure in Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai, discussing the central tenet of the Hannya Shingyo / Heart Sutra that form is emptiness and emptiness is form. Field recordings from walking the 88 Temple Shikoku pilgrimage One of my favourite tracks that I ever made with my friend Koichi Yuasa, a tea f…
 
"Japanese people recognise that the sound of the cicada is the end of the summer, and we feel really melancholic." For our first Japan Sound Portrait Podcast interview, Nick talks to Sayaka Botanic and Tommi Tokyo from groupA. http://groupaband.com/
 
The second episode of the Japan Sound Portrait podcast, featuring sounds associated with an event we took part in at the Faculty of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Cambridge earlier this year - kotsuzumi performance by Akihiro Iitomi, taken from the film KanZeOn, and then sections of the soundtrack from our Virtual Reality Jap…
 
The first in the weekly series of Japan Sound Portrait podcasts, featuring the first section of material contained on the project's first physical release - a bamboo USB card, now available for pre-order here https://japansoundportrait.bandcamp.com/merch/japan-sound-portrait-bamboo-usb-card The Japan Sound Portrait podcast is a regular series by Ni…
 
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