IMJ-10CD Improvised music from Japan


Various musicians

This package contains 10CDs - five book-type card sleeves hold two CDs each - and an 80-page booklet (in English and Japanese) housed in a wooden box.
    Disc 1
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  1. Yoshihide Otomo [Taku Sugimoto, electric guitar; Tetuzi Akiyama, turntable without records, contact microphone; Sachiko M, sine waves; Yoko Nishi, prepared 17-string koto; Mari Furuta, snare drum; Kumiko Takara, snare drum; Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, waterphone with bow; Yoshimitsu Ichiraku, cymbal with bow; Itokan, crotales; Masahiro Uemura, Vietnamese bells]: Cathode #4: sound check version (05.22); recorded at GOK Sound, Kichijoji, Tokyo, May/June 2001
  2. Tetsuro Yasunaga, computer: Two organs (09.57); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
  3. Tetsuro Yasunaga, computer: Four organs (02.42); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
  4. Tetsuro Yasunaga, computer, mini-disc player/Utah Kawasaki, analogue synthesizer, mini-disc player: Disc review 3 (03.14); recorded at Tonpu in Kichijoji, Tokyo, May 2001
  5. Yasuhiro Yoshigaki, electronics, trumpet: Italians and JC & R (08.10); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
  6. Tetuzi Akiyama, turntable, DJ mixer, contact microphone: T.T. (25.49); recorded at Galery Off Site in Yoyogi, Tokyo, on 29 March 2001
  7. Yasuhiro Otani, 50 iMacs: Music for 50 iMacs (16.36); recorded at Xebec Hall, Kobe on 11 March 1999
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  1. Haco, vocal, sampler: High/low (03.32); recorded at Kafe Myzik, Lyons, France in May 2000
  2. Mescaline Go-Go [Haco, guitar; Christopher Stevens, guitar]: 12 string revy (04.10); recorded at Big Apple, Kobe in October 1999
  3. Hoahio [Haco, vocal, sampler; Michiyo Yagi, koto]: Marimo II (04.34); recorded at Mescalina, Kobe, 2001
  4. View Masters: Fluorescent lamp on the fritz (01.59); recorded at Mescalina, Kobe in June 2000
  5. Happiness Proof [Haco, vocal, guitar, synthesizer; Atsushi Tsuyama, bass, acoustic guitar; Christopher Stevens, guitar; Bill, drums]: Isolated mix (03.45); recorded at Bears, Osaka in December 2000
  6. Skist [Haruna Ito, samples, electronics; Samm Bennett, samples, electronics, piano]: Pondlife 4 (02.42); recorded at Polarity, Tokyo, 2000-2001
  7. Skist [Haruna Ito, samples, electronics; Samm Bennett, samples, electronics, piano]: Pondlife 3 (02.06); recorded at Polarity, Tokyo, 2000-2001
  8. Skist [Haruna Ito, samples, electronics; Samm Bennett, samples, electronics, piano]: Pondlife 1 (02.45); recorded at Polarity, Tokyo, 2000-2001
  9. Big Picture [Phew, vocal, sampler; Hiroyuki Nagashima, sound direction; Masateru Terai, EMS AKS, Casio SK-1]: BP010806.bgp (03.14); recorded at GE Studio, Roppongi, Tokyo on 18 July 2001
  10. Mitsuru Nasuno, bass, keyboards, voice, programming, etc; Samm Bennett, wave drum: Motai (07.30); recorded at Earth Studio, Asagaya, Tokyo, nd
  11. Mitsuru Nasuno, bass, programming, etc; Osamu Isoda, guitar, voice; Yasuhiro Yoshigki, percussion: Karamel (04.13); recorded at Earth Studio, Asagaya, Tokyo, nd
  12. Ground Zero [Yoshihide Otomo, turntables; Eye Yamatsuka, voice]: Feb 1992 (03.17); recorded at GOK Sound, Kokubunji, Tokyo in August 2001
  13. Astro Twin [Ami Yoshida, voice; Utah Kawasaki, analogue synthesizer]: Rehearsal at Uplink Factory (04.42); recorded at Uplink Factory, Shibuya, Tokyo on 17 March 2001
  14. Ami Yoshida, voice; Masahiko Okura, alto saxophone: Improvisation@ArtLand (11.31); recorded at ArtLand, Musashikoganei, Tokyo on 25 August 2001
  15. Ami Yoshida, voice: Hooooooooon (08.26); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
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  1. Toshimaru Nakamura [Arne Borgan, LISA; Sergio Frazao, percussion, microphone; Unn Fahlstrom, Nordlead; Tonny Kluften, double bass; Hakon Kornstad, saxophone; Kai Mikalsen, Arp, contact microphone; Are Mokkelbost, LISA; Mathias Oygard, sound forge; Alexander Rishang, LISA]: oosslloo (17.52); recorded at the National Academy of Fine Art, Oslo on 30 May 2001
  2. Tamaru, bass guitar: Bifu Sekai (Zephyr world) (19.21); recorded in Tokyo, 22 July 2001
  3. Yoshimitsu Ichiraku Cymbal Orchestra [Yoshimitsu Ichiraku, 12-inch cymbal, A-440 chime, 16-inch China cymbal]: Method for the fourth note, which is not actually played (20.29); recorded at Freak Tone Freaks Studio, Yamaguchi on 12 July 2001
  4. Taku Sugimoto, six-string bass guitar; Martin Siewert, guitar, electronics; Burkhard Stangl, guitars: SSS (13.15); recorded in the basement of Plag Dich Nicht, Vienna on 25 April 2000
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  1. Sachiko M, two oscillators: 13072001 (07.16); recorded at A-102 Studio, Tokyo, July 2001
  2. Toshimaru Nakamura, no-input mixing board: nimb #19-1 (08.44); recorded at the Cornerhouse gallery, Manchester on 18 June 2001
  3. Toshimaru Nakamura, no-input mixing board: nimb #9.1 (08.21); recorded at Rhiz, Vienna on 18 May 2000
  4. Taku Sugimoto, amplified guitar; Annette Krebs, electro-acoustic guitar: 24/01/01 (14.14); recorded at Chez Lulu, Liège, Belgium on 24 January 2001
  5. Atsuhiro Ito, optron: Acousmatic 9 (03.25); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
  6. Atsuhiro Ito, optron: Radio O.P.T. (10.51); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
  7. Yoshihide Otomo, electric guitar, turntables, percussion: The blue kite (18.35); recorded at Cinemaskhole, Nagoya on 15 September 2000
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  1. Kazuhisa Uchihashi, electric guitar; sampled musicians - Gene Coleman, bass clarinet; Kazuhisa Uchihashi, guitar, daxophone: Invisible guitar (21.45); recorded at Big Apple, Kobe on 27 July 2001
  2. Utah Kawasaki, synthesizer: Object tracking (09.49); recorded in Tokyo, June 2001
  3. Utah Kawasaki, electronics: Socket (09.35); recorded in Tokyo, July 2001
  4. Tsuguto Tsunoda, guitar, samples: October 26, 2000 (18.26); recorded in Tokyo on 26 October 2000
  5. Seiichi Yamamoto, electric guitar: Approach 1 (04.49); recorded at Studio Puzzle, Osaka in August 2001
  6. Seiichi Yamamoto, electric guitar: Approach 2 (02.28); recorded at Studio Puzzle, Osaka in August 2001
  7. Seiichi Yamamoto, electric guitar: Approach 3 (05.15); recorded at Studio Puzzle, Osaka in August 2001
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  1. Aki Onda, cassette recorders, effectors: Two women (10.30); recorded in Hanover and New York, 2001
  2. Aki Onda, cassette recorders, effectors: Take me to the water (08.54); recorded in Hanover and New York, 2001
  3. Aki Onda, cassette recorders, effectors: The last day of summer (02.20); recorded in Hanover and New York, 2001
  4. Kazuo Imai, stone board, brass board, stainless steel ball, wooden blocks, bamboo blocks, springs, small stones, shells, chain, egg cutter, bell, superballs, toy theremin, voice, etc: Ephemera 24-2 (12.37); recorded at Usagigoya, Tsukiji, Tokyo on 26 September 1997
  5. Kazuo Imai, electric guitar: Ephemera 22-3 (08.52); recorded at Usagigoya, Tsukiji, Tokyo on 11 April 1997
  6. Hado-ho [Takehito Nakazato, effector]: Stereo action suite 2001 (08.31); recorded in Tokyo, August 2001
  7. Incapacitants [Toshiji Mikawa, electronics, voice; Fumio Kosakai, electronics, voice]: Forest in noise 20010721 (10.51); recorded at 20000V, Koenji, Tokyo on 21 July 2001
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  1. Brett Larner, koto, laptop computer: Improvisation 1 (06.50); recorded at Barber Fuji, Ageo, 2 November 1998
  2. Brett Larner, koto, laptop computer: Improvisation 2 (08.21); recorded at Barber Fuji, Ageo, 2 November 1998
  3. Brett Larner, koto, laptop computer: Improvisation 3 (06.08); recorded at Barber Fuji, Ageo, 2 November 1998
  4. Yumiko Tanaka, gidayu shamisen, voice: Music for a four-and-a-half-tatami-mat room, fragment 1 (04.42); recorded in Yashiro, Hyogo prefecture, August 2001
  5. Yumiko Tanaka, gidayu shamisen, voice: Music for a four-and-a-half-tatami-mat room, fragment 2 (01.57); recorded in Yashiro, Hyogo prefecture, August 2001
  6. Yumiko Tanaka, gidayu shamisen, voice: Music for a four-and-a-half-tatami-mat room, fragment 3 (04.23); recorded in Yashiro, Hyogo prefecture, August 2001
  7. Yumiko Tanaka, gidayu shamisen, voice: Music for a four-and-a-half-tatami-mat room, fragment 4 (06.21); recorded in Yashiro, Hyogo prefecture, August 2001
  8. Yumiko Tanaka, gidayu shamisen, voice: Music for a four-and-a-half-tatami-mat room, fragment 5 (08.53); recorded in Yashiro, Hyogo prefecture, August 2001
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  1. Michiyo Yagi & Paulownia Crush [Hiroko Takahashi, koto honte; Madoka Nakano, koto honte; Michiyo Yagi, koto kaete; Yasuyo Takeuchi, koto kaete]: Godan ginuta (11.23); recorded in Tokoname, Aichi prefecture on 9 September 2001
  2. Michihiro Sato, Tsugaru shamisen: Improvisation (26.39); recorded at Nakano Geino Shogekijo, Nakano, Tokyo on 6 March 1996
  3. Michihiro Sato, Tsugaru shamisen: Nikata bushi (05.24); recorded at Nakano Geino Shogekijo, Nakano, Tokyo on 6 March 1996
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  1. Ryoji Hojito, grand piano, marbles, wooden blocks, battery-powered toothbrush handle, remodelled toy reed, voice: Kaiyu (07.49); recorded at Con Cariño, Sapporo, on 13 February 2001
  2. Junji Hirose, self-made instrument, soprano saxophone; Shuichi Chino, piano: Duo 1 (08.13); recorded at GOK Sound, Kichijoji, Tokyo, on 16 May 1998
  3. Junji Hirose, self-made instrument, soprano saxophone; Shuichi Chino, piano: Duo 2 (03.30); recorded at GOK Sound, Kichijoji, Tokyo, on 16 May 1998
  4. Gnu [Masahiko Okura, alto saxophone; Shinichi Tsukamoto, organ; Yukiya Taneishi, bass; Itoken, drums]: Meteora (08.05); recorded at Manda-la 2, Kichijoji, Tokyo, on 7 December 2000
  5. Masahiko Okura, bass clarinet: ittcc (03.01); recorded at Pink Sky, Tokyo, on 29 July 2001
  6. Masahiko Okura, bass clarinet: dvvvv (01.43); recorded at Pink Sky, Tokyo, on 29 July 2001
  7. Masahiko Okura, alto saxophone: Magnet sour (04.31); recorded at Pink Sky, Tokyo, on 29 July 2001
  8. Masahiko Okura, bass clarinet: Fiasco (for Fuutaro Yamada) (00.49); recorded at Pink Sky, Tokyo, on 29 July 2001
  9. Shoji Hano, drums; Werner Lüdi, baritone and alto saxophones; Peter Brötzmann, tenor saxophone, tarogato: Dedicated to (14.26); recorded at Kunsthaus Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland on 4 June 2000
  10. Shoji Hano, drums; Werner Lüdi, baritone and alto saxophones; Peter Brötzmann, tenor saxophone, tarogato: Werner (08.18); recorded at Kunsthaus Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland on 4 June 2000
  11. Shoji Hano, drums; Werner Lüdi, baritone and alto saxophones; Peter Brötzmann, tenor saxophone, tarogato: Lüdi (07.51); recorded at Kunsthaus Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland on 4 June 2000
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  1. Kyoko Kuroda, piano, voice, glocken, recorder, synthesizer; Kazuhisa Uchihashi, guitar: A reflection on the Beimlein (09.55); recorded at Minoya Hall, Osaka on 5 December 1997
  2. Kyoko Kuroda, piano, voice, glocken, recorder, synthesizer; Kazuhisa Uchihashi, guitar: Song and improvisation (08.40); recorded at Minoya Hall, Osaka on 5 December 1997
  3. Kazuo Imai; Yasushi Ozawa; Tomonao Koshikawa; Kei Shii; Masami Tada: From Marginal Consort 1998 (19.12); recorded at Hosei University Student Hall, Tokyo, on 12 September 1998
  4. Tetsu Saitoh, bass; Michel Doneda, soprano saxophone: Clé de voûte (25.12); recorded in Saint-Etienne, France on 8 June 2001

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