Archive for the ‘music’ Category

Last week my friend Miyuki and I visited the 2013 Dojima River Biennale — being held at the Dojima River Forum — so we could listen to ice records.  The Biennale is a masterclass in curatorial intelligence: centered around the theme of ‘water,’ the exhibit showcases a huge variety of highly-pleasing work.  I’m sure that […]


I like to listen to as much music as possible, and I’m picky and old-fashioned in two ways: 1) I like to listen to complete albums, beginning to end.  2) I almost never listen to music on a computer, and rarely on a portable digital player; instead, I like to crank up the hi-fi if […]


About a decade ago, I bought my first turntable.  My family had always had a turntable — part of an incredibly cheap all-in-one audio system — but I was born at exactly that moment in time when it seemed to make sense to put your money into CDs and cassettes because vinyl was clearly going […]


On Saturday I went to Kobe to see my friend Ida Masashi (井田 将史) who was participating in volume 12 of the Hinatamizu Ambience (ひなたみずアンビエンス) series of collaborative performances at space eauuu (スペース・オー), a fantastic art and music space.  This particular collaboration involved a series of performances of electro-acoustic ambient music accompanied by the gradual […]


Osaka’s Project Obachaaan strikes again.


08May13

A set of shots from a night out with friends at one of my favorite local izakaya, 楽.  楽 (raku) means ‘enjoyment’ in Japanese, and is part of two of my favorite kanji compounds: 音楽 (ongaku) and 楽ちん (rakuchin).  音楽 means ‘music,’ but since it’s made up of the kanji for ‘sound’ and ‘enjoyment’ I […]


Tayutau (たゆたう) is one if my very favorite bands.  The duo — Nishimoto Hiroko on guitar and Ikagi Akiko on violin and found percussion — play music that is haunting, beautiful, playful, and cleverly quiet.  Both of them sing and when they harmonize it’s as if a third, invisible instrument has suddenly taken the stage.  […]



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