Yet in Japan, you can buy new albums—albums released this month—on cassette. Enka is a traditional type of Japanese singing—it's kind of like the equivalent Japan's blues or country music, but in fancy kimonos.
Kayoukyouku is a type of old style pop music that developed in Japan in the 20th century. Many young people in Japan don't seem to realize how terrific these styles are, and the biggest fans are typically older people. So, if you walk into the enka section of a Japanese music store, you will see new releases on cassette tape.
Here's a popular enka singler Kiyoshi Hikawa. He's way younger than your typical enka singer. Even this guy still releases music on tape. Look at the crowd, and maybe you can see why. Recently, in the West, cassettes have seen a resurgence with hipsters for a variety of reasons. Website Motherboard has a wonderful look at how cassette tapes are "almost cool again.
The logical conclusion would be that tapes survive in Japan, because people are old. Old people use old technology. And enka and kayoukyouku are music for old people. It's not so simple. First, you don't really see cassette versions of classical music and jazz, even though older people listen to those genres. Second, as Teichiku Records explained to Excite a few years back, many of these fans, especially those of enka, enjoy karaoke. To practice, they sing along with the recordings and try to get certain parts just right.
I think I only reviewed his music twice Vital Weekly and but his music drops by every week at least once on my walkman. Why am I sharing this bit of personal information? Strike that; EugeneKha uses a lot of rhythm, which perhaps gives it that techno edge, but the synthesizers remain the most important feature of the Album).
Coming in like vast space ships most of the time, at warp speed. A friend was recently fishing on Facebook for some discussion whether or not a few modular synthesizer musicians were the new Jean-Michel Jarre. I can now tell him not to look further EugeneKha is his man. This is total 70s cosmic music land, and I love it. For the cover they took some black and white pictures at a graveyard, so that might provide you with some clue as to the nature of the music, perhaps along with the instruments used.
They have ten pieces, recorded from towhich seems to me a very long time, and the length varies from three to thirteen minutes. It is surely no surprise when I write that the music is quite dark and partly atmospheric and partly noisy. Two pieces last thirteen minutes and I thought that was a bit too much, and these pieces could have been a bit shorter. The good thing is that there is quite some variation in this dark music that makes it all most enjoyable, if not, as said, a bit much.
Also in a black and white cover is the release by System Morgue. This time around there are no instruments mentioned on the cover, but from before I know Peter uses guitar and bass, and surely a bunch of electronic devices to create that infinite loop of sustaining sounds, gentle floating by. This is the sort of ambient music that is, unlike that of EugeneKha, very much part and parcel of Vital Weekly. It seems less a combination of ambient and industrial, unlike his previous encounter, Album).
Four lengthy pieces, from nine to twenty minutes and it was quite a beautiful trip. Here too that Ash Ra Temple inspired guitar sound, psychedelic and all, but then with the addition of a slow yet heavy drum machine. I thought that broke away with the refined character of the previous four minutes and I think was not necessary to be included on the album.
The rest was rock solid lush ambient guitar music, of the variety that I enjoy very much and which I think holds very little news in that respect. It looks like a fascinating world, I must admit. I browsed their website and enjoyed their Xerox aesthetic. What is that? A strange record I must say, and somehow along the same line as the Xerox styled cover. By slipping a Xerox of a Xerox of a Xerox etc.
Through some highly obscured process sounds piano, voices, a drone of some kind are fed through the machine again and again, and again until there is a highly blurred result.
One that you can look at and think: I have no idea what it is that I am looking at, but it looks great. Replace looking and look by listening and listen and there is Korea Undok Group. Two lovely tunes, at 45 rpm, lasting only about ten minutes, which is about not Album) enough for my appetite but it surely made me very curious to hear more.
Without him and his musique concrete many of us would not be doing this kind of music, or reading about it in Vital Weekly. Jos Smolders calls him his mentor, and back in he interviewed the old French master. A few years ago Smolders did the re-master of a 10 LP for Vinyl On Demand see Vital Weekly and was again in contact with him to discuss the technical details.
For this homage release Smolders uses bits of that interview, along with tapes, computer and modular circuits. This is not a documentary of any kind, in as lots of talking and a bit of music as to clarify what is being said. What is perhaps interesting to note is that this time around Smolders has various shorter pieces than is usual in some of his recent work.
These days many of his pieces seem longer and way more minimal in approach; exploring a few sounds at a time, and they way they interact. The element of collaging sound events together, sometimes very diverse, and yet to create something that is a very congruent release is simply fascinating. By choosing a cassette to release this music, I would think that also for Smolders this is something of importance, going back to his own roots as it were as well.
Especially some of those shorter loops he uses reminded me of that and how jealous I was back then that he had one of those digital delay pedalsbut as said it goes for pretty much the entire tape. All together this is a most lovely tribute. He holds a Phd in Composition and Ethnomusicology and is a teacher at the University. There is a single forty-minute music piece, program repeated on the second side, but listening to this one clearly notes separate pieces.
The only other work I heard from Rozas was an improvised work with Megan Moncrief see Vital Weeklybut this solo work seems to be something different. This is actually quite smooth music; it is mostly instrumental throughout, except for a spoken word cut-up in the best Brion Gysin tradition about the title of the release but otherwise there is quite a bit of electronic sounds, but also flutes, guitars, delay machines and each segment is not very long even when not easy to guess how long exactly.
All of this comes with a bit additional exotic percussion, and mystical approaches. In a way I was reminded of Jorge Reyes from time to time, especially in the way Rozas electronically treated his percussion. The sun is shining out, yet it is very cold, but this is sunny delight, which puts a smile on my face. That one was about medieval music, whereas much of his other work deals with algorithms, software and processing. This one is about that again.
Surely some of these pieces were quite loud, to some extent at least, but hardly the noise that Merzbow does. It all makes up for an excellent varied cassette. Not sure where that medieval guitar release fitted in, but this seems Hoffman back to what I like him doing best.
Maybe not, perhaps. This is a new label from New York and these two are their first releases, both by musicians I never heard of. It is however not always straight forward pop like music as a certain element of alienation is part of this. We are moving to larger premises on the 1st and 2nd of August. However, if you place an order we will try and process it Plaster I - Korea Undok Group - Studio Cassette (Nadir) (Cassette Monday the 5th of August. Our telephone numbers and emails will remain the same.
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