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  1. anyone watching anything new that's worth passing along? i'm into the Freedom series right now, mostly bc of Otomo's design work, and catching up on Ghost Hound. is that Sword of the Stranger movie any good? The Sky Crawlers is the next big release i'm looking forward to but i'm always open to new titles.
  2. Japan has quite literally 'collapsed' under the weight of the forthcoming release of that bloke from Cornwall. Rev up your wallets, it's retailer-exclusive preorder bonus time! *gameshow theme music plays* Tower Records get the party started with a Collapse postcard set. Remember that thing where the Aphex logo showed up around the world and IDIOTS postulated things like a new album? Now you'll never forget with these postcards that you'll never send to anyone EVER! Next up is this fashionable badge from HMV Japan. You could wear it to the next Aphex gig and/or show! Not to be outdone, Amazon Japan can't help but love magnets, and would just love it if you could put this one on your refrigeration unit. Disk Union couldn't care less about magnetism. They're more about stickers, so slap this 'LARGE FORMAT' one on the next smart ass who says 'Actually, Steinvord was Mike Paradinas' Thought that was your lot? Hell no. Japan thirsts for preorder bonuses like a nation possessed, and Aphex Twin is no exception to such rabid consumerism. Coming to participating retailers and while stocks last, you could be the proud owner of one (all?!) of these classic Aphex CD reissues, which will - are you ready for this - all include their very own 'Collapsed' artwork card sleeve slipped in for the lulz! "Watch your Blender templates templates templates!" (Oh, and none of this is available in any other country whatsoever)
  3. Twenty six-year old Miyu Kojima works for a company that cleans up after kodokushi (孤独死) or lonely deaths: a Japanese phenomenon of people dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a long period of time. The instances first began to be reported around 2000, and are thought to be a product of increased social isolation coupled with a greying population. Part art therapy and part public service campaign, Kojima spends a large portion of her free time recreating detailed miniature replicas of the rooms she has cleaned. A word of caution: although recreated without the corpses, some of the replicas can be quite disturbing. http://www.spoon-tamago.com/2018/10/03/miyu-kojima-miniature-kodokushi/ In this instance the victim passed away in the bath due to heat shock and wasn’t discovered for 2 months. The reheating mechanism in the bath caused the decomposition to accelerate.
  4. The next Colundi should come on this format:
  5. A small town in Japan called Kamikatsu recycles almost everything and produces no trash. The 1500 residents are determined to go waste-free by 2020.
  6. Arc Of Doves ‘Never Let Me Go’ Link: https://rohsrecords.bandcamp.com/album/never-let-me-go I first discovered Arc of Doves thanks to the inclusion of their song “I Remember When” on the ambient/experimental/electronic compilation Air Texture Vol 1. Hailing from Japan, Arc of Doves is a duo comprised of Tetsuya Nakamura and AFULL Kobayashi. Their sound falls into the spaces between the aforementioned genres, as well as “modern classical” (yes, that’s a thing), and down-tempo, and many of their songs are gorgeous beyond belief—like so beautiful that you can’t even put it into words. Strangely enough, it’s an Italian Berlin based record label, Rohs! Records, that just released the Arc of Doves’ EP, Never Let Me Go. Originally self released digitally by the band, last year via their now defunct Bandcamp page, it has now been reissued Never Let Me Go, for the most part, sticks to what the duo do best—skittering beats, powerful piano work, and atmospheric background effects. Out of the six racks on the EP, only one is a bit of a clunker—the 8+ minute “Song of Praise.” Made up of various synthesizer tones and drones, the flaw is that it never really goes anywhere. It also occurs early on (the second track) but thankfully the next four songs allow recovery. The title track, “Garden in The Rain,” and “Night Lights” are the strongest of the set, and the closing track, “Winter Lights” dips into the same somber, plaintive territory as “I Remember When.”
  7. Posting this for a buddy of mine. He’s been trying to sell a vintage, quite lovely Teisco 60F synth: https://boston.craigslist.org/gbs/msg/5804783058.html I don’t know much about this synth, actually. I think it’s a Japanese analog monosynth? That listing is from Boston craigslist, but he’d be interested in selling it anywhere in the USA. Outside the US, probs not because shipping, but I didn’t get a solid no from him either so it’s worth asking, if you feel you MUST HAVE IT. Just to be doubly-clear, not my ad, but this is my best IRL pal so I’ll vouch for him 1000%. You can contact him directly via that CL link and feel free to say you came from watmm! That’d be hilarious. I will now attempt to attach a lush pic:
  8. I'll be in Tokyo from the 25th of September, for 12 days or so. Mostly going for Square Sounds chiptune festival: (it's the replacement of the Blip festival if anyone knows that) .. but will have a lot of time to do other things, so I figured if any of you WATMMers are up for having a drink somewhere, or being my tour guide/gig buddy, it would be pretty good. I've never actually been overseas before so I'm kinda shitting myself over how I'm gonna get around without knowing any Japanese, zole.
  9. Beatwife - Cornbrail Acid 2.5 [Love Love Records] Previews: https://soundcloud.com/loveloverecords/lovjp01-beatwife-cornbrail-acid-25-previews Pre-Order: http://bit.ly/1FK50dg Pre-Order digitals from bandcamp: https://loveloverecords.bandcamp.com/album/cornbrail-acid-25 Richard Wilson here provides us with an intermediary instalment of his Cornbrail Acid sound for Japan, compiling an assortment of delights old and new made using his distinctive home-brewed software. Almost a companion to 2014’s ‘Cornbrail Acid 2’, some fans will recognise previously unreleased tracks on this CD such as Snappy and Punch Drummer that have been lurking in the public domain since that time. These tracks, on top of a few select cuts from ‘Cornbrail Acid 2’, provide familiar foundations for this album - whilst the rest of the material will be brand new to all listeners. Early on 'Abdulio’ kicks things off with a twist, the loose bassline and jaunty rhythms recalling the funkier works of Mr Vibert. Additional new tracks such as ‘Milk Beats’ and ‘WIFE303’ bump around in a familiar fashion, fitting seamlessly alongside older Cornbrail works, yet others hint at developments not yet covered in this series – for example, the hypnotising break workout of ‘Effin Neighbour’ marks a shift in speed and tone to what we have heard of Richard’s recent works, more akin to the collection of older material released earlier this year by Recruit Records on his ‘Earl Rognald’ cassette. Beatwife has also been granted permission from the Casio Corporation to include some of the results of his recent developmental works - tracks like the playful ‘CASIO Acid Socca’ utilise sounds from this new machinery in an eerie and dream-like way, moulding the melodies into life in Richard’s signature fashion. This mixture of the unearthed and the fresh has been put together as an entry-point for Japan whilst being designed to maintain appeal to existing fans, signalling a new step in Richard’s sonic adventures. Cornbrail Acid 3より更に前進したBeatwifeのニューミニアルバムは、遥々スコットランドから届けられる真正のエレクトロニックミュージックである。 ここに収められたトラックの多くは、彼が、カシオXW-PD1という、全く新しいグルーブマシンを使ってプログラミングされた音を使用した、意欲的かつ実験的な内容になっている。
  10. This is one of my favorite documentaries, and it doesn't seem to be very well-known, so I'm posting it here for everyone who hasn't seen it before. It's a French-produced documentary that follows the different styles of music being made by Otomo Yoshihide and some of his much more underground friends, who do equally interesting experiments. If you're into experimental music at all, then this is something you will definitely enjoy. The soundtrack is flawless, and the visual recordings of the performances are expertly done. The people who made it really knew what they were doing, and found some great performances that you probably won't find anywhere else. The film is available to stream on Netflix, so if you have access to that, then you should consider it. This trailer pretty much says it all: Another reason I'm starting this thread is because, for those of you who are familiar with this film, I'd really appreciate some recommendations for similar music. Most of these artists are very obscure and haven't released a lot of recordings, so I'm having a bit of trouble finding more artists in the onkyo scene who are doing stuff this innovative. Otomo Yoshihide is nice, but he's also kind of a hit and miss artist for me, since I'm not really into his more noisey and abrasive sounds, which seem to be his personal favorites.
  11. available \ below http://animatorexpo.com/titlelist/ There is nsfw activity on there ... here's something less so ... http://animatorexpo.com/obakechan/
  12. Guess we better have a home for this lush little latecomer! http://youtu.be/SiVmqDB8I2U
  13. Hey, I took a look at the rules and I did a search and found no info on this - I'm sure it's been asked before and I apologize for the noob mistake of making a thread about it, but here goes: Has anyone who lives in the USA or anywhere but Japan purchased iTunes Japan gift cards? If so, from where did you pick them up / order them? I'd love to legitimately complete my collection of Japan only tracks. Thanks, and/or sorry!
  14. heads up https://boilerroom.tv/session/tokyo-x-dommune-boris-merzbow/
  15. I was surprised to not see a thread for this: perhaps that's why I hadn't heard about the release 'til a few days ago, though it's been out for nearly a month. I'm honestly not sure how many folks on wattumz are into this sort of stuff, but there's a few at least so yeah. https://paydromartinez.bandcamp.com/album/zuu This one seems slightly less chop/cut than the last, but is equally off-center and sample heavy. Only listened through once, but it's solid.
  16. I found this article fascinating. It gave me a Philip K. Dick/William Gibson futurist impression where the idea of intimacy and sexual relationships are outweighed by career goals and replaced with cybertech. http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/oct/20/young-people-japan-stopped-having-sex
  17. [youtubehd]PhHoCnRg1Yw[/youtubehd]
  18. Volume 9 of "ele-king" was published today. It features Autechre on the cover (love the photo) and an interview. I think the book comes with a CD that contains a mix by DJ Nobu. Not really sure. http://www.ele-king.net/news/002995/
  19. http://boomkat.com/d...hings-that-fade Diskotopia has been releasing some good stuff this year, but this one has percolated to the top. I haven't heard anything this classy in a very long time. I just ordered the japanese CD from juno, and including shipping to the US it was quite the bargain. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bWzaEWuv_g and you thought the future failed... shame. here is a great era-comparison track i found: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSGLnBArNUY&feature=related
  20. Guest

    Shinkansen Girl

    I used Synplant for most of the sounds in this. All vocal work is produced by my own lungs. Inspired by my experience from travelling on the Shinkansen train between Kyoto and Tokyo. I even shot some of the journey which I used for some visuals for the track. Would love to get some feedback on this. http://soundcloud.com/katsucurrytime/shinkansen-girl-demo http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9j_YkxpLW00
  21. Can someone explain to me what the deal with them is? We all have heard "Never Mind the Distortion" 1 & 2, and correctly, they are absolutely amazing, just how did an obscure Japanese J-pop duos back catlog get remixed by the, then biggest names in IDM??? What sequence of events transpired to make this reality? I've been listening to their other, non-remixed albums, "Gentle & Elegance" & "うわのそら" - they are both pretty good, I cant understand a word, but it sounds good Nervous Cat general thread I guess.
  22. hehe ppl welcome to chunky's jester music from the wormholes of quarkex 5 comes the youtube videos stolen right from richard branson's tracey island riddle me right and riddle you silly come on now and watch knightmare with billy dont be scare dont be afraid chunky is here to make it safe in the kru so come on now and open a brew guinness is the drink that you all want to sprink hehehe hohoho obobobobobobobobobo boo excuse me ppl we are curently experiences technical difficulties please wait 15 minutes then the flight take off to neptune will commence we at chunky airlines apologise for the delay and please request to drink some pabst blue ribbon during the short wait thank you
  23. Hey, I heard this one but the uploader won't tell me the name, neither my fellow youtuber firends... Can you help me? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeDB8Zd4GCw Thx!
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