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/
Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 47
We are pleased to temporarily return from hiatus to bring you this podcast marking the recent release of a trailer for the Sound of Kyoto project, by Marios Joannou Elia.
Sharing Marios' intrigue with the question "Does each city have its own sound?", it was a pleasure to be able to talk to him about how he has sought to 'musicalise' the city of Kyoto, interspersed with sections of music that will make up part of the final composition.
The final film will blend performances from over 560 musicians, set in dozens of indoor and outdoor locations across the city, and including Japanese traditional instruments, an electronic matryomin ensemble, choirs, symphonic and mandolin orchestras. Following on from the “Sound of Vladivostok”, Sound of Kyoto promises to be a unique conceptual and musical interpretation of the city. Please enjoy the trailer and this podcast as a precursor to the release of the full film later in the year.
During the ongoing Japan Sound Portrait podcast hiatus, you can catch up with some of Nick's broadcasts from Tokyo for CIC-Live
or keep up to date with the activities of MSCTY.SPACE.
Production has also recently completed on the film Ghost Amber, co-produced by Neil, with further details of screenings due later in the year.
Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 46
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, which was taken on the very first day of Tatsumi's visit.
Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 45
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 Sunday 24th February
Nick Luscombe/Japan Sound Portrait - Monomachi Theme
Simon James - OCT Meditation Bonus D/L track from Musicity 003 Shenzhen/Shanghai
Moulay Ahmed Elhassani - Mi Hanna Dada, from Atlas Electric, forthcoming on Hivemind Records
F.Ampism - Om Shandy
khimera - Rise and Fall
Sophie Brown - Live at The Bleeding Hearts Club All-Dayer
You&TH - Te Voglio Bene Assaije
Unknown, from Chii Poppins Nihon mix
TA2MI - Mysterious Hi-Tempo
amoeba - KanZeOn Xap Mo Xnok Dub
before then previewing a little of our 'Thus Have I Heard: Sound and Japanese Buddhism' event at SOAS, on Saturday 2nd March
which will include Clive Bell talking about Buddhist aspects of the shakuhachi, as he does here.
Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 44
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
Friday 22nd February
Falmouth Academy of Music and Theatre Arts - Live Performance, Q&A
Sunday 24th February
Sound Portraits at The Rose Hill, Brighton - Live Performance/DJ set
Saturday 2nd March
Thus Have I Heard: Sound and Japanese Buddhism event at SOAS, London - Live Performance/Presentation
Please tell any friends you may know in any of those vicinities!
We will be releasing a collection of 3 CDs of TA2MI's music that will be available at these events - his first two albums, Travel Through Worlds and TA2MIST, plus a Japan Sound Portrait compilation of his single releases to date. This podcast is a preview mix of tracks from that compilation - all are available to listen to in full at
Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 43
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 priest and DJ/producer can do so via the following link.
This podcast provides an introduction to the sonic character of the film, consisting of selections from remixes of the film's soundtrack by the following artists:
as part of KanZeOn ReIndications, which is available via the following link.
Japan Sound Portrait Podcast 42
Following the announcement of our forthcoming event 'Thus Have I Heard: Sound and Buddhism in Japan'
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 by Yoshie Takahashi
interspersed with an experimental entirely new track called 'Contact is Universe'.
Further details will be announced shortly for other events that Tatsumi will be doing whilst he's in the UK