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/
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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.
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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.
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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
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In this podcast we are happy to share some of the great music that we've been sent/given during the year...
- starting with a remix by our friend Koichi Yuasa/japanetehq of a Japan Sound Portrait track made with Takeshi Nishimoto at last year's nowJapan Festival.
- followed by a track called City (Lm version) by GOOD LUCK HEIWA, from their album Lm released at the end of 2017.
GOOD LUCK HEIWA are Takuji Nomura on Keyboards and Daichi Ito on Drums and Whistling, and they are also part of Haruomi Hosono's touring band - we were grateful to receive their CD as everyone was saying their goodbyes following their concert at The Old Market in Brighton earlier in the year.
- next is the track Doujiri by Ken Sugai.
The image accompanying this podcast is of Ken-san, and is a fantastic modern re-creation of an important religious statue of the itinerant monk Kuya.
Where in the original image/statue there are six small statues of the Buddhist deity Amida coming from Kuya's mouth, representing the power of devotionally chanting the syllables 'na-mu-a-mi-da-butsu', Ken-san has replaced these figures with diodes, perhaps playfully suggesting the revelatory potency of experimental electronic music.
- this is followed by a track called Otomi, by Chihiro Ono. This was drawn to our attention by Neil Luck as part of a release called New Vocal Solutions on his label squib-box
a compilation of experimental music artists working with Vocaloid technology (most famous for powering digital avatar popstar Hatsune Miku). This track hinges around a field recording of the fermentation process of ko-ji - a natural fungus used in the process of making Sake, Miso and Soy sauce.
- and finally we have some selections from a new collection of tracks we have received from TA2MI,
made in collaboration with ZUMBO. We are also delighted to announce that TA2MI will be visiting the UK for a series of performances/events in late February/early March 2019, so please watch this space for further announcements...