“‘Pleasure Construct’ by Nullsleep, performed September 4 at Koenji High as part of the Blip Festival Tokyo concert event.
Nullsleep is the alias of Jeremiah Johnson, an electronic musician whose style could best be described as post-cyberpunk: a combination of distorted synthpop, electro, and industrial produced with repurposed low-bit electronics. His approach embraces the politics of appropriation, leveraged limitations, destructive process and data corruption. The result is a wall of digital noise driven by a heavy beat, expanding and collapsing in a series of glitches and drones emanating from cheap plastic devices. In 1999 Nullsleep cofounded 8bitpeoples, a collective of artists interested in the audio-visual aesthetics of early home computers and video game consoles. He has since released a number of recordings through 8bitpeoples, Astralwerks, Aniplex and others. Based in New York City, Nullsleep has performed over 150 shows throughout North America, Europe and Asia, including successful world tours in 2006 and 2009.
Composers of Independent Games Play Blip Festival Tokyo:
Impact Soundworks has announced the release of Koto Nation: Classical Instruments of Japan, a koto, bass koto and shamisen library for Kontakt, featuring world-class performer Masayo Ishigure.
We created Koto Nation out of a desire to see traditional Japanese instruments receive a deep, thorough sampling treatment, much like our acclaimed North Indian sample library Sitar Nation. While there are a handful of libraries which include samples of the koto and shamisen, they feature only the most basic articulations and few (if any) velocities or round robins. To our knowledge, the bass koto has never been sampled at all! Given the popularity of the shakuhachi and taiko in many Western film soundtracks, we wanted to allow film composers, hobbyist producers, ethnomusicologists, anime fans and everyone in between access to these classic instruments and complete the repertoire of traditional Japanese sounds available.
This library includes a massive number of samples spanning a wide variety of both traditional and extended playing techniques all recorded by koto legend Masayo Ishigure (Memoirs of a Geisha). We’re confident that this is, without a doubt, the most comprehensive koto, bass koto and shamisen library ever to be released!
Koto Nation features
- World-class performances.
- Up to 8x round robins and 5x dynamic layers.
- Traditional and contemporary techniques.
- Close and room mic positions.
- Special FX patches.
- Nearly 9gb of unlocked, 24bit audio.
Koto Nation for Kontakt is available to purchase for $99 USD.
Well the Blipfest inTokyo sure is over but the videos are keep coming:
“here’s to those who thought you knew me . . .”
This is what started it all on The Guards Themselves album from Minuit – classic
Director: Alyx Duncan (NZ)
DOP: Richard Harling
+ a fantastic cast and crew
More cool videos are coming our way from the Blip festival in Japan
Saitone@BLIP FESTIVAL TOKYO 2010
Ever wondered about the status of electronic muic production in Japan these days, well here are three cool videos making sure to give you a good glimpse of Japanese creativity and there discoveries in the iPhone world
a girl in Tokyo play the iPhone/iPodtouch APP(Digital Bass Line DB-303).the security guard in the station building was angry after this….
The rhythm pattern arises in pulling 12 kinds of blocks, and setting it in the hole.
[Rizumushi] also dances in the performance mode.
(The character is written in Japanese. )
For those of you who unfamiliar with Mick Karn – he is one of the seminal bass players from the 1980′s era of fretless bass, famous for his use of the Wal Bass and someone who I can easily say has a truly unique style and sound. His lyrical approach to playing resulted in some of the most beautiful and striking lines both with Japan, particularly on the classic album Tin Drum, but also in his solo work after the group split.
Midge Ure is organizing a fund-raising concert, scheduled for August 31st 2010. Support is growing with details to be announced.
Out now is “D.N.A”, a new double disc set (CD & DVD) which features unique collaborations between John Foxx and some of his favourite film-makers, with all of the short movies on the DVD being made especially for this project. The CD features the music from some of the films, plus tracks that Foxx had recorded as ‘possibilities’ for soundtracks.
The final track on the disc, “Over the Mirage” is a new collaboration between John Foxx, Harold Budd and Ruben Garcia, while both parts (“2″ & “7″) of “A Secret Life” and “Violet Bloom” were recorded with Steve D’Agostino.
Ex-Japan percussionist Steve Jansen also features on the “A Secret Life” instrumentals. The artwork for the project has been designed by Jonathan Barnbook, who has previously worked with Damien Hirst and David Bowie.
Elusive Austrians Steinklang Industries are back in a big way with no less than 4 new releases spewing forth. The first is a biggun, an ode to the Japan noise scene called “Japanoise of Death II”. Like the name suggests, this is the second iteration of the regional noise compilation and features notables like Guilty Connector, Dissecting Table, Incapactiants and a wack more of both grizzled and fresh faces. Making things more interesting is a special laser etched metal box edition which combines both editions of the comp (the original was only available as a limited vinyl or CDR).
Continuing with Japan, we then have HIROSHI HASEGAWA‘s “Ascension No.999″. This one is a CD with a run of 500 that combines “experimental cut-up noise, over droning sound-walls” with “screaming high frequency manipulations” during its 50 minutes. If that doesn’t do it for you (or you still have cash left) “Rotten sarkoma” is the title of CDR from SCRELOMA which combines two of the best things in this mean old world: “harsh noises and heavy Power Electronics”. You can expect “concrete or sublime rhythms” recorded in analogue with a runtime of 61 min.
Finally, a week from now seminal release hog Dissecting Table gets yet another notch in his belt with “Early studio works 1986/87″, a CD collating earlier material from his first LP and 7″ plus 5 previously unreleased tracks. The disc comes wrapped in an A3 sized poster and lands on April 17. MP3s have been posted for these releases so suck up some bandwidth already.
More info here >> email@example.com.
Thanks to moron for the info