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Japan Sound Portrait

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://www.japansoundportrait.com
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May 29, 2018

Nick meets Haruomi Hosono ahead of his forthcoming UK performances in London

https://www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/light-in-the-attic-haruomi-hosono-acetone

and Brighton

http://theoldmarket.com/shows/haruomi-hosono/

to discuss the release of The Haruomi Hosono Archival Series by Light In The Attic Records

https://lightintheattic.net/artists/2475-haruomi-hosono

and a few other things...

Translation and interpretation by Ken Nishikawa. 

http://kendajapkid.blogspot.com/

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One of the most revered figures within Japanese popular music, Hosono-san has played a key role in not one but two of the most influential bands the country has ever produced. Debuting as part of Apryl Fool in 1969, he went on to form Happy End in 1970 - notable for being one of the first Japanese rock bands to sing in their own language. This was followed by establishing the electronic music trio Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO) with Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Nakamoto in 1978. 

In addition to achieving Beatles-esque levels of success within Japan, YMO were a pioneering influence on the development of electronic music genres such as hip-hop and techno around the world. This hallmark of innovation continued within Hosono-san’s solo career, where he became a pioneer in the development of game music and the genre of ambient music. 

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Featured music:

Fuku ha Uchi Oni ha Soto, from the album Hosono House
Madam Consul General Of Madras, from the album Cochin Moon
LIVING-DINING-KITCHEN, from the album Philharmony
Aiaigasa, from the album Hosono House
In Limbo, from the album Philharmony

 

 

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