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Chihei Hatakeyama
Forgotten Hill

Forgotten Hill by Japanese musician Chihei Hatakeyama is an album inspired by his trip to the Asuka region of Japan. The trip gave him strong feelings which he has attempted to recreate as sound. In the 6th and 7th centuries, the Asuka region was home to the capital of Japan, now its is forgotten land, ruins surrounded by rice fields. It made Hatakeyama think about the past, future and present and where, how and why they might meet.
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Chihei Hatakeyama
Journey To The End Of August

Ukraine’s Hidden Vibes is a cute little label. Their highly limited releases all come nicely packaged, and they tend to contain music of tranquil beauty. Chihei Hatakeyama’s Journey To The End Of August continues that trend. Inspired by the pioneering work of electronic composer Eliane Radigue, Hatakeyma has used electric guitar and analog synthesisers to construct these three cerebral drones.

Chihei Hatakeyama / Vida Vojić
FTS002

The second release in First Terrace’s split 12” EP series is from Chihei Hatakeyama and Vida Vojic, both presenting typically quiet and considered work. Chihei’s single piece is precisely as lush as you’d expect from this ambient guitar wizard, and Vida’s material is designed to be heard in utter darkness, derived from an exhibition. On First Terrace.

Eraldo Bernocchi & Chihei Hatakeyama
Solitary Universe

Two masters at subtle guitar work joined forces to lay down these five pieces. Chihei Hatakeyama and Eraldo Bernocchi curve and twirl their ambient guitar lines around one another, creating what we might call a Solitary Universe for the listener. The CD comes with a photobook of images by Yasushi Miura and Petulia Mattioli.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Maybe

More long-form drone examinations from Chihei Hatakeyama, the minimal master with guitar and synthesiser. Maybe’s five tracks grew out of an experience of heavy rain while wondering the site of an old battlefield in Japan. As we expect from Chihei Hatakeyama, this is a luscious listen that you can really recline into. On White Paddy Mountain.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Mirage

Expansive ambient soundscapes based around audio structures and the effect of space and architecture on sound. Japanese musician Chihei Hatakeyama, of Opitope crafts glorious and peaceful walls of reverberated tone that whilst grand is never overbearing. FFO Stars Of The Lid, Dead Texan, Leyland Kirby. Vinyl from Room40.
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Tamaru & Chihei Hatakeyama
Lunar Eclipse

Inspired, sure enough, by a naturally occurring astral phenomenon -- happening twice recently, apparently -- Tamaru & Chihei Hatakeyama set about making their considered Lunar Eclipse record. Tamaru coaxes appropriately ethereal sounds out of his bass while Chihei enacts his usual supreme, sublime control over his electric guitar. Together they weaved a delicate tapestry of harmonics and light. One for starry nights and misty mornings. Aaaannd.. breathe.
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Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand
Sora

Chihei Hatakeyama and Federico Durand once more got together (well, via the medium of file exchange) to stir up a pleasing record of thoughtful ambience and careful drone. Sora has a simple and pure feel: sounds sit next to each other in complimentary assemblies. Japanese CD release on White Paddy Mountain.
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Chihei Hatakeyama
Above The Desert

Above The Desert is the latest album by drone alchemist Chihei Hatakeyama, using what sounds like heavily-treated guitar to carve out long spirals of graceful tonal shimmer. The listener floats slowly Above The Desert, looking down upon the gentle eddies of the sand. Digipak-housed CD release on the Dronarivm label.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Coastal Railroads In Memories

Tokyo sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama delivers a rich suite of ambience here on Coastal Railroads In Memories. What life experience could be more ambient than remembrances of long train journeys? The album, composed with modular synth, vibraphone, piano and guitar, is gorgeous and dreamy enough to live up to its title. CD on White Paddy Mountain.

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune
The Fall Rises

Dual guitar drone sessions from Japanese ambient masters Chihei Hatakeyama and Hakobune. Chords that are so drawn out and sustained through waves of reverb that the records title is spot on, glacial chords seem to constantly be falling, or building around but never meet an end. There are tones of The Stranger and Barn Owl in there. Stunning and infinite.

Chihei Hatakeyama
Grace

This is the latest album from impossi-say Japanese composer Chihei Hatakeyama and was made as a companion to his recent tour of western Japan. All sounds have been made with one guitar and as you might suspect it is a gorgeous floaty thing of great beauty. Hatakeyama instils such calm in his compositions that I just want to float off to sleep.....zzzzz  

Chihei Hatakeyama
Requiem for Black Night and Earth Spiders

Prolific sound artist Chihei Hatakeyama returns with Requiem for Black Night and Earth Spiders. Here the artist manipulates sound files of guitars and transforms them into baffling drone and ambient soundscapes. Somehow Hatakeyama processes the sounds into unrecognizable forms which are both delicate and grand, whilst exploring Japanese folklore as well.

Chihei Hatakeyama & Dirk Serries
The Storm of Silence

The Storm Of Silence is a new collaboration between ambient dreamers from Belgium and Japan. Dirk Serries has previously released as vidnaObmana and Chihei Hatakeyama is half of the duo Opitope. Like the ambient pro’s they are, the pair settle straight into some mind-enveloping tone drift. CD released on the perfectly-named Glacial Movements label.
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Chihei Hatakeyama
Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains

Chihei Hatakeyama, of Tokyo, produces harmonically rich droning ambience, just the kind of thing that floats the Room40 label’s boat. Moon Light Reflecting Over Mountains evokes just as much a sense of place as the title suggests: a clear image of a place at once specific and universal. CD on Room40.
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Naph & Chihei Hatakeyama
Air


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Chihei Hatakeyama + Federico Durand
Magical Imaginary Child

This duo brings electric guitar (Chihei Hatakeyama) and tapes (Federico Durand) together for some ambient jams, reportedly recorded with a Buddha statue in mind. This is the first time the two have collaborated, and they seem to have stumbled upon some pretty potent chemistry. Magical Imaginary Child is released by White Paddy Mountain.
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Chihei Hatakeyama
Winter Storm

Prolific Japambient master Chihei Hatakeyama returns with a new CD of his graceful texturescapes. On 'Winter Storm' he uses analogue synth, Juno-2 and Fender Stratocaster over four sweeping meditations, including one composed for the closing party of Murmur Records Daikanyama and the title track inspired by snow storms in Toyko in February this year.

Sakana Hosomi + Chihei Hatakeyama
Frozen Silence

Frozen Silence by Sakana Hosomi and Chihei Hatakeyama is a meditative drone piece that uses guitar and synthesizer to create a sound supposedly reminiscent of ice cracking. The album was recorded live in Hosomi’s own studio. The cover photo sets the mood for the music well and is called “Iceland Republic” and was taken by Japanese photographer Harumi Shimizu.

Chihei Hatakeyama + Hakobune
It is, it isn't


Chihei Hatakeyama
Mist

Chihei Hatakeyama's ambient crackle continues its eternal ebb and flow, with recent effort Too Much Sadness fading into the even more recent Mist. Hatakeyama's music has strong conceptual bonds, and this record is no different, trying to replicate fog, and transpose it for a different sense: hearing. His trademark drone is complemented by the most naturalistic of found sounds: birds chirping and other totally beautiful things.
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Chihei Hatakeyama + Asuna
Scale Compositions


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Chihei Hatakeyama
Too Much Sadness

Ambient that has just enough melody and modulation to simulate the movements of your breaking heart. Chihei Hatakeyama's Too Much Sadness shimmers and lets tragic sounds that resemble vocals swim in the distance, a la Grouper in her Alien Observer era. Hatakeyama claims that between the tape crackle, found sounds and shimmering soundscapes, he found himself fading away while recording, essentially forgetting who he was. The music has the same effect on its listener.
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Chihei Hatakeyama and Good Weather For An Airstrike
Falling Sun

Getting Chihei Hatakeyama to play on your record is a sure-fire way to make things just that little bit more serene, his work sounding potently organic through the use of acoustic guitars, piano motifs and little electronic flourishes. On Falling Sun, he joins forces with the equally hushed Good Weather For An Airstrike, who act as soldiers against stress and health imbalance through their found sounds and ambient musical leanings. For fans of that Hammock series that tries to help you sleep -- here's an alternative.
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Chihei Hatakeyama
Norma


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Chihei Hatakeyama
Variations


Chihei Hatakeyama
Mirror


Chihei Hatakeyama
White Sun


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Chihei Hatakeyama
The River


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Chihei Hatakeyama
Saunter


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Chihei Hatakeyama
August


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