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Kuniyuki Takahashi
Early Tape Works (1986-1993) Vol. 2

The excellent Music From Memory (Gaussian Curve, Richenel) drop the second part of their Kuniyiki Takahashi retrospective. These seven tracks were originally only available as highly limited runs, but Takahashi had great ambitions for his music. From his home studio in Sapporo he sought to construct a ‘new Oriental sound’ through an array of synthesisers and drum machines. The end results are these beautiful things, pieces pitched between the devotional synthesiser music of Alice Coltrane, contemporaneous composers like Midori Takada and early forays into hypnagogicism.
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  • Kuniyuki Takahashi

Kuniyuki Takahashi
Early Tape Works (1986-1993) Vol. 1

Versatile house/techno producer and sound designer Kuniyuki Takahashi (aka Forth, Hrr Five, Koss and others) has had some charming early material exhumed by Music from Memory, with a second instalment on the way as well. This volume begins with serene, beatless atmospheres (‘Night at the Seaside’, ‘Day Dreams’) before gaining some rhythmic traction (‘Drawing Seeds’). From there it’s mainly arpeggio sequences, envelope sound design and clattery drum machinery. Very good indeed.
  • Artist(s):
  • Kuniyuki Takahashi