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/ February 27, 2017 / Comments Off on Peter Richard: Frozen Red (1983)

Peter Richard: Frozen Red (1983)

imeless Italo-disco featuring an album cover its designer could only love, it’s Walter Beinat’s (aka Peter Richard) Frozen Red. The album’s main hook is the unsung club banger “Walking In the Neon.” Nearly seven minutes long, the audacious electronic mix of Hi-NRG, post-punk, and post-disco still gives rise to a constant DJ request: what the hell was that? Quite atmospheric for such […]

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/ February 24, 2017 / Comments Off on Tolerance: Divin (1981)

Tolerance: Divin (1981)

ot much is known about the Japanese female/male musical duo Tolerance made up of Junko Tange and Masami Yoshikawa. Understatement of understatements, even 36 years later the forward-thinking slab of music a few people know of as Divin has yielded little in terms of discovery on how the duo came to be, and (more importantly) why/how they […]

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/ February 20, 2017 / Comments Off on Mariano Lozano-Platas: A Field In The Sky / Rotterdam-88 (1987)

Mariano Lozano-Platas: A Field In The Sky / Rotterdam-88 (1987)

ugust 21st, 1988 in Rotterdam, Netherlands must have been some kind of wonderful night. On that night, the music of composer Madrileño Mariano Lozano-Platas played to a crowd of 250,000 in attendance (and millions on TV) in an event unlike any seen/heard before. Heralding the designation of Rotterdam as the culture capital of European in […]

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/ November 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Various Artists: Sounds From the Interior (The Music Interior Sampler) (1985)

Various Artists: Sounds From the Interior (The Music Interior Sampler) (1985)

It’s not often you get a peek at something legitimately different. Released in 1985, on Canadian record label Attic, Sounds from the Interior (The Music Interior Sampler) seems to mimic the iconic New Age Windham Hill Record Samplers of the ’80s. We all know the drill now. Frame a compelling nature scene on a stark white album […]

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/ October 21, 2016 / Comments Off on Frank Fischer: Gone with the Wind (1989)

Frank Fischer: Gone with the Wind (1989)

Pictures rarely lie, right? Take a look at the album cover to Frank Fischer’s Gone with the Wind. What does it bring to mind? Breeziness, brightness, tinges of autumnal feelings, and crisp, cool sensations are the first things that come to my mind. Released on krautrock giant Klaus Schulze’s iconic label Innovative Communication, by then more known […]

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/ October 14, 2016 / Comments Off on Hiroshi Yoshimura: Green (1986)

Hiroshi Yoshimura: Green (1986)

Recorded by Hiroshi Yoshimura at his private studio, Hiroh 806, using Yamaha DX7, TX7, and FB01 synthesizers, a Roland MSQ-700 sequencer and a Victor AV computer. That’s exactly what the Sona Gaia release of Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Green stated in its liner notes. That can’t be. You put on Green, and the things that last with you, long after the […]

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/ October 12, 2016 / Comments Off on Hiroshi Yoshimura: Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)

Hiroshi Yoshimura: Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)

It’s easy to get away with music that sounds like something. Vast store shelves are littered with “albums” proclaiming exactly what you’ll hear inside. Relaxing Sounds of the Rainforest, Nights in Ireland, Serenity and Bliss Mix, etc. all serving as perfect sonic backgrounds to whatever space you want them to live in. But is this […]

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Hiroshi Yoshimura was commissioned in 1984 by Japanese multi-national personal care company Shiseido to create something that might be entirely out of his own wheelhouse: music that could complement a fragrance. It’s a pitch that would sound ludicrous to most musicians but for Hiroshi presented a magnificent idea.

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/ September 30, 2016 / Comments Off on Hiroshi Yoshimura: Pier & Loft (1983)

Hiroshi Yoshimura: Pier & Loft (1983)

Self-released on cassette in 1983, Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Pier & Loft earns the distinction of being both his most hard to find record (Discogs prices pointing upwards of $100 now) and also, surprisingly, his most accessible. The problem, of course, has been finding actual audio of it. On this release he took his environmental music somewhere new. You […]

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/ September 28, 2016 / Comments Off on Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music For Nine Post Cards (1982)

Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music For Nine Post Cards (1982)

Every Hiroshi Yoshimura record is a bit of something very special. Versed in the mastery of combining environmental sound with personal music, every bit of Hiroshi’s recordings speaks of the special connection we as beings of this earth have with the feelings our surroundings can inspire. A lot of people hate technology, a lot of people feel there is […]

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