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Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music From Nine Postcards

Artist: Hiroshi Yoshimura
Title: Music From Nine Postcards

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Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music From Nine Postcards

1. Product Details

Vinyl LP pressing. 2017 release. Despite his status as a key figure in the history of Japanese ambient music Hiroshi Yoshimura remains tragically under-known outside of his home country. Empire of Signs-a new imprint co-helmed by Maxwell August Croy and Spencer Doran-is proud to reissue Yoshimuras debut Music for Nine Post Cards for the first time outside Japan in collaboration with Hiroshis widow Yoko Yoshimura with more reissues of Hiroshis works to follow in the future. Working initially as a conceptual artist the musical side of Yoshimuras artistic practice came to prominence in the post-Fluxus scene of late 1970s Tokyo alongside Akio Suzuki and Takehisa Kosugi taking many subsequent turns within Japans bubble economy afterward. His sound works took on many forms - commissioned fashion runway scores soundtracking perfume soundscapes for pre-fab houses train station sound design - all existing not as side work but as logical extensions of his philosophy of sound. His work strived for serenity as an ideal and this approach can be felt strongly on Music for Nine Post Cards. Home recorded on a minimal setup of keyboard and Fender Rhodes Music for Nine Post Cards was Yoshimuras first concrete collection of music initially a demo recording given to the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art to be played within the buildings architecture. This was not background music in the prior Japanese BGM sense of the word but environmental music the literal translation of the Japanese term kankyo ongaku Given to Brian Enos ambient music when it arrived in late 70s Japan. Yoshimura along with his musical co-traveler Satoshi Ashikawa searched for a new dialog between sound and space: music not as an external absolute but as something that interlocks with a physical environment and shifts the listeners experience within it. Erik Saties furniture music R. Murray Schafers concept of the soundscape and Enos ambience all greatly informed their work but the specific form of tranquil stasis presented on releases like Nine Post Cards is still difficult to place within a specific tradition remaining elusive and idiosyncratic despite the economy of its construction. This record offers the perfect introduction to Hiroshis unique and beautiful worldview: its one that can be listened to - and lived in - endlessly.

1.1 Water Copy
1.2 Clouds
1.3 Blink
1.4 Dance PM
1.5 Ice Copy
1.6 Soto Wa Ame - Rain Out of Window
1.7 View from My Window
1.8 Urban Snow
1.9 Dream

H 0.16
W 12.33
L 12.37

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