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Early Tape Works 1986 - 1993 Vol. 1

by Kuniyuki Takahashi

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Pete-TP Wonderful collection of music Favorite track: Day Dreams.
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Robert Bloemkolk Very nice sampler from interesting Amsterdam based label Music from memory which brought you one of the most beautiful reissues this year (so far): Origens da Luz by Brazilian artist Priscilla Ermel. Check it out and while you're at it, try this one as well. Favorite track: Night At The Sea Side.
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TigerTorakio A fun and rewarding collection of atmospheric tracks that mix well with the Japanese experimental electronic/ambient canon. Strong suggestions of Inoyamaland, Testpattern, and T.P.O. But with a dreamy personality all its own and brimming with the joy of discovery. Favorite track: Day Dreams.
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The Japanese producer and DJ Kuniyuki Takahashi is the subject of Music From Memory’s latest retrospective compilation with ‘Early Tape Works - 1986-1993’. Composed of two volumes, the compilations gather together a selection of tracks from a tiny run of privately released tape only albums, highlighting a fascinating early period in Kuniyuki’s musical output, one of which little is known.
"After discovering the world of nightclubs in Japan around 1986, and the seemingly boundless freedom expressed there through music as well as art, Kuniyuki became inspired to experiment with electronic music. Excited by the possibilities of new music technology, he would begin to gather together a number of, at that time, reasonably accessible and inexpensive local keyboards, drum computers and recording equipment. This became for Kuniyuki a way in which to explore music not as such made for nightclubs, but certainly inspired by them. Setting up a home studio in his hometown of Saporro, Kuniyuki would record extensively during this period with the equipment he had gathered together, equipment such as Roland’s Juno60, TR-606, TB-303, Casio FZ-1, Korg 770, Boss DE-200, Foster A8 and a Yamaha MT44 track cassette recorder.

Driven to develop a musical language derived as much by an exploration of music technology and a desire to create new sounds, Kuniyuki was also looking to evolve the possibilities of what he refers to as a ‘new Oriental sound’. Early Tape Works - 1986-1993’ then brings together two albums of material which not only highlights the evolution of Kuniyuki’s own work but also of Japanese electronic music as a whole."


released January 31, 2018

All music written & recorded between 1986 - 1993 by Kuniyuki Takahashi.


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