genseiichi (BirdFriend, An Epic) & his abstract tales from Kyoto ( JP)

Our first touch with  genseiichi was on the shelves of Meditations record store in Kyoto.. His tape Existence on Birdfriend,  a label from Osaka, was playing on the speakers.  Deep abstract, experimental techno from Kyoto and that sound was  pleasantly tickling our ears. That tape was meant to be one of  our souvenirs from that beautiful musical shrine.

Apart from from his work on his music and tapes he is co owner together with Durusin of the An Epic label. He recently moved to Berlin, cause it’s ….fun and we shared with you his interview for Tales of Psychofonia. Enjoy it with his..japanese way 🙂

1. Who is geinseiichi?

i’m music producer,mastering engineer,PA and sound design for theatre(dance.playing and movie)

2. How would you describe your music in few words

I’m careful with sound itself most.and the sound give me a imagination.those sounds occur at the same time and disappear and it becomes small and grow big and thinks that it is in music.

3. Why Berlin and not Tokyo? What are the big differences for you while making music between Japan and European countries?

Its just fun.and i’d like to feel another culture.
and I don’t know still.because I moved to berlin recently.and i had some trouble.so I couldn’t have a activity of music.

4. What about your label an epic? tell us few things about the history of it?

I started the label with Durusin.I met with him at live house.one of my favorite artist is same with him.its experimental techno.(modern love,basic channel,etc) there are not like the label in japan.so we got to start.

5. Where can we listen to your music? any forthcoming events?

sorry.i don’t have a plan still.I’d like to gig as soon as possible.i should make some friends who is musician or organizer at berlin.

6. we have a special love for your tapes for birdfriend, tell us few things about the label and the collaboration with it?

Birdfriend’s owner is my friend.we met maybe 7 years ago. he asked me,do you release from my label? and i said YES.

7. What would it be the ideal record/tape for you to treat the mind?

You speak what i feel”Single Collection” remixed by SND a.k.a SND and Terre Theamlitz.

8. Would you name some favourite artists of yours?

Terre Theamlitz,Mouse on Mars,Emily King

9. what is the best thing to do when you are not producing?

Sports(soccer,basket ball,skate bording)novel,movie and playing with my friends.

https://soundcloud.com/seiichigen/new1-1001

See here in Japanese:

1 – ミュージシャン、マスタリングエンジニア、PA、ダンスや演劇の音響、映画音楽を作っています。
2 – 音そのものを一番大事にしています。その音の持つ特性や感じた事を軸に、作曲しています。
3 - 一番おもしろそうな所に身を置いてみたかった事が一番の理由です。話ではベルリンはすごく魅力的だと耳にします。それを確かめたかった。あとは、日本とは違う文化を身をもって体感したかった。
ヨーロッパで活動する意味について、今の段階ではまだわかりません。でも、意味のあるものにしたいと思っています。
4 – an epicについてですが、大阪のnu thingsと言うライブハウスで共同運営しているDurusinと出会いました。一緒に始めたきっかけは、音楽の趣味が合ったからです。また、自分たちの好きな音楽をリリースしているレーベルが日本になかった事。そして、日本にも素晴らしいアンダーグラウンドな好きなミュージシャンがいるので、それを世界に発信出来ればいいなと言うのが理由です。
5 – まだ、ライブの予定はありません。今日やっと機材が全て届きました。あとは、足りないものを買い足すのと、オーガナイザーや音楽関係の友人を作らなければいけません。
6 – birdfriendのオーナーとは7年前程にライブハウスで出会いました。それから何年もたって、彼がレーベルを始めました。そして、リリースのオファーを頂きました。
7 – You speak what i feel”Single Collection” remixed by SND a.k.a SND and Terre Theamlitz.
8 – Terre Theamlitz,Mouse on Mars,Emily King
9 – スポーツ(サッカー、バスケ、スケートボード)小説、映画、友達と遊ぶ事。

Inhttps://birdfriend.bandcamp.com/album/existence

Picture retrieved on: http://genseiichi.tumblr.com/

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T.O.P. Podcast series: Andre Holthausen (DE)

Andre is visiting Tales of Psychofonia and he says hi with a great mix a journey to space house/ambient/acid sound. He is coming from Münster and he knows very well how to create the perfect ambience. In October we can enjoy his gig at  fyal Cafe in Münster. Fellow of  Noorden and LL.M.  crew  currently working with the Deep City label.
Exclusively for T.O.P. Andre and his beautiful records. One more star in our family is added. Keep dancing!

Playlist

1.Newworldaquarium-Shine Eyed
2.Even Tuell-Untitled B1
3.Jazzmoon-Woolly Thoughts
4.Leonid-SD2
5.Smallpeople,Rau-Meadows
6.Space Afrika-Untitled
7.Romansoff-Infinite Dreams
8.Steven Tang-Mystic Ritual
9.D5-Floatation Tank
10.Asok-Final Battle
11.STL-Dub’s End
12.Aroy Dee-City Of Others

T.O.P. Interview: Cio D’Or (DE)

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Tales is proud to hostess a lady who’s writing history with her hypnotic sound. Her last album on Semantica All In All is an amazing expression of her music history and her multifaceted personality. Words that instantly spring to mind are dreamy, spacey, creative, innovative, dark with bright highlights at the same time. Her collaborations with Donato Dozzy gave birth to some proper diamonds like the Donato Dozzy & Cio D’Οr ‎– Menta on Time to Express  and many gems on our favourite Prologue.
A unique combination under her special artistic perception where the classical music becomes part of an evolving contemporary sound. An album seen as an inspiring meditation for our modern world and its contradictions. Carrying her minimalistic attitude she is going further experimenting with her sound. As a proper music witch manages to hypnotise us flirting with her machines.
Cio D΄Or plays and creates for both solitary dark music lovers and dancers on some of the greatest events and venues of the world. She is a poet narrating space and ambient stories, experimenting in the most elegant way.
Cio D΄Or definitely knows the way to massage our mind.
Straight after her new release with the second part of her album All In All , “yocta to yotta” on SEMANTICA 73B we are delighted to share this exclusive interview with the queen of the hypnotic techno scene!
1. We have been always intrigued about how is Cio D΄Or outside her music Temple,how is her life today?
Sleeping – dreaming – nature – architecture – photography as a hobby for my music-covers – sports – documentations – cine film and secrets ,)

2. What was that record or collaboration that has been the biggest challenge for you?
Each piece of music is as if it were the first one

3. Describe the feeling of producing music with a phrase or word
Never-ending

4 . Is there any specific person, thing or situation that influences/ inspires your music more than anything?
“The Now”

5. What is your favorite type of crowd?
Open minded with open ears and character, all ages and nationalities, brave dancers

6. If your favourite peak time live set was a movie which one would it be?
“All Is Lost” with Robert Redford, Director: J.C.Chandor

7. What’s the colour of techno for Cio D΄Or ?
Black and white with glow, a bit of orange

8. What piece(s) of hardware/software do you favor when experimenting with sounds?’?
Field recordings and “Reason – tricks”

9. Psychofonia is a method to treat migraine with music, which record would you choose to heal the mind?
Bach Sicilienne from Concerto in D Minor, BWV 596 after Vivaldi, played by Arcadi Volodos

10. Tell us few things about your other alter egos as we know you are a talented person with your talents expanding to different fields
My talents lie rather between the words, creating is a strong impulse in my life – and always starts as an idea for a project: Music is the strongest means for me to transfer emotions, but also movements, photographs, texts or other forms of expression can be interesting for a venture.
Everything originates in my life from the silence and sometimes I love a whole day to be quiet without words.

11. Is there any unforgettable story during your performances you would like to share with us?
There are so many unforgettable stories which I would divide with pleasure, but a whole book would be maybe enough ,)
• Absolutely I will never forget the joy of my friend, artist and organizer Dave Twomey as he jumped on the dreamlike island Okinawa in the sea and swam laughing. He organized a tour with Mike Parker and me in Japan.
Later he got to know that he has cancer : /
He was the most courageous and wisest young person whom I have ever met. Dave Twomey died of the illness – he will always remain in my heart!
•I was excited, impressed and was grateful that studied musicians played in my 1st composed music theatre “Distanz” live on her their instruments (piano, viola and contrabass). Also the cooperation with director Thierry Bruehl was an interesting and new approach in music. With thanks to Hüseyin Evirgen (Cassegrain) who established the contact!

12. What is minimal for you and how is this evolving during the years?
I use so many tones as urgently and so little as possible, because I love “transparency” in a mix.
But nearly every single sound is worked on by me usually for days.
How much sounds I need is always due what I would like to “say”.

13. Do you consider contemporary electronic music keeps high a social meaning?
Generally, music has a great social significance. I think that music can sensitize the perception and the people in the best case attentively to deal with each other. In addition, I find it extremely important that music will be further developed without losing the origins of the ears. It is ultimately irrelevant whether it is instrumental or electronic music. Music is always a means of transport by emotions! Music artists should be promoted more by general policy to develop further. Music is a gift of peace for this unique planet.
Dankeschön, thank you, merci and arigatou!
Y.Cio D´Or

T.O.P. : Thank you Cio for this heartfelt sharing we read with goosebumps. A genuine artist will always keep her values within the Art and love!

Picture credits: Cio D´Or

https://semanticarecords.bandcamp.com/album/yocta-to-yotta-semantica-73b

http://www.ciodor.de/

Classic tales by real artists : Vangelis (GR)

Tales of psychofonia presents a tribute to Vangelis, the great and timeless Greek composer and artist. 

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Evanghelos Odyssey Papathanassiou is the full name of the man known to many as the artist Vangelis. Although best known for his musical compositions Vangelis has not limited himself to the role of composer, as he also likes to paint and sculpt. Born in Volos, Greece on the 29th of March 1943 Vangelis was raised together with a sister and brother. According to his own memories Vangelis has always been fascinated by sound and music, ever since his earliest childhood. He remembers as a kid he was always banging on things to see what kind of sound it would produce, and even staging a public concert at the age of six ! The fascination for sound is essential to understand Vangelis and his work. During his long career (now already spanning more than 30 years), his work has received the appreciation of a worldwide public, and received many prizes. Nevertheless it seems that Vangelis has always tried to let his music prevail before any commercial success. From his early successes with groups like the Forminx and Aphrodite’s Child, to his highly acclaimed scores for movies like Chariots of Fire and Conquest of Paradise, Vangelis usually shies away from public attention and rather focuses on his next experiment in artistic creation.

Halfway through the sixties Vangelis first publicly appears performing with his school band The Forminx, who soon become a huge national success in Greece with their Beatles-like appearance and songs. Already Vangelis showcases his talent for composing catchy songs and playing the keys of his Hammond organ. After a few short collaborations with other Greek performers like Maria, Zoitsa ‘Zoe’ Kouroukli andAleka Kanellidou, Vangelis forms his own band under the name ‘The Papathanassiou Set’, together with ‘Silver’ Koulouris, Demis Roussos and Lucas Sideras. It is under this name that they record singles withGeorge Romanos, Ricardo Credi and Vilma Lado.

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n the early seventies Vangelis starts composing music for French director Frédéric Rossif, for the first time on a wildlife documentary series titled “L’Apocalypse des Animaux“. This was the beginning of a long-lasting cooperation, as during the following decades Vangelis would provide most of the music for the documentaries of Frédéric Rossif, e.g. for “Georges Mathieu ou la fureur d’etre” in 1971, “Au pays des visages” in 1972, “Georges Braque ou le temps different” in 1974, “La fête sauvage” in 1975, “L’Opera sauvage” in 1979, “Pablo Picasso Peintre” in 1981, “Sauvage et beau” in 1984, “Pasteur le siecle” in 1987 and in 1989 “Morandi” and “De Nuremberg a Nuremberg“. Even before the release of their last album “666“, Aphrodite’s Child splits up. Now Vangelis is finally free to start working on his solo career, and he does so with the release of his first solo album “Fais que ton rêve soit plus long que la nuit“, an album based on the student riots in Paris during 1968. It is during this period, in the first part of the seventies, that Vangelis experiments with sounds created with synthesizers, a relative new instrument at the time. In 1973 again he composes the score for another Henry Chapier movie, this one titled “Amore“, as well as releases a progressive rock album titled “Earth“. In between he also finds the time to record a few songs with Greek singer Melina Mercouri. In 1974, after arranging an album for Italian singer Claudio Baglioni, Vangelis decides to move to London and build his very own studio.

In 1975 Vangelis produces albums for Greek rock-band Socrates and Greek singer Mariangela at Orange Studio in London. And as Nemo continues to be built in an old school building at Hampden Guerney Street, already Vangelis records his first album “Heaven and Hell” there… It is the first album to be released for his new record label RCA, and in later followed by “Albedo 0.39” in 1976, “Spiral” in 1977 and “Beaubourg” in 1978. It is also the first album where Jon Anderson appears, singing lyrics to the beautiful “So long ago, so clear”. Their long friendship would last into the nineties, and produce albums as “Short stories” in 1980, “The friends of Mr. Cairo” in 1981, “Private Collection” in 1983 and “Page of life” in 1991. The newly built studio attracts a lot of other artists as well during the next few years, and Vangelis works with Italian singers and bands like Chrisma, Patty Pravo, Riccardo Cocciante, Panda and I Nuovi Angeli to name a few. Another long lasting relationship with Aphrodite’s Child lead singer Demis Roussos continues with the cooperation on albums like “Magic” in 1977, “Demis” in 1982 and “Reflection” in 1984. In 1979, at the end of another decade Vangelis signs a new contract with record label Polydor, which would serve him well into the eighties. The first album to be released for Polydor is “China“, a typical album where Vangelis not only shows his ability to play electronic instruments, but also masterfully plays all kinds of percussion instruments.

The first solo album of the eighties is titled “See you later”, an unusual album which included performances by Jon Anderson, Peter Marsh (with whom Vangelis would produce a separate single later), Cherry Vanilla, Krisma, Michel Ripoche and Argyris ‘Silver’ Koulouris. In the meantime in the USA Carl Sagan creates the documentary series “Cosmos“, which main theme and background music was lifted from several of Vangelis’ seventies albums. Together with Irene Papas, who also participated on Aphrodite’s Child last album “666” in 1972, Vangelis now returns to his Greek roots on the album “Odes“, an album inspired on Byzantine music. The two would work together again on another album “Rapsodies” in 1986. After this album Vangelis creates the scores for a number of movies, music that by many is valued as some of his finest compositions ever. It started with “Chariots of Fire” and “Missing” (1981), quickly followed by “Blade Runner” (1982), “Antarctica” (1983) and “The Bounty” (1984). In-between he finds the time to work with Italian singer Milva on her album “Ich hab’ keine Angst” in 1981. The two would work together again on another album “Geheimnisse” in 1986. In 1983 Vangelis takes to the stage and composes his first work for the British ballet-director Wayne Eagling titled ‘R B Sque’. Their relation would produce more music for ballet, “Frankenstein, a modern Prometheus” in 1985, and “Beauty and the Beast” in 1986. His next solo album “Soil festivities“, inspired by nature itself, saw the light in 1984. Next are “Invisible Connections” and “Mask” in 1985, followed by “Direct” in 1988, which is the first album to be created with the aid of a revolutionary new ‘Zyklus’ tool. “Direct” is also the first (and only) album for record label Arista. The year 1987 is not a fruitful one for Vangelis, as he has to spend a lot of time in court, fighting the allegations of Stavros Logaridis. The case is about the composition of the main theme of “Chariots of fire“, which Logaridis claims is his instead of Vangelis’. Vangelis wins the case, but still the allegations affected him greatly. He decides to close his studio Nemo (which is demolished a few years later) and moves back to Athens. In 1989 Vangelis once more creates the score for a motion picture, this time the movie “Francesco“. While staying in Rome for this movie, Vangelis both stages a concert, as well as records the music for his next album “The City”, released in 1990. With the release of “The City” he moves to the new record label that would issue most of his album during the nineties, East-West.

While staying in Athens Vangelis records three songs with Greek singer Maria Farantouri, published on her album “17 songs“. In 1991 Vangelis cooperates on three performances; first he performs in Rotterdam, The Netherlands at “Eureka, the event of excellence“, then he improvises music at the Night of Poetry in Athens, and finally he composes and performs the music for the mini-opera Antigone. In 1992 Vangelis moves to Paris where he builds a new studio, Epsilon, and scores yet another three movies “1492 Conquest of paradise“, “The Plague” and “Bitter Moon“. 1994 finally sees the release of the official “Blade Runner” soundtrack. The next year Vangelis composes “Foros Timis Ston Greko“, a tribute to Greek painter Domenico Theotocopoulos. Originally only released as a limited edition in 1995, the music is later repackaged as a commercial release in 1998. Solo albums keep pouring out, like “Voices” in 1995, and “Oceanic” in 1996. It would take another 5 years before the next solo album to be released…  In 1996 Vangelis composes the score to the Greek movie “Kavafis“, but like many before the music is not officially released. For  Montserrat Caballe Vangelis composes a number of songs, which are published on her albums “Friends for life” (1997) and “With all my heart” (1998). They perform together at the opening ceremony of the 1997 World Championship Athletics in Athens. With the release of “Reprise 1990-1999” in 1999 Vangelis concludes his contract with East-West.

In 2001 Vangelis signs with a new record label, Sony Classical. In close cooperation with Sony, the NASA and the Greek Ministry of Culture for the first time in many years Vangelis stages a concert. The work presented isMythodea, an earlier work from 1993, but now re-performed with a few added movements at the temple of Zeus in Athens. Shortly after the performance the new album “Mythodea” follows, linked to the NASA Odyssey Mission to Mars. In September of the same year long-time friend Irene Papas stages the play “Las Troyanas” in Sagunto, Spain for which Vangelis composes the score. By the end of the year Vangelis’ composes the theme for the 2002 Japan / Korea World championship Soccer, which is first performed in Korea at the drawing ceremony. and later abundantly used during the tournament.

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In 2002 Vangelis composes the music to yet another play, this time for “A Vihar” (The tempest) by Williams Shakespeare, performed during the summer, in Budapest (Hungary). In 2003 the worldwide premiere of Vangelis’ paintings on public display is in Valencia, Spain, where an exhibition is organised from June to September. Vangelis composes special music for the occasion. Later that year Irene Papas again stages and two interconnected plays “Il Troiane” and “Ecuba”, both of them performed with Vangelis’ score in Rome, Italy in September. 2004 brings the long awaited return of Vangelis to the silver screen, with an epic score for Oliver Stone’s film Alexander, about the life of Alexander the Great. A creative reunion with Greek director Iannis Smaragdis for the film “El Greco” produces another score in 2007. The title refers to Domenicos Theotokopoulos, one of the most influential Greek painters of all times, a subject Vangelis has had a major interest in considering his nineties albums…

resource: http://www.vangelismovements.com/vangelis.htm

Ryo Murakami narrates…// Deist LP (Bedouin), record of the month

Fear, darkness like at a dusty space haunted by demons and gods.

A very theatrical and unique record by the master of quality deep sound Ryo Murakami directly from Osaka.

Noisy psychedelic and mysterious energetic waves. This is a great cinematographic experiment made by Ryo Murakami.  Each track manages to impose its elegantly dark atmosphere with a great composition of dramatic soundscape recordings.  A celebration of mystery, noise, horror, meditation, machines and industrial spaces full of agony. This is definetely  the record of the month for Tales of Psychofonia. Released on Bedouin.BDNLP001front