T.O.P. records:Koichi Shimizu– “Wholetone EP” [HTN002]


We have the honour to announce the forthcoming Holotone EP by the magician of electronic sounds, Koichi Shimizu. Holotone comes back dynamically with “Wholetone EP” A piece of astonishing quality, style and sound.

The master behind it Koichi Shimizu is

” ….a peculiar case. A sound engineer and composer born in Japan, studied in New York City and based in Bangkok. His scope outranges the usual radar, spanning film, installations, concerts, music production – In Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film “Syndromes and a Century”, for which Shimizu did the sound design, there is a particular passage called “Black Hole”. Shimizu and his partner in crime Yn/Federico Nitti (among others things visual artist for Inner8 and Shapednoise) deliver with the EP’s 3rd track “FK” a phantasmagoric stream, ever falling ever morphing, changing without ceasing, there is no essential difference between passing from one state to another and persisting in the same state. We would think that if there is heterogeneity, there has to be juxtaposition. But, in qualitative multiplicities, there is heterogeneity and no juxtaposition. The track, recorded as an improvisation, manifests in intuitive knowledge. Intuition then consists in entering into the thing, rather than going around it from the outside, the concept of play, a strategy without finality, what might be called blind tactics, the unity of chance and necessity in calculations without end. 

Koichi Shimizu’s contribution to the Holotone Catalogue N°2 sounds like journeys from a ticket that exploded. Self organizing bodies without organs laying the blueprint for a soft machine spreading and fizzling towards available spaces or trickling downwards towards new spaces through fissures and gaps, eroding what is in its way. Drawing the tonal line from a cube to a tesseract, entering the Holotone realm.” (Mélanie l’Heuremaudit).

Oriens gradually arrives with its ritualistic veil and its technoid steps like from an  undiscovered planet. Spacey beats, subtle distortions melting our minds somewhere  in the middle of the dark room then a sprinkling all over our bodies with drops of teasing synths and sophisticated keys.

Rumble is a cheeky slow tune. Like a child walking around  carefree without real purpose trying sounds and keys until the moment that starts evolving, steadily turning into a mature electronic sound.

Wholetone plays with the words and gives a Whole paradigm for the modern electronic music sound. A blissfull melody with its experimental hint and its smashing base. This is the last track for the EP which will be released soon on  Daniele Antezza’s record label Holotone. A prologue that will keep us with suspense for the next little diamond.