Sep 20, 2015

Sundaze 1538

Hello, well  F1 Qualification threw up a surprise, no Mercedes on the front row Vettel drove himself to the front in a almost manic lap, he's sure to win the Singapore night Grand Prix were it not that it's likely the safety car will be needed at sometime in the street race, which will condense the field again.. Verstappen managed getting noticed with an 8th place for the Torro Rosso, just 0.5 sec down on Hamilton who starts as 5th and his run of 7 pole positions came to an end. Expect an exiting night race today.

Today more work by that renowned Japanese musician, best known internationally as a member of the pioneering electronic music band Yellow Magic Orchestra with Yukihiro Takahashi and Ryuichi Sakamoto. Hosono has also released many solo albums covering a variety of styles, including film soundtracks and a variety of electronic ambient albums. As well as recording his own music, Hosono has done considerable production work for other artists such as Miharu Koshi, Sheena and the Roketts, Sandii and the Sunsetz, Chisato Moritaka and Seiko Matsuda. Today it's soundtrack work here to...... N'joy

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Haruomi Hosono (細野 晴臣 Hosono Haruomi, born July 9, 1947 in Minato, Tokyo), also known as Harry Hosono.

Hosono is the grandson of Masabumi Hosono the only Japanese passenger and survivor of the sinking of RMS Titanic. Hosono first came to attention in Japan as the bass player of the psychedelic rock band Apryl Fool, alongside drummer Takashi Matsumoto, who released the album The Apryl Fool in 1969. Hosono and Matsumoto then formed the influential folk rock group Happy End with Eiichi Ohtaki and Shigeru Suzuki. One of the songs he composed for Happy End, "Kaze wo Atsumete" (1971), later appeared in the American film Lost in Translation and on its soundtrack in 2003. After Happy End disbanded around 1974, Hosono worked with a loose association of artists making "exotica"-style music under the title Tin Pan Alley.

His involvement in electronic music also dates back to the early 1970s, when he performed the electric bass for Inoue Yousui's folk pop rock album Ice World (1973) and Osamu Kitajima's progressive/psychedelic rock album Benzaiten (1974), both of which were electronic rock records utilizing synthesizers, electric guitars, and in the latter, electronic drums and rhythm machines.

In 1977, Hosono invited Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yukihiro Takahashi to work on his exotica-flavoured album Paraiso, which included electronic music produced using the Yamaha CS-80 polyphonic synthesizer and ARP Odyssey synthesizer. The band was named "Harry Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band" and, having been recorded in late 1977, Paraiso was released in early 1978. The three worked together again for the 1978 electronic album Pacific, which included an early version of the song "Cosmic Surfin".

In 1978, he released an innovative electronic soundtrack for a fictional Bollywood film Cochin Moon, together with artist Tadanori Yokoo and future YMO band members Ryuichi Sakamoto and Hideki Matsutake. Inspired by a trip to India and "the exotic, luxurious, and seemingly wonder-filled scenarios played out in Indian cinemas," it was an experimental "electro-exotica" album fusing exotic Indian music (reminiscent of Ravi Shankar and Bollywood music) with electronic music, including an early "synth raga" song entitled "Hum Ghar Sajan" (from a Guru Granth Sahib phrase). The same year, he contributed to Sakamoto's song "1000 Knives" for his solo album, The Thousand Knives of Ryuichi Sakamoto, which experimented with fusing electronic music with traditional Japanese music in early 1978.

He was one of the first producers to recognize the appeal of video game sounds and music. YMO's self-titled debut in 1978 contained substantial video game sounds and after YMO disbanded an early project was an album simply titled Video Game Music containing mixed and edited Namco arcade game music and sounds. Video Game Music was released in 1984 as an early example of a chiptune record[9] and the first video game music album. That same year, he also produced the theme song for Hayao Miyazaki's popular anime film Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind, "Kaze no Tani no Naushika", with vocals by actress-singer Narumi Yasuda. In the late 80s and early 90s, the influence of world music on his music deepened, and he worked with international singers and musicians such as Amina Annabi.

He has produced a number of short term band projects as a band member. His first post-YMO band was Friends of Earth. As with most of his projects he combines musical styles he's interested in. F.O.E. seemed to be a combination of Funk and Techno and included a collaboration with James Brown and Maceo Parker for a remake of the song "Sex Machine". Another notable band project was 1995's Love, Peace & Trance. Members were Mimori Yusa ("Love"), Miyako Koda ("Peace"), Haruomi Hosono ("&") and Mishio Ogawa ("Trance").

In the 1990s he started the Daisyworld label to release a wide range of experimental artists from Japan and the rest of the world. Hosono collaborated on many of the releases, such as World Standard, a trip into Americana; HAT, a supergroup (the acronym stands for Hosono, Atom Heart, Tetsu Inoue),and "Quiet Logic", by Mixmaster Morris and Jonah Sharp. The Orb also paid tribute with a series of remixes including the notorious "Hope You Choke on Your Whalemeat".

In 2002 Haruomi formed the duo Sketch Show with his YMO band-mate Yukihiro Takahashi. They have released two albums, one of which, Loophole, has received a UK release. When the third former YMO member, Ryuichi Sakamoto deepened his involvement it was decided to bill those collaborations as Human Audio Sponge.

In the spring of 2007, his fellow YMO members and other artist paid tribute to Haruomi with a 2-disc album titled "Tribute to Haruomi". That same year, the animated film Appleseed Ex Machina was released featuring a soundtrack performed and supervised by Hosono.

In September 2010 he performed at the De La Fantasia festival and played songs from his upcoming album.

In February 2011 it was announced that his new album, entitled "HoSoNoVa" was to be released on April 20. He also performed a special concert to celebrate its release.

Bands and Collaborations
Apryl Fool
Happy End
Tin Pan Alley
Yellow Magic Orchestra
Friends of Earth (F.O.E) (with Eiki Nonaka)
HIS (with Kiyoshirō Imawano and Fuyumi Sakamoto)
Love, Peace & Trance (Mimori Yusa, Miyako Koda and Mishio Ogawa)
Swing Slow (with Miharu Koshi)
HAT (with Atom Heart and Tetsu Inoue)
Harry & Mac (with Makoto Kubota)
Tin Pan (with Tatsuo Hayashi and Shigeru Suzuki)
Sketch Show (with Yukihiro Takahashi)
HASYMO (previously Human Audio Sponge) (Sketch Show and Ryuichi Sakamoto, with Keigo Oyamada, Hiroshi Takano, Christian Fennesz, Tomohiko Gondō and Ren Takada as live support)

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This is a set of remixes of tracks drawn from Hosono's ambient pop album Omni Sight Seeing and his more purely ambient Medicine Compilation, reworked by a similar roster to the YMO in the '90s series. The lineup includes the Orb, Graham Massey, Bomb the Bass, and Something Wonderful but, on the whole, this is a very subdued affair, rarely coming to a boil.
The words "yo no naka no ten to chi ni sasageyou, ai wo" means 'in the universe, to the heavens and the earth, bestow, love.' It sounds like something out of the bible. The massey mix one of 808 state fame brings forth elements of dub, trance, and ethnic or world music into a neat experience. It is also slightly sycopated, minimalistic, and subtle. The cave of life mix is okay and so is the extended wonga wig out 2. As you may infer from the naming, the music is weird, otherworldy, and mystical. Imagine rituals in outerspace, tribal aliens, and the creation of earth.

Haruomi Hosono - Mental Sports Mixes  (flac 287mb)

01 Orgon Box (Secret Life Mix) 6:26
02 Laughter Meditation (The Reality Of Impossible Orbjects) 8:34
03 Caravan (Desert Hallucination Mix 6:26
04 Medicine Mix (Massey Mix One) 6:32
05 Laugh Gas (Remix 12") 6:04
06 Arabic 1 (Cave Of Life Mix) 5:49
07 Laughter Meditation (Massey Mix) 7:50
08 Medicine Mix (Extend Wonga Wig Out 2) 4:55

Haruomi Hosono - Mental Sports Mixes  (ogg 124mb)

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Like his fellow Yellow Magic Orchestra alumnus Ryuichi Sakamoto, keyboardist and programmer Haruomi Hosono has a taste for exotic experimentation. But the similarities pretty much end there. On N.D.E., Hosono teams up with a host of sidemen both famous (bassist Bill Laswell) and obscure (saxophonist Yasuaki Shimizu, violinist Arun Bagal) to create a beautiful, funky, and yet strangely creepy collage of electronic beats, modal melodies, and exotic samples. Not surprisingly, Laswell's is the strongest presence here -- on "Navigations" he pretty much takes over with his trademark punchy basslines and samples of North African ululations, while the textures and drones of "Edge of the End" recall his own Hear No Evil album of a few years earlier. Another strong voice here is that of Bagal, whose keening modal violin make "Strange Attractor" and "Aero" two of the most compelling items on this album. Highly recommended.

Haruomi Hosono - N.D.E.  (flac 283mb)

01 Spring Spirits 6:01
02 Navigations 9:28
03 Teaching Of Sphinx 6:28
04 Strange Attractor 9:48
05 Heliotherapy  4:23
06 Higher Flyer  6:01
07 Edge Of The End 8:37
08 Aero 6:31

Haruomi Hosono - N.D.E. (ogg 129mb)

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A superb album of instrumentals in the styles of many Asian countries. Includes a new version of one of the Paradise View tunes. Ambient, but also rich in melody and texture. Recorded 1991-95. This is actually his most recent totally solo album. He's done many since but they all have at least one full collaborator.

Haruomi Hosono - Naga (flac 222mb)

01 Hindustan 4:07
02 Naga 4:02
03 Taj-mahal 5:41
04 Himalaya 4:15
05 Sherpa 2:57
06 Jado 1:24
07 Seasons 3:18
08 Dancing-High 2:24
09 Chaitya 1:15
10 Angkor Vat ~ Addaptation Of "Mabui Dance" 4:52
11 Serpent Cloud 15:02

Haruomi Hosono - Naga (ogg 98mb)

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The trio recorded the two albums HAT: Tokyo-Frankfurt-New York (CD, 1996) and HAT: DSP Holiday (CD, 1998). Only the first album was released on Atom™'s "Rather Interesting" label in 1995, before it then came out on Haruomi Hosono's "Daisy World Discs", soon to be followed by their second album in 1998. The "Rather Interesting" version, both differs in artwork and mastering from the japanese release. Both albums were recorded partly in Tetsu Inoue's studio in New York, Atom™'s studios in Frankfurt and later Santiago de Chile as well as in Haruomi Hosono's "Quiet Lodge" in Tokyo. For the recording session of "DSP Holiday" Haruomi Hosono managed to spend two very jet-lagged days in Santiago de Chile, yet most of the production was done by sending files and recordings back and forth between Tokyo, New York and Santiago/Frankfurt.

HAT's second disc of aisle-spanning electronica is a more laidback affair. Released this time on Hosono's Daisyworld label, DSP Holiday is all afizz with sampled percussion, bossa nova rhythms, and references to Japanese pop and eazy-breazy jazz. All cue to Daisyworld's installed base of plastic-dipped lounge-a-holics, of course, but DSP Holiday is an incredibly weird and wonderful recording all the same. Schmidt's penchant for knowing when to pull the rhythmic rug completely out from underneath a song plays a crucial role in keeping the kitsch at bay, but the album as a whole proves yet another object-lesson in the value of summing up parts.

HAT(Haruomi Hosono, Tetsu Inoue, Uwe Schmidt) - DSP-Holiday  (flac 209mb)

01 Arizona Analyzer 10:13
02 Shinjyuku Photoshop 4:26
03 Plug-In Mambo 6:10
04 Granular Sunset 7:21
05 Digidelic 3:02
06 Uptown Pulldown 4:53
07 Malihini Mele 5:02

HAT(Haruomi Hosono, Tetsu Inoue, Uwe Schmidt) - DSP-Holiday (ogg 103mb)

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Riz said...

Thanks very much for these Hosono albums – brilliant stuff.

Anonymous said...

DSP-Holiday flac link is not working Rho. Can you fix please?

Nothe said...

DSP flac link works for me.

Fantastic album.

Request said...

Thanks for Naga