Jul 11, 2018

RhoDeo 1827 Aetix

Hello, the Dutch could sigh of relief tonight, because the Belgians would have become unbearable should they win the Worldcup with them being 3 times runner's up. It has to be said they choose the hard road to the final and left the easy path to the English and who knows what would have happened in the final against the French, tonight they lost the semi's against them 1-0, had they scored first it most likely they'd won the game, it was that close. Meanwhile the media event of the year thusfar has come to a good ending, the cave has given up it's 12 potential young victims and their coach, alas they are kept in quarantine for some overbearing reason, these boys should be allowed to go to Moscow and witness the Worldcup final on the invitation of FIFA, undoubtedly bathing in the applause from all 80,000 present in the stadium, a great antidote to the death trap they experienced.

Today's artist is a Japanese composer, arranger, and computer programmer. He is known for his pioneering work in electronic music and particularly music programming, as the assistant of Isao Tomita during the early 1970s and as the "fourth member" of the band Yellow Magic Orchestra during the late 1970s to early 1980s... ..............N'Joy

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Hideki Matsutake (born August 12, 1951 in Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan)

Through his participation in the session recording of Ryuichi Sakamoto's 1978 album Thousand Knives, he joined the recordings of Yellow Magic Orchestra during 1978-1982 as their sound programmer, to become known as "the fourth member" of the group. In 1981, he formed a unit of his own under the name Logic System, which released its latest album in 2008. He also continued to take part in solo activities by YMO members such as Haruomi Hosono and Yukihiro Takahashi beyond the group's breakup in 1983. He was also a member of the video game music group Akihabara Electric Circus in 1988 and composed music for the 1996 video game Guardian Heroes.

Matsutake was grabbed by the playback of Wendy Carlos's Switched-On Bach using a synthesizer and a computer at the American Pavilion of Expo '70 in Osaka. In June the following year at age 19, he made his first step into professional music as an apprentice to Isao Tomita, providing him the chance of operating one of the few Moog III-P synthesizer units in Japan.

Establishing a company of his own named Musical Advertising Corporation (MAC) in 1974, his involvement with 'new music' artists such as Yoshitaka Minami and Akiko Yano started. In 1978 he participated in the production of Ryuichi Sakamoto's first album, Thousand Knives. In the years 1978 to 1982, Matsutake served Yellow Magic Orchestra as its sound programmer, eventually to become known as the "fourth member" of the band. He also led sequencing work for numerous technopop albums by other artists, especially at the beginning of the 80s.

In 1981, Matsutake formed "Logic System" with Makoto Irie, with whom he toured to perform in other Asian countries several times. The unit has released 10 albums to date, two out of them released in eight countries. Its latest album is Tansu Matrix, released in 2008. He was a member of Akihabara Electric Circus, which released the chiptune album Super Mario Bros. 3: Akihabara Electric Circus in 1988. He composed the video game music for Treasure's Guardian Heroes in 1996, alongside Nazo Suzuki. Matsutake is currently chairman of Japan Synthesizer Programmers Association (JSPA).

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This album of electronica is as meticulously engineered as a Rolex watch - every single instance of sound has been precisely crafted and then inter-weaved to create an album of pulsing urgency that 30 years later still stands shoulder to shoulder with any other product of the genre. Anyone with an interest in the development of electronic music should appreciate this album and its beautiful fat sounds derived from vintage synthesizers.

Logic is an amazingly well-produced slice of early 80's electro that stands up among the best of its genre while still sounding as fresh today as when it was released 30 years ago. This is an extremely lush, intricate piece of electronic music for its time, and the sound quality is absolutely incredible for 1981. This almost sounds as if it could have been recorded yesterday by any hipsterish indie electronic band looking to recreate the sounds of the early 80s (which seems to be very trendy at the moment). In other words, it sounds retro, yet with production values so high, and the sound so crisp and clear that it could have been recorded today, much like Kraftwerk's classic albums from the mid to late 70s / early 80s.

Any fan of early electro will want to hear this album, especially anyone into 70's and 80's synth pop a'la Kraftwerk, as well as perhaps even electro-disco like Giorgio Moroder. This album is jam-packed with fat analog synth lines and really tight, muscular beats suited for listening to loud and with good speakers. This may just be one of the best electronic releases of the early 80s, and definitely deserves a spot in the history books of electronica. In my opinion Logic would have been an international breaktrough album for YMO, but they had grown, made their next step and had other and brilliant Technodelic plans.

Logic System -  Logic (flac  219mb)

01 Intro 0:41
02 Unit 4:53
03 Domino Dance 4:17
04 Convulsion Of Nature 3:04
05 XY? 4:19
06 Talk Back 4:13
07 Clash (Chinjyu Of Sun) 4:21
08 Person To Person 4:22
09 Logic 4:15

Logic System -  Logic     (ogg  84mb)

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Six months after the release of Logic System's well received debut album, another album Venus was released. Why you might ask, well there was a big issue Logic sounded very much like YMO's 5th album, were it not for the fact that YMO grew into something different by that time they released Technodelic in 1981. Matsutake needed to rid himself from the label YMO clone and such is not easy when working with the same tools en regularly sharing the stage with them. Venus is clearly an attempt to quickly suppress this YMO clone image.

It was Roger Powell who is also familiar at Utopia of Todd Rundgren who assembled the tag in this work, and he was originally an ARP engineer.  He is a person who has worked hard on developing the initial synthesizer such as developing and introducing a shoulder type synthesizer for the first time, it made him a notable person in the history of synthesizer as well as Matsutake's.  Anyway Roger's input gave Logic System's, beautiful melody, in some sense even rock songs are not all than Roger, but a bit unbelievable  There are also many songs in a cross-over atmosphere rather than so-called synth music.  Members are also in band form, and it seems that the sequencer's MC-8 and others are the leaders of the members. It was exactly the work that should become a turning point in the logic system.

Logic System -  Venus    (flac  242mb)
01 Venus 5:00
02 Morpheus 3:06
03 I Love You 4:44
04 Plan 3:00
05 Take A Chance 4:29
06 Automatic Collect, Automatic Correct 5:25
07 Be Yourself 5:03
08 Prophet 5:05
09 Metamorphism 4:08
10 Equivalent 0:33

Logic System -  Venus     (ogg  91mb)

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According to the explanation of the album, it's concept was to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the famous Orient Express trainservice, at the time of release in 1982.  "Overture" reminiscent of a steam locomotive start reminiscent of the rhythm like Ravel's bolero, "Orient express of melancholy", a cover song "Simone" from YMO first album, in classical style. Armistice speaks for itself, a calm during the storm of 2 worldwar's that happened during the 100 years.  Exotic songs such as famous "in the Persian market" follow.  The B side starts of with, "Karelia of Mist", "Wagon-Lits" gradually became European style music, the final "Georges Nagelmackers' dream" is the image of the end of the train trip (Incidentally,  Georges Nagelmackers was a Belgian and the founder of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, the company known for the Orient Express trains.).

 Logic System - Orient Express   (flac  193mb)

01 Overture 0:45
02 Orient Express 4:15
03 Simoon 4:13
04 Armistice 4:30
05 In A Persian Market 5:45
06 Karelia 2:47
07 Wagons-Lits 4:00
08 Sofia 4:20
09 Classical Gas 3:49
10 Georges Nagelmackers 4:29

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This is a bootleg mini live album of sorts

First of all, you can enjoy Kenji Ohmura's guitar.There are also liners, but it is not only the main board except YMO that you can hear Mr. Techno period live. And  Kazuhiko Kato is also participating in the last song.  It is also valuable that there is a sound of old synths and MC of Matsutake himself now.

Logic System - Electric Carnaval 82 (flac  213mb)

01 Overture 0:51
02 Orient Express 6:43
03 MC1 1:28
04 Sunshine Of Your Love - Armistice 9:06
05 MC2 0:54
06 OTAKEBI 3:29
07 Wagon-Lits 3:57
08 Prophet 5:03
09 MC3 1:01
10 Karelia 2:50

Logic System - Electric Carnaval 82     (ogg  74mb)

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Anonymous said...

many thanks

Anonymous said...

Wow! Japanese heaven here lately. Massive thanks as always. Hope it continues for as long as possible!

apf said...

Thank you Rho !