Sunday, July 03, 2005

Toshimaru Nakamura- Guitar and No Input Mixing


.:Toshimaru Nakamura Homepage:.

Toshimaru Nakamura is one of those rare artists, like Ikue Mori, that seems to defy our personal senses with music. He can create complex textures and engaging music using the most mundane and minimal instrumental setups. What is most remarkable about artists like Toshimaru Nakamura and others is that they can demonstrate that in this world of limitless digital studios, they do the unthinkable with gear that more traditional artists label toys, garbage and useless.

Toshimaru Nakamura creates his compositions mostly with a guitar and what he calls a no input mixer. This mixer loops and feedsback noise through itself creating very interesting and unique sound textures. Something definitely worth checking out.

Toshimaru Nakamura has been producing electronic music on self-named "no-input mixing board," after long unhappy years with the electric guitar. The name describes the method of his music. "No" external sound source is connected to "inputs" of the "mixing board." Mostly an improviser, occasionally a composer for dancers, an instrumentalist for compositions.

Friday, July 01, 2005

Ikue Mori: Composer... Improviser... Performer...


.:Ikue Mori Homepage:.

Every once in a while I stumble upon an artist out there that is truly inspirational, creative, and different from everything else. Ikue Mori is one of those artists. Ikue Mori is an improvisational artist that primarily centers her music around using drummachines in unconventional ways. Complex textures, melodies and beats are created from a simple machine and looped chopped diced and more. Ikue Mori has numerous recordings released from the 1970's to the present. In addition to great music she also dabbles in some graphic design.