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'Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990'

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2cd housed in 7"x7" hardbound book

Released: 15th Feb 2019

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deluxe 3lp in shoughton tip-on jacket

Released: 15th Feb 2019

£61.99


LIMITED deluxe BLUE 3lp in shoughton tip-on jacket

Released: 22nd Feb 2019

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Here’s something special - an unprecedented overview of japan’s vital minimal, ambient, avant-garde, and New Age music featuring artists such as Haruomi Hosono, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Joe Hisaishi and more.

In the 1970s, the concepts of Brian Eno’s “ambient” and Erik Satie’s “furniture music” began to take hold in the minds of artists and musicians around Tokyo. Emerging fields like soundscape design and architectural acoustics opened up new ways in which sound and music could be consumed. For artists like Yoshimura, Ojima and Ashikawa, these ideas became the foundation for their musical works, which were heard not only on records and in live performances, but also within public and private spaces where they intermingled with the sounds and environments of everyday life. ‘Kankyō Ongaku’ is expertly compiled by Spencer Doran (Visible Cloaks) who, with a series of revelatory mixtapes as well as his label Empire of Signs (‘Music For Nine Postcards’), has been instrumental in shepherding interest in this music outside of Japan.

'Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990'

Tracklist

  1. Still Space - Satoshi Ashikawa
  2. Glass Chattering - Yoshio Ojima
  3. Nemureru Yoru (Karaoke Version) - Hideki Matsutake
  4. Islander - Joe Hisaishi
  5. Ear Dreamin' - Yoshiaki Ochi
  6. Variation III - Masashi Kitamura + Phonogenix
  7. Park - Interior
  8. Nube - Yoichiro Yoshikawa
  9. Meet Me In The Sheep Meadow - Yoshio Suzuki
  10. Ishiura (abridged) - Toshi Tsuchitori
  11. Tomoshibi (abridged) - Shiho Yabuki
  12. Chaconne - Toshifumi Hinata
  13. Seiko 3 - Yasuaki Shimizu
  14. Apple Star - Inoyama Land
  15. Blink - Hiroshi Yoshimura
  16. See The Light (abridged) - Fumio Miyashita
  17. Praying For Mother / Earth Part 1 - Akira Ito
  18. Breathing New Life - Jun Fukamachi
  19. Snow - Takashi Toyoda
  20. Loom - Yellow Magic Orchestra
  21. A Dream Sails Out To Sea - Scene 3 - Takashi Kokubo
  22. Umi No Sunatsubu - Masahiro Sugaya
  23. Original BGM - Haruomi Hosono
  24. Nagareru - Ayuo Takahashi (LP Only)
  25. Dolphins - Ryuichi Sakamoto (LP Only)