AUBE (RIP Akifumi Nakajima)

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Sad news coming through via various folks that Aube has passed on. As he never had his own thread, now seems like the time. Saw a fantastic performance he did at KUCI for live broadcast back in the late nineties.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 December 2013 05:57 (three years ago) Permalink

aqua syndrome, epic disc

the late great, Friday, 6 December 2013 06:02 (three years ago) Permalink

the tune was space, Friday, 6 December 2013 06:03 (three years ago) Permalink

rip and RIP

sarahell, Friday, 6 December 2013 07:32 (three years ago) Permalink

RIP. Love this dude's stuff and his weird, specific modus operandi. Oh and his graphic design.

alan watts, he made me hot (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 6 December 2013 09:02 (three years ago) Permalink

oh man this guy made some great sounds. RIP to Aube

combination hair (underrated aerosmith bootlegs I have owned), Friday, 6 December 2013 16:02 (three years ago) Permalink


RIP, always a creative and intriguing presence.

sleeve, Friday, 6 December 2013 16:11 (three years ago) Permalink

No question.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 6 December 2013 18:38 (three years ago) Permalink

rip and RIP

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A Skanger Barkley (nakhchivan), Friday, 6 December 2013 18:39 (three years ago) Permalink

from Eric L w/permission:

I have gotten the sad news that my old friend Akifumi Nakajima passed away in September. It seems the news is only just creeping out and took a while to reach everyone outside of Japan. Nakajima was probably best known for his work under the name Aube, which was one of the more prolific, and for me most interesting, noise acts from Japan in the 1990s. He had an impeccable sense of design and appreciation for the materials, taking packaging beyond just using regular old paper. His label G.R.O.S.S. presented an impressive selection of international artists and was an important part of the Anomalous Records catalog. I could really go on and on about his achievements and biography, but I think it is well documented online.

I would just like to add that I always appreciated his support and friendship, and greatly respected his honestly and commitment to quality. In 2004, I spent two weeks in Japan. Eight of those days were in Kyoto and I saw Akifumi almost every day. Seeing the temples and shrines, as well as record stores I would have never found on my own, with him gave the city much more depth than I would have found there on my own. It is heartening to know that he has left a vast recorded legacy for people to appreciate, but sad to lose such a good soul.

In memory of him, I want to share the recording of our one live performance together:
This is a little different than the noise music some may associate with him, and I suppose points forward towards the analog electronic revival that started to appear not long after this concert.

Unfortunately, this also comes in a wave of other deaths in the experimental community as albrecht/D., Bernard Parmegiani and Sten Hanson have also left this world. All three had long and productive careers. These are just more reasons to appreciate those that are still with us!

Eric Lanzillotta

sleeve, Saturday, 7 December 2013 03:22 (three years ago) Permalink

Pages From The Book is a good record. Will listen to it again tonight.

Composed, mixed, recorded at Studio MECCA, Kyoto, Japan between May & July 1997 using only the Bible as source material.

Milton Parker, Saturday, 7 December 2013 03:25 (three years ago) Permalink

Never heard any of his stuff, but always enjoyed, and occasionally LOL'd, at glenn mcdonald's reviews of his records. RIP.

a fifth of misty beethoven (cryptosicko), Saturday, 7 December 2013 03:32 (three years ago) Permalink

holy shit what the fuck??? RIP

Tip from Tae Kwon Do: (crüt), Saturday, 7 December 2013 03:40 (three years ago) Permalink

is there a published source for this?

Tip from Tae Kwon Do: (crüt), Saturday, 7 December 2013 03:41 (three years ago) Permalink

"RELB" from the New Blockaders tribute compilation Viva Negativa! is one of the greatest things I've ever heard, but I only got to hear it once on the radio & I haven't been able to find a copy of the release.

Tip from Tae Kwon Do: (crüt), Saturday, 7 December 2013 03:46 (three years ago) Permalink

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