― Beta (abeta), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:21 (fifteen years ago) link
― milton parker (Jon L), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 02:30 (fifteen years ago) link
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Wednesday, 30 November 2005 03:08 (fifteen years ago) link
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 2 November 2006 17:08 (fourteen years ago) link
The MONAD Albums: These 4 ambient-like albums came out around the same time in 1986 and form a sort of set. They were reissued as a boxed in 2002
Coincidental Music1985 Monad cd: 30CH-143, TECN-18037, TECN-15337
A sampler of un-released music for movies, TV, commercials and installation 1982-85. This is a good album to hear Hosono's vastly different styles of compositions, though the content is so varried it makes incoherent listening as a whole without programming your CD player.
1. Lichtenstein's 0.31 (recorded 11 Oct 1984) 2. Pietro Germi (re-recording version) 5.30 (recorded 7 July 1983) 3. Normandia 2.36 (recorded 11 July 1984) 4. The Man of China 1.50 (recorded 24 April 1985) 5. Sayokoskatti 4.45 (recorded 8 May 1982) 6. Mazinger "H" 3.14 (recorded 10 March 1984) 7. The Plan 0.31 (recorded 20 June 1985) 8. Nokto de la Galaksia Fervojo (re-recording version) 1.31 (recorded 22 Dec 1984) 9. George Don 1.01 (recorded 7 May 1984) 10. Bio Philosophy 4.40 (recorded 8 May 1984) 11. Memphis, Milano (re-recording version)10.27 (recorded 10 Aug 1982)
Mercuric Dance1985 Monad cd: 30CH-144, TECN-18038, TECN-15338
All synth with a bit of percussion, though rather monochromatic. Recorded 1983-4. For a modern dance ensemble. A video version was once availablet. (Emotion BEB-33)
1. Sunnyside of the Water 2. Mercuric Dance 3. Formation of the Venus 4. Down to the Earth 5. Fossil of Flame - Fifty Bell-Trees 6. Prepared Quartz 7. Sea of tau 8. Windy Land 9. To the Air
Paradise View (Soundtrack)1985 Monad cd: 30CH-145, TECN-18039, TECN-15339
An album of very interesting, sampled and re-assembled Okinawan music with an emphasis on gamelan-like sounds. I got a chuckle when a Village Voice film critic commented on the wonderful, authentic Okinawan score ("authentic" Hosono and his K250 that is). In the film, Hosono plays a supporting role as a sensitive, but out of his element Japanese grade school teacher transplanted to Okinawa. The big in-joke is that one of the teenage girls in the story has a YMO shrine in her room and seems quite infatuated, yet has no apparent interest in her school teacher and his resembalance to a YMO member. This was the first Okinawan language feature film and according to the IMDB co-stars Jun Togawa though when I saw the film quite some time ago I didn't know what she looked like or had a translation of the cast list.
1. The Image of a Paradise 2. The Image of a View 3. Mabui Dance 4. Yuta's Pray 5. Atti 6. Wheels on Fire 7. The Truck on the Sea 8. Roochoo Jazz 9. The Paradise View
The Endless Talking1986 Monad cd: 30CH-159, TECN-18040, TECN-15340
If you can't stand repetition, then "Endless" is the operating word here. This was for an Italian art installation. 13 bright, quirky and repetetive synth pieces. Recorded 25 April 1985.
1. Mercuryfall 2. The Animal's Opinion 3. Insects Insists Insecurity 4. The Long Story of a Humankind 5. The First One in Heaven 6. Sequential Opera Circuit 7. Trembling #1 8. The Endless Talking 9. Scratched 10. Szymanowsky Bird 11. Digitally Sampled Etnography 12. La Pliocena/Birdoj 13. Trembling #2
― Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Thursday, 2 November 2006 19:20 (fourteen years ago) link
― PappaWheelie, don't fuck this up (PappaWheelie 2), Thursday, 2 November 2006 20:02 (fourteen years ago) link
If you enjoy Hosono's SFX album, seek out the F.O.E. (Friends of Earth) "Friend or Foe" 12" or the CD "The World of F.O.E." which feature remixes of SFX album tracks plus two other tracks which are completely killer and even floor-friendly. The Exterminated Mix of "Body Snatchers" in particular has a devastating razor-blade edit ending that's almost Apparat-like, or at least as good as Cab Voltaire stuff of similar vintage.
― DJ Logan5, Sunday, 20 May 2007 02:36 (fourteen years ago) link
i'm making my way through the monad box tonight. so far paradise view (soundtrack from a film of the same name) sounded great, lots of unusual (dx7?) synth-bell melodies and some looped gamelan samples. very pristine and atmospheric
― a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Wednesday, 13 May 2009 22:02 (twelve years ago) link
anyone heard philaharmony his 1982 album? 'cos i'm listening to "platonic" for the first time (incredible tripped-out echo chamber electro track) and wanna know if the rest of the album is in the same vein
― a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:22 (twelve years ago) link
("platonic" is on this btw: http://www.discogs.com/Various-Electrounique-Vol-5/release/1683109, the only place to get die dominas on vinyl for under 200 euros?)
― a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 19 May 2009 16:27 (twelve years ago) link
philharmony is excellent btw. a mix of his wacked out symphonic fairlight stuff, BGM style electro, and melodic j-pop.
as for hosono produced lop-sided exotic j-pop, this album is essential: http://www.discogs.com/Miharu-Koshi-Tutu/release/665681
― a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 2 June 2009 08:46 (twelve years ago) link
[X-post from 9/21/05]
Big feature on Hosono in issue 162 of The Wire from 1997, by Clive Bell. Good thing I'm a pack rat -- I still have that issue! It's sitting open on my couch as I speak (I'm at work right now though, so I haven't finished rereading it). It only took me 8 years to track the damn albums down! I remember thinking it sounded a lot like Discover America era Van Dyke Parks. And as I skimmed the beginning of the article, Hosono mentions how Parks produced one of the albums of his early 70s psychedelic band Happy End.
The albums are:
Tropical Dandy 1975Bon Voyage Co. 1976Paraiso 1978
The last one features the awesome cover of "Fujiyama Mama," and was credited to Haruomi Hosono and the Yellow Magic Band, a Beefheart reference. This evolved into the Yellow Magic Orchestra, which I recommend to anyone who would care to hear a whimsical Japanese Kraftwerk. When the mood strikes I'll dig for some of that Happy End.
― Fastnbulbous, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 13:18 (twelve years ago) link
Not that anyone is even talking about it in this thread anymore, but 'Cochin Moon' is probably the single best "Japanese import in a faux-LP sleeve" purchase I've ever made. If it were a YMO album, it might be my favorite. Giddy, messy, strange, intoxicating, brilliant stuff.
― Soundslike, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 14:01 (twelve years ago) link
Sakamoto's pure experimental albums (B-2 Unit & Esperanto) are 1000% more bizarre and advanced than Hosono's, those albums are timeless.
― milton parker (Jon L), Monday, 21 November 2005 23:06 (3 years ago)
having finally heard cochin moon, i'd argue that this and the monad records are way more bizarre and advanced than anything sakamoto has done. hosono is on another level
― a somnambulist in an ambulance (r1o natsume), Tuesday, 2 June 2009 21:41 (twelve years ago) link
both Cochin Moon and Esperanto do great things with world music collage, one with 70's analog electronics and one with disjointed Fairlight sampling / cut-ups. they're both great, for different tastes. My long interest in sampling music has me partial to Esperanto, but that album is a wild exception for him, in general I'd probably agree with you
need to hear the Monad box. & thanks for waking thread, it got my favorite Miharu Koshi songs back on my iPod
― Milton Parker, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 23:09 (twelve years ago) link
I love the Sakamoto albums you mention, Jon L (three years ago). But 'Cochin Moon' is definitely beyond either of them, and carries amazing themes and sounds through its duration. It feels like a journey.
― Soundslike, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 23:29 (twelve years ago) link
What else of his sounds like this? seriously dig this song.
― dsb, Thursday, 2 July 2009 03:21 (eleven years ago) link
great song! the album it's taken from, philharmony, is a straight classic imo. a mix of melodic techno pop and very very strange fairlight experiments. i see i said that already but it bears repeating.
includes a deranged (and extremely catchy) cover of "funiculi funicala":
the last two classic era ymo albums, naughty boys and service are both pop song orientated. both classics, just don't expect the lounge disco hybrid of early ymo nor the far-out ethno-tronic sound of bgm/technodelic. also check some yukihiro takahashi solo albums for more song orientated ymo sounding stuff
i haven't heard SFX, hosono's next pop record after philharmony, maybe others can recommend.
then start searching his more outwardly pop productions throughout the 80s, miharu koshi and jun togawa being his main collaborators.
the closest he gets to "sportsmen" later on is the single as apogee & perigee, amazing sentimental pop music:
― michael jatas (r1o natsume), Thursday, 2 July 2009 12:20 (eleven years ago) link
should've proof read that before i posted. anyway, my current favourite hosono jam is 夏なんです by happy end, his early 70s folk rock group. so beautiful
― michael jatas (r1o natsume), Thursday, 2 July 2009 12:34 (eleven years ago) link
this happy end album has some great moments.
― figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:09 (eleven years ago) link
such as the entirety of kaze wo atsumete
― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 10 November 2009 03:43 (eleven years ago) link
is it just hosono, or maybe just me, or are japanese pop artists allowed (or allow themselves) a great lassitude...? he seems to range across so many genres, without any compunctions. the idea of switching modes so frequently doesn't seem to trouble him in the slightest.
― figuratively, but in a very real way (amateurist), Tuesday, 10 November 2009 19:42 (eleven years ago) link
My favorite current Hosono album is Paraiso, however I have discovered one that I have been quite impressed with. It's called "Nokto de la Galaskia Fervojo", a soundtrack to some abstract animated film from the mid-80's. As far as I know his soundtrack wasn't even used (I wouldn't know as I've never seen the movie) but the soundtrack album is very good. It's not really outwardly scary or anything, just very harrowing and cold. Really portrays a feeling of loneliness and uses some really creepy keyboard noises. At the same time it's playful and kind of cheery. It's the sort of thing that only Hosono could have pulled off. There is one absolutely gorgeous piano piece on it ("La Travida Malgojo de Giovanni") that IMO tops any of Sakamoto's similar efforts. I get chills just thinking about it.
― frogbs, Monday, 4 October 2010 20:51 (ten years ago) link
^ crazy, i was just about to revive this thread. recently heard 'cochin moon' and 'philharmonic' for the first time and i'm kinda floored tbh
― a lagoon par la mer (psychgawsple), Monday, 4 October 2010 21:30 (ten years ago) link
All YMO related threads are seriously some of my favorite on ILM.
― Zooster vs. The Slapp (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 03:33 (ten years ago) link
here's where r1o natsume would have been chiming in had he not gone batshit and got his ass banned.
― third-strongest mole (corey), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 03:42 (ten years ago) link
weird, that happened? would not have predicted that.
― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 04:27 (ten years ago) link
and yeah, hosono is the best. medicine compilation, NDE, and philharmonic are my faves.
― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Tuesday, 5 October 2010 04:28 (ten years ago) link
What happened with r1o?
― That Blippity Bloop Music (Capitaine Jay Vee), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 19:04 (ten years ago) link
this is what my investigation turned up:
he image bombed the wdyll thread with various types of porn & got bant
― J0rdan S., Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:24 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark Suggest Ban Permalink
also made homophobic slurs
― Sent via BlackBerry from T-Mobile (dayo), Thursday, September 30, 2010 11:25 PM (5 days ago) Bookmark
― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 6 October 2010 03:16 (ten years ago) link
i guess r1o had some tricks up his sleeve
― karl...arlk...rlka...lkar..., Wednesday, 6 October 2010 03:17 (ten years ago) link
― That Blippity Bloop Music (Capitaine Jay Vee), Wednesday, 6 October 2010 04:37 (ten years ago) link
Going through the Monad albums now; this is what I always hoped Brian Eno's ambient stuff sounded like. Very oddly sentimental, has parts that sort of hint at pop melodies and parts where a chord sounds intentionally "off". Great stuff!!!
― frogbs, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:44 (ten years ago) link
Hey guy, r1o messaged me to let you know that he's fine, he just needed a permaban so he could quit ILX cold turkey and finish schoolwork, and also that he's not a homophobe.
He also wanted me to post the rest of the Monad box he had meant to post:
Also: Sakamoto/Robin Scott - The Arrangement
― corey, Thursday, 28 October 2010 03:54 (ten years ago) link
hey *guys, I mean
― corey, Thursday, 28 October 2010 03:55 (ten years ago) link
r10 is a homophobe fwiw.
― i love you but i have chosen snarkness (Steve Shasta), Thursday, 28 October 2010 04:09 (ten years ago) link
I don't know, I'm only saying what he told me.
― corey, Thursday, 28 October 2010 04:23 (ten years ago) link
somehow i'm both a huge fan of hosono but wholly clueless about this monad box. which disc should i download first?
― beta blog, Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:01 (ten years ago) link
Coincidental Music is great — little short character pieces he did for TV ads IIRC. Highly melodic and memorable.
Mercuric Dance is his ambient album. His sort of gauzy, hazy sleepiness seems to take off from the last track of Music for Airports (even Eno never really did anything else like that track).
Paradise View is a soundtrack to an obscure Japanese film set in Okinawa (I think). Lots of Fairlights and tropical moods (like Sakamoto's Esperanto) with some Okinawan-sounding vocals.
― corey, Thursday, 28 October 2010 14:16 (ten years ago) link
I liked this description:
"An album of very interesting, sampled and re-assembled Okinawan music with an emphasis on gamelan-like sounds. I got a chuckle when a Village Voice film critic commented on the wonderful, authentic Okinawan score ("authentic" Hosono and his K250 that is). In the film, Hosono plays a supporting role as a sensitive, but out of his element Japanese grade school teacher transplanted to Okinawa. The big in-joke is that one of the teenage girls in the story has a YMO shrine in her room and seems quite infatuated, yet has no apparent interest in her school teacher and his resembalance to a YMO member. This was the first Okinawan language feature film and according to the IMDB co-stars Jun Togawa though when I saw the film quite some time ago I didn't know what she looked like or had a translation of the cast list."
― frogbs, Tuesday, 2 November 2010 21:28 (ten years ago) link
New album "HoSoNoVa" due April 20th? Anyone have any idea what this is? It appears to be a new solo album (his first in a long time) with guests and a few covers, but that's all I could discern through Google translate
― frogbs, Monday, 7 March 2011 16:39 (ten years ago) link
― jaxon, Monday, 7 March 2011 17:03 (ten years ago) link
so not a lot of info overall
― your LiveJournal experience (schlump), Monday, 7 March 2011 18:58 (ten years ago) link
yeah hopefully we get something on this in the coming days/weeks
I'm thinking of doing a Hosono albums poll but honestly I have no idea where to draw the line...plus you can't exactly compare Tropical Dandy to Coincidental Music
― frogbs, Monday, 7 March 2011 19:23 (ten years ago) link
Speaking of - if you have Coincidental Music, go listen to the last track (the 11+ minute one); it's such a gorgeous piece of music that I think does a good job representing what Hosono was really all about. I love how it gradually segues into a Philharmony-type vocal experiment track for a while. Could easily be longer. Can't believe I never have it a fair shake until now.
― frogbs, Thursday, 24 March 2011 20:08 (ten years ago) link
damn, the last song on "Omni Sight Seeing" is so beautiful, how I wish he made more albums that were just straightforward techno-pop
― frogbs, Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:48 (nine years ago) link
been listening to tropical dandy a lot recently, liking it a lot
― puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 19 October 2011 19:48 (nine years ago) link
yeah, that lullaby-type instrumental at the end is amazing. but really Bon Voyage Co. and ESPECIALLY Paraiso are even better.
― frogbs, Wednesday, 19 October 2011 20:23 (nine years ago) link
Man, 'Cochin Moon.' It's astonishing that they were using the relatively new musical form (electronic pop music) with such total control, making it sound effortless and alive in ways electronic pop made with a further couple decades rarely match. I'd say it almost makes 'E=MC2' sound a little clunky. And the production is just unbelievable--not sure what method is employed, but it has moments that create a surround-sound effect--beyond stereo, sounds around the listening point, or moving far away or nearby in front of you.
― Soundslike, Saturday, 12 November 2011 04:20 (nine years ago) link
It's like Dockstader or Parmegianni or Henry--making fully-realized, emotional electronic and electro-acoustic music a decade or two earlier, while most people were just barely managing to twiddle knobs and make "UFO sound effects". So far ahead of the game, I'd be bowled over if it were released today--because it's just so good, it's decidedly secondary that it's visionary.
― Soundslike, Saturday, 12 November 2011 04:22 (nine years ago) link
was at The Exclusive Company in Milwaukee and they had 4 of his records - his 3 latest and The Aegean Sea. not gonna pay that much for covers, but still, kind of surreal to see them
― frogbs, Sunday, 23 May 2021 03:35 (three weeks ago) link