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Mike Sunda

Mike Sunda is a music writer focusing primarily on electronic music and the Tokyo club scene. He graduated from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, England with a degree in Japanese and has been contributing to The Japan Times since 2010.

For Mike Sunda's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

The 3-D world of NHK yx Koyxen's abstract techno

May 15, 2015

The 3-D world of NHK yx Koyxen's abstract techno

Kohei Matsunaga does not see things like you and I see things. Take the 3-D glasses that he is rarely photographed without, for instance. Throwaway red-and-blue anaglyph paper frames from cinema’s distant past, they have become an apt visual trademark for the Osaka-based artist, ...

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

Apr 24, 2015

Young Juvenile Youth courts clubs and charts

Whether it’s younger stars like Sam Smith and Charli XCX whose pasts have seen collaborations with producers such as Disclosure, Alex Metric and Starkey, or established names like Bjork delving into the underground to work with Arca and The Haxan Cloak, the trajectories of ...

From dusk till dawn at Roppongi Art Night

Apr 23, 2015

From dusk till dawn at Roppongi Art Night

For all the criticism that can be levelled at the conventional “white cube” gallery space — its quasi-religious, sanitized hush and incongruity with large-scale interactive installations and other emergent forms of media art — as a visitor, it’s at least unlikely that you’ll wander ...

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

Mar 17, 2015

Jay Z lays blueprint for streaming success

Hip-hop megastar Jay Z, real name Shawn Carter, has fulfilled all the conditions to complete a takeover of Swedish technology company Aspiro, after shareholders gave the necessary approval to his offer. The Roc-A-Fella boss will hope that success is beyond reasonable doubt for Aspiro, ...

China Online

Mar 14, 2015

China Online

To paraphrase a blundering local politician quoted in this book, Chinese must be one of the easiest languages to learn — why else would nearly 1.4 billion people speak it? China Online Veronique Michel, by 160 pages.Tuttle, Nonfiction. “China Online” is an insight into ...

Message trumps the medium at JMAF

Feb 5, 2015

Message trumps the medium at JMAF

When Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan coined the phrase “The medium is the message” in the mid-1960s, the ensuing dialogue on media theory encouraged an approach that persists to the present day: to examine new types of technology through the societal and cultural changes that ...