The high cost of peace and quiet

| Jul 12, 2014

The high cost of peace and quiet

by Michael Hoffman

Peace and quiet! How rare it is, how precious. Why rare? Because a full-blooded modern economy is no monastery, no “ancient pond” into which a frog may jump, producing the hushed “sound of water” immortalized by the haiku poet Basho (1644-94). Engines roar, machinery ...

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

Jun 10, 2014

Boris sums up its sonic spectrum with 'Noise'

by Ryotaro Aoki

Trying to define the sound of Tokyo-based experimental trio Boris is like asking someone their favorite kind of music. It’s everything, it’s nothing in particular … it’s definitely not country. “I think our music is built on top of an American rock legacy, but ...

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

Aug 21, 2013

Umez label is good news for noise-pop

by Ian Martin

“Those voices makes me vomit! Too many people in one band is no good. It’s kind of scary. I feel like I’m suffering from car sickness all the time.” Sachiko Fukuda from noise-pop duo Umez is not a fan of AKB48. That didn’t stop ...

ZZZ's continue a great year

Apr 19, 2013

ZZZ's continue a great year

by Florian Turgeon

It’s a new year that other indie bands could only dream of. Steady gigs, new releases and collaborations with established artists, they’ve all been on ZZZ’s schedule for the past few months. The Hyogo Prefecture trio released their second EP, “Magnetica,” in February, and ...

Extruders have a rock epiphany

Apr 18, 2013

Extruders have a rock epiphany

by Ian Martin

“Before the gig, we were quite intimidated: a lowly rock band performing in front of a god. After, we found we could do it, and that was the turning point for us.” Going back to at least when Paul the Apostle saw the light ...

Feb 19, 2013

Okinawans monitoring noise from Ospreys

People living in the village of Ginoza in Okinawa have started measuring noise levels emanating from the U.S. military’s MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft. After collecting data, Ginoza officials will ask the central government to take steps to reduce noise pollution and also ask the ...