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Akiko Kiyama's twisted techno turns to new kind of sound

Jun 19, 2015

Akiko Kiyama's twisted techno turns to new kind of sound

Akiko Kiyama has made a name for herself as one of the most prominent female Japanese techno artists. Since returning to Tokyo this past December after living in Berlin for several years, she has already launched her own label, Kebko Music, with two releases ...

Shokuhin Matsuri aka Foodman cooks up footwork on 'oiss'

Jul 1, 2014

Shokuhin Matsuri aka Foodman cooks up footwork on 'oiss'

"I used to be a video-game nerd," says Takahide Higuchi, the experimental footwork producer also known as Shokuhin Matsuri in Japanese and Foodman in English. "I thought that guys who were popular with girls made music, but I was sort of stubborn and didn't ...

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

Jun 24, 2014

The electronic remains of Ursula Bogner

Ursula Bogner (1946-94) was a German pharmacist, wife and mother with a passion for the unfamiliar, which included electronic music. At her home studio, she layered sonic textures and her own voice to create explorative, playful pieces that have a slight outer-space feel. She kept ...

Imany makes peace with her voice on debut album

Sep 18, 2013

Imany makes peace with her voice on debut album

As a model, Nadia Mladjao would have seen all there is in the world of luxury and excess. But the 27-year-old singer, better known as Imany, keeps it simple with her guitar on her debut album, "The Shape of a Broken Heart." "What I really ...

When Crossfaith tells you to rock: you listen

Aug 28, 2013

When Crossfaith tells you to rock: you listen

Vocalist Kenta Koie looks at me square in the eye and says, "We want to be the biggest band in the world." That band is Crossfaith, a metalcore band who will release its new album, "Apocalyze," in Japan on Sept. 4. At a time when ...

'Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013'

/ Aug 21, 2013

'Shinjuku Creators Festa 2013'

Tokyo celebrates all things creative at the "Shinjuku Creators Festa," a 17-day art event being held around the city's Shinjuku Station. World-famous names, such as Yayoi Kusama and CG-artist Yoichiro Kawaguchi will be displaying works, while student submissions, including film projects and installations, are ...