Aaamyyy whips up a synth-heavy soundscape for the year 2615

Music Mar 13, 2019

Aaamyyy whips up a synth-heavy soundscape for the year 2615

by Russell Thomas

"Body," the much-anticipated debut album from music maker Amy Furuhara, aka Aaamyyy (stylized as AAAMYYY), opens with an instrumental of tumbling beats, skittering hi-hats, wonky nighttime synth and pitch-shifted samples of a Spanish monologue — the portal of sound aims to transport the listener ...

Towa Tei goes deep on death and puns

Music Aug 9, 2018

Towa Tei goes deep on death and puns

by Patrick St. Michel

Towa Tei has mortality on his mind. "More and more, I've been thinking about what death means and what life is. One of my best friends died about 10 years ago, and then there was March 11," says the 53-year-old musician referring to the Great ...

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

Music Jan 29, 2017

Quarta330 rewires his sound on 'Pixelated'

by Patrick St. Michel

Unlike a lot of kids growing up in the 1990s, Toru Koda didn't have much hands-on experience with video games. "My big brother always hogged the system," the 32-year-old, who records electronic music as Quarta330, says with a chuckle at a cafe in Tokyo's Shinjuku ...

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

Music May 15, 2015

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

by Mike Sunda

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, ...

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

Music Feb 4, 2014

Eadonmm's beats prove black is back

by Mike Sunda

"Black is the new black" always seems like a safe motto when it comes to picking clothes, but in an electronic-music world that is constantly churning out micro-genre ephemera, some would argue that black has gone out of fashion. Witch house might have been the ...

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

Music Dec 31, 2013

Tokyo prepares to get schooled in the art of beats

by Mike Sunda

Although the major spectacle looming on Tokyo's horizon is undoubtedly the 2020 Olympics, there is one event this year that will be eagerly anticipated by anyone who spends longer on their gym playlist than their workout: The Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) is set ...