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~~~~~~WELCOME TO TOKYO CHILL~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Japan is endowed with an artistic culture as rich and distinctive as its history, and the unique aesthetic identity that resonates throughout Japanese art is present in creative practices as diverse as architecture, calligraphy, and electronic music.
As technological innovations and courageous new ideas bring similar people and formerly-distant societies together, a global mentality emerges to supplant traditional culturally-specific methods of engaging with the external world. Although these developments offer extensive benefits for humanity, globalisation is also responsible for the proliferation of a homogeneous mass-culture that threatens to displace deep-rooted and organic artistic practices in many societies.
Perhaps due to centuries of deliberate isolation from the wider world, the art of Japan has proven particularly resistant to the assimilating forces of mass-culture. While Japanese artists make use of European musical techniques and work within traditions established by the West, their music remains fundamentally Japanese in character. Borrowing from genres as varied as Hip Hop, Classical, Folk, House, Glitch, Downtempo, Ambient and Jazz, Japanese electronic musicians fuse Western musical styles with Eastern aesthetic ideals to create forms of artistic expression which both engage with the traditions of Japan's isolated past and epitomise the modern reality of reciprocal artistic influence between societies.
Featuring Tokyo-based artists, electronic musicians of Asian heritage working in the West and Western producers inspired by the artistic culture of Japan, Tokyo Chill demonstrates the abundance of subgenres existing within Asian electronic, the effect of traditional Japanese aesthetic principles on expatriate artists, and the influence that experimental Japanese music is having on the electronic musicians of Europe and America.
Live every second Friday 1300-1400 EST, 1800-1900 GMT, 0200-0300 JST.
Turn on. Tune in. Chill out.
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As the cherry trees blossom in Glasgow and a splash of pastoral colour transforms the city I am reminded of Japan, where families and friends gather every year for the tradition of Hanami, meeting under cherry trees to reflect on the beauty and transience of life.
Posted at 09:15, 18th June 2014
It's International Women's Day & in celebration we're looking at some of our favourite female musicians working in Japan today.
Far more so than their male counterparts within the Japanese electronic tradition female artists utilise their own voices as instruments, cloaking lush vocals in reverb and weaving these patterns with elements of ambient, techno and hip hop instrumentation.
From Cuushe's breathless dreampop compositions to Tujiko Noriko's abrasive experiments with glitch and vocals this show highlights the extent to which female Japanese producers are using their voices in innovative ways to tell their own stories within an predominantly masculine culture with music which is fundamentally feminine in character.
Posted at 10:58, 8th March 2014
This week's episode covers the many sides of winter, from the calming influence of watching snowflakes dapple the landscape to the rewards and perils of excessive introspection brought on by the sombre days & longer nights.
'It lay thickly drifted on the crooked crosses and headstones, on the spears of the little gate, on the barren thorns. His soul swooned slowly as he heard the snow falling faintly through the universe and faintly falling, like the descent of their last end, upon all the living and the dead.'
Posted at 16:06, 21st February 2014
no better time than now
Tokyo Chill is one year old! And what better way to celebrate than by playing tracks that weren't around this time last year?
Thanks to everyone who has listened to & supported the show over the past 12 months. I am fortunate to be given a platform to spread the word about what I love and an opportunity to do so during a time of such widespread intercultural creativity, where artists from Tokyo, L.A., London, Berlin and beyond engage with one another's work to push music forward and help make Marshall McLuhan's global village a reality. If this is just the beginning then here's to 2014!
The day before this broadcast I lost all my music and software when my laptop finally sailed off to the big Japan in the sky. As such, the audio quality of some of these tracks might be a bit off (& there's a whole lotta crossfading goin' on.)
Posted at 12:32, 23rd December 2013
east meets west
Damo Suzuki's collaborations with Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli, Jaki Liebezeit & Irmin Schmidt as part of Can yielded three of the most influential albums of the 20th century, and listening back to 'Future Days' it is both easy to trace the history of ambient and electronic music in its lush pads and synthetic percussion & difficult to grasp that the recording itself is more than 40 years old.
I have no doubt that in years to come certain more recent collaborations between Eastern & Western artists will be held in equally high regard. From the groundbreaking jazzy hiphop of Nujabes and Cise Star to Fennesz and Ryuichi Sakamoto's innovative ambient soundscapes, seminal work is being done across many genres, with artists from Japan & the West collaborating and laying the foundations for future days.
Posted at 15:44, 29th November 2013