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~~~~~~WELCOME TO TOKYO CHILL~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Japan has 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 new ideas bring similar people and formerly-distant societies together, a global mentality emerges to supplant traditional culturally-specific methods of engaging with the 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, Ambient and Jazz, Japanese electronic musicians fuse Western musical styles with Eastern aesthetic ideals to create music which both engages with the traditions of Japan's isolated past and epitomises 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 music scenes of Europe and America.
Live every second Friday 1300-1400 EST, 1800-1900 GMT, 0200-0300 JST.
Turn on. Tune in. Chill out.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ENJOY YOUR STAY ~~~~~~
tokyo glasgow: hypnotia
Hypnotia's on the controls for the second edition of Tokyo Glasgow, a series devoted to exploring the influence of Japan on Glaswegian electronic culture.
“This mix of Japanese ambient, neoclassical and electronic tracks attempts to replicate man’s interactions with the environment around him, both natural and built. It attempts to reflect the aesthetic of Japanese interior design, particularly modernist architectural works of Tadao Ando and Sachio Otani, before transitioning to the natural world.”
Posted at 12:58, 22nd July 2015
tokyo glasgow: 12th isle
In this first episode of a series charting the influence of Japanese electronic music on that of Glasgow we've invited upcoming producers Ruaidhri and Fergus of 12th Isle to share a mix of records that ranges from the early days of ambient, through the high water mark of 90s acid, to the abstract & unclassifiable techno of Yoshinori Hayashi released last month, all in honour of a man who continually reinvented the forefront of Japanese electronic across three decades.
Rest in peace Susumu Yokota.
Posted at 16:59, 14th July 2015
night at club tokyo
This week's show is devoted to music best heard at full volume.
Hope your neighbours like it.
Posted at 13:41, 9th July 2015
lost in translation
Doing a show devoted to Japanese music and not being able to speak Japanese would be a major problem if the songs weren't so beautiful regardless.
Here are some of my favourite examples.
Posted at 13:17, 21st March 2015
notes from underground
We're starting 2015 with a look to the future, bringing you a mix of self-released tracks from unsigned & upcoming Japan-inspired artists across the globe.
If you're digging the musicians featured in this episode you know what to do :)
Posted at 22:17, 12th February 2015