electronic // ambient // experimental // organic // fieldrecording
~~~~~~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 ~~~~~~
16/02/2016 // Tokyo Glasgow: Kami-O
I first met Kami-O around the time he asked me to play his monthly night, Lightworks. Inspired by his use of PS1 game playthroughs as club visuals and his unique musical style combining Japanese aesthetics with a hip-hop sensibility, I knew he'd be a great fit for this series showing the effects of Japanese culture on the music of Glasgow.
Fresh from his ambitious attempt to put out a new track every week for a year (a process commemorated on his release Annum) and in anticipation of his upcoming self-titled EP on Glasgow label dthcmp, I've invited Kami-O to share songs from Japan & beyond that have influenced and defined his musical landscapes over the past year.