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  • Release Date 2002-09-01
  • Label Sonore
  • Catalog SON18
Yuko Nexus6's third solo album is a strange but extremely charming experiment in sound collage. At the heart of Journal de Tokyo (Tokyo Diary) is an interest in the voice as well as a fascination for the cassette underground. Voices (Nexus6 and Mariko Tajiri) read excerpts from short stories by Hyakken Uchida, both in Japanese and French. They are treated, looped, or left naked and form the leitmotif of the work. The album cover depicts a standard two-track stereo cassette. Some of these are used in the album (the opening track features a reading recorded in a cassette player at the same time it was captured on the master tape; the cassette is then rewound and played back to introduce a second level of "narration"). But the real innovation of Journal de Tokyo is its structure. Past the first track is a single 48-minute piece ("Voici le Temps de Lecture," which translates to "Here's the Duration"), a session between Nexus6 and Tajiri recorded on a digital audio tape. Afterwards, the art...ist taped 21 short tracks over the session. Of the original session, listeners can only hear short snippets between the playful sound collages. Light electronic music, field recordings, an improvisation with the group Hose, and the voice-based experiments come together to form a fragmented but very playful narrative. There is something mischievous and childlike in Nexus6's approach, a lightness that makes the album palatable without taking away its demanding nature. - François Couture, All Music Guide

Liner Notes:

My first experience with composition was in early 70's. There was a tape recorder in my house. I put in a cassette tape and recorded several sounds on it. Some tracks from vinyl disks of waltzes, popular music and story telling, along with my voice etc. In the evening, my father came back from his office and found my work. At the boiling point, he cried "Oh no! My favorite Beethoven cassette was cut up!" Well, I should have used a blank cassette tape, I guess.

On this CD, I used the same technique. I recorded an over-45 minute session with my friend on a DAT tape, then recorded many tunes over it. Our session got cut up, so you can listen only some fragments of it.

This is not only a CD but a cassette tape. You can hear some noises that are typical of cassette tapes from good old days. Random order listening is also recommended. Have fun!

Yuko Nexus6 (2002) http://www02.so-net.ne.jp/~nexus6/index.html

Appendix:

Some of the pieces on this CD are based on the writings of the Japanese author Hyakken Uchida (1889 - 1971). Japanese readers can find his paperbacks in bookshops. If you are French reader and want to know more about Uchida, please check "Anthologie de nouvelles japonaises contemporaines" Gallimard ISBN 2-07-070722-9. Two famous Japanese film directors have used Uchida's novels and essays in their films: Seijun Suzuki's "Zigeunerweisen" and Akira Kurosawa's last film "Madadayo".

01. Reading: Mariko Tajiri
02. Track 2 begins at 01:14 and continues until 48:00, with the subsequent tracks (#3 and beyond) layered over it as it plays. Sometimes you can hear the underlying track in the breaks. Trumpet: Masafumi Ezaki
12. Musicians: HOSE (guitar: Taku Unami, trombone: Toshihiro Koike, irish drum: Reiji Hattori)
21. Reading: Yuko and Mariko
22. Drum: Takashi Kojima

Track 01, 02, 12, 22: recorded at OSAKA arts-aporia.
Recording Engineer: Takashi Kojima [track 12: Yuko Nexus6]
Artwork by Greg Vezon, Mastering by Pascal Joguet, Executive production by Franck Stofer

Special thanks:
Carl Stone, Atau Tanaka, EV, tn8, Mino Ito, Takashi Sato, Kouji Mii, Nobuyasu Sakonda, Nagoya University of Arts and Sciences sound studio.

© & (P) 2002 SONORE http://www.sonore.com

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