Nobukazu Takemura

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children & youth, innocence
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Music (electronic music)
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Asia, Eastern
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Japan
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Playing around with sounds

Nobukazu Takemura’s interest in music began with punk and the new wave at the ripe old age of ten, as can be read in one of his biographies. Even later he kept on, by recording for instance music with an electronic piano and two recorders. He worked in a record shop and listened to free jazz, experimental music and hip-hop, which then became basic to his way of composing and his theory of remixing. While still at school he was already appearing as a DJ, and he took his inspiration as a composer from concept artists like John Cage and Brian Eno as well as from musicians like John Coltrane and Robert Wyatt.
Nobukazu Takemura is among the pioneers of a new sound-art, as the music critic Michael Frost has said: ‘He is not content with just working at a computer. He has also integrated acoustic instruments and song into his works, though not in their traditional and familiar forms. Indeed, owing to sharp contrasts with computer-sounds and alienated song, their sources are often hard to make out.’

Though Takemura’s music is often called ‘electronic’, this does not in the least imply that he is limited to a laptop. His music might rather be said to consist of ‘electronically manipulated acoustic sounds’. For instance on working on his album ‘10th’ he used a gadget meant to help folk with speech impediments. As press-releases put it: ‘Takemura makes this technology sing.’ In fact he plays all kinds of instruments onstage or in a studio and shreds the sounds before putting them back together as long drones.

His music sometimes recalls that of the minimalists Terry Riley and Steve Reich, owing to themes which merge or overlap, to recapitulations seemingly endless and hardly varied and to hovering childlike melodies. But his music can also be quite different. It can be harsh and full of scratchy disruptive pulses, sounding - as one critic put it - as if he had kept his finger on the fast forward button of a CD-player.

In 1987 he founded the DJ team Cool Jazz Productions then in 1988 joined the now legendary hip-hop formation Audio Sports led by Eye Yamatsuka of the Boredoms.
In 1993, under the pseudonym Child’s View, he first appeared as a solo artist. The name points to a key feature of his music and appears even today in his label Childisc. According to one critic he tries to make music with a lingering sense of wonder, a childlike innocence and curiosity.

Takemura has worked with many established artists all over the world. For the Japanese fashion designer Issey Miyake he wrote music to go with his shows for two seasons, and he was also responsible for the sound-design of Sony’s robot-dog Aibo. In working with musicians ranging from Steve Reich to DJ Spooky, and from Yo La Tengo to Tortoise, he has shown a surprising range of talent.

Author: Harald Olkus

Works

Sign

Published Audio,
2004
Thrill Joc (rough trade)

Assembler

Published Audio,
2003
Thrill Jockey

10th

Published Audio,
2003
Thrill Jockey

Songbook

Published Audio,
2003
Bubblecore Records

Animate

Published Audio,
2002
Childisc

Water´s Suite

Published Audio,
2002
Extreme

Hoshi no Koe

Published Audio,
2001
Thrill Jockey

Finale

Published Audio,
2000
Warner Music Japan

Milano

Published Audio,
1999
Warner Music Japan

Scope

Published Audio,
1999
Thrill Jockey

Child & Magic

Published Audio,
1997
Warner Music Japan

Child´s View

Published Audio,
1994
Bellissima! Records/Toys Factory Records

Projects

This artist took part in the following project(s) organized/funded by the culturebase.net partner institutions.

Worldtronics 2007

Festival of Electronic Music

(27 November 07 - 01 December 07)

Www

Official homepage of the artist

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