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A Different Nature: The Music of Matsuo Ohno

March 6, 2012

On 03/05/12, on A Different Nature, we looked at the Electro-Acoustic and Electronic Music works of Japanese composer Matsuo Ohno.

Born in 1930 in Kanda, Tokyo. Studied sound effects at the Bungaku-za theatre troupe and at NHK, before becoming a freelance sound designer, sound effects creator and electronic composer. Famously, Ono created the electronic sound effects for the “Astro Boy” TV show (1963).

Fascinating stuff! Ohno can almost be seen as the Japanese counterpart to the BBC’s Radiophonic Workshop (check out the show Nate M. and I did a while back on that subject while you’re at it), in that he created the sounds and strange musical cues for the animated Japanese cartoon Atom Boy, better known as Tetsuwan Atomu in Japan, originally created by cartoon legend Osamu Tezuka.

Link to Ohno’s works via Discogs.com

Link to Matsuo Ohno’s website (Japanese language only)

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Play list (Title – Album)

Astro Boy (Appears on the Screen) – The World of Electro-Acoustic Sound and Music – 1
New Sound of Astro Boy – The World of Electro-Acoustic Sound and Music – 1
Electronic Sound – Astro Boy’s B.G.M. – The World of Electro-Acoustic Sound and Music – 1

Universe is Born – I Saw The Outer Limits (Originally titled Space And Maryjuane Trip Is Same in 1972 on Toho Records.)
A Brief Tour of the Solar System and Interplanetary Space – I Saw The Outer Limits
A Slightly Longer Tour of the Galaxy and Interstellar Space – I Saw The Outer Limits
Extragalactic and Intergalactic Space – I Saw The Outer Limits
Pulsation – I Saw The Outer Limits
N-Dimension – I Saw The Outer Limits
Mandala – I Saw The Outer Limits
Extracosomos, Gazing Beyond the Horizon – I Saw The Outer Limits

Melody of Space-Time – Memory In The Beginning
Innocence is Born – Memory In The Beginning
The Chaos and The Light – Memory In The Beginning

Yamatoji A    The World of Electro-Acoustic Sound and Music – 1 (Tape piece built from Ohno’s own recordings of bonsho and Tibetan recitations)
Yuragi – Fluctuations #2    The World of Electro-Acoustic Sound and Music – 1 (In collaboration with dyeing art and butoh dance, 1991, edited in short version November 2004.)

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