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A Different Nature 03/21/11: The Music of Otomo Yoshihide

March 23, 2011


On A Different Nature from 03/21/11, we looked at the wide-ranging discography of Japanese musician, composer and musical deconstructivist Otomo Yoshihide.

Otomo Yoshihide (born August 1, 1959 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese experimental musician, turntablist and guitarist. He played in rock bands while at college, but turned to improvisation after discovering free jazz and free improvisation musicians like the guitarist Derek Bailey, the saxophonist Kaoru Abe and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi (from whom he had lessons)… (Discogs)

Otomo’s musical oeuvre is wide-ranging; from relatively straightforward Jazz interpretations and improvisations, to squealing, sludgy guitar feedback to turntable and hard disc manipulations that would challenge the eardrums of the most hardy of Noise Music enthusiasts.

There’s no way to cover the length and breadth of his output in totality in two hours (Otomo’s also guested on more albums and projects than many can list), but hopefully I scratched the surface for the brave and curious Different Nature listener.

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Otomo Yoshihide – HK – Sound Factory (1997)
Otomo Yoshihide/Christian Marclay – Sliced and Diced – Moving Parts (2001)
Otomo Yoshihide/Christian Marclay – Derailment – Moving Parts
Otomo Yoshihide – Tracks 1 – 15 – Night Before the Death of the Sampling Virus (1993)
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye – Last Words – Now’s The Time Workshop vol. 2 (1991)
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye – Terminal 1 – Now’s The Time Workshop vol. 2
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye – Terminal 2 – Now’s The Time Workshop vol. 2
Otomo Yoshihide/Yamatsuko Eye – Terminal 3 – Now’s The Time Workshop vol. 2

Otomo Yoshihide and the New Jazz Orchestra – Out to Lunch – Out to Lunch (2005)
Otomo Yoshihide and the New Jazz Orchestra – Straight Up and Down – Out to Lunch

Otomo Yoshihide and the New Jazz Quintet – Serene – Flutter (2001)
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide – Motif B – Lithuania and Estonia Live (1994)
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide – Chain Reaction – Lithuania and Estonia Live
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide – Improvisation #1 – Lithuania and Estonia Live
Altered States w/Otomo Yoshihide – Improvisation #2 – Lithuania and Estonia Live

Otomo Yoshihide – 1-2 – We Insist? (2003)
Yoshihide/Laswell/Yashihiro – Seaweed – Soup (2003)
Otomo Yoshihide/Martin Le’trault – Lyon No. 1/Kafe Myszik, 28.04.03 – Grrr (2004)
Otomo Yoshihide/Bob Ostertag – The Power of Success – Twins! (1996)
Otomo Yoshihide – Anode 3 – Anode (2001)

A Different Nature is a weekly program of new music and sonic arts that airs every Monday at 8pm to 10pm [PST] on KBOO, 90.7 FM in Portland OR and worldwide at www.kboo.fm/listen.

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2 comments

  1. I saw this guy jamming with Christian Marclay and Tom Recchion in a three-way turntable deconstruction derby at the Hammer Museum in LA. For free!


  2. Wow!
    I would give my eye-teeth to see that!
    More Otomo craziness to come next week on KBOO (that’ll be 3/28 for those unshackled by time).
    See this blog for details!



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