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Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Opera From The Works of Tadanori Yokoo
Format: 4CD Box Set
Label: Bridge
Country: Japan
Price: $125.00
"Ultra deluxe reissue of this highly desired Japanese underground album from 1969, originally issued as a 2LP picture disc set on The End Record label. Ichiyanagi is the well known Japanese avant garde composer, but here is working in the vein of underground rock & threatrical freakout, performed by Uchida Yuyas group, Flowers. Limited edition reissue of approx 1000 copies, already creating a frenzy throughout the collector universe. Includes: 4 CDs; 24 postcards (Tadanori Yokoos amazing artwork); 2 silkscreened prints of the young composer and a hard cover book of texts & interviews (Japanese text only). Packaged in a beautiful hard cover box designed by Tadanori Yokoo. Note: this was originally issued as a 2LP release and the CD reissue has been done as 1 CD per LP side, to preserve the original listening experience (I guess). So, theres no bonus material here. Its also been transcribed from vinyl, with no digital filtering -- which sounds surprising in this era of digital remastering (the master tapes evidently lost or dysfunctional after 36 years...). Still, an original copy is out of the question and this has never been reissued before, hard to think of in any terms other than: "totally worth it". Good work from the obscure Bridge label from Tokyo." - FE.
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Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Experimental Music of Japan Vol. 11: Music for Piano (1959-1961)
Format: CD
Label: Edition Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"The Music for Piano series was written under John Cages influence in his New York years. This CD is the premiere complete recording without simultaneous playing. The series was played and recorded by pianist Takuji Kawai at KEN in Tokyo in October 27, 2012. "Music for Piano No. 1-No. 7" was composed between 1959 and 1961. All the works were written using graphic notations (No. 1, No. 2, No. 5 and No. 6) and instructions (No. 3, No. 4 and No. 6). "This period of my compositions such as Music for Electric Metronomes, Stanzas for String Instrument, Duet for Piano and String Instrument, and Sapporo were all written by graphic notations, which expanded my idea of space in music in later compositions. The premiere of Music for Piano No.2 took place in 1959, performed by David Tudor at Living Theatre in New York. No. 5 was by Yuji Takahashi, No. 4, No. 6 and No. 7 were by myself. This is the first time collecting all seven pieces played open to the public and recorded at the same time. Various techniques as well as different qualities of the sounds were created in an amazing manner by pianist Takuji Kawai through my graphic notations. He played all the noises and concrète sounds without using any electronic device but with live natural sounds only to reflect 1950s to early 60s social situations." - Toshi Ichiyanagi.

Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Music For Tinguely
Format: CD
Label: Edition Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $26.00
"A quarterly magazine for graphic work, gq was issued in the 1970s. The magazine was re-produced in 2008, and the newest issue devoted to kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely was completed in 2009. Edition Omega Point made a special CD for the edition comprised of rare sound materials from Toshi Ichiyanagis Music For Tinguely, released here for the first time ever. Also includes the track released on OPA 005CD. Toshi Ichiyanagi is a well-renowned Japanese avant-garde composer who made brilliant pieces of tape music. Most of his works have not been issued on CD, or have only been issued in very small editions. Housed in a cardboard paper gatefold sleeve. Newly-written liner notes in Japanese and English by Toshi Ichiyanagi. Limited edition of 300 copies only." -Edition Omega Point

Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Obscure Tape Music of Japan Vol. 17: Funakakushi
Format: CD
Label: Edition Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $27.00
"Funakakushi" [1]: This electronic work was composed for the opening ceremony of the hotel "Funakakushi-en" in Kagawa prefecture in 1963. It was realized as a sound installation and used many speakers inside a built-in stone sculpture. They were designed by sculptor Mitsu-aki Sora (b. 1933) and were arranged here and there in the main garden of the hotel. The sound was made from a modified Japanese traditional instrument, biwa, as well as from a sea wave sound [2]. The engineer Junosuke Okuyama [3] assisted on electronic devices. "Life Music (tape version)": "Life Music" was originally composed as a tape version in 1964. After that, this work was played in another version with an electronic modified orchestra (contact microphones were placed on all the instruments in the orchestra) [4] at Nissei Theatre in 1966. [5] Junosuke Okuyama designed a special effect machine named Electronics Sound Breaker (=ESB) for the concert. Kuniharu Akiyama, music critic, wrote about this machine in the liner notes to the Orchestral Space LP as follows, "... amplified sound of the orchestra was sent to some effect machines and ESB, and they were driven by tape version. Just then, electronic amplification was cut off synchronously by silent parts of the tape, and only non-effect live sound was played ...."; Housed in a cardboard paper gatefold sleeve. Includes newly-written liner notes in Japanese and English. Edition of 500 copies." - Edition Omega Point.

Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Shikisokuzekuu-Kuusokuzeshiki
Format: CD
Label: Edition Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $27.00
“The details of Shikisokuzekuu-Kuusokuzeshiki (1964) are unknown except that it was created at the NHK electronic music studio. According to Toshi Ichiyanagi, there were various discussions about the title, but it would seem to have been eventually broadcasted on the radio with the title Kuu after a producer renamed it. Here, the original title is used, following Ichiyanagis initial intention. This work has no relation to the short experimental film Shikisokuzekuu (1974), produced by filmmaker Toshio Matsumoto with tape music by Ichiyanagi. Extended Voices was released in 1967 on the Extended Voices LP on Columbias Odyssey sublabel; a new version mixing baritone voices of Takashi Matsudaira to a monaural tape part was released by Omega Point in 2014 (OPX 013CD), but since the stereo version was found later, it is added here as a tape work without voice. Tape recording provided by Gregor Meyer. Gatefold cardboard sleeve. Liner notes in Japanese and English. Edition of 500 copies.” - Edition Omega Point.

Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Obscure Tape Music From Japan Vol.5 - Music For Tinguely
Format: CD
Label: Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"This CD consists of his obscure three tape works. "Music for Tinguely" was made from junk objects of kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely. "Appearance" is live electronic music. Its not only premire performance but also John Cage and David Tudor participated in performance. very noisy and hard core!! "Music for Living Space" was composed for inner space of Sun Tower of World Expo in Osaka. Computer generated voice reads architect Kisyo Kurokawas manifest. track 1: "Music for Tinguely" (1963) / 1001" track 2: "Appearance" (1967) / 2036" track 3: "Music for Living Space" (1969) / 852" - Omega Point.
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Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Obscure Tape Music From Japan Vol.5 - Music for Tinguely
Format: CD
Label: Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $25.00
"Ichiyanagi is the best known composer for domestic and foreign avant-gqrde music fans. especially in his brilliant 60s, he made many great tape music. But most of them has not published on discs or issued for very small edition. This CD consists of his obscure three tape works. "Music for Tinguely" was made from junk objects of kinetic sculptor Jean Tinguely. "Appearance" is live electronic music. Its not only premire performance but also John Cage and David Tudor participated in performance. very noisy and hard core!! "Music for Living Space" was composed for inner space of Sun Tower of World Expo in Osaka. Computer generated voice reads architect Kisyo Kurokawas manifest. strange!!" - Omega Point.

Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Obscure Tape Music From Japan Vol.5 - Music for Tinguely
Format: LP
Label: Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $40.00
Limited edition of 300 copies.
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Artist: ICHIYANAGI, TOSHI
Title: Obscure Tape Music Of Japan Vol.8 - Electronic Field
Format: CD
Label: Omega Point
Country: Japan
Price: $24.00
"This performance is a part of concert series "Japanese Experimental Music 1960s" carried out at Art Tower Mito in Ibaraki. Toshi Ichiyanagi played improvisation on prepared piano and the sound was modulated by live-electronics. However he is a maestro of contemporary music now, his quite non-declined experimentalism is appeared by this great and deep sound. Also painter Sadamasa Motonaga (b.1922, a member of GUTAI) projected abstruct figures to walls of the space. note: This source was recorded at non-shut off gallery space and by general video camera. So please excuse some sound problems and background noise are in this recording." -Omega Point

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