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Kawasaki

Nihon no denshi ongaku (Electronic Music of Japan)

Publisher

Aiikusha

Language

Japanese

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An expansive chronicle of electronic music in Japan concentrating on the period between 1950 and1980. Focuses on tape and early electronic music rather than pop/rock forms. The book includes interviews with key figures (musicians, composers, engineers), a year-by-year history of developments in Japanese electronic music, an extensive bibliography, discography, and a list of major mechanical, tape, and electronic works since 1929. The list is richly annotated with information on works’ instrumentation and the locations of their production and premiere. Though mainly about music, the book contains interviews and lists of works by artists such as Kosugi Takehisa and Ichiyanagi Toshi, who were central figures in Japanese intermedia art and Fluxus in the 1960s. Cover illustration by Kosugi Takehisa.