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by Aki Onda & Nao Nishihara

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Tenki-ame 05:26
Tomari-gi 06:57
Nora 14:00


This is Aki Onda & Nao Nishihara's first album on fttari due out Dec 12. 2020. It's expanded music in expanded sculptural settings.

In the liner notes, Nick Scavo discusses "Onda and Nishihara depart from any tactical or directive method, instead favoring the open-ended and nonhierarchical  exploration of their specific sculptural arrangement. This approach, highly cultivated in strands of each of the artists’ respective practices, frees sound from its usual striated contexts while also emphasizing specific sonic and physical relationships through distinct visual and technical cues. Both Onda’s various found objects, as well as Nishihara’s “musician machines” (such as a kick drum triggered by a rope attached to his toe) behave as individual characters, performers, and sonic sources throughout these five recordings. There is a vast expanse of distinct objects scattered across the sculpture—everything from a box fan sitting on a microphone, producing sub-bass frequencies, to a table of Onda’s extensive array of objects and hidden effects units that process acoustic sources. The movement of the artists’ bodies are also a consistent and dynamic sound source, providing an almost ceremonial feel as stamped feet, claps, and other motions participate in the sonic array."


released December 13, 2020

Aki Onda: tapes, feedback, amps, bells, cymbals, found objects

Nao Nishihara: bells, Chinese cymbals, bird & animal calls, wood &
metal pieces, self-made bowing instrument, “Sloth”, Turkish sipsi,
 nose flute

Composed by Aki Onda & Nao Nishihara

Recorded by Bob Bellerue at ISSUE Project Room, Brooklyn, New York

Edited and mixed by Aki Onda

Mastered by Sean McCann

Artwork by Che Chen

Photos by Cameron Kelly

Liner notes by Nick Scavo


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Aki Onda Mito, Japan

Aki Onda is an artist and composer. His musical and visual works are often catalyzed by and structured around memories—personal, collective, historical—such as his widely-known project "Cassette Memories", drawn from three decades of field recordings (or, as Onda refers to them, ‘sound diaries’). After residing in New York for many years, he currently lives and works in Mito, Japan. ... more

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