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Parallelism: Fourth-World, Baroque Electronics, Ambient Pop and Electro in 1980s Japan

Parallelism: Fourth-World, Baroque Electronics, Ambient Pop and Electro in 1980s Japan

Playing tracks by

Haruomi Hosono, Testpattern, World Standard, Guernica, Miharu Koshi and more.

Chart positions

This upload was 8th in the #synth-pop chart, 21st in the #experimental chart, 42nd in the #ambient chart and 67th in the #electronica chart.

Following Spencer Doran's two exemplary 'Fairlights, Mallets & Bamboo' mixes which uncovered the creative ferment of early 1980s Japan's ambient / 'Fourth World' scene, largely around the orbit of Haruomi Hosono, this mix follows their trajectory, from Hosono's pre-YMO experiments in 'Occidentalist' electronics and gamelan through to the more avant-pop and baroque electronic excursions around the Yen label from Guernica's Brechtian synth-pop to World Standard's oblique travelogues. The few artists I've included in this mix who've not been sprinkled with Hosono's fairydust include fellow travellers After Dinner with their pointillist chamber-pop, the melismatic proto-shoegaze of guitarist Ayuo Takahashi and an excerpt from Shigeaki Saegusa's vocoder-led symphonic-prog monster 'Radiation Missa' (perhaps that one falls a bit outside the remit?) The mix was recorded on two slightly ropey non-varispeed turntables, hence not much in the way of mixing and the odd bit of background noise.

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