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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

World Standard, Guernica, Shigeaki Saegusa, Haruomi Hosono, 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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