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[mix] Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo

October 19, 2012

va – fairlights, mallets and bamboo, a mix by spencer doran (2010) (alt dl)

This mix has been a constant companion during my 3-hour commute for the past few weeks. Originally made for Root Strata in 2010, I stumbled across it by chance. I’m glad I did. Spencer Doran is a musician from Portland, but I know him as a fellow music lover trough the ubiquitous Waxidermy. For long-time readers: yes, his name does sound familiar.

Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo” focusses on “Fourth-world undercurrents in Japanese ambient and pop music, years 1980-1986.” I don’t know about you, but I’m not knowledgeable in this area. No worries – the perfect primer is here. Get aboard this 65-minute beatless landscape made up of gently changing textures, ambient noise and meandering melodies. Thanks to Spencer for letting me (re)feature this!

Tracklist
Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Prelude” from Technodelic
Haruomi Hosono – “Down to the Earth“ from Mercuric Dance
Ryuichi Sakamoto – “A Rain Song” from Esperanto
Mkwaju Ensemble – “Ki-Motion” from Ki Motion
Haruomi Hosono – “Air Condition” from Philharmony
Mariah – “Shisen” from Utakata no Hibi
Yasuaki Shimizu – “(Untitled Pieces for Bridgestone)” from Music for Commercials
Mkwaju Ensemble – “Lemore” from Mkwaju
Seigen Ono – “Mallets” from Seigen
Masahide Sakuma – “Windows” from Masahide Sakuma
Geinoh Yamashirogumi – “Agba’a” from Africa Genjoh
Yasuaki Shimizu – “(Untitled Piece for Tachikawa)” from Music for Commercials
Danceries – “Grasshoppers” from End of Asia
Yukihio Takahashi – “What, Me Worry?” from What Me Worry
Haruomi Hosono – “Windy Land” from The Endless Talking
Dip in the Pool – “Again” from Silence
Yellow Magic Orchestra – “Loom” from BGM
Mkwaju Ensemble – “Hot Air” from Ki Motion
Ryuichi Sakamoto/Seigen Ono – “Father Christmas” from Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence

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