Hiroshi Yoshimura - Pier & Loft LP
First ever vinyl release; originally released on cassette in 1983. Gorgeous and essential archive material from this master of mood. The latest unearthing on Chee Shimizu's 17853 Records – previously only available on a very limited Japanese cassette back early '80s. The late Hiroshi Yoshimura, a pioneer of Japanese ambient music, was involved in a wide range of fields, such as sound design for public installations, graphic design, visual poetry, free improvised performance (using his own body), and inventing his own instruments, right up until he passed away in 2003. The seven songs on Pier & Loft were created for a fashion exhibition held at a warehouse in the Tokyo bay area. He released it on cassette tape on Japanese label Fukusei Gijutsu Kohboh ran by Yoshio Ojima who also produced the album. Yoshimura referring to the Loft: "As the time goes by, the Loft that was swept away (forgotten) from the city but it somewhat has a look of a 'City of Ruins' that reminds you of something you have forgotten. Something nostalgic. Sounds from the city and the vast landscape gave me a great opportunity to take a fresh look at Tokyo." And referring to the Pier: "His look towards Tokyo bay takes on the shape of sonic particles ... tickling down gently while tinged with change. A landscape of seven sounds." The sleeve image is the same as on the original cassette release.