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Ancient And Modern (Cassette Memories Volume One)

by Aki Onda

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One Day 14:48
Eclipse 12:01
Voice 03:39
Dream 08:04
Last 09:20


Also available with Aki Onda's artist book, I Lost My Memory room40.bandcamp.com/merch/aki-onda-i-lost-my-memory-artist-book-sound

On Cassette Memories - Lawrence English
I first heard Aki Onda’s work in the early 00s. It was first introduced to me by my friend DJ Olive who was involved in the Phenomena Audio Arts and Multiples label alongside Toshio Kajiwara. Ancient And Modern, the first in the series of Cassette Memories works, was a dynamic, playful collection of textured recordings. Onda crafted a series of pieces that launched off from a kind of devolved musique concréte, seeking to dwell on the materialist structures of the sounds he encountered and the medium through which he encountered them. Moreover Ancient and Modern set out the framework for how subsequent volumes would evolve and specifically how he would seek to mediate the relation between sound, tape and memory.

That same year, Bon Voyage! arrived on the excellent Improvised Music From Japan label (which to this day was responsible for some of the most challenging and rewarding music emanating from Japan at the beginning of the new century). In contrast to Ancient and Modern, this edition sought to allow the recordings to ’speak for themselves’. The field recordings gathered unfolded with a sense of intention and at times provocation, prompting the listener to forgo expectation in favour of being present to the moment (and the medium).

South Of The Border, the third volume in the series arrived in 2012 and again refined the focus of the project. This time Onda selected work that was threaded together by geography, place and situation.

Across these volumes, Aki Onda has charted what is now a significant body of sound. Sitting within a conceptual field that is bordered by Musique Concréte, field recording, experimental sound practices and listening more broadly, the Cassette Memories series is without question one of Onda’s most important statements. It is made available here in conjunction with the publication of a book that includes a series of new texts and images that outline the approaches and concepts guiding the work.


released February 14, 2020

Composed by Aki Onda
Recorded in New York and Hanover between 2000 and 2001
Additional sounds: Yoshio Machida (track 1), Brenda Hutchinson (track 4)
Re-mastered by Lawrence English
Artwork by Aki Onda
Originally released by Phonomena Audio Arts & Multiples in 2003
Thanks to Toshio Kajiwara and DJ Olive


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