Near Silence: Artists for Japan, Red Cross

Near Silence, a free album for anyone who donates to the Red Cross Japan appeal.

A supercooled album fractured with exclusives, classics and the new.
Richard Barbieri
has exclusively re-recorded his classic Japan track ‘The Experience of Swimming'; Charles Webster has donated an exclusive mix from his brand new January Tuesday project, which was only recorded last week; and Eno colloborator Roedelius, one of the electronic pioneers alongside Kraftwerk, has donated his classic ‘Wenn der Südwind Weht'; plus an unreleased High Skies track and new material from Woob and Anne Garner.

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Mick Karn 1958-2011

Posted on MickKarn.net

24th July 1958 – 4th January 2011

It’s with profound sadness that we have to inform you that Mick finally lost his battle with cancer and passed away peacefully at 4.30pm today, 4th January 2011 at home in Chelsea, London. He was surrounded by his family and friends and will be deeply missed by all.

Posted: 4th January 2011

 

I was hugely saddened to hear of Mick Karn’s recent passing. He was bass player with glam rock/ art rock/ European disco/ Chinese electronic folk band, Japan. They were hugely influential with many musicians, myself included, who grew up listening to them, and in particular Tin Drumtheir last and most successful album. Mick’s fretless bass sound was distinctive and experimental, yet also accessible. He will be missed.

 Here are a collection of random Mick Karn and Japan videos, on which he played bass, vocals and various wind instruments.

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Gas 0095 Quotes: Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

richard_barbieriToday’s Gas 0095 and final quote comes from Richard Barbieri who plays keyboards for Porcupine Tree and the legendary Japan. Japan were responsible for one of the greatest albums ever, Tin Drum, and Richard was hugely responsible for its sound; a strange mix of Chinese folk influenced electronics; Eno and Moroder meet Mao Tse Tung.

Richard Barbieri on Gas 0095

love the albumMicroscopic sounds amazing.
It has beautifully crafted arrangements with programmed synthesis and textures that constantly evolve. Filmic landscapes of electronics ebb and flow against trancey rhythms and sequences.
I’ve heard a lot of electronic music during this period and in this genre but this is superior stuff. It’s pretty spacey as well and has a nice retro feel in the way the synths are washed with repeats and reverbs in places, reminiscent of Vangelis‘ classic Bladerunner.
Probably what I most relate to and like about this album is the attention to detail and the subtle electronics and abstract percussion that serve as a backdrop to the musical themes.

Richard Barbieri  (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

Listen to Gas 0095 here (includes free download)


Japan – The Experience of Swimming (Barbieri)

RichardBarbieri.net

Many thanks Richard!

Gas 0095 Quotes: Richard Barbieri (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

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For the Future Music Magazine feature on Gas 0095,  Richard Barbieri from the hugely successful Porcupine Tree, and legendary and influential group Japan, was kind enough to give us a quote about the album…

I loved the album , Microscopic sounds amazing.
It has beautifully crafted arrangements with programmed synthesis and textures that constantly evolve.
Filmic landscapes of electronics ebb and flow against trancey rhythms and sequences.
I’ve heard a lot of electronic music during this period and in this genre but this is superior stuff.  It’s pretty spacey as well and has a nice retro feel in the way the synths are washed with repeats and reverbs in places, reminiscent of Vangelis‘ classic Bladerunner.
Probably what I most relate to and like about this album is the attention to detail and the subtle electronics and abstract percussion that serve as a backdrop to the musical themes.

Richard Barbieri  (Japan, Porcupine Tree)

Gas – Microscopic (free mp3)
Gas 0095 – Listen to the album 

Many thanks to Richard, who has his solo album Stanger Inside available now.