ROIO of the Week
[Recordings of Indeterminate Origin]

Note: Green Zone is not Otomo Yoshihide's project. Bassist Kato Hideki composed all the material and Otomo is the guitar player in the band.




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Green Zone
Live at Pit Inn [No Label 2CD]
Live at Pit Inn, Shinjuku, Tokyo, March 1, 2006.

Since his career began in the ‘90s, Japanese experimentalist Otomo Yoshihide has been constantly challenging himself. He formed the influential group Ground Zero in 1990, until its final concert in 1997. He writes pop music for films and even TV series such as the popular Lupin III anime. He's been involved in minimal wave-based electronics, as heard in his Filament and I.S.O projects which were formed in 1998. He also plays jazz covering works by Ornette Coleman, Gerry Mulligan and Eric Dolphy, as well as his own original compositions.

As Otomo said: "looking back on the things I've always been involved in when I first started doing music, in the ‘90s and now, it comes down to the issue of musical language and idioms. My shift in '98 began when I came to feel what might be called a physical revulsion towards the act of making music in my established style. What I was trying to create then was neither the next new musical language nor an idiom-free performance style. I thought it might be possible to do something where sound remained in the state just before becoming the language called music - a phenomenon hanging in mid air. This continues to be a theme in my work."

The latest album by Otomo is Episome on the Tzadik label released last month. Titled Episome, it features Otomo with bassist Bill Laswell and drummer Yoshida Tatsuya.
- Professor Red

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain none of the tracks have been officially released.

Note: Thanks to MrGrumpy for offering the tracks.

These tracks are no longer available for download.

 
Disc One
Track 01 Untitled (9.4MB)
Track 02 Untitled (21.0MB)
Track 03 Untitled (11.1MB)
Track 04 Untitled (13.3MB)
Track 05 Untitled (9.9MB)
Disc Two
Track 01 Untitled (50.2MB)
Track 02 Untitled (15.4MB)

The lineup for this performance is:

Otomo Yoshihide: guitar
Kato Hideki: bass
Masahiro Uemura: drums

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Kato Hideki's Green Zone is officially released on DoubtMusic in October 2005:
http://www.doubtmusic.com/dmf-106_e.html

This CD is available from the following distributors:
http://www.rermegacorp.com/
http://www.metamkine.com/
http://www.metacompany.jp/artist/k/kato.html

Kato Hideki's website:
http://www.katohideki.com/


Click here to Otomo’s latest album, Episome.




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