Japanese vibraphonist, multi-percussionist and composer Masayoshi Fujita is set to release a new album 'Bird Ambience' on Erased Tapes.
The LP marks a new sonic direction for Fujita in several ways. Previously separating his acoustic solo recordings, his electronic dub recordings as El Fog, and his experimental improvisations alongside Jan Jelinek, the album sees him fuse all these different elements for the first time into one singular sound.
He also makes a lateral leap from his signature instrument the vibraphone to the marimba, which takes centre stage on his new album alongside drums, percussion, synths, effects and tape recorder.
“The way of playing the marimba is similar to the vibraphone, so it was kind of a natural development for me and easier to start with, yet it sounds very different”, explains Masayoshi. “The marimba bars are made with wood and it has a wider range than the vibraphone, which gives me a bigger sound palette with more possibilities. I play the instrument with bows and mallets, and sometimes manipulate it with effects.”
After 13 years in Berlin, Masayoshi recently relocated to a new home and studio in the rural Japanese mountain village of Kami-cho, Hyogo, following his life-long dream of creating music in nature. Masayoshi's previous releases have come via Faitiche, Home Normal, flau and Erased Tapes.
Noise Marimba Tape
Miyama No Kitsune
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