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Yoshio MachidaYoshio Machida

Yoshio Machida is a sound and visual artist, Steel Pan player. Born in Japan in 1967, he studied minimal art / music / film extensively under Kuniharu Akiyama, Yoshiaki Touno, Sakumi Hagiwara, Kishio Suga at Tama art university in Tokyo.

Machida has played for art events / music festivals like ISEA2004, Sonar-Tokyo, Europhonics Jazz Festival, Maerz Musik Festival, etc... He has been introduced in the book "Haunted Weather" by David Toop as weel as in the compilation album "Japanese Avant Garde" (Sub Rosa, 2002) with Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M, Merzbow, Aki Onda, Haco, Toshimaru Nakamura, Yoshihiro Hanno. In 2005, "Afterimage" (from the CD "Hypernatural #2", Softl Music) had been used as a soundtrack for the French TV spot "Visual". In 2009, Machida directed sound design and composed soundtracks for Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition in Tokyo.

In the 90s, Yoshio Machida was involved in international cooperation work in Asia, Africa and Mexico. Through this experience, he had opportunities to listen to rare ethnic musics and learned a lot. He was especially inspired by music, ceremony and culture based on Pan-East Asian sun worship basis, then he had come out with collage painting and field recording works "Hypernatural series" featuring Asian gong (the symbol of light and the sun in Asian culture). He also became interested in live music, he released the Generative Music work "Amorphous" by floppy disk (with the software "Koan" used by Brian Eno). In 2001, Machida started to perform improvised music with Steelpan (steel drum). Because steelpan has metal overtones as the same as gong. At first he used self-made Steel Pan "Amorphone". For getting basic drone sound supporting improvisation (like tampura), he often used Max/MSP processing system. The improvisation style has been influenced from traditional Indian music. Now he plays Steelpans acoustically and electronic Steelpan "PanKAT", too. Machida is also a band member of miimo (dub-electronica unit with tatsu and Norihide Saji) and "Ohanami" (with Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, a drumer of Jim O'Rourke band).

In 2004, Machida founded AMORFON, a music label / platform for contemporary art events. He has released his solo albums, unique artists' works from Eastern Europe that have not been introduced so much and "Kindermusik: Improvised Music by Babies", a unique compilation album that consisted of only Babies' improvisations as expressing concerns about music. He organized "Japan-Macedonia exchange art exhibition" in Japan and Macedonia for the first time for both countries. As a visual artist, Machida makes "PHOTOBATIK", his original technique using photographic paper. Machida also writes for magazines, has lectures and some unique workshops for children through his art activity.

» Yoshio Machida on Baskaru : "Music from the SYNTHI" (karu:29)
» Yoshio Machida on Baskaru : "Hypernatural #3" (karu:10)
» Yoshio Machida official website : www.yoshiomachida.com
» Yoshio Machida interview courtesy of www.tokafi.com (2014) : [ Read ]
» Yoshio Machida interview courtesy of www.tokafi.com (2008) : [ Read ]