Playlist: Hitoshi Kojo


Hitoshi Kojo is a Japanese artist who currently lives in Belgium. He has been working with multiple media - music composition, installation, performance, painting, sculpture, video, photo and those mixtures. The extensive activities are based on his animistic sensitivity that all the matters and the spaces have their own memories. Touching the objects, talking to animals and plants, resonating with atmosphere in the space. Such daily activities since the childhood are the basis of his works.

Since the move to Europe in 2004, the sound works such as making compositions, concerts, recordings have been placing more weight than other activities. His sound works are typically formed by dense layers of textures and tones, that are carefully arranged in the space. The sound of nature, noise, voice, instruments, etc. all the sounds are equally treated, and become elements to forming a molecular harmony in the sonic space that presents micro and macro-scape at the same time. His music physically osmoses into the body of listeners and makes continuous fluctuations to their physical barrier. In that sense, the listeners can become a part of the sonic universe while listening to it. Therefore he does not consider his recording only as a piece of composition nor as a document of a work, but also as a prepared material that can unfold a sound installation in any location.

His sound compositions have been released by experimental music labels such as Drone Records (Germany), Mystery Sea (Belgium), Kaon, Taâlem (France), Helen Scarsdale Agency, Alluvial Recordings, Olde English Spelling Bee, Peasant Magik (USA), etc, as well as his own label Octpia (until 2006) and omnimemento. Several compositions were released by aliases, mostly as Spiracle until 2010. He has been also creating experimental folkloric music with his wife Carole as Jüppala Kääpiö since 2006.

For more information, visit http://www.omnimemento.com.


Hitoshi Kojo's "Trans Eurasian Trauma Express" in geographical order

Japan
Ainu song and Jomon drum / Umeko Ando (Vocal), Oki (Tonkori), Toshi Tsuchitori (Jomon-ko)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g0P3z6FlmzU

No - Okina / Yasaka Shrine - Kanse-ryu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEuiuZMWTAI

Tanin no Kao (The Face of Another) / Hitoshi Teshigawara (Director), Kobo Abe (Original novel), Music (Toru Takemitsu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJ23_eLIu2M

Suna no Onna (Woman in the Dunes) Soundtrack / Hitoshi Teshigawara (Director), Kobo Abe (Original novel), Music (Toru Takemitsu)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbdZd7fFyco

Horrors of malformed men / Teruo Ishii (Director), Tatsumi Hijiata (Malformed men)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jxZ6oZWO9pQ

Birthday Party from Philharmony / Haruomi Hosono
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obkaxa-HOHs

Korea
Gueum Sinawi - Korean Sanjo / Won Wan-chul (Daegeum), Yu Kyung-hwa (Chulhyunggeum), Lee Dong-hun (Haegeum), Yun Seo-kyoung (Ajaeng), Nam Sang-li (Percussion)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=104uH4lX1S8

Indonesia
Bali Kecak
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-b895UdLzc

Java Gamelan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2horRibeWE

Tibet
Tscham Dance / Menri Monastery
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAkFLEgFZs8

Altai Republic
Altai Kai throat singing / Amyr Akchin (Throat singing, Accordion)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbSczKB03Ts

India
T. R. Mahalingam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ajr07JUa79I

Sundaram Balachander
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=My9VUKzssp0

Ustad Asad Ali Khan
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGAGzK1srS4

Sivaprasad
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9y4vpkAjK0

Russia, USSR
Andrei Tarkovsky
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VEnYT-kFuGc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH4VKGTnK0E

Kazakhstan
Kazakh kuy / Raushan Orazbaeva (Kyl-kobyz)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsCiCRwTrO4

Armeniya
Sergei Parajanov
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glsytnUdt-E

Romania
Iancu Dumitrescu
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76rOkb04nwk

Finland
Moomin / Tove Marika Jansson
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=752W0mrvP5w
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDEu-hzElDE

Czech Republic
Krtek / Zdenek Miler
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qmo9GXBfEbo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83bdEQo34mQ

Jan Svankmajer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WINqhDJto_k

Austria
Orgien mysterien theaters / Hermann Nitsch
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FOUkS__IJhk

Germany
Rolf Julius
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMMikHkTy_I

Vitamin C / Can
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxDchT04nNU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAhTMkXAPUk

Switzerland
The Day of Saint Sylvester
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0749darS7I
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jotpovmw19I

France
Royaume / Etant Donnes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=urv-7A4QiGA

England
Ligeliahorn / Metgumbnerbone
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIX0vdjuNOM

Cowl / Organum
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BEgM_eBN2E8

Slur from Horse Rotorvator / Coil
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-URUZ9-dD-I

Futurismo from Merzbild Schwet  / Nurse With Wound
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Baf4mhiho

Buoy / Mick Karn and David Sylvian
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BuoajxUxs6I

Scotland
Lazy Calm from Victorialand / Cocteau Twins
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QmZfR6dEXhM

Ireland
Swallow from Tremolo EP / My Bloody Valentine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nbTYR7zXNk

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