Japanese musician and video game composer June Chikuma’s Divertimento reissued for the first time





Featuring two previously unheard tracks from the same session.

RVNG Intl. sub-label Freedom To Spend’s next reissue focuses on Japanese musician and video game composer June Chikuma.

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Les Archives is a “reinvented edition” of Chikuma’s Divertimento, originally released on Toru Hatano’s Picture Label in 1986 – it includes two unheard tracks from the same sessions, ‘Mujo to Ifukoto’ and ‘Oddman Hypothesis’.

Chikuma is perhaps best known as the composer for the Bomberman video games in the 1980s and ’90s, though she also provided music for games such as Doraemon and the 2007 Wii title Sonic and the Secret Rings.

According to Freedom To Spend, Chikuma used “a KORG SDD-3000 digital delay” and “an audible, overt display of unclassified drum machines and samplers” to make the seven tracks on Divertimento, all of which have been remastered for the new release.

Pre-order a copy of Les Archives here here ahead of its 22nd March release, watch a short film inspired by album tune ‘Broadcast Profanity Delay’ and check out the track list below.


Side A

A1. Broadcast Profanity Delay
A2. Pataphysique
A3. Mujo To Ifukoto

Side B

B1. Divertimento
B2. Climb-Down