April 29, 2020
Crafted using a Fairlight CMI and Yamaha MSX.
While Kokubo remains largely unknown, his work has almost become a soundtrack to life in Japan, having designed everything from credit card payment jingles to the country’s nationally-used mobile phone earthquake alert.
For Digital Soundology #1, Kokubo looked to the radical philosophy that emerged from the Bauhaus movement, similarly aiming to create “a revolutionary musical expression that shatters the old values.”
To do so, Kokubo shunned keyboard players, multitrack tape-recording techniques, and analogue sounds, instead using only the Fairlight CMI for 3-tracks, and primarily the Yamaha MSX for 6 tracks.
“I think this production process was quite similar to the way Picasso was creating art which I saw later and was inspired from: a kind of creative fragmentation,” explains Kokubo.
Originally released on King Records in 1985, Glossy Mistake’s reissue of Digital Soundology #1 Volk Von Bauhaus marks the album’s first vinyl reissue, and includes a previously unheard track by Kokubo.
Head here to pre-order a copy in advance of Digital Soundology #1 Volk Von Bauhaus’ 26th June release, check out the artwork and tracklist below.
1. Playing Among The Gods
2. Melancholy II
3. Before You Dream
1. Fluctuation #1
2. The insane time keeper
3. Fluctuation #2
4. Daze / Fluctuation Step 1