► Japanese Vinyl Chillout Mix From Revelation Time

shockwebpic_japanesechilloutmixHere’s something for the weekend – a solid section of Japanese vinyl, a selection of chill vibes put together by Eiji of the Revelation Time record shop in Osaka, Japan. Thanks to the The Vinyl Factory for sharing this rare mix.

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► Eiko Ishibashi – Mr. Cloud

shockwebpic_eikoishibashi_mrcloudA cool new track from Japan based, multi-instrumentalist Eiko Ishibashi’s just released album ‘Car and Freezer’ out on Drag City. Video directed by Michinori Saigo.

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► Goth-Trad Mini Mix

shockleewebpic_gothtradminimixSome fresh minimal half-time, dubs from Deep Medi’s Goth-Trad. Part of the Tokyo music massive holding it down.

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Don’t Take Your Dancing Freedom For Granted – Real Scenes: Tokyo

shockleewebpic_RArealscenesjapanThe crew over at RA have put together an alarming and yet inspiring must-see documentary short on the music club scene in Tokyo and how it is being suppressed by outdated laws that prevent most dance clubs from operating legally.

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Roland Announces The Next Evolution Of The Classic TR-808 Drum Machine: Aira

shockleewebpic_rolandaira808evolutionIn case you didn’t already know, 808′s Changed The World and manufacturer Roland, is teasing a new device that it is calling the next evolution of the TR-808, called the Aira TR-08, which is rumored to be officially unveiled at next week’s NAMM show.

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Hyper Drive: Mirrored Time-Lapse Japanese Monorail Ride

shockleewebpic_hyperdrivemonorailUsing a Panasonic DMC-GH3 with Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm f/4.0-5.6 lens, Japanese photographer and Blade Runner fan, Darwinfish105 shot out of the front car of a moving monorail while in continuous shooting mode at 1 second shutter speed with an ND400 filter during the day and at 400 ISO at night. In post, he used a mirror effect and vertical flip effect while editing in Adobe Premiere and the result is a vortex-like, psychedelic rail experience.

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We Don’t Care About Music Anyway…Tokyo’s Avant-Garde Music Scene

From radical turntablism [Otomo Yoshihide] to laptop music innovation [Numb], via classical instrument hijacking [Sakamoto Hiromichi], Tokyo’s avant-garde music scene is internationally known for its boldness.

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The Electronic Music Producer’s Best Friend, MIDI, Turns 30

In the early 1980s, Roland founder Ikutaro Kakehashi and Sequential Circuits founder Dave Smith had a dream—a simple interface that would allow all electronic musical instruments to communicate with each other and with computers. To make this dream a reality, these pioneers brought together an unprecedented coalition of manufacturers from the United States and Japan, and soon the Musical Instrument Digital Interface, or “MIDI,” was born. 30 years ago, the 1983 Winter NAMM Show hosted its landmark public unveiling, where Roland and Sequential Circuits demonstrated the first two MIDI-equipped synthesizers “talking” to each other via this new universal communication standard.

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Makoto 130BPM Bass Mix

A sleek new mix from Tokyo native DJ/Producer Makoto, featuring a tracklist of tunes by the likes of Untold, DBridge, Roska, Pearson Sound and Makoto himself. Step out of the music box and explore the possibilities…

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► ASY – See The Lights

Hot new tune by ASY, a Tokyo based group comprised of DJ AKi, one of Asia’s leading drum and bass DJ’s alongside his partner YUUKi MC and songwriter/producer STY. You can download the track for free at ASY’s site.

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