Otomo Yoshihide

大友良英

Also known as DJ 音藻, Ohtomo Yoshihide, Otomo, Otomo Yoshide, OY, Y. Otomo, Yoshihide, Yoshihide Otomo, 大友良英

Profile of the performer Otomo Yoshihide: Otomo Yoshihide (born August 1, 1959 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese experimental musician, turntablist and guitarist. He played in rock bands while at college, but turned to improvisation after discovering free jazz and free improvisation musicians like the guitarist Derek Bailey, the saxophonist Kaoru Abe and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi (from whom he had lessons). Otomo studied at Tokyo University from 1979 where he took a course on ethnomusicology in which he concentrated on Japanese pop music during World War II and the development of musical instruments during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (samples of instruments and music from this period are found in several of his records). From 1981 Otomo played free improvisation in clubs, performing on guitar and also using tapes and electronics. Otomo began to release records from the end of the 1980s. He has been very prolific, working in a variety of styles and collaborating with a wide range of musicians. For much of the 1990s his main project was Ground Zero, a large group founded in 1990 with an ever-changing lineup. They played music in a variety of styles, perhaps best summed up as noise rock with an experimental edge. Ground Zero was disbanded in 1998. Towards the end of that group's life, Otomo formed Filament with Sachiko M, an outfit which concentrated on music made from sine waves, clicks and hums, and ISO (Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M and Yoshimitsu Ichiraku), which played purely electronic improvisations. He also continued to play with other musicians on a variety of projects. At the end of the 1990s he founded Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble, a group that played more traditional jazz (albeit with added sine waves from Sachiko M and noisy passages). In Japan, a more consistent lineup of the group, used the name Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet, for several releases. Records released under his own name include Cathode (1999), Anode (2001). Otomo has also released duo albums with early experimental turntablist Christian Marclay ("Moving Parts", 2000) or Nobukazu Takemura ("Turntables + Computers", 2003). Among the other musicians Otomo has worked with are Jon Rose, Yamatsuka Eye of The Boredoms (with Eye as MC Hellshit and Otomo Yoshihide as DJ Carhouse), Butch Morris, Voice Crack and poire_z.

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# Release cover Release title Tracks amount Download release in mp3? Official release date Label production
1 Otomo Yoshihide - Invisible Architecture #1 Invisible Architecture #1 3 mp3, CD 2002-02-28 Audiosphere
2 Otomo Yoshihide - Bits, Bots And Signs Bits, Bots And Signs 5 mp3, CD 2000 Erstwhile Records
3 Otomo Yoshihide - Miira Ni Naru Made/ My Dear Mummy - German Version Miira Ni Naru Made/ My Dear Mummy - German Version 3 mp3, CD 2002-10-00 Charhizma
4 Otomo Yoshihide - Plays The Music Of Takeo Yamashita Plays The Music Of Takeo Yamashita 17 mp3, CD 1999-09-00 P-Vine Records
5 Otomo Yoshihide - The Night Before The Death Of The Sampling Virus The Night Before The Death Of The Sampling Virus 77 mp3, CD 1993 Extreme
6 Otomo Yoshihide - Cathode Cathode 4 mp3, CD 1999 Tzadik
7 Otomo Yoshihide - Time Travel Time Travel 7 mp3, CD 2003-04-00 Erstwhile Records
8 Otomo Yoshihide - Sound Factory (1997) Sound Factory (1997) 2 mp3, CD 1997 Gentle Giant Records
9 Otomo Yoshihide - Turntables And Computers Turntables And Computers 3 mp3, CD 2003-11-06 Headz
10 Otomo Yoshihide - Museum Of Towing & Recovery Museum Of Towing & Recovery 8 mp3, CD 1998 Hot Air
11 Otomo Yoshihide - Anode Anode 4 mp3, CD 2001-06-00 Tzadik
12 Otomo Yoshihide - Split Split 2 mp3, CD 1999 Gentle Giant Records
13 Otomo Yoshihide - Monogatari: Amino Argot Monogatari: Amino Argot 6 mp3, CD 1994 Trigram
14 Otomo Yoshihide - Moving Parts Moving Parts 11 mp3, CD 2000 Asphodel
15 Otomo Yoshihide - We Insist? We Insist? 25 mp3, CD 2003 Noise Asia
16 Compositions For Guitars Vol. 2 5 mp3, CD 2004 A Bruit Secret
17 Otomo Yoshihide - Vinyl Tranquilizer Vinyl Tranquilizer 60 mp3, CD 1997 Sonic Factory
18 Otomo Yoshihide - Soup Soup 4 mp3, CD 2003-12-00 P-Vine Records
19 Otomo Yoshihide - Soup Live Soup Live 7 mp3, CD 2004-09-20 P-Vine Records
20 We Insist? 27 mp3, CD 1992 Sound Factory
21 Otomo Yoshihide - Blue Blue 11 mp3, CD 2002 Headz
22 Otomo Yoshihide - Digital Tranquilizer Ver. 1.0 Digital Tranquilizer Ver. 1.0 5 mp3, CD 1999 F.M.N Sound Factory
23 Otomo Yoshihide - Digital Tranquilizer Ver. 1.01 Digital Tranquilizer Ver. 1.01 5 mp3, CD 2004 F.M.N Sound Factory
24 Good Morning Good Night 4 mp3, CD 2004 Erstwhile Records
25 Otomo Yoshihide - Untitled Untitled 3 mp3, CD 2005 Erstwhile Records
26 Otomo Yoshihide - Untitled Untitled 12 mp3, CD 2005 Erstwhile Records
27 Otomo Yoshihide - Ensemble Cathode Ensemble Cathode 3 mp3, CD 2002 Improvised Music From Japan
28 Otomo Yoshihide - Loose Community Loose Community 5 mp3, CD 2003 Improvised Music From Japan
29 Filament 2 (Secret Recordings 2) 5 mp3, CD 1999-04-27 For 4 Ears
30 Filament 1 11 mp3, CD 1998 Extreme
31 Otomo Yoshihide - Summer Snow Summer Snow 18 mp3, CD 1995 Sound Factory
32 Otomo Yoshihide - Brackwater Brackwater 2 mp3, CD 2004 For 4 Ears
33 Otomo Yoshihide - Guitar Solo: 12 October 2004 @ Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo + 1 Guitar Solo: 12 October 2004 @ Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo + 1 9 mp3, CD 2005 Doubtmusic
34 Otomo Yoshihide - Turntable Solo Turntable Solo 3 mp3, CD 2004 Alcohol
35 Otomo Yoshihide - Music For Dance Art Hong Kong's Memory Disorder Music For Dance Art Hong Kong's Memory Disorder 25 mp3, CD 2000 Sonic Factory
36 Re/cycling Rectangle 2 mp3, CD 2000-05-00 Rectangle
37 Otomo Yoshihide - Trace Cuts Trace Cuts 4 mp3, CD 2005 Musica Genera
38 Otomo Yoshihide - Silanganan Ingay Silanganan Ingay 15 mp3, CD 1989 Tanga-Tanga
39 Otomo Yoshihide - Thumb Thumb 3 mp3, CD 2002-10-00 GROB
40 Otomo Yoshihide - Four Focuses Four Focuses 7 mp3, CD 1999-01-00 Amoebic
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