Kyoto-based Takuji Naka (cassette tapes, spring reverb) and Kobe-residing Canadian Tim Olive (magnetic pickups) have been collaborating as a duo in Japan for several years; they recently released a CD, „The New Attractive“, on the Osaka label EM Records.
Trio: Elad Bardes (Haifa), Heiner Metzger, Birgit Ulher
CD information/audio excerpts: emrecords.ocnk.net/product/111 timolive.org/sounds-2/
Takuji Naka Takuji Naka uses low-tech electronics, cassette tapes, spring reverb and self-made reed instruments to create a mysterious, evocative soundworld with influences from musique concrete, noise, and lo-fi pop. Regular collaborators include Jason Kahn, Carl Stone, Tim Olive, Takahiro Yamamoto, Anthony Guerra and filmmaker Haruka Mitani. Living in Kyoto, where he also works as a traditional temple gardener, he regularly organizes concerts and is a member of the free noise band Culpis . He launched the „akuseku“ record label in 2013.
Tim Olive Tim Olive’s work, utilizing magnetic pickups and analog electronics, is predicated on collaboration. Extensive live action in North America, Asia, Europe and Australia has provided opportunities to play with a wide range of musicians in event-specific one-off contexts, as well as ongoing performing/recording collaborations with Anne-F Jacques, Takuji Naka, Ben Owen, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Jason Kahn, Makoto Oshiro, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Nick Hoffman and Francisco Meirino. Recent collaborators include Richard Kamerman, Nate Wooley, Jin Sangtae and Madoka Kouno.
Elad Bardes Born in 1986 in Haifa, Israel, Elad is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in contemporary performance and composition (CoPeCo) at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm. Holds a B.A in Music and Philosophy from Haifa University, Israel. Before, studied guitar with Michel Mayer and composition with Yuval Shaked. Elad’s work includes both music and multimedia pieces.