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Posts tagged electronic

Nov 16 '12

DJ .KOTA’s UNFINISHED NEW SONG “NAOKO” at SOUND & RECORDING MAGAZINE!

Sound file and detail notes are available at following link!

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s69/sh/975ffe7b-2e73-4282-869c-a2c0b3d8b90f/9e0f88a3d9a7224ccee792dac32d8e00

Nov 6 '11

My attitude is always, ‘going my way’ ..

common senses sometimes become bottleneck. How I interprets common senses is the most important. Just believing common senses directly n’ straightforwardly is such a fool thing to me. That never makes people progress.

For example, many Japanese say 'elder people are great n' intelligent, always have a communication with much respect, and be proud of them. ' and this makes a sort of hierarchy at school-life, family-life, social-life etc…

I don’t like this opinion. There’re many great younger people, on the other hand, there’re many ugly elder people also. Age shouldn’t be a important factor for communication and life, at least I guess. (Of course, I always treat elderly people gentle, while I’m on bus / train etc… that’s not the thing I’m saying)  I hate Japanese words, such as “SENPAI” / “KOUHAI” kind of things…  I will never be angry even if some younger people talk to me casually. Elder people are all intelligent n’ we should be proud of them?  Treat “SENPAI” with much respect? Never be kidding. There’re so much unrespectable “SENPAI” right?  Also, It’s so awful when I have to be loyal to„,  awful, too talkative, non-intelligent elder people. Why do I have to do that? Do these thing are important for our progress? I don’t think so. 

It seems I’m not used to a traditional Japanese communication, because my communication basis have been American / English styles for years. 

My way is important. 

ummmm…. my way!!

Oct 23 '11

Now I’m at “GAP / BiFURCATiON”

  • i’m at ‘gap.’ other word i would use at this situation; ‘bifurcation’ also. a starting over.
  • i’m talking about my status, society i live in, colleagues, employer n’ client, partners, how i get along with friends n’ lovers, and how i think of ‘em. 
  • it’s time 2 change, time 2 destroy, time to reconstruct, and ‘time to go’ 

Melting Pot Duo - Time to Go by 2kaiproductions

Oct 22 '11
Just received a new CD of Salyu x Salyu (Produced by Keigo Oyamada of Cornelius). It’s an exclusive release at Salyu’s official website and her concert venues. It sounds so brilliant. 

Just received a new CD of Salyu x Salyu (Produced by Keigo Oyamada of Cornelius). It’s an exclusive release at Salyu’s official website and her concert venues. It sounds so brilliant. 

Oct 15 '11

A Love Once New Has Now Grown Old

DJ .Kota delivers you an exclusive private mix for this website. Though it’s not a official catalogue of 2kai Productions, it includes some previously unreleased works by him; Simon & Garfunkel April Come She Will (DJ .Kota Remix)” and private remaster of Stevie Wonder classic. Comparing with the “Happiness” mix by Melting Pot, this never distribute for many people. Just for you, enjoy. 

Mixcloud only offers pre-listen for this webpage, but mixcrate offers download also. 

  1. -Because // The Beatles
  2. -Because (Acapella Version) // The Beatles
  3. -Piano Sonata#14 in C Sharp Minor - Moonlight // Beethoven
  4. -Only the Lonely // Frank Sinatra
  5. -Oh Lady be Good // Ella Fitzgerald
  6. -Swan Lake // Matthias Arfman
  7. -Tears at the Birthday Party // Burt Bacharach & Elvis Costello
  8. -Right as Rain // Adele
  9. -Triste // Pizzicato Five
  10. -Lady // Dennis Wilson
  11. -Daydream // The Lovin’ Spoonful
  12. -April Come She Will (DJ .Kota Remix) // Simon & Garfunkel
  13. -Paris // Shinichi Osawa
  14. -Knight Moves // Chilly Gonzales
  15. -Sun // Caribou
  16. -‘Till I Die (Instrumental) // The Beach Boys
  17. -Rag Doll // Art Garfunkel
  18. -Book of Swords // Felt
  19. -Araburukami // Lobotomy
  20. -The World Echoes and Suits // FreeTEMPO
  21. -Everybody Had a Hard Year (Melting Pot Duo Mix) // Marz
  22. -Send One Your Love Instrumental (DJ .Kota Remaster) // Stevie Wonder
  23. -Outra Vez // Joao Gilberto
  24. -Kyutai No Kanaderu Ongaku // Kenji Ozawa

-MIXCLOUD (PRE-LISTEN / STREAM)

DJ .KOTA - ALOVEONCENEWHASNOWGROWNOLD (CHILL / JAZZ) by 2kaiproductions on Mixcloud

-DOWNLOAD / STREAM

http://www.mixcrate.com/mix/84430/ALOVEONCENEWHASNOWGROWNOLD

NOT FOR SALE. NOT FOR PROMOTIONAL USE. PRIVATE USE ONLY.

Oct 12 '11

My favorite in 2008. Ambient, chilly electronica sound by Japan’s drummer, Steve Jansen. Uses max/msp for this texture. 

Sep 22 '11

I decide not using this word. ‘adolescence’

In Japan, we write ‘adolescence’ in Kanji as "青春 Blue Spring" … What’s "blue spring"??? I can never imagine blue landscape in April. (Red or Orange may be better, isn’t it?)  

Many people looks back their past.

  • "That time was great, comparing with these days…"
  • "It was the best moment of my life, comparing with…"

just like these. Of course, I admit that I sometimes look back my o’l days. But that never give me bright future. They just gimme some hints n’ tips, and tiny little pleasures for a couple of minutes. We should have a 'bifurcation' at this time. Let’s think about future, instead of past. Then, we may start thinking more carefully about present.

When I was working on "HAPPINESS" album, it was the time me and many Japanese people were depressed by the huge earthquake and nuclear power plant problems. Then I thought I need to make a "bifurcation" to me. Throw my past, and think more about future. How can I get brighter future? I was looking for an answer during the production period.  One answer I reached was, to build a strong local community and rehabilitation of in-person communications. Never rely on computer and media, or some virtual things. I never say

  • "I wanna revolution by using Facebook n’ Twitter!!"  

Social media and internet should be as alternate choices. Not for primary choice. 

The main topic of my "HAPPINESS" album was to make a "bifurcation" … for the bright future.  We need to start moving, even if you’re alone. You can find your mate, understanding, good partners can’t you? You should express your opinions n’ thoughts at conversation or twitter. (tumblr of course!)  I’ve been discussing this topic at my Japanese website for years, and recently finally published "HAPPINESS" mix, and this website. I need some more mates and partners, because I know I can’t do it alone. 

By "HAPPINESS" I tried to find my understanding, mates. I wanted to express and clarify my thoughts. My song "Breathe in the Air" was about my thoughts on nuclear problems. “Situation” is about darker and serious atmosphere I experienced in Tokyo. And "Bifurcation" gives you a chance to have it.  Of course, music is just music, I mean, the album is just a compilation of good music. But if you have a chance, please listen to it carefully, and read my liner-note included to download pack. I don’t want you all to agree on my thoughts. Never stop thinking of future and happiness more. Do not think about your past too much. As Fleetwood Mac once sung…

  • "Don’t Stop, thinking about tomorrow!!" 

+++++MELTING POT “HAPPINESS”+++++

  • MIXCLOUD

Melting Pot - HAPPINESS (2011-09-11) by 2kaiproductions on Mixcloud

  • MIXCRATE (ALT LINK)

http://mixcrate.com/mix/75695/Melting-Pot-Happiness

  • DOWNLOAD PACK

It’s available at mixcloud or mixcrate. Click the url or widget getting to the website. Songlist is also available at both websites. 

  • MORE DETAIL

http://2kaiproductions.tumblr.com/post/10059922814/melting-pot-happiness-now-online

Sep 20 '11
Melting Pot - SITUATION (Happiness)

Some Japanese & English media feature the anti-nuclear event / parade held in Tokyo yesterday. But… um… Unfortunately, though it gathered 60000 people, size n’ length of articles and TV news are so small, comparing with other news, such as celebrity gossip etc… "Situation" is so serious, and deep. 

When I composed "Situation"… well, it was in April, according to my memory. People’s atmosphere and city landscape was so much dark. Then I thought "Situation" is so crucial. I was even overwhelmed by that negative and darker mood, but tried hard to be positive and imagine a brighter future.  I didn’t wanna create darker music at this time, but I had to. I need to make a memory. 

This song was inspired a lot of Brahms, Debussy, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Yellow Magic Orchestra (YMO), Shinichi Osawa (known as Kitsune / Dim Mak / Southern Fried deejay)  and some other ambient / avant-garde stuffs. "Classical Electro" … I would call it.

BTW, I would like to take this opportunity, saying thanks to all the people who sent me their reaction toward my new songs n’ "Happiness" album. Thanks, if you have something more, please share it with me. and keep enjoying the good music! - Kota.


++++++++++CREDIT++++++++++

Produced by the People and Melting Pot
Arranged and Composed by Kota Suzuki
Recorded and Mixed by Kota Suzuki and bD at 2kai Booth, Sabamiso Booth, Akasaka Street and bD Lounge
Kota Suzuki (Keyboard, Fender Electric Bass, Mallet, Synthesizers, Additional Pianos, Electronics, Beat Programming)
bD (Electric Guitars, Noises, Sound Programming)
M (Acoustic Piano, Samples)
Moreau (Turntables <- recorded in 2008)
Sabamiso (Field Recording Loops <- recorded in 2008)


New composition from Melting Pot. I recorded and composed for this project. I had so many pieces of ideas and sound sketches, and finally they’re all got together into this one song. I spent four days (about 48hrs) to finish recording my part, and post the sounds to my colleagues, the People band. I had to write a brief scores, and that makes this session tough. But mixing down was also a very tough task of creating this sound. Finally, me and my colleague spent a whole month to finish it.
During the production period, we were very serious and (a bit) negative because we were faced with so much information of nuclear power-plant and tsunami tragedy happened in Fukushima and Sendai. Fortunately, my relatives and friends were all safe, but most of them were sent to school gymnasium. It was very hard hearing their situations. But this is not the reason that I titled “Situation” … The title not only means my experience of the quake and nuclears, but also for my anger toward this recent excessive capitalism and globalism economics. It has various meanings.
Guitar and some instruments by the People. I played fender precision bass, mallets, and some synths. Some audio loops was given from Sabamiso’s “Hakkaisan!!” concert project, which was directed by me and produced by themselves in 2008. I especially want you listening carefully the final part; the car’s klaxon. It sounds like crying… It’s totally a coincidence, I didn’t sequence the sound.

+++++++ALBUM RELEASE+++++++
http://www.mixcloud.com/2kaiproductions/melting-pot-happiness-2011-09-11/
+++++++ALBUM RELEASE+++++++

Sep 19 '11
DJ .Kota - DJ .Kota - Breathe in the Air (Happiness)

I heard a bigger anti-nuclear parade is held in Tokyo today. In my opinion, that’s a great thing to do. Here’s a song I included on my newest mix-album “HAPPINESS” and it’s about my thought toward nuclear and air-pollution issues. Hope you enjoy the song. - Kota. 

++++++++++++++CREDIT++++++++++++++
Produced by DJ .Kota
Composed, Arranged, Mixed & Recorded by Kota Suzuki
Kota Suzuki (Acoustic Piano, Vocals, Synthesizers, Percussion, Sound Programming, Electronics)
bD (Acoustic Guitars, Sound Programming, Mix Assistance)


Recorded under “DJ .Kota (DOT KOTA)” credit, this track originally recorded in May 2010, and intended for “Beware of Needles” project. But it wasn’t release properly n’ broadly, because I had many other stock pieces for the DJ project then. “Istana Musik” and “Through My Window” were recorded in the same period. During that period, I was very interested in “wind” and “air” … Those things with some related topics and phenomena made me considering my life in technopolis, Tokyo. So I really wish to build a 10min YouTube video with all my original track, on that kind of topics. But finally it wasn’t created. That’s why, I kept this track for this project since then.
Title is from the famous Pink Floyd tune. Never used any audio samples, just used acoustic piano n’ guitar to produce the neo-acoustic atmosphere. Some audio tracks were rejected and newly recorded for this version. I never predicted the huge earthquake with nuclear power-plant tragedy when I composed this tune in 2010, but now I do think this tune should be treated as my statement toward the topics.

+++++++ALBUM RELEASE+++++++
http://www.mixcloud.com/2kaiproductions/melting-pot-happiness-2011-09-11/
+++++++ALBUM RELEASE+++++++

Sep 13 '11

Music by Lobotomy a.k.a. Tomoya Takano, and movie by Yuu Hiyama and Makoto Shinada. and those are remixed by me. This was for Lobotomy’s mix. (http://mixcrate.com/mix/50953/LOBOTOMY-IN-MIX) - Kota.