Category Archives: FRKWYS

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano “Anata”

A video by Spencer Doran

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano share “Anata,” the second offering from serenitatem, their upcoming collaborative album for the longstanding FRKWYS series. Recorded as a quartet in Tokyo at Sounduno Studios after Spencer Doran (one half of Visible cloaks, alongside Ryan Carlile) and Ojima spent months remotely exchanging sound sketches, serenitatem demonstrates a number of creative strategies. One of which, MIDI randomization, features prominently on “Anata.”

The process gave the quartet melodic lines that informed the composition and what Doran calls “randomized clouds,” or “tightly grouped notes that become smeared tonal clusters functioning more like chords in themselves.” Carlile would also feed Ojima and Shibano’s text into Wotja, a generative music software which produced a MIDI language around which the group expanded their compositions.

On “Anata, Shibano’s spoken word floats atop lulling swells of synthetic woodwinds and vocalizations. In Doran’s video, “Anata” is visualized over panoramic views of a hyper-pigmented lawn and sky.

March 28, 2019

Visible Cloaks, Yoshio Ojima & Satsuki Shibano – FRKWYS Vol. 15: serenitatem – 4/5/19

serenitatem, the fifteenth installment of RVNG’s intergenerational FRKWYS series, joins Visible Cloaks with Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano, trailblazers of the Japanese ambient music scene in the 1980s and 90s. While the music excels on an environmental level familiar in the collective’s individual works, serenitatem reaches unseen stratums — a pure synthesis of artistic vision, technological sophistication, futurist ambition, and, occasionally, ancient polyphony.

Watch the video for their first single, “Stratum,” below, and learn more at the shop

February 13, 2019

Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – “Mutable Signs” – Video by Dicky Bahto

“‘Mutable Signs’ is a duet of Julia Holter and me, fellow Sagittarians. A star lit at dusk.” – Tashi Wada

watch Dicky Bahto’s video for their duet below. Tashi, Julia, and Corey Fogel will perform Nue at Zebulon in Los Angeles with DJ support from Pete Swanson and Carlos Nino on Wednesday, October 17th. It’s a free t’ing.

October 16, 2018

Tashi Wada with Yoshi Wada and Friends – FRKWYS Vol. 14 – Nue – September 28, 2018

Nue furthers the familial and creative bond between Tashi Wada and his father, Fluxus artist Yoshi Wada, alongside a supporting ensemble including Julia Holter, Simone Forti, Cole MGN, and Corey Fogel for the fourteenth entry of our intergenerational FRKWYS series. Combining synthesis with a spectrum of acoustic instruments and non-equal tempered tuning techniques, Nue is a uniquely personal statement from Tashi Wada compelled by collaboration and the ensuing spaces shared and explored.

Hear the first bellow of Nue below – “Fanfare” brings the full ensemble of Nue together for a group invocation — all of the elements converge and intertwine, weaving in and out of the rush of harmony and cacophony.

Nue will be available in LP, CD and digital forms on September 28, 2018.

July 11, 2018

Robert Aiki Aubrey Lowe & Ariel Kalma at Bartram’s

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ariel kalma and robert aiki aubrey lowe perform in philadelphia tonight amongst the birds and stars – tonight at bartram’s – 6:30p

non human persons and dino lionetti warm the grass with plants and ambiance before ariel and rob bring we know each other somehow to this earth for the foreseeable future

Purchase FRKWYS12 at RVNG: http://smarturl.it/frkwys12-rvng
Purchase FRKWYS12 at Bandcamp: http://smarturl.it/frkwys12-bcamp

August 10, 2015