都市計画(Urban Planing)

2020.05.20 Digital Release
2020.9.15 LP Release
PEJF-91030 NWM-004

01. Waterfront (UP-01)
02. Aquapolis (UP-02)
03. Third Sector (UP-03)
04. Hana To Midori To Hikari (UP-04)
05. Nijuuisseiki No Mori (UP-05)
06. Green Park(UP-06)
07. Social Welfare (UP-07)
08. Public Space (UP-08)
09. New Urban Center (UP-09)
10. Subcenter (UP-10)
11. Landscape (UP-11)
12. Zone (UP-12)
13. 116 (UP-13)
14. Public Open Space (UP-14)
15. Cosmodome (UP-15)
16. Infrastructure (UP-16)

The cutting-edge ambient music from Japan brought by up-and-coming producer and musician Okada Takuro and sound artist duenn. This sound is made to be the “air”, not your “story”.

“As ignorable as it is interesting” is how Brian Eno describes ambient music. Then how should this interesting yet may be ignored sound be part of our life in 2020? Now after works by Oh Shu & BIOMAN, Jim O’Rourke, Ana Da Silva & Phew, NEWHERE MUSIC is proud to present concept album “Urban Planning” from Okada Takuro + duenn.

After Moriwaikiteiru disbanded, Okada Takuro started his solo projects with the debut album “Nostalgia”. Apart from songwriting, Okada is also active as a producer and in film score. duenn has been working with labels from all over the world including Entr’acte (Belgium) and Past Inside The Present (US). His experimental unit 3RENSA with Merzbow and Nyantora has performed with legendary sound designer Matsuo Ohno (Astro Boy) and artist Shohei Tsuda. In recent years, duenn’s sound can be heard at galleries and exhibitions, including the latest collaboration with Shiho
Yoshida. It started from a sparkle in the discussion between Okada and duenn, “sound of the city” as a keyword. What should be the ambient music in our life, at our time? Through conversations, the two had made an important point, that is “complete an album with melodies by duenn and only duenn”, for so far, duenn has rarely
created melodies. The album has a precise concept, yet without much embellishment, probably because of the primitive melodies by duenn, being a freshman as a melody maker. For the listeners, the touch of simplicity may well remind them of the lullabies in their childhood. duenn and Okada also had clearly divided roles during the making, with duenn on melodies and Okada on editing and producing. It is also interesting that duenn chose to use GarageBand, a tool that accessible to all for his first melody- making, which eventually turns out to be inevitably.

Respect of ambient musicians and contemporary artists since the 80s, Yukio Fujimoto and Hiroshi Yoshimura to name a few, could be recognized from this album. This is also the unique feature thanks to the continued crossover activities of the duenn and Okada. However, the two did not stop at admiring the masterpiece, instead, they focused on the cities in 2020s. The tracks are concise and comprehensive of 1 or 2 minute-long echo with the artists of the subscription era. The artists spent two years on this creation. Imagine the commuter trains, cars, your room, local park for a walk. This is the sound of city to blend into every moment in urban life.

あなたの、<物語>ではなく、<空気>になるために作られた ” 都市の音楽 “。Okada Takuro(岡田拓郎)+

ブライアン・イーノはかつてアンビエント・ミュージックというものを”As ignorable as it is interesting”と言葉にした。そんな<興味深いが無視できる>音楽は、2020年にどのように生活に溶けていくのか?

Bart Baron、優河、柴田聡子、安藤裕子、James Blackshawなどのミュージシャンのライブ、レコーディングに参加。映画音楽の制作など、様々なアプローチでより軽やかに、しかしその色を濃くしながら活躍する音楽家”岡田拓郎”。ベルギーの実験音楽レーベルEntr’acte、アメリカのアンビエントレーベルPast Inside The Presentを始めとした国内外のレーベルから数多くの作品を発表。Merzbow、Nyantoraと共に活動するエクスペリメンタルユニット「3RENSA」では美術家・毛利悠子、グラフィックデザイナー・津田翔平や、TVアニメ「鉄腕アトム」の音楽の生みの親として知られる伝説的な音響デザイナー・大野松雄とのライブパフォーマンス。近年は多くの美術館、美術展への音楽提供や、パフォーマンスが続き、2020年も写真家・吉田志穂との恵比寿NaDiff での個展など、アート界にからもその名を轟かすサウンド・アーティスト”duenn”。これまで王舟&BIOMAN、Jim O’Rourke、Ana Da Silva & Phewの電子音楽作品を発表してきたNEWHERE MUSIC最新作は彼ら2人のコラボレーションによる『都市計画/ Urban Planning』と名付けられたコンセプト・アルバムとなった。