Makunouchi Bento

Felix Petrescu & Valentin Toma

Also known as MaBento, Makunuoky Bento
Members of Makunouchi Bento: Felix Petrescu, Valentin Toma
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.facebook.com/makunouchibento, http://makunouchibento.inpuj.net, http://makunouchibento.bandcamp.com, http://www.twitter.com/bentomakunouchi, http://www.youtube.com/bentomakunouchi, http://www.myspace.com/makunouchibento, http://www.localrec.ro?category_name=makunouchi-bento

Discography of Makunouchi Bento:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Himette 13 Audio 2003-02-01 Retinascan
2 Miopedi: Errata 4 Audio 2004-02-28 One
3 Miopedi 5 Audio 2003-08-02 Kikapu Net.Label
4 Mipoetri (Triedan Mix) 3 Audio 2003 Ogredung
5 Bouche Du Metro 3 Audio 2002-12-09 Miasmah
6 Vitoru 5 Audio 2004-09-01 One
7 Inca Nu Te Iubesc 3 Audio 2004-12-15 Camomille Music
8 Trcutu 11 Audio 2005-07-04 One
9 Lament Of The Fishing Robot 3 Audio 2005-11-21 Camomille Music
10 Balada Unui Creier Mic 4 Audio 2005-03-23 aRhiva7
11 Flika 3 Audio 2006-08-05 TMBase
12 Avebell 4 Audio 2007-09-28 aRhiva7
13 Live At TM04Base (Timisoara) 4 Audio 2004 Ogredung
14 Swimé 8 Audio 2010-08-08 Eerik Inpuj Sound
15 Swimé 8 Audio 2010-08-08 Eerik Inpuj Sound
16 Swimé 8 Audio 2010-08-08 Eerik Inpuj Sound
17 Swimé 8 Audio 2010-08-08 Eerik Inpuj Sound
18 Swimé 8 Audio 2010-08-08 Eerik Inpuj Sound
19 Himette EP 4 Audio 2001-04-09 Eerik Inpuj Sound
20 Millano Brothers IV 3 Audio 2008-03-25 TMBase
21 Return To Avebell 6 Audio 2009-12-17 aRhiva7
22 Rinbo 4 Audio 2012-03-15 Camomille Music
23 Himette 1.0 13 Audio 2001-03-18 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
24 Himette 13 Audio 2011-12-24 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
25 Trcutu 11 Audio 2012-08-29 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
26 Trcutu 11 Audio 2012-08-29 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
27 Trcutu 11 Audio 2012-08-29 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
28 Trcutu 11 Audio 2012-08-29 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
29 Trcutu 11 Audio 2012-08-29 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
30 Trcutu 11 Audio 2012-08-29 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
31 Himette 13 Audio 2011-12-24 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
32 Himette 13 Audio 2011-12-24 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
33 Himette 13 Audio 2011-12-24 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
34 Himette 13 Audio 2011-12-24 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
35 Himette 13 Audio 2011-12-24 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
36 Swimé 8 Audio 2010-08-08 Eerik Inpuj Sound
37 Scame 3 Audio 2012-09-18 Eerik Inpuj Sound
38 Red Slippers Room 4 Audio 2013-01-25 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
39 The Guardians Of Rare Pieces: Singles And Collaborations 11 Audio 2013-04-08 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
40 The Guardians Of Rare Pieces: Compilation Tracks 15 Audio 2013-04-02 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
41 Remix Box Ni 4 Audio 2012-08-20 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
42 Remix Box Ichi 4 Audio 2012-07-07 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
43 Rinbo (Remixed) 6 Audio 2012-03-06 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
44 Himette EP 5 Audio Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
45 Bouche Du Metro 3 Audio 2013-06-00 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
46 Lament Of The Fishing Robot 3 Audio 2013-07-00 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)
47 Balada Unui Creier Mic 4 Audio 2013 Not On Label (Makunouchi Bento Self-released)


The Makunouchi Bento, or traditional japanese lunchbox, is a highly lacquered wooden box divided into quadrants, each of which contains different delicacies. It is also one of the most familiar images of Japan's domestic environment. Reading the box as both an object and a metaphor, Felix Petrescu (Waka X) and Valentin Toma (Qewza) founded this experimental / electronica project back in 2001.

Founding members of the [l72448] organization (known for probably the biggest alternative electronic music festival in Romania) and some of the first producers to approach the IDM sound in this country, Felix and Valentin have tried since they can remember to promote their music for free all over the Internet. With the first album, [r=228015], as a demo (available in 2001 as a gift CD-R and free download on their Besonic profile), and Waka X (with his dance-oriented project Urban Experience) already deeply involved in the demoscene and online music groups, Makunouchi Bento’s music got to be released by prestigious netlabels straight away. During the following years, numerous EPs and singles came out on netlabels such as [l=Eerik Inpuj Sound], [l=Miasmah], [l=Ogredung], [l=Metempsychosis], [l=Enough Records], [l=One], [l=Camomille Music], [l=Kikapu Net.Label], [l=Digitalbiotope], [l=Petite&Jolie] and Romania's own [l=aRhiva7]. Their songs were also featured on compilations published by labels like [l=Miasmah] Records, [l=Databloem], [l=Apegenine], [l=No Sides], [l=Rackham Records], [l=Local Records (2)] or [l=Roton]. The second album, [r=483715], released in 2005, was a special project consisting of electronic reorchestrations of classical music. By this time, they have played live at most of the important experimental music events across Romania. Since 2005, Valentin and Felix have slowly slided towards a more cinematic, electro-acoustic, ambient sound, which led to a couple of short movies scoring ("6", "Poupée Mia", and Vali Chincișan's "Urban Tree", which has won the best Romanian animation award at Animest 2009 and was included in the Stash DVD), plus some live film and documentary rescoring ("Walt Disney's Tomorrowland: Man in Space", "The Call of Cthulhu", "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed"). Their third, and most complex album to date, [r=2537127], out on [l=Eerik Inpuj Sound] in 2010, has earned them more attention and reviews, even live performances abroad (Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Spain).

Collaoborations and remix work include artists such as [a=Ben Mono], [a=Autorotation] (FKA [a=Bleep (2)]), [a=ME Band, The], [a=Selfmademusic] (AKA Lemmy Caution), [a=Daniel Dorobanţu], [a=Sillyconductor], [a=Sabi], [a=Norzeatic] & [a=Khidja], [a=Silent Strike] and scene veterans [a=Tao (4)] (AKA [a=Julien Neto]), [a=Kaneel], [a=Nagz] and [a=Adapt (5)] (AKA [a=Rosu Bogdan]). Oh, and beware of the Jebel Chamber Orchestra: an odd, highly disturbing one-EP collabo with John Fisher (AKA [a=Ricemutt]), Patrick Sheng and Justin Lazarus.

2012 has meant a new EP called [r=3489060], sort of a follow-up to [r=2537127] and joined by a remix EP featuring musicians like [a=Selfmademusic], [a=Sloum], [a=Nagz], [a=Zgomot], DavidF, Melton and Anitone, plus a lot of remix work. Now they’ve found their rhythm again, Makunouchi Bento are embarking on a trip to album number 4, in search of higher tempos.


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