Otomo Yoshihide

大友良英

Also known as DJ 音藻, Ohtomo Yoshihide, Otomo, Otomo Yoshide, OY, Y. Otomo, Yoshihide, Yoshihide Otomo, 大友良英
This performer (group) in the Internet: http://www.japanimprov.com/yotomo/

Discography of Otomo Yoshihide:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Invisible Architecture #1 3 Audio 2002-02-28 Audiosphere
2 Bits, Bots And Signs 5 Audio 2000 Erstwhile Records
3 Miira Ni Naru Made/ My Dear Mummy - German Version 3 Audio 2002-10-00 Charhizma
4 Plays The Music Of Takeo Yamashita 17 Audio 1999-09-00 P-Vine Records
5 The Night Before The Death Of The Sampling Virus 77 Audio 1993 Extreme
6 Cathode 4 Audio 1999 Tzadik
7 Time Travel 7 Audio 2003-04-00 Erstwhile Records
8 Sound Factory (1997) 2 Audio 1997 Gentle Giant Records
9 Turntables And Computers 3 Audio 2003-11-06 Headz
10 Museum Of Towing & Recovery 8 Audio 1998 Hot Air
11 Anode 4 Audio 2001-06-00 Tzadik
12 Split 2 Audio 1999 Gentle Giant Records
13 Monogatari: Amino Argot 6 Audio 1994 Trigram
14 Moving Parts 11 Audio 2000 Asphodel
15 We Insist? 25 Audio 2003 Noise Asia
16 Compositions For Guitars Vol. 2 5 Audio 2004 A Bruit Secret
17 Vinyl Tranquilizer 60 Audio 1997 Sonic Factory
18 Soup 4 Audio 2003-12-00 P-Vine Records
19 Soup Live 7 Audio 2004-09-20 P-Vine Records
20 We Insist? 27 Audio 1992 Sound Factory
21 Blue 11 Audio 2002 Headz
22 Digital Tranquilizer Ver. 1.0 5 Audio 1999 F.M.N Sound Factory
23 Digital Tranquilizer Ver. 1.01 5 Audio 2004 F.M.N Sound Factory
24 Good Morning Good Night 4 Audio 2004 Erstwhile Records
25 Untitled 3 Audio 2005 Erstwhile Records
26 Untitled 12 Audio 2005 Erstwhile Records
27 Ensemble Cathode 3 Audio 2002 Improvised Music From Japan
28 Loose Community 5 Audio 2003 Improvised Music From Japan
29 Filament 2 (Secret Recordings 2) 5 Audio 1999-04-27 For 4 Ears
30 Filament 1 11 Audio 1998 Extreme
31 Summer Snow 18 Audio 1995 Sound Factory
32 Brackwater 2 Audio 2004 For 4 Ears
33 Guitar Solo: 12 October 2004 @ Shinjuku Pit Inn, Tokyo + 1 9 Audio 2005 Doubtmusic
34 Turntable Solo 3 Audio 2004 Alcohol
35 Music For Dance Art Hong Kong's Memory Disorder 25 Audio 2000 Sonic Factory
36 Re/cycling Rectangle 2 Audio 2000-05-00 Rectangle
37 Trace Cuts 4 Audio 2005 Musica Genera
38 Silanganan Ingay 15 Audio 1989 Tanga-Tanga
39 Thumb 3 Audio 2002-10-00 GROB
40 Four Focuses 7 Audio 1999-01-00 Amoebic
41 Problem 5 Audio 1988 Omba Records
42 Ajar 2 Audio 2002 Alcohol
43 Episome 5 Audio 2006-05-00 Tzadik
44 Without Kuryokhin 7 Audio 1999 Long Arms Records
45 All At Once At Any Time 13 Audio 1994 Les Disques Victo
46 Otomo + Mao 2 Audio 1995 F.M.N Sound Factory
47 Concert In St. Louis 2 Audio 2004-12-00 GROB
48 Early Recordings 3 Audio 2005 Not On Label
49 Warholes Or All Andy Would Enjoy (And Fear) / Warhol Memory Disorder 18 Audio 2003 HEyeRMEarS/DISCORBIE
50 Memory Defacement 3 Audio 1997


Otomo Yoshihide (born August 1, 1959 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese experimental musician, turntablist and guitarist. He played in rock bands while at college, but turned to improvisation after discovering free jazz and free improvisation musicians like the guitarist Derek Bailey, the saxophonist Kaoru Abe and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi (from whom he had lessons). Otomo studied at Tokyo University from 1979 where he took a course on ethnomusicology in which he concentrated on Japanese pop music during World War II and the development of musical instruments during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (samples of instruments and music from this period are found in several of his records). From 1981 Otomo played free improvisation in clubs, performing on guitar and also using tapes and electronics. Otomo began to release records from the end of the 1980s. He has been very prolific, working in a variety of styles and collaborating with a wide range of musicians. For much of the 1990s his main project was Ground Zero, a large group founded in 1990 with an ever-changing lineup. They played music in a variety of styles, perhaps best summed up as noise rock with an experimental edge. Ground Zero was disbanded in 1998. Towards the end of that group's life, Otomo formed Filament with Sachiko M, an outfit which concentrated on music made from sine waves, clicks and hums, and ISO (Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M and Yoshimitsu Ichiraku), which played purely electronic improvisations. He also continued to play with other musicians on a variety of projects. At the end of the 1990s he founded Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble, a group that played more traditional jazz (albeit with added sine waves from Sachiko M and noisy passages). In Japan, a more consistent lineup of the group, used the name Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet, for several releases. Records released under his own name include Cathode (1999), Anode (2001). Otomo has also released duo albums with early experimental turntablist Christian Marclay ("Moving Parts", 2000) or Nobukazu Takemura ("Turntables + Computers", 2003). Among the other musicians Otomo has worked with are Jon Rose, Yamatsuka Eye of The Boredoms (with Eye as MC Hellshit and Otomo Yoshihide as DJ Carhouse), Butch Morris, Voice Crack and poire_z.


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