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Interviews

Japan

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Jan 1983

On studio, stage work, and future solo projects

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Ryuichi Sakamoto - News Of The World

Interview | Music Technology, Jul 1992

Ryuichi Sakamoto was a founder of the YMO before becoming one of David Sylvian's favoured partners. Now, fresh from a Japanese and a series of film scores he tells Tim Goodyer about his latest LP.

Worlds In A Small Room

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Oct 1985

A prolonged period of silence from two ex-Japan members may have lead same to believe they've said all they have to say. Dan Goldstein and Tim Goodyer discover this is not the case.

Seigen Ono - Japanese New Age Music

Interview | Sound On Sound, Nov 1986

At 28 Seigen Ono is one of Japan's leading producer/engineers whose recording credits include working for David Sylvian, Robert Fripp, Ryuichi Sakamoto and Lounge Lizards. He is also the creator of some of the highest quality instrumental music yet to be classified under the New Age music banner. Mark Prendergast discovers what he and his music are all about.

Seigen Ono - Silence Is Golden

Interview | Music Technology, Jan 1987

You almost certainly haven't heard of him, but this man is one of the most inventive composers, arrangers and producers in modern Japan. Tim Goodyer listens to what he has to say.

David Sylvian - Sylvian - Behind the Veil

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Sep 1986

It's two years since the former japan frontman made his solo debut, but a new double album showcases both Sylvian's unique songwriting and his interest in ambient, instrumental music. Exhaustive interview by Tim Goodyer.

Ryuichi Sakamoto

Interview | Sound On Sound, Sep 1990
Japanese Artist: World Musician

Despite the cult following for Yellow Magic Orchestra, collaborations with David Byrne on the Oscar-winning soundtrack to 'The Last Emperor', and a long-standing musical friendship with David Sylvian, the multi-faceted talents of Ryuichi Sakamoto are still not widely appreciated. Mark J. Prendergast attempts to rectify the situation...

Rain Tree Crow - Sons Of Pioneers

Interview | Music Technology, May 1991

They began the '80s as Japan, now they're starting over as Rain Tree Crow. Tim Goodyer catches synthesist Richard Barbieri and drummer Steve Jansen for a frank discussion of music and personalities ten years after Tin Drum.

Ryuichi Sakamoto - Stranger in a Strange World

Interview | Music Technology, Aug 1987

Japan's most respected technopop pioneer has recently finished an album that breaks new ground for him - it involves live musicians. He discusses his new LP and his other projects with Paul Tingen.

Mick Karn - Songs From Four Strings

Interview | Music Technology, Feb 1987

His idiosyncratic style of fretless bass playing inspired a generation, but now the ex-Japan man is playing sessions, writing his own music, and programming his own synths.

Dave Smith - The Prophet And The Rising Sun - Part 1

Interview Series | Music Technology, Nov 1990

Designer of the revolutionary Prophet 5, prime mover behind MIDI and now one of Korg's chief designers, Dave Smith's career is unique in hi-tech music. Simon Trask conducts the exclusive MT interview.

Café Society

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Jan 1986
Penguin Cafe Orchestra

Obscure orchestra leader, Simon Jeffes intrigues Paul Tingen with stories of self-discovery in Japan, and finding music in one note.

A Room Of My Own: Workshy

Interview | Sound On Sound, Feb 1993
Chrysta Jones & Mike McDermot

Rain Tree Crow

Interview | Sound On Sound, Jun 1991
The Ghost of Japan?

The members of Japan have come together once more, as Rain Tree Crow, after a 9-year hiatus. Nigel Humberstone talks to David Sylvian, Steve Jansen and Richard Barbieri about the biggest reunification since Germany.

David Sylvian - Master Craftsman

Interview | Sound On Sound, Mar 1987

Since the break-up of his group Japan in November 1982, David Sylvian has been slowly widening the base of his music to encompass both ethnic and avant-garde sounds. Mark Prendergast gathers the facts on the change of style.

Kitaro

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1982
Nature is of the Mind, and Music is of the Nature...

An insight into the music of one of Japan’s leading synthesists on record.

The Musician's Producer

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Feb 1986

In his first-ever interview with the British press, the ‘musician’s producer’ lets Paul Tingen in on a few of his most heavily-guarded studio secrets.

David Sylvian - Exorcising Ghosts

Interview | Music Technology, May 1991

The charismatic singer, composer and lyricist rejoins the former members of Japan for their first LP in ten years. Tim Goodyer talks technology, philosophy and improvisation with David Sylvian.

Stockhausen - Part 2

Interview Series | Sound International, Nov 1978

In an attempt to win tonight's star prize, the naugahyde lounge suite, Karlheinz answers more questions on his life and career.

Jon Lord

Interview | Music UK, May 1983

Whitesnake's Jon Lord talks gear & Technique with Gary Cooper

Gary Numan - The Odd Couple

Interview | Electronic Soundmaker, Mar 1985

The meeting of two diverse talents and minds; Gary Numan and Bill Sharpe of Shakatak. We discover what they've been getting up to and where it will lead.

Geoff Downes - The Collector

Interview | Music Technology, Jul 1987

There can be few musicians who've amassed such a huge collection of synthesisers as the ex-Buggles keyboardist. Paul Wiffen talks to him about his machines, and finds he still finds a use for most of them.

Bill Nelson

Interview | Electronics & Music Maker, Aug 1983

An in-depth interview with this multitalented musician/composer/producer who reveals the techniques used on his new LP and explains how to use the E-bow to best advantage

Kitaro

Interview | Sound On Sound, May 1989

He's big in Japan, massive in America, and beginning to conquer Europe with his own brand of ethereal synthesized 'mood music'. Mark Jenkins talks to the phenomenon that is Kitaro.

Steps Ahead - Stepping Out

Interview | Music Technology, Jan 1987

What do you get when you cross brilliant musicianship, technological wizardry and one of the brightest line-ups in modern jazz? Answer: Steps Ahead. Interview by Liz Rose and Leslie Fradkin.

 

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