January 14 2007
everything's in now… here are some pics. now to get writing the 20(ish) minute cd for my upcoming australian tour. cd is tentatively titled "photography" and will be out on Room 40 around april.


January 12 2007
just a quick note on some cd stock news:
richard chartier "series" (LINE001) just sold out. no more copies of that left.
ghislain poirier "il n'y a pas de sud…" (12k1016) has only 7 copies left. that's the end of an era… the last 12k cd still available that was produced in slimline jewelcases before we moved over to digipack.
also, recently i received a return from a distributor that contains very few copies of some out of print material..! like "EADGBE" and mark fell's "ten types of elsewhere"… still trying to figure out how to sell these. they might go on ebay.


January 11 2007
first post in january… wow… been busy.. less posts here means more stuff in the 12k pipeline.
bought a new pair of studio monitors the other day: Adam A7.. really nice. a bit of a studio re-arranging is in order. been at it all day, rewiring everything. pictures to come soon!
2 new 12k cds in the works. Moskitoo "Drape"… info online soon… and the long-awaited, much-asked-for re-issue of one of 12k's classics.
i promise to write more soon!


January 01 2007
i want to wish you all a happy, peaceful, productive, and creative 2007 and to sincerely thank you all for listening and supporting 12k and our artists for the past 10 years.
happy new year!


December 24 2006
maybe a bit melancholy… but, wow, what a song:
merry xmas.


December 23 2006
sorry for the lengthy delay in posting. must be the christmas season. shopping, working, and, fortunately.. writing music and getting new stuff ready for release.
looks like it will be early february… but, the next 12k release is MOSKITOO "DRAPE"… at the new year i'll make a big announcement and release some info on Moskitoo. i just want to wait for the new year….
there will be a "cd single" for moskitoo released mostly as a promotional item, but some will be for sale. it features remixes from myself, frank bretschneider, and mark fell. should be ready for february as well.
following Moskitoo we'll see a full length release from Jodi Cave (featured on BLUEPRINTS)… it's turning out to be an amazing release. jodi's music, to me, is sort of "definitive 12k".. he fits right in and does what he does SO well.
in the next days it's christmas and i work to finish my own Moskitoo remix… just a week away from 12k's official 10-year anniversary.
oh, and a great new release you should all check out:
and some amazing software that i finally gave time to and ended up purchasing: Way Out Ware's ARP2600 soft synth… timeWarp 2600. the most analog sounding and behaving software i've ever heard. i always wanted an Arp2600.. apparently this is frighteningly close to the real thing. i love it…


December 08 2006
this january marks 12k's 10-year anniversary and the first releases of the year are going to mark both a continuation of 12k's signature sound as well as something a bit new. the first 2 releases are going to be cds by Moskitoo and Jodi Cave (featured on Blueprints).
Moskitoo is Sanae Yamasaki from Sapporo, Japan. her music falls halfway between the sound of Happy and 12k… in a lengthy decision, i have decided to release it on 12k which opens up a lot of new possibilities for the label. Moskitoo's music is at times quirky, experimental, and pop. vocals, beats.. and opens up new avenues for the continous evolution of 12k.
in addition to the cd (titled "Drape") we will be releasing a limited edition cd-single with 3 remixes of songs from the album. remixers so far include myself, frank bretschneider, and one other (still confirming).
the other new release for the start of the year is from the UK's Jodi Cave. Jodi is featured on the Blueprints compilation and does, what i consider, the signature "12k sound" with absolute perfection and stunning detail. his cd (as yet untitled) is so expertly crafted with acoustic instruments and electronics.
these 2 new releases define 12k after 10 years… a continued passion for minimalist, digital music and a dedication to constantly shift the sound and explore new territories.


November 23 2006
friend and artist, Trico! who performed with us at the Ryoudenji Temple in tokyo last month has posted a set of images from the day. some cool images. most of them are of Trico! playing (i believe the photographer came with her for this purpose)..
i need to get my photos up as well…


November 17 2006
early next year i'll be making available the images from the "Northern" postcard set as photographs printed with archival pigment inks on high quality art paper.
exact sizes and specs and price will be announced closer to release date, but each image will be printed in signed editions of 12 and available individually or as a set of 6.


November 17 2006
japan tour recap: kyoto: october 28, saturday.
having spent the only free day of our tour in hiroshima the day before we awoke and sped back to kyoto on the shinkansen. on the train i set up effects and processes for that night's kyoto show as it was to be the debut live performance of my duo with tetsuro yasunaga. we had practiced a couple of days before in his tokyo flat but i had some refining of my live processes to do.
it was great to arrive in kyoto but sadly did not have time to visit my favorite parts of the city or see any temples as we did last year. this time it was straight from kyoto station to the gig, which was in a fabuous building full of design shops and galleries. we performed in a sparse white room, called Shin-bi. myself and tetsuro, richard, sora, and my good friend Ken'ichi Itoi with his Attic Plan duo (more ambient than his solo material).
richard and i were VERY tired, and richard was starting to get sick. just run down, however, all of the performances were EXCELLENT and tetsuro and i, while nervous about doing our very first duo performance, were quite pleased with the results. we managed to record the show, but a glitch in the recording only allowed us to capture about 20 minutes of it (i think).
when we perform live together tetsuro plays small acoustic instruments… melodica, bells, guitar, glocks, shutri box… while we feed outputs to the room as well as to my computer for processing. the sound was gentle and peaceful.
it was another late night but we still managed to go out to dinner, learn about "nominication" and hang out and be silly and eat some great food. it was great, as always, to see mari-chan, and thank you to her for helping selling the cds at the show.
next time, mari + itoi, i will be in kyoto for longer…
to sleep again at 3am and up early for another 3 hour train ride back to tokyo…