Ebi ‎– Zen

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Space Teddy ‎– ST 007
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Tracklist

1 禅 Zen 8:40
2 浮 Fu 5:23
3 浴 Yoku 6:19
4 聖 Sei 3:38
5 排 Hai 4:56
6 宙 Chuu 8:48
7 界 Kai 5:57
8 創 Sou 6:15
9 飛 Hi 7:37
10 快 Kai 8:54
11 三 San 7:58

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Credits

Notes

Cover: Prüfer / Amann und Partner

Thanks to Toby, Dr. Motte and the Tokyo-Posse.

℗ + © Space Teddy 1994

The printed durations for track 5 (5:52) and track 9 (7:54) do not match the durations as they actually run.
Other listed durations differ for approximately 5 seconds from the actual durations.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Printed): 0 7185751 175723
  • Barcode (Abridged): 07185751175723
  • Matrix / Runout: BOD EFA 11757-2
  • Matrix / Runout: [Variation 1] BOD EFA 11757
  • Label Code: LC 8620
  • Rights Society: GEMA

Other Versions (2 of 2) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
ST 007 Ebi Zen(LP, Gre + LP, Red + Album) Space Teddy ST 007 Germany 1994 Sell This Version
ST 007 Ebi Zen(2xLP, Album) Space Teddy ST 007 Germany 1994 Sell This Version

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pozz

pozz

February 15, 2016
edited about 1 year ago

The sixth track, "Chuu", sounds very much in line with Biosphere's early techno productions. Japanese arctic techno? haha
yasmineixe

yasmineixe

June 26, 2015
la crème de la crème feng shui....
sunnyb

sunnyb

January 26, 2015
edited about 1 year ago
So simple and beautiful, one of my favorite records .
etdj

etdj

December 3, 2012
The purity of the sounds and the simplicity of the sequencing is what make this record so utterly beguiling. I could say no more than that and the review would be as complete as it needs be, however, i will go further. This album (and the accompanying HI e.p.) had a timeless quality which was immediately obvious in '94 and has certainly stood the test of time some 18 years later.
The sound is uncluttered - not sparse, just not filled by unnecessary noise. Every track is x0x based, predominantly 303 and 606; and there's some unmistakable 727 for good measure. It's as if the distractions of other instruments and technologies have been removed and it benefits massively from it. If one were to make music and deliberately limit what could be used as a source - 'this one will be just 2 drum machines, 2 synths, 1 effect and an analogue sequencer' - this is the sound you might end up with. Of course that doesn't give any credit to Susumu for the blissful emotions that are conjured up by these tracks, the musicality or the immense talent it takes to achieve so much with so little.
I can imagine the tunes going down a storm in any venue be it the Mixmaster Morris' Oscillate ambient nights in the '90s, The Orbit's main room, your front room or a big club night now. Nor would they sound out of place as output from the BBC Stereophonic workshop in it's heyday.
With the benefit hindsight i feel safe saying that it is a high-point in the production of techno; that's techno in it's older guise when it encompassed all the many sub-genres that have stemmed from it - ambient, minimalism, acid house, trance, loop-based, tribalism, etc, etc. These genres all existed before but were pretty much undefined. As such this could be regarded as a point of convergence and divergence - i can't think of another release that encapsulates so many genres so well, not across the breadth of the album but in each individual track on it.
I couldn't recommend this release highly enough, you should seek it out and i'm sure you'll find it outshines many of its contemporaries and those that have come after.
It would be seminal if it were more widely known.