Illuha ‎– Akari

12k ‎– 12K1080
CD, Album, Limited Edition

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1 Diagrams Of The Physical Interpretation Of Resonance 17:12
2 Vertical Staves Of Line Drawings And Pointillism 12:11
3 The Relationship Of Gravity To The Persistence Of Sound 12:45
4 Structures Based On The Plasticity Of Sphere Surface Tension
Bass Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone – Tyler Wilcox
5 Requiem For Relative Hyperbolas Of Amplified And Decaying Waveforms 8:56

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Created April, 2012 - November, 2013

Instruments : Analog Electronics And Treatments, Minimoog, Memory Moog, Prophet '08, Pro-One, Six-Trak, Nord Lead, DX-7, Blofeld, OP-1, Grand Piano, Rhodes, Pianet, Wurlitzer, Prepared and Hammered Piano, Pump Organ, Acoustic and Electric Guitars, Upright Bass, Vibraphone, Drums and Percussions, Field Recordings, Found Objects, Cassette Tapes, Reel to Reel Tapes

Special Thanks to: our families and friends, zAk, Yumiko, st-robo, Komatsu Sound Laboratory, Tyler, and Taylor

Comes in a 6-panel digisleeve. Limited to 1000 copies. Pre-ordered copies come with a free 6-card postcard set, featuring further paintings by Samuel Estlin Fuller, who painted the cover for Akari.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 881626970126
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI J105
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LN09
  • Matrix / Runout: 12K1080 WWW.BELLWETHERMFG.COM


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November 13, 2015
edited over 2 years ago

Was I in a so different mood from my habbits to like so much this release? I don't know why, pictures from a fantastical nowdays-Andrei-Tarkowsky cinematographer came to my mind while listening this record. I usually don't pay much attention to that kind of nostalgic ambient, but to night I kept focussed on it. Will it pass the dreaded "second listening test"?


July 24, 2014
Akari is the new album from the Tokyo based duo of Corey Fuller and Tomoyoshi Date, known as Illuha, on the 12k label. While this is the third Illuha record, it is the first in which the duo worked in studio recording and mixing together (Shizuku (2011) was recorded in the US and completed separately by the artists and Interstices (2013) captured the duo creating their music together live during a Japanese tour). Akari is the Japanese word for light and it proves to be an apt title as there is a bright, organic luminescence that imbues each piece.

Antoine de Saint Exupéry is quoted as saying, “a designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away”. This premise can also be applied to music, especially the ambient genre, and Akari might just be the perfect embodiment of it. Every track strikes an ideal balance between sparseness and elegance with nothing lacking and not a single sound proving inessential. This gives the album an internal harmony and fluidity that proves more and more satisfying each time it is heard.

“The beautiful st-robo studio in Tokyo put a collection of amazing equipment at their fingertips, from vintage mics and outboard gear to a vast collection of instruments, both acoustic and electronic. Their writing sessions were numerous and long with details meticulously obsessed over for nearly a year. The result is the most bewildering music Illuha have created to date. An album swimming with the most delicately tactile sounds and instrumentation that draws the listener in with hushed, motionless attention.”

The opening track, ‘Diagrams Of The Physical Interpretation Of Resonance’ feels like a long and delightful awakening from slumber with the bell tones of guitar harmonics, plucked strings, and delicate piano weaving a gauzy web of sound among sizzling and crackling electronics. ‘Vertical Staves Of Line Drawings And Pointillism’ is a slightly more tense affair with mildly unsettling flat notes ringing out over somber and heavy bass drones. This tension is beautifully released by the next two tracks which together comprise over 20 minutes of truly sublime listening. In ‘The Relationship Of Gravity To The Persistence Of Sound’, sparse natural sounds create a mood of serenity as a tide of lush analog synthesizers washes in slowly with ever-increasing power. This is followed by the shimmering ‘Structures Based On The Plasticity Of Sphere Surface Tension’ which utilizes the sounds of water and delicate instrumentation to create a sense of tranquility.

Finally, Akari closes with ‘Requiem For Relative Hyperbolas Of Amplified And Decaying Waveforms’ in which minimal and hushed tones dissolve into a swirling pool of distortion, thus ending the album with a powerful flourish. Patiently constructed and exquisitely rendered, Akari is one of the most captivating and beautiful releases you are likely to hear this or any other year. I cannot recommend it highly enough. The album is available both on CD and as a digital download along with a 6 postcard set of paintings by Corey Fuller’s son, Samuel Estlin Fuller who also did the lovely cover art. See the link below for the various package options and prices.