Makunouchi Bento

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The Makunouchi Bento, or traditional japanese lunchbox, is a highly lacquered wooden box divided into quadrants, each of which contains different delicacies. It is also one of the most familiar images of Japan's domestic environment. Reading the box as both an object and a metaphor, Felix Petrescu (Waka X) and Valentin Toma (Qewza) founded this experimental / electronica project back in 2001.

Founding members of the TMbase organization (known for probably the biggest alternative electronic music festival in Romania) and some of the first producers to approach the IDM sound in this country, Felix and Valentin have tried since they can remember to promote their music for free all over the Internet. With the first album, Himette, as a demo (available in 2001 as a gift CD-R and free download on their Besonic profile), and Waka X (with his dance-oriented project Urban Experience) already deeply involved in the demoscene and online music groups, Makunouchi Bento’s music got to be released by prestigious netlabels straight away. During the following years, numerous EPs and singles came out on netlabels such as Eerik Inpuj Sound, Miasmah, Ogredung, Metempsychosis, Enough Records, One, Camomille Music, Kikapu Net.Label, Digitalbiotope, Petite&Jolie and Romania's own aRhiva7. Their songs were also featured on compilations published by labels like Miasmah Records, Databloem, Apegenine, No Sides, Rackham Records, Local Records (2) or Roton. The second album, Trcutu, released in 2005, was a special project consisting of electronic reorchestrations of classical music. By this time, they have played live at most of the important experimental music events across Romania. Since 2005, Valentin and Felix have slowly slided towards a more cinematic, electro-acoustic, ambient sound, which led to a couple of short movies scoring ("6", "Poupée Mia", and Vali Chincișan's "Urban Tree", which has won the best Romanian animation award at Animest 2009 and was included in the Stash DVD), plus some live film and documentary rescoring ("Walt Disney's Tomorrowland: Man in Space", "The Call of Cthulhu", "Die Abenteuer des Prinzen Achmed"). Their third, and most complex album to date, Swimé, out on Eerik Inpuj Sound in 2010, has earned them more attention and reviews, even live performances abroad (Hungary, Germany, Slovakia, Spain).
Collaborations and remix work include artists such as Ben Mono, Autorotation (FKA Bleep (2)), The Me Band, Selfmademusic (AKA Lemmy Caution), Daniel Dorobanţu, Sillyconductor, Sabi, Norzeatic & Khidja, Silent Strike and scene veterans Tao (4) (AKA Julien Neto), Kaneel, Nagz and Adapt (5) (AKA Rosu Bogdan). Oh, and beware of the Jebel Chamber Orchestra: an odd, highly disturbing one-EP collabo with John Fisher (AKA Ricemutt), Patrick Sheng and Justin Lazarus.
2012 has meant a new EP called Rinbo, sort of a follow-up to Swimé and joined by a remix EP featuring musicians like Selfmademusic, Sloum, Nagz, Zgomot, DavidF, Melton and Anitone, plus a lot of remix work. Now they’ve found their rhythm again, Makunouchi Bento are embarking on a trip to album number 4, in search of higher tempos.
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Albums

none Makunouchi Bento - Himette album art Makunouchi Bento Himette (Album) Retinascan none Romania 2001 Sell This Version
od068 Makunouchi Bento - Live At TM04Base (Timișoara) album art Makunouchi Bento Live At TM04Base (Timișoara)(File, MP3, 192) Ogredung od068 Italy 2004
[one020] Makunouchi Bento - Trcutu album art Makunouchi Bento Trcutu (Album) One [one020] US 2005
INPUJ112 Makunouchi Bento - Swimé album art Makunouchi Bento Swimé (Album) Eerik Inpuj Sound INPUJ112 2010
CNM001 Makunouchi Bento - Ghostophonia album art Silent Strike & Makunouchi Bento Silent Strike & Makunouchi Bento - Ghostophonia(13xFile, FLAC, Album) Cinemaude CNM001 Romania 2020

Singles & EPs

none Makunouchi Bento feat. Tao (4) Makunouchi Bento feat. Tao (4) - Living in Movie Screens(File, MP3, Single, VBR) Metempsychosis none Australia 2001
inpuj035 Makunouchi Bento Computer Boy Machine(File, MP3, Single, 192) Eerik Inpuj Sound inpuj035 US 2001
Mia042 Makunouchi Bento - Bouche Du Metro album art Makunouchi Bento Bouche Du Metro (EP) Miasmah Music Mia042 UK 2002
kpu046 Makunouchi Bento - Miopedi album art Makunouchi Bento / Leenak Makunouchi Bento / Leenak - Miopedi (EP) Kikapu Net.Label kpu046 Canada 2003
[one04] Makunouchi Bento - Miopedi: Errata album art Makunouchi Bento / Leenak Makunouchi Bento / Leenak - Miopedi: Errata (EP) One [one04] US 2004
[one013] Makunouchi Bento - Vitoru album art Makunouchi Bento Vitoru (EP) One [one013] US 2004 Sell This Version
cam074 Makunouchi Bento - Încă Nu Te Iubesc album art Makunouchi Bento Încă Nu Te Iubesc(File, MP3, Single, 192) Camomille Music cam074 Canada 2004
cam088 Makunouchi Bento - Lament Of The Fishing Robot album art Makunouchi Bento Lament Of The Fishing Robot (EP) Camomille Music cam088 Canada 2005
arh008 Makunouchi Bento - Balada Unui Creier Mic album art Makunouchi Bento Balada Unui Creier Mic (EP) aRhiva7 arh008 Romania 2005
none Makunouchi Bento - Flika album art Makunouchi Bento / Selfmademusic / Bleep (2) Makunouchi Bento / Selfmademusic / Bleep (2) - Flika (EP) TMBase none Romania 2006
arh023 Makunouchi Bento - Avebell album art Makunouchi Bento Avebell (EP) aRhiva7 arh023 Romania 2007
none Makunouchi Bento - Millano Brothers IV album art Makunouchi Bento Millano Brothers IV (EP) TMBase none Romania 2008
arh031 Makunouchi Bento - Return To Avebell album art Makunouchi Bento Return To Avebell (EP) aRhiva7 arh031 Romania 2009
none Makunouchi Bento - Papiota Shift Dub album art Makunouchi Bento feat. Lemmy Caution (4) Makunouchi Bento feat. Lemmy Caution (4) - Papiota Shift Dub(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Lemmy Caution Self-released) none Romania 2011
none Makunouchi Bento - Alien Totem album art Lemmy Caution (4) feat. Makunouchi Bento Lemmy Caution (4) feat. Makunouchi Bento - Alien Totem(File, MP3, Single, 320) Not On Label (Lemmy Caution Self-released) none Romania 2011
cml015 Makunouchi Bento - Rinbo album art Makunouchi Bento Rinbo(4xFile, MP3, EP, 320) Camomille Music cml015 Canada 2012
EIS010 Makunouchi Bento - Scame album art Makunouchi Bento Scame(3xFile, FLAC, EP) Eerik Inpuj Sound EIS010 2012
cml015b Makunouchi Bento - Rinbo (Remixed) album art Makunouchi Bento Rinbo (Remixed)(6xFile, FLAC, EP) Camomille Music cml015b Romania 2012
none Makunouchi Bento - Himette EP album art Makunouchi Bento Himette EP (EP) Eerik Inpuj Sound none Romania 2013
TRT003 Makunouchi Bento - Avebell Blues album art Makunouchi Bento Avebell Blues(File, FLAC, Single) Trembl TRT003 Canada 2013