Otomo Yoshihide

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大友良英
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Otomo Yoshihide (born August 1, 1959 in Yokohama, Japan) is a Japanese experimental musician, turntablist and guitarist. He played in rock bands while at college, but turned to improvisation after discovering free jazz and free improvisation musicians like the guitarist Derek Bailey, the saxophonist Kaoru Abe and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi (from whom he had lessons). Otomo studied at Tokyo University from 1979 where he took a course on ethnomusicology in which he concentrated on Japanese pop music during World War II and the development of musical instruments during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (samples of instruments and music from this period are found in several of his records). From 1981 Otomo played free improvisation in clubs, performing on guitar and also using tapes and electronics. Otomo began to release records from the end of the 1980s. He has been very prolific, working in a variety of styles and collaborating with a wide range of musicians. For much of the 1990s his main project was Ground Zero, a large group founded in 1990 with an ever-changing lineup. They played music in a variety of styles, perhaps best summed up as noise rock with an experimental edge. Ground Zero was disbanded in 1998. Towards the end of that group's life, Otomo formed Filament with Sachiko M, an outfit which concentrated on music made from sine waves, clicks and hums, and ISO (Otomo Yoshihide, Sachiko M and Yoshimitsu Ichiraku), which played purely electronic improvisations. He also continued to play with other musicians on a variety of projects. At the end of the 1990s he founded Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Ensemble, a group that played more traditional jazz (albeit with added sine waves from Sachiko M and noisy passages). In Japan, a more consistent lineup of the group, used the name Otomo Yoshihide's New Jazz Quintet, for several releases. Records released under his own name include Cathode (1999), Anode (2001). Otomo has also released duo albums with early experimental turntablist Christian Marclay ("Moving Parts", 2000) or Nobukazu Takemura ("Turntables + Computers", 2003). Among the other musicians Otomo has worked with are Jon Rose, Yamatsuka Eye of The Boredoms (with Eye as MC Hellshit and Otomo Yoshihide as DJ Carhouse), Butch Morris, Voice Crack and poire_z.
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R-001 Silanganan Ingay — Otomo Yoshihide Junji Hirose + Yoshihide Otomo* Junji Hirose + Yoshihide Otomo* - Silanganan Ingay(LP) Tanga-Tanga R-001 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
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VOJ 0979 Visions Of Japan / Sounds Of Tokyo — Otomo Yoshihide Yuji Katsui, Hiroshi Higo*, Yoshihide Otomo* Yuji Katsui, Hiroshi Higo*, Yoshihide Otomo* - Visions Of Japan / Sounds Of Tokyo(CD, MiniAlbum) Our Touch Records VOJ 0979 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
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SFCD:003 We Insist? — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide We Insist? Sound Factory SFCD:003 Hong Kong 1992 Sell This Version
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XCD 024 The Night Before The Death Of The Sampling Virus — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide The Night Before The Death Of The Sampling Virus(CD, Album) Extreme XCD 024 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
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TR-P 903 Lithuania And Estonia Live — Otomo Yoshihide Altered States (5) featuring Otomo Yoshihide Altered States (5) featuring Otomo Yoshihide - Lithuania And Estonia Live(CD) Trigram TR-P 903 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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P…0010 Early Works I '81~'85 — Otomo Yoshihide 大友良英* Early Works I '81~'85(Cass) Maboroshi No Sekai P…0010 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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VICTO CD 029 All At Once At Any Time — Otomo Yoshihide David Moss / John King (6) / Otomo Yoshihide David Moss / John King (6) / Otomo Yoshihide - All At Once At Any Time(CD, Album) Les Disques Victo VICTO CD 029 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
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TR-P908 Monogatari: Amino Argot — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide / Carl Stone Otomo Yoshihide / Carl Stone - Monogatari: Amino Argot(CD, Album) Trigram TR-P908 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
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FSF-005 Solo Live In Kyoto 1992 — Otomo Yoshihide 大友良英* Solo Live In Kyoto 1992 (Album) F.M.N. Sound Factory FSF-005 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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ReR p53 p53 — Otomo Yoshihide p53 : Chris Cutler, Lutz Glandien, Marie Goyette, Zygmunt Krauze, Otomo Yoshihide p53 : Chris Cutler, Lutz Glandien, Marie Goyette, Zygmunt Krauze, Otomo Yoshihide - p53(CD, Album) ReR Megacorp ReR p53 USA & Europe 1995 Sell This Version
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STK003 Summer Snow — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide Summer Snow(CD) Sound Factory STK003 Hong Kong 1995 Sell This Version
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CMDD-00017 Tatakiuri — Otomo Yoshihide Jon Rose - Otomo Yoshihide Jon Rose - Otomo Yoshihide - Tatakiuri(CD, Album) Sank-Ohso Discs, Creativeman Disc. CMDD-00017 Japan 1995 Sell This Version
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STK005 虎度門 電影原聲帶 = Hu-Du-Men Original Motion Picture Soundtrack — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide 虎度門 電影原聲帶 = Hu-Du-Men Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (Album) BMG Taiwan STK005 Hong Kong 1996 Sell This Version
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ESPD 6001 Ututu: Doppo Jukyo-ato No Ho E — Otomo Yoshihide Kiwao Nomura - Keiki Midorikawa - Yoshihide Otomo* Kiwao Nomura - Keiki Midorikawa - Yoshihide Otomo* - Ututu: Doppo Jukyo-ato No Ho E(CD, Album) Atelier El Sur ESPD 6001 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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CMDD-00030 Twins! — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide / Bob Ostertag Otomo Yoshihide / Bob Ostertag - Twins!(CD, Album) Sank-Ohso Discs, Creativeman Disc. CMDD-00030 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
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GG021LP Sound Factory (1997) — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide Sound Factory (1997) (Album) Gentle Giant Records GG021LP US 1997 Sell This Version
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CMDD-00034 My Dear Mummy: Miira Ni Narumade — Otomo Yoshihide Shimada Masahiko* / Otomo Yoshihide Shimada Masahiko* / Otomo Yoshihide - My Dear Mummy: Miira Ni Narumade (Album) Creativeman Disc. CMDD-00034 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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ReR JR4 ://shopping.live@victo. — Otomo Yoshihide Jon Rose, Lauren Newton, Joëlle Léandre, Otomo Yoshihide, Chris Cutler, Lee Pui Ming Jon Rose, Lauren Newton, Joëlle Léandre, Otomo Yoshihide, Chris Cutler, Lee Pui Ming - ://[email protected](CD, Album) ReR Megacorp ReR JR4 UK 1997 Sell This Version
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AMO-VDAT-01 Melted Memory - Otomo's Solo Works Memory Disordery Vol. 4 — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide Melted Memory - Otomo's Solo Works Memory Disordery Vol. 4(DAT, Album) Valve (2), Amoebic AMO-VDAT-01 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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TOCT-9998 Kitchen = キッチン = 我愛厨房 — Otomo Yoshihide 大友良英*, 内橋和久* 大友良英*, 内橋和久* - Kitchen = キッチン = 我愛厨房(CD, Album) Suite¡ Supuesto! TOCT-9998 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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NAIM 01CD Vinyl Tranquilizer — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide Vinyl Tranquilizer(CD) Noise Asia NAIM 01CD Hong Kong 1997 Sell This Version
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JO97-33/35, FMAE-02/3 摩滅する記憶 = Memory Defacement — Otomo Yoshihide 大友良英* = Otomo Yoshihide 大友良英* = Otomo Yoshihide - 摩滅する記憶 = Memory Defacement(LP, Album, Ltd + LP, S/Sided, Ltd, Cle) Japan Overseas, F.M.N. Sound Factory JO97-33/35, FMAE-02/3 Japan 1997 Sell This Version
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XCD 045 Filament 1 — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide & Sachiko M Otomo Yoshihide & Sachiko M - Filament 1(CD, Album) Extreme XCD 045 Australia 1998 Sell This Version
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TZ 7051 Cathode — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide Cathode (Album) Tzadik TZ 7051 US 1999 Sell This Version
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PCD-5804 Plays The Music Of Takeo Yamashita = 山下毅雄を斬る — Otomo Yoshihide Otomo Yoshihide Plays The Music Of Takeo Yamashita = 山下毅雄を斬る (Album) P-Vine Records PCD-5804 Japan 1999 Sell This Version