BusRatch

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BusRatch was a Japanese experimental turntablist group, formed in 1998 around Parallax Records (2) store in Kyoto. Originally it was a quartet performing on eight turntables (similar to a German collective Institut Für Feinmotorik). Using prepared records, cymbals, metal sheets, stones, mousepads and other non-musical objects and materials, as well as customized tone arms and cartridges, BusRatch had been creating improvised music ranging from abstract soundscapes to extreme noise. Live sessions and improvisations were often further processed and edited for releases.

In 2000, BusRatch released their self-titled debut CD-R album via a newly established PARA disc label. The ensemble soon downsized to a trio of Mo:ri-Yamamoto-Kawai – this line-up can be heard on live CD-R recorded with Olivia Block and Seth Nehil, and limited edition Giraffe on Brent Gutzeit's BOXmedia. They regularly played live at their 'home base' Cafe Independants (where Parallax store was initially located), as well as Club Metro, Bears and other venues in Kyoto, and participated in concert series and festivals across Japan. In 2001, BusRatch also performed overseas in Chicago – one of the highlights of their American tour include a concert with avant-turntablism legend Christian Marclay and Toshio Kajiwara at Museum Of Contemporary Art Chicago. Since 2002, BusRatch had been operating as a duo of Katsura Mori and Takahiro Yamamoto.

Throughout their career, BusRatch had performed with Keiji Haino, Mitsuru Nasuno, Tatsuya Yoshida, Tetuzi Akiyama, Utah Kawasaki, Computer Soup, Ami Yoshida & Sachiko M duo Cosmos (2), Culpis, Uchihashi Kazuhisa, Takumi Toki, Tetsuro Yasunaga from Minamo, Akira Toyonaga, Curtain Of Cards, Martin Tétreault & Diane Labrosse, DJ Olive, Thomas Ankersmit, Bruno Meillier and many others. They often performed as a support act with European and American experimental musicians touring in Japan, such as Town And Country and TV Pow, Jim O'Rourke with Mirror, Norbert Möslang, Günter Müller, Tim Barnes, Janek Schaefer, Paul Hood, Robert Hampson, O.blaat, Lightning Bolt, and Black Dice. BusRatch worked several times with Otomo Yoshihide, performing as BusTomo together, and released Time Magic City collaborative CD album in 2006.

In 2009, Mori and Yamamoto disbanded BusRatch and continued recording and performing solo. Their first and only album on vinyl, 時計日記 [Tokei Nikki], was released on RRRecords in Jan 2010, consisting of two long compositions and 99 locked grooves on the B-side.
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BusRatch Discography Tracks

Albums

PACD-002 BusRatch - BusRatch vs. Computer Soup album art BusRatch vs. Computer Soup BusRatch vs. Computer Soup - BusRatch vs. Computer Soup(CDr, Album) PARA disc PACD-002 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
PACD-001 BusRatch - BusRatch album art BusRatch BusRatch(CDr, Album) PARA disc PACD-001 Japan 2000 Sell This Version
BOXCDR301 BusRatch - Giraffe album art BusRatch Giraffe(CDr, Ltd) BOXmedia BOXCDR301 US 2002 Sell This Version
PACD-010 BusRatch - Memorium album art BusRatch Memorium(CD) PARA disc PACD-010 Japan 2002 Sell This Version
MN003 BusRatch - Split Series #01 album art Hijyokaidan*, BusRatch Hijyokaidan*, BusRatch - Split Series #01(CD, Album) Monotype MN003 Japan 2003 Sell This Version
CIL-006 BusRatch - Live At Cafe Independants Friday 23.January.2004 album art Keiji Haino, Mitsuru Nasuno, Tatsuya Yoshida + Bus Ratch* Keiji Haino, Mitsuru Nasuno, Tatsuya Yoshida + Bus Ratch* - Live At Cafe Independants Friday 23.January.2004(CD) Cafe Independants CIL-006 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
PACD-015 BusRatch - Time Magic City album art BusRatch & Otomo Yoshihide BusRatch & Otomo Yoshihide - Time Magic City(CD, Album) PARA disc PACD-015 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
RRR-999 BusRatch - 時計日記 [Tokei Nikki] album art BusRatch 時計日記 [Tokei Nikki](LP) RRRecords RRR-999 US 2010 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

PACD-007 BusRatch - Untitled album art Olivia Block, Seth Nehil & BusRatch Olivia Block, Seth Nehil & BusRatch - Untitled(CDr) PARA disc PACD-007 Japan 2001 Sell This Version