Real Name:
中嶋昭文 (Nakajima Akifumi)
Aube was the solo project of Akifumi Nakajima (January 13, 1959 in Kyoto, Japan – September 25, 2013), begun in 1991. Taking a minimalist approach for his recordings, Nakajima used simple source sounds which were fed into his system, then heavily processed into a vast dimensional landscape of sonic textures. Source sounds ranged from the organic sounds of gurgling water, to isolating elements of technology, such as the curious hum of luminous lamps. The result is a mixture of controlled manipulation and beautiful accident. In May 1992, Nakajima started G.R.O.S.S. - his own cassette label dedicated to releasing experimental music, and noise, in addition to his own recordings as Aube. He worked on recordings with artists from Japan, Europe and the United States in various different capacities and designed packaging for many other releases.


GR-001 Aube - Spindrift album art Aube Spindrift (Album) G.R.O.S.S. GR-001 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
GR-016 Aube - Flash-Point album art Aube Flash-Point (Album) G.R.O.S.S. GR-016 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
VANILLA-27, Vanilla Records-27 Aube - Flood-Gate album art Aube Flood-Gate (Album) Vanilla Records, Vanilla Records VANILLA-27, Vanilla Records-27 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GR-021 Aube - Submerged Tension Remix album art Aube Submerged Tension Remix (Album) G.R.O.S.S. GR-021 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GR-011 Aube - Luminous album art Aube Luminous G.R.O.S.S. GR-011 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GR-031 Aube - E-Power album art Aube E-Power G.R.O.S.S. GR-031 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
none Aube - Purification To Numbness album art Aube Purification To Numbness (Album) Pure (4) none US 1994 Sell This Version
GR-026 Aube - Frequency For Collapse album art Aube Frequency For Collapse (Album) G.R.O.S.S. GR-026 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
OEC 052 Aube - Emotional Oscillation album art Aube Emotional Oscillation(Cass, C46) Old Europa Cafe OEC 052 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
FP01 Aube - G-Radiation / The Transubstantiation Of The Shit Of Christ album art Aube / Smell + Quim* Aube / Smell + Quim* - G-Radiation / The Transubstantiation Of The Shit Of Christ(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) Fever Pitch Music FP01 US 1994 Sell This Version
SAD-02 Aube - Wired Trap album art Aube Wired Trap (Album) Self Abuse Records SAD-02 US 1995 Sell This Version
DFP 049 Aube - Entangle Spirant album art Aube Entangle Spirant(Cass, C46) Drahtfunk-Products DFP 049 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
B!003 Aube - Metalustration album art Aube Metalustration(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) BloodLust! B!003 US 1995 Sell This Version
CHOC-047 Aube - Squash album art Aube Squash(Cass, Ltd, Num, C46) Chocolate Monk CHOC-047 UK 1995 Sell This Version
TH-07 Aube - Pulse Resonator album art Aube Pulse Resonator(LP, Red + 7", Cle + Ltd, Num) Praxis Dr. Bearmann TH-07 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
ssb 02 Aube - Can - Zone / C'Mon Ketchup album art Aube / Sudden Infant Aube / Sudden Infant - Can - Zone / C'Mon Ketchup(Cass, Ltd, Num, C46) Soja-Sauce Bolognese ssb 02 Switzerland 1995 Sell This Version
GOD 3 Aube - Magnetostriction album art Aube Magnetostriction(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) God Factory GOD 3 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
MANCD10 Aube - Métal De Métal album art Aube Métal De Métal (Album) Manifold Records MANCD10 US 1996 Sell This Version
SPT74 Aube - Grind Carve album art Aube Grind Carve Slaughter Productions SPT74 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
WATZ006 Aube - Spiral Tricle Distillation album art Aube Spiral Tricle Distillation (MiniAlbum) Rund Um Den Watzmann WATZ006 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
none Aube - Floating Memory / Untitled album art Aube / Napalmed Aube / Napalmed - Floating Memory / Untitled(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) Napalmed none Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
STONE 003 Aube - The Mind Of A Missile album art Aube / John Duncan / Schloss Tegal Aube / John Duncan / Schloss Tegal - The Mind Of A Missile(CD, Ltd, Num) Heel Stone Records STONE 003 Germany 1996 Sell This Version
CHCD-18 Aube - Maschinenwerk album art Aube + Cock E.S.P. Aube + Cock E.S.P. - Maschinenwerk(CD, Album, Ltd) Charnel Music CHCD-18 US 1996 Sell This Version
ARCD-088 Aube - Infinitely Orbit album art Aube Infinitely Orbit(CD, Album, Ltd) Alchemy Records (2) ARCD-088 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
003 Aube - Somnambulism album art Aube Somnambulism(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num, C30) Kadef 003 Germany 1996 Sell This Version

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July 28, 2020
edited about 1 year ago
this man's impact cannot be overstated. he deserves a big retrospective boxset like Skin Crime.


May 9, 2017
edited over 5 years ago
Ηighly structured musique concrete starting from simple sound sources that follow a strict discipline to climax into a symphony of delicate complexity. The overall effect is mostly soothing and deeply meditative. Sound Koans for the modern man.


December 30, 2016
For those interested, have started to re-release Aube's early Cassettes onto CD now.


October 6, 2016
He created very intelligent noise music. Sometimes very hypnotic and harsh. I'm really shocked that he passed away so early. He left Testament in his sound.


September 11, 2014
This guy was truly a genius, using literally anything he can for source material. An inspiration to experimental artists everywhere. If Aube taught us anything, its that we should all be pushing the envelope and trying new things with noise.



August 26, 2014
edited over 6 years ago
Incredible sounds from a true original. . Aube lives in the sound


December 5, 2013
Rest in peace Aube, may your influence reach to many people in the world of noise.


September 20, 2011
does anyone know anything about what he's doing now? No new music since 2007. Latest release, Variable Ambit, is from 2003

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