Aube

Aube

Real Name:
中嶋昭文 (Nakajima Akifumi)
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Aube was the solo project of Akifumi Nakajima (1959 – 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.
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Aube Discography

Albums

Vanilla-15 Aube Hydrophobia(Cass, S/Sided, Num, C60) Vanilla Records Vanilla-15 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
GR-001 Aube Spindrift(Cass, Num, C46) G.R.O.S.S. GR-001 Japan 1992 Sell This Version
GR-021 Aube Submerged Tension Remix(Cass, Album, Num, C46) G.R.O.S.S. GR-021 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
VANILLA-27, Vanilla Records-27 Aube Flood-Gate(CD, Album, Ltd) Vanilla Records, Vanilla Records VANILLA-27, Vanilla Records-27 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GR-016 Aube Flash-Point(Cass, Num, C46) G.R.O.S.S. GR-016 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GR-011 Aube Luminous(Cass, Num, C46) G.R.O.S.S. GR-011 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
GRD9503+5, none Aube Purification To Numbness (Album) Pure (4) GRD9503+5, none Japan 1994 Sell This Version
GR-031 Aube E-Power(Cass, Num, C46) G.R.O.S.S. GR-031 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
OEC 052 Aube Emotional Oscillation(Cass, C46) Old Europa Cafe OEC 052 Italy 1994 Sell This Version
FP01 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
GR-026 Aube Frequency For Collapse(Cass, Num, C46) G.R.O.S.S. GR-026 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
DFP 049 Aube Entangle Spirant (Album) Drahtfunk-Products DFP 049 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
B!003 Aube Metalustration(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) BloodLust! B!003 US 1995 Sell This Version
CHOC-047 Aube Squash(Cass, Ltd, Num, C46) Chocolate Monk CHOC-047 UK 1995 Sell This Version
TH-07 Aube Pulse Resonator(LP, Red + 7", Cle + Ltd, Num) Praxis Dr. Bearmann TH-07 Germany 1995 Sell This Version
ssb 02 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(CD, Album, Ltd, Num) God Factory GOD 3 Netherlands 1995 Sell This Version
SAD-02 Aube Wired Trap(CD, Album, Ltd) Self Abuse Records SAD-02 US 1995 Sell This Version
WATZ006 Aube Spiral Tricle Distillation (MiniAlbum) Rund Um Den Watzmann WATZ006 Netherlands 1996 Sell This Version
MANCD10, GRD9605 Aube Métal De Métal (Album) Manifold Records, G.R.O.S.S. MANCD10, GRD9605 US 1996 Sell This Version
none Aube / Napalmed Aube / Napalmed - Floating Memory / Untitled(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) Napalmed none Czech Republic 1996 Sell This Version
CHCD-18 Aube + Cock E.S.P. Aube + Cock E.S.P. - Maschinenwerk(CD, Album, Ltd) Charnel Music CHCD-18 US 1996 Sell This Version
SPT 74 Aube Grind Carve(Cass, Ltd, C46) Slaughter Productions SPT 74 Italy 1996 Sell This Version
ARCD-088 Aube Infinitely Orbit(CD, Album, Ltd) Alchemy Records (2) ARCD-088 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
Kadef 003 Aube Somnambulism(Cass, Ltd, Album, Num, C30) Kadef Kadef 003 Germany 1996 Sell This Version

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dalakouras

dalakouras

July 26, 2016
Japanese artists like Merzbow or Masonna never appealed to me, but Aube...oh that's a totally different story. I still remember some years ago, spending an entire summer (almost 3 months) in voluntary seclusion, hectically writing my PhD while listening all day long exclusively to Aube's vast discography. I could not let the sound go, or, if you will, the sound would not let me go. I don't know whether these noise/ambient sounds stimulated my endorphin production (thus accounting for my addiction), but what i know is that i really was at Aube's claws. A zazen experience. Domo arigatou, Nakajima Akifumi, RIP. May you finally reached the Void.
Glassical

Glassical

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.

RIP.
DrGlennMD

DrGlennMD

August 26, 2014
edited about 1 month ago
Incredible sounds from a true original. . Aube lives in the sound
thatpalemoondude

thatpalemoondude

December 5, 2013
Rest in peace Aube, may your influence reach to many people in the world of noise.
chrisfox8

chrisfox8

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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