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2015, in porto

2015, in porto

photo by Sylvia Stäinhauser (B&W), Joji Wakita(Colour)

2014 artist photo kyoka


kyoka – the first solo female artist on the raster-noton roster - works as a musician/composer in Berlin and Tokyo and is known for her
chaotic and direct musical approach and a heavy-rough sound, resulting in a
broken pop-beat with experimental yet danceable rhythms.

She grew up in Japan, having piano, flute and syamisen lessons during her
childhood. While listening and recording radio shows and Tuning sound of the radio to tape, she became
attracted by the tape recorder and bass sound. Simultaneously, she enjoyed to take her tape recorder to pieces and observe each role. It assisted her to understand the invention of the recording apparatus.

In 1999 she started to explore the potential of synthesizers/computers and began a trip as a backpacker with her small synthesizer at will. USA, Spain, France, UK etc. There, she experienced to improvise music with some local underground artists and learned difference in expression by personality, regionality and the musicality. In 2008 she released her first EP. Kyoka has presented live performances at CTM, Sonar (tokyo), Volt Festival, and also Plissken Festival (there she won No.2 best act.) etc.

現在進行系の実験 ・電子音楽レーベルの最高峰の一つである”raster-noton”における、初の女性ソロアーティスト。
2008年 初EPをベルリンのonpa))))) レーベルから3タイトルリリース。
2012年 12 インチEP「iSH」、2014年にはアルバム Is (Is Superpowered) を共にraster-notonからリリース。次回作、「SH」のリリース日程を現在調整中。

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