Michiru Aoyama


In the summer, my Japanese doppelgänger, sporting a slightly different haircut and similar outfit to myself, is sitting in a forest drinking a glass bottle of pop and running his free hand through the grass in a steady rhythm. In the city, the rhythm is created for you and affects your heart rate. It affects the rate of your speech. You find yourself speeding up for no reason, he thinks. Out in the forest, you must create the rhythm yourself. Nature is infinitely random, but only up to a point where it is calculable, and then it is infinitely systematic. Before you find this point, he thinks, you must make sense of the randomness through rhythm. There are fireflies out – some seem very close, and he considers catching one in the now empty pop bottle, which the grass has furled around to clutch like a nest. Fireflies often appear close, but they are always far away. This is the way of all natural things: you can predict their position, and you can predict their momentum, but never both at the same time.

All things can be examined this way.

I have never been to Japan. I would accept an invitation to go without reticence. Japan seems like a country among few where intense, mindless consumption of the “hyperassimilation” way can co-exist with equally intense mindfulness.

Michiru Aoyama is a mindful experimental artist, and he takes into account the uncertainty – the unknowable-ness – of nature when composing. His graphical explanation of ambient music illustrates this perfectly. Some of his music seems frenetic, as simply a imperfect human reaction to the perfect stillness of nature. “ほたる” (“firefly”) is meditative, mindful ambient at its most calculated, with similar intentions of artists like Nicholas Szczepanick and Adam Worthan. Inspired by the patterned language of insects, the song transpires in quiet, slight movements, like the slow wave of a conductor’s hand.

• Michiru Aoyama: http://t.co/zpurmM5RRu

Leisure Birds


A deliciously trippy new video from Minnesota’s Leisure Birds, whose latest LP, Tetrahedron, is out this week via Moon Glyph and Totally Gross National Product. The synth, guitar, and tom-driven groove is visually augmented by kaleidoscopic bursts of color that encapsulate the song’s futuristic sci-fi vibe. After being hypnotized by this wicked rad clip be sure and head here for a full album stream of Tetrahedron.

• Moon Glyph: www.moonglyph.com
• Totally Gross National Product: www.totallygrossnationalproduct.com


“SPEEK YOU LITTLE RE-ƒacéé (Radio Edit)”

Dear Anklepants (a.k.a. Reecard Farché, a.k.a. animatronics guru Josh Head),

I want you to know that you light up my lifé.
Your facé is perfect.
Eyes, nose, mouth, ears. Perfect.
This world would be a boré without you.

I pull up a lawn chair and lean back, observing your haters milling and gnashing. “What the actual fuck?” some ask, as they stare down the barrel of your robotic dick nosé. You stand on top of the banister, with your cosmic rainbow gown billowing around your calves, and you facé them with your facé. You reach out for the inflatablé membranes amassing in your basement chamber, bearing labels like “tasté,” “spectaclé,” “performancé art,” and you pop them summarily with your quivering facial phallus as the piercing agent. Your mission is clear: destroy all rational facé. No sensé but nonsensé. No reverencé. Rudé mové by rudé mové you slidé deeper into our hearts.

As Kouhei Matsunaga looked on through 3D glasses, you toré up the Boiler Room in Berlin. Every second of my viewing, my facé woré a smilé.

With dick nosé hoisted upright into a middlé finger proxy, you issued ten copies of a 10” called Amilia-facé-é-on. The A sidé showcases ten minutes of squelching post-acid techno gilded with gentlé synth melodies and bit-crushed percussion. The B sidé batters us with panning snare rushes and mutated bass hits, lacing its tentacles into Aphex-circa-RDJ Album territory.

You dropped a “Radio Edit” of “Speak You Little Facehead” via Stoney Roads — as if the original video was ever ablé to escapé our nightmaré subconsciousness — as if somé “radio” out theré is ready for your spastic glitch productions, thumping club kicks, jagged synth bursts, and pitch-shifted vocal derangements. I await the moment when you finally put mé in a stroller.

For your continuing contributions to facékind, I thank you.

• Anklepants: http://reecardfarche.com

v e s a

濡らす[ wet ] d r e a m s * [teaser video]

I don’t know if 濡らす[ wet ] d r e a m s * is just the title of the above video, or if it’s the desired outcum, but all of that becomes irrelevant once you hit play. Poking and prodding media with a french tickler, v e s a proves he’s got his fingers on the flat-lined pulse of post-consumer lyfe. He’s on some breezed out, gross product shit — like, “Ewww gross,” you know? After collaborating with BessedOf a.k.a. LORD SMS on last year’s FLVRSSS, looks like v e s a will be dropping a solo album on SMS’ Bootleg imprint soon. Them dudes haven’t disappointed yet, so I think it’s safe to say that the tape will rule. Who knows, though? Could just govern.

• v e s a: https://soundcloud.com/vesavesavesa
• Bootleg Tapes: http://bootlegtapes.bandcamp.com

Nick James

“Noh Noh://Hack Mask”

If Stephen Hawking’s focal intent is for readers to understand what Imaginary Time is, but claims very few people get it, it’s clear that he’s more of a scientist than a culturist. Which is chill, and probably REALLY important, but had he seen the new Nick James video for “Noh Noh://Hack Mask” directed by TFran Dah, he’d surely be proven wrong.

The track “Noh Noh://Hack Mask” has been deemed by Nick Jams as a “virtual political space, sonically,” and as I hear it (and see it), the dude is right. I’m nodding here at my desk to NOTHING (at some points). And, as I’m not sure what political facet he’s referring to, but “Noh Noh://Hack Mask” is a fucking adventure. It actually sounds more like the soundtrack to a murderous, long crawl to freedom prison escape. Wearing, of course, a jump suit and a Koomote mask, no doubt. Yet, whatever you think while hearing and experiencing the visuals of Nick James’ “Noh Noh://Hack Mask,” a sense of personal creative stirs, so just ride with it wherever your destination dimension lies.

“Noh Noh://Hack Mask” off of Nick James’ new EP The Hawk dropping on Asystems June 24. Scope the video above!

• Nick James: https://soundcloud.com/nxjames
• Asystems: http://www.asystems.co



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