Aoki Takamasa is well known for his releases over the 00s on Japanese electronic music imprints, Progressive FOrM – first album, SILICOM
, released at the beginning of 2001 – and op.disc, and for his collaborations with Tujiko Noriko (Mego In 2009), Takamasa toured Japan with Fennesz and has recently been brought into the Raster-Noton fold with the 12 Rn-Rhythm-Variations
. He was born in Osaka in 1976 and currently lives in Berlin.
At 17, Takamasa started making music with acoustic guitars, bass and drums with a 4-track tape recorder in his hometown of Osaka. By 20, he’d moved on to computers and electronics, researching real-time audio synthesis and audio programming. Soon after, he formed the duo Silicom with Takagi Masakatsu in Kyoto, creating electronic music and visuals.
Silicom’s first project, in 1988, was a multimedia art package, but it wasn’t until February 2000 that they made their live performance debut. They released a double CDr (not on label) of live recordings, including a performance at Tokyo’s liquid room, and a double DVD on Progressive Form in 2001.
Takamasa’s collaboration with Tujiko Noriko began in 2002 when they were both booked the same event for The Cartier Foundation in Paris. Their album, 28
, was picked up by Fat Cat Records and released in 2005. Takamasa has also worked with Teiji Sawai, and, in 2009, toured Japan with Fennesz, playing at venues including Metro in Kyoto and Unit in Tokyo.
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