Hikashu

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Hikashu (ヒカシュー) are a renowned Japanese underground "avant-pop" music ensemble led by pseudo-Kabuki vocalist, Makigami Koichi, known for their highly experimental music. They are often referred to by their alternative English moniker, Hikasu. The group's most recent album, Uragoe, was released in April 2012.[1]

Members & Collaborators[edit]

Current members[edit]

  • Koichi Makigami (巻上 公一) - voice, bass, cornet, theremin
  • Freeman Mita (三田 超人) - guitar, sampler
  • Masami Sakaide (坂出 雅海) - bass, laptop computer
  • Kazuto Shimizu (清水 一登) - piano, bass clarinet
  • Masaharu Sato (佐藤 正治) - percussion, drams, effect voice

Past members[edit]

  • Toshiro Sensui (泉水 敏郎) - percussion
  • Yoshihide Otomo (大友 良英) - turntables
  • Yasushi Yamashita (山下 康) - keyboards, drum machine
  • Torsten Rasch - samplers
  • Satoshi Tobe (戸部 哲) - alto sax
  • Makoto Inoue (井上 誠) - mellotron, synthesizers
  • Tsuno-Ken (つの犬) - drums
  • Kazuhiro Nomoto (野本 和浩) - sax, bass clarinet
  • Makoto Yoshimori (吉森 信) - keyboards
  • Kouzou Nida (新井田 耕造) - drums

Discography[edit]

Official releases[edit]

  • Haru [] (1978) released under the pseudonym "Pre Hikashu"
  • Hikashu (1978)
  • Hikasu (1980)
  • Natsu [] (1980)
  • Uwasa No Jinrui [うわさの人類] (1981)
  • Hikashu Super (1981) compilation
  • Watashi No Tanoshimi [私の愉しみ] (1984)
  • Mizu Ni Nagashite [水に流して] (1984)
  • Soba De Yokereba [そばでよければ] (1985)
  • Nani Mo Kamo Odore [なにもかも踊れ] (1987) cassette
  • Ningen No Kao [人間の顔] (1988)
  • Hikashu Live (1989) live
  • Teichou Na Omotenashi [丁重なおもてなし] (1990)
  • Humming Soon [はなうたはじめ](1991)
  • Atti No Me Kotti No Me [あっちの目こっちの目] (1993)
  • Cho Jikuu Seiki Augus 02 [超時空世紀オーガス02] (1993) soundtrack
  • Kawatteru [かわってる] (1996) compilation
  • Hikashu History (2001) compilation
  • Ten Ten [転々] (2006)
  • Nyuunen [入念] (2007) EP
  • Ikirukoto [生きること] (2008)
  • Ten Ten Ten [転転々] (2009)
  • Uragoe [うらごえ] (2012)

Bootlegs & Compilations[edit]

  • Untitled (1986) an early EP
  • Retro Active Remix (1996) Hikashu songs remixed by various artists
  • Live In Osaka 1-4 (1997) four low quality live performances
  • Musique Non Stop (1998) a tribute to Kraftwerk featuring Hikashu, Buffalo Daughter, Denki Groove and others
  • Radioactive Tribute To Kraftwerk (2002) another tribute, featuring a similar tracklisting
  • End Of The 20th Century (2003) a tribute to Hikashu, featuring Makigami Koichi and others

Inoyama Land[edit]

Inoyama Land is the synth-based duo of Yasushi Yamashita and Makoto Inoue

  • Danjindan Posidon (1983)
  • Pithecanthropus (1999) live
  • Inoyama Land (1997)
  • Music For Myxomycetes (1998) accompanying music for the World Of Myxomycetes exposition

Makigami Koichi[edit]

  • Minzoku No Saiten [民族の祭典] (1982)
  • Koroshi No Blues [殺しのブルース] (1992)
  • Kuchinoha [口の歯] (1995)
  • Electric Eel (1998) a collaboration with Anton Bruhin
  • Koedarake [声だらけ] (2005)

Makoto Inoue[edit]

  • Godzilla Legend [ゴジラ伝説] (1983)
  • Godzilla Legend II [ゴジラ伝説2] (1984)
  • Godzilla Legend III [ゴジラ伝説3] (1984)
  • Pigumario (1985) billed as Makoto Inoue & Hikasu Family

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hadfield, James (2012-04-04). "Hikashu: the interview". Time Out Tokyo. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 

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