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28 August 1968 |
Hirakata, Osaka Japan
|Origin||Hirakata, Osaka Japan|
|Genres||Jazz, Ambient, D&B, Chamber music, electronic glitch|
|Website||Nobukazu Takemura Official site|
Nobukazu Takemura (竹村延和 Takemura Nobukazu) is a Japanese musician whose style has run from jazz to house to drum and bass to chamber music to electronic glitch within less than a decade. Born in Hirakata, Osaka in August 1968, he became interested in punk and New Wave music when young. At high school, after a record store job that exposed him to Jazz and Hip hop, he had regular gigs as a battle DJ.
In 1990, Takemura founded Audio Sports with Yamatsuka Eye (of The Boredoms) and Aki Onda. Their first album, Era of Glittering Gas, was released in 1992 (after which Onda subsequently took control of the project), the same year as Takemura's first solo album, under the name DJ Takemura. He has also released material with Spiritual Vibes (since 1993) and as Child's View (since 1994). He is currently paired with Childisc vocalist/composer Aki Tsuyuko under the touring name of Assembler.
He founded the Lollop and Childisc labels ; his voluminous releases, remixes, and collaborations make a comprehensive discography difficult, and his music often defies any easy categorization. He emerged in the US after the release of "Child's View" on the Bubble Core label in 1998, a shimmering density of melodic electronic spaces, followed by Scope on the Thrill Jockey label in 1999, an album that features delicate melodies blossoming from oceans of white noise and staccato electronics.
His unique and complex approach to melody and instrumentation has generated a catalog of collaborations with critically acclaimed artists including Issey Miyake, Zu, Steve Reich, DJ Spooky, Yo La Tengo, Tortoise, and Tujiko Noriko. Takemura was responsible for the sound design of Sony's robotic dog AIBO.
Partial discography 
Singles and EPs 
- Hoping For The Sun - 1993 (Mo' Wax, MW 012) 12"
- For Tomorrow - 1994 (Toy's Factory, TFCC-88311) CD
- The Scenery Of S.H. - 1995 (Lollop, LR 010) 12"
- Sablé & Grill EP - 1998 (Childisc, CHEP-002/CHCD-005) 12"/CD
- Meteor - 1999 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 12.13) 12"
- Sign - 2000 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 12.20) 12"/2xCD
- Picnic / Oyasumi - 2001 (Bottrop-Boy, B-BOY 004) 7"
- Mahou No Hiroba - 2001 (Childisc, TKCA-72263) CD
- Mimic Robot - 2002 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 12.25) 12"
- Hiking / Viking - 2002 (Bottrop-Boy, B-BOY 008) 7"
- Recursion EP - 2002 (Childisc, CHEP-011) 12"
- Animate EP - 2002 (Childisc, CHEP-013) 12"
- Child's View - 1994 (Bellissima! Records/Toy's Factory, TFCC-88312)
- Child's View Remix - 1995 (Toy's Factory, TFCC-88205)
- Child & Magic - 1997 (Warner Music Japan, WPC6-8399)
- Funfair - 1999 (Bubblecore Records, BC-022)
- Scope - 1999 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 068)
- Milano -For Issey Miyake Men By Naoki Takizawa - 1999 (Warner Music Japan, WPC6-10017)
- Finale -For Issey Miyake Men By Naoki Takizawa - 1999 (Warner Music Japan, WPC6-10062)
- Hoshi No Koe - 2001 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 094)
- Water's Suite - 2002 (Extreme, XLTD 005)
- Animate - 2002 (Childisc, CHCD-030)
- Assembler 1 - 2002 (Childisc, CHCD-031)
- Songbook - 2003 (Bubblecore Records, BC-041)
- 10th - 2003 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 118)
- Assembler 2 - 2003 (Thrill Jockey, thrill 123)
- Kobito No Kuni (Unreleased Tracks ~1999) - 2007 (Moonlit, CMCD-002)