Aurora (Susumu Hirasawa album)

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Studio album by Susumu Hirasawa
Released February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25)
Recorded 1993
Length 60:11
Label Polydor K.K.
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  • Yūichi Kenjo (Executive)
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Aurora is Susumu Hirasawa's fourth solo album.


His first main solo album in three years following a period where focus was directed on the Defrosted P-Model, Aurora, which Hirasawa has said can be considered a second solo debut,[1] is a turning point in his career. Unlike the previous solo albums, Aurora doesn't feature guest musicians, with almost all instrumentation handled by MIDI-compatible devices.[2] The music was composed with the Amiga The Blue Ribbon SoundWorks programs Bars & Pipes Professional, which he started using for "more natural orchestration",[3] and SuperJAM!,[4] whose "Bartok" style he modified by inputting data from his own songs, irreversibly turning its patterns and variations into "Hirasawa" style ones.[5]

Aurora was created to appeal to the instinctual side of the listener as opposed to the logical, in likeness to tales and myths,[6] emphasizing vocals and melody. The songs were written so that the album would lack any inherent story or concept, inviting the listener to create their own reading.[3] However, as he wrote the lyrics out, seven of the album's ten songs ended up having to do with "you" (キミ?, kimi), which accidentally created undertones of a story about two people. Hirasawa wanted to avoid that if at all possible, but felt that was just the way the language worked and left it as is.[3] Many words representing natural phenomena were included in an attempt to resolve complaints about the lyrics being opaque. Hirasawa chose words that were easy to understand and had a large impact, the word Aurora came from this decision as well.[3]

The album's booklet is adorned with Buddhist imagery. Advertisements for Aurora used the phrase "The Greatest Music of All" (至高の音楽?, Shikou no Ongaku).[7]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Susumu Hirasawa.

No. Title Length
1. "Stone Garden" (石の庭 Ishi no Niwa) 6:02
2. "Love Song" 7:02
3. "Aurora" (オーロラ Ōrora) 4:17
4. "Song of the Force" (力の唄 Chikara no Uta) 5:28
5. "Take the Wheel" (舵をとれ Kaji wo Tore) 4:32
6. "Snow Blind" (スノーブラインド Sunōburaindo) 6:40
7. "The Double of Wind" (風の分身 Kaze no Bunshin) 4:51
8. "In the Square" (広場で Hiroba de) 4:34
9. "Island Door (Paranesian Circle)" (トビラ島 (パラネシアン・サークル) Tobira Shima (Paraneshian Sākuru)) 13:29
10. "Ringing Bell" (呼んでるベル Yonderu Beru) 2:57

The titles of the songs are officially rendered out in all caps.


Release history[edit]

Date Label(s) Format Catalog Notes
February 25, 1994 (1994-02-25) Polydor K.K. CD POCH-1328
July 1, 2005 (2005-07-01) Universal Music Japan, Universal Sigma Digital Download none
February 29, 2012 (2012-02-29) Chaos Union, Teslakite CD CHTE-0057 Remastered by Masanori Chinzei. Disc 4 of the HALDYN DOME box set.
November 5, 2014 (2014-11-05) Universal Music Japan SHM-CD UPCY-6930 Part of Universal's "Project Archetype" (supervised by Osamu Takeuchi & Kasiko Takahasi). Remastered by Kenji Yoshino (supervised by Chinzei) with both original liner notes and new ones.[8]
  • "Love Song", "Aurora", "Song of the Force" and "Snow Blind" are included in the NEW SONGS FROM AURORA promotional sampler.
  • "Love Song", "Aurora" and "In the Square" are included on the Archetype | 1989-1995 Polydor years of Hirasawa compilation.


  1. ^ Hirasawa, Susumu (2012). "Disc 01-07". Haldyn Dome (PDF file included on Data Disc) (in Japanese). Chaos Union, TESLAKITE. p. 37. CHTE-0057. 
  2. ^ a b アーティスト研究 平沢進 [Artist Study - Susumu Hirasawa]. Sound & Recording Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 4. Rittor Music. April 1994. ISSN 1344-6398. 
  3. ^ a b c d Takahasi, Kasiko (2010) [1999]. 改訂DIGITAL復刻版 音楽産業廃棄物 [Music Industrial Wastes Rev.2.4] (PDF) (in Japanese). Hirasawa Side — 卓上のウロボロス [Desktop Ouroboros] (3rd ed.). Fascination. p. 21. 
  4. ^ "平沢進 - "舵をとれ" / Hirasawa Susumu - "Take the Wheel"". 音の帯〜Phonon Belt. 
  5. ^ "Interview 平沢進". Keyboard Magazine (in Japanese). Vol. 10. Rittor Music. October 1998. ISSN 1344-6371. 
  6. ^ Inoue, Mako (March 1994). 目を閉じて犬になり、雲になり・・・・・・ [Close Your Eyes, Then You Become a Dog, or Cloud......]. Rockin'on Japan (in Japanese). Vol. 82. Rockin'on Holdings. Retrieved 16 November 2015. 
  7. ^ "Ad for the release of Aurora". Hirasawa Lyrics. 
  8. ^ Takeuchi, Osamu. "wilsonic works 41". wilsonic journal. Retrieved 15 November 2014. 

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