Ground Zero (band)

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Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres Noise music
Free improvisation
Japanese noise rock
Years active 1990–1998
Past members Otomo Yoshihide
Hideki Kato
Masahiro Uemura

Ground-Zero was a Japanese noise/improvisation band[1] during the 1990s led by the guitarist and "turntablist" Otomo Yoshihide that had a large and rotating group of performers with two other regular performers.[1]

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The band performed on such instruments as turntables, sampler, shamisen, saxophone, koto, omnichord, electric guitar and two drum kits. They were the first free improvising musicians to use turntables[2]

Their music was virtuoso and mixed free jazz, improvisation, pop, rock and experimental noise.[3] They are most highly regarded[by whom?] for their album Consume Red, on which the performers improvise around a short sample of hojok music played by the Korean holy musician Kim Seok Chul.


Ground-Zero was initially formed to play the John Zorn game piece Cobra.[3] They first played in August 1990 and last played in March 1998.[3] The band's last project was in 1998 when they re-worked material from a 1992 Cassiber concert in Tokyo; it was released on the second CD of Cassiber's double CD, Live in Tokyo (1998).


Otomo Yoshihide at Weikersheim, Germany
  • Ground Zero (1992)
  • Null & Void (1993)
  • Revolutionary Pekinese Opera ver. 1.28 (1996, ReR GZ1)
  • Consume Red (1997, Sank-ohso/Creativeman)[3]
  • Plays Standards (1997)
  • Last Concert (1999, (Valve/)Amoebic)[1][3]


  1. ^ a b c Jenkins, Todd S. (2004). Free jazz and free improvisation: an encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 165. ISBN 9780313298813. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  2. ^ Christoph Cox, Daniel Warner (2004). Audio culture: readings in modern music. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 405. ISBN 9780826416155. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Kelly, Caleb (2009). Cracked media: the sound of malfunction. MIT Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780262013147. Retrieved 2010-05-30. 

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