Ground Zero (band)
Japanese noise rock
Ground-Zero was a Japanese noise/improvisation band 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.
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
Their music was virtuoso and mixed free jazz, improvisation, pop, rock and experimental noise. 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. They first played in August 1990 and last played in March 1998. 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).
- Ground Zero (1992)
- Null & Void (1993)
- Revolutionary Pekinese Opera ver. 1.28 (1996, ReR GZ1)
- Consume Red (1997, Sank-ohso/Creativeman)
- Plays Standards (1997)
- Last Concert (1999, (Valve/)Amoebic)
- Jenkins, Todd S. (2004). Free jazz and free improvisation: an encyclopedia. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 165. ISBN 9780313298813. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- Christoph Cox, Daniel Warner (2004). Audio culture: readings in modern music. Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 405. ISBN 9780826416155. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- Kelly, Caleb (2009). Cracked media: the sound of malfunction. MIT Press. p. 188. ISBN 9780262013147. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
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