Kodomo (musician)

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Background information
Birth nameChris Child
GenresElectronic music, IDM
Years active2001–present
Labels5 Points Records

Kodomo is the moniker for electronic musician Chris Child, an Emmy award-winning[1] full-time composer who lives and works in Portland, Maine. As Kodomo, he is best known for his work on the Harmonix video games Amplitude, and Frequency[2] as well as the iPod game Phase, which features Kodomo's "Spira Mirabilis."[3] "Kodomo" (子供) is the Japanese word for "child"—both a reference to his surname and the fact that he grew up in Japan.[citation needed]

Kodomo's first full-length album Still Life is a highly conceptual piece in which the music was all inspired by a set of photographs taken during Kodomo's travels in the US and abroad.[citation needed] The tracks are all titled using the photographic images rather than words. For example, Concept 13 started with a photograph that reflects the Fibonacci proportions that are repeatedly found in nature. These proportions were used to govern the musical composition in the melodic theme, the sonic texture, and even the pace of development of the piece. In this case, .618 is the governing number, and themes are introduced at these intervals, which give the whole composition a balanced and natural-feeling proportion.[4]


  • Still Life (2008)
  • Frozen In Motion (2011)
  • Patterns & Light (2014)[5]
  • Three Spheres (2021)
  • "Spira Mirabilis" (2007)
  • "Concept 11" (2008)
  • "Decoder" (2011)
  • "Mind Like a Diamond" (2014)
  • "Concept 11 Remixes EP" (2008)
  • "Divider – EP" (2017)
  • OM Yoga Mix 2 (2008)


Kodomo's work falls within the genres of Ambient Techno, IDM, Electronic Music and Experimental Music. He was influenced by artists such as Erik Satie, Brian Eno, Kraftwerk, DJ Shadow, Boards of Canada, Cabaret Voltaire and J.S. Bach.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Envelope – Los Angeles Times". Theenvelope.latimes.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  2. ^ "composer + sound designer". Chris Child. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  3. ^ "Blogger". Robotgamer.blogspot.com. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  4. ^ "Kodomo biography". 5 Points Records. Archived from the original on 2015-04-03. Retrieved 2015-03-25.
  5. ^ "Kodomo » Releases » Mind Like A Diamond (Single)". Kodomomusic.com. 2014-06-24. Retrieved 2014-07-23.
  6. ^ "Freezepop". Freezepop. Retrieved 2014-07-23.

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