P-Model

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P-Model
Also known as
  • Ikari
  • Heaven
  • Karkador
  • The Mortal World's Paradise Kameari Eternal One Pattern Band
  • Kameari Towers
OriginKameari [ja], Katsushika, Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active1 January 1979 – 20 December 2000
Labels
MembersSusumu Hirasawa

P-Model (also typeset as P-MODEL and P. Model) was a Japanese electronic rock band started in 1979 by members of the defunct progressive rock band Mandrake. The band has experienced many lineup revisions over the years but frontman Susumu Hirasawa was always at the helm of operations. P-Model officially disbanded in 2000, although many of its members continue to release solo albums and collaborate with each other on different projects.

Hirasawa has since released work under the name "Kaku P-Model" (核P-Model, lit.'nucleus of P-Model'), effectively a solo revival of the band.

Members[edit]

Former members[edit]

Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Original albums[edit]

Title Release details
In A Model Room
  • Released: 25 August 1979
  • Label: Warner-Pioneer
  • Formats: LP, CS
Landsale
  • Released: 24 April 1980
  • Label: Warner-Pioneer
  • Formats: LP, CS
Potpourri
  • Released: 25 April 1981
  • Label: Warner-Pioneer
  • Formats: LP, CS
Perspective
  • Released: 1 March 1982
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
  • Formats: LP
Another Game
  • Released: 25 February 1984
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
  • Formats: LP
Scuba
Karkador
  • Released: 25 December 1985
  • Label: Alfa Records, EDGE Records
  • Formats: LP
One Pattern
  • Released: 25 June 1986
    25 July 1986 (CD)
  • Label: Alfa Records, EDGE Records
  • Formats: LP, CD
P-Model
  • Released: 26 February 1992
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
big body
  • Released: 25 March 1993
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Fune (, Ship)
  • Released: 9 December 1995
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, Teslakite
  • Formats: CD
Electronic Tragedy/〜Enola (電子悲劇/〜Enola, Denshi Higeki/〜Enola)
  • Released: 29 November 1997
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, Teslakite
  • Formats: enhanced CD
Music Industrial Wastes〜P-Model or Die (音楽産業廃棄物〜P-Model or Die, Ongaku Sangyō Haiki Butsu〜P-Model or Die)
  • Released: 1 September 1999 (MP3)
    22 September 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, Teslakite(MP3)
    Magnet Records, Teslakite(CD)
  • Formats: MP3, CD

Live and Remix-Remake albums[edit]

Title Release details
Perspective II
  • Released: 1 May 1982
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
  • Formats: CS
    CD (Reissues)
SCUBA (1989 CD re-issue)
Pause
  • Released: 25 May 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
The Way of Live (Live の方法, Live no Hōhō)
  • Released: 23 July 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Corrective Errors〜re-mix of Fune (Corrective Errors〜re-mix of 舟)
  • Released: 30 September 1995
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Scuba Recycle
  • Released: 30 November 1995
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Virtual Live-1 [P-Model Live at Roppongi S-Ken Studio 1979]
  • Released: 6 July 1999 (MP3)
    25 August 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, Teslakite (MP3)
    Magnet Records, Teslakite (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD
Virtual Live-2 [P-Model Live at Shibuya Nylon 100% 1980]
  • Released: 25 October 1999 (MP3)
    25 November 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, Teslakite (MP3)
    Magnet Records, Teslakite (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD
Virtual Live-3 [P-Model Live at Kyodai Seibu Kodo 1982]
  • Released: 25 November 1999 (MP3)
    15 December 1999 (CD)
  • Label: Chaos Union, Teslakite (MP3)
    Magnet Records, Tslakite (CD)
  • Formats: MP3
    CD

Singles[edit]

Other releases[edit]

  • Fu Kyoka Kyoku Shū (不許可曲集, Unauthorized Music Collection), 1983
  • Model House Works, 1985
  • Leak/Birds, 1986
  • Saitama Dynamic Theory Holding Greeting, 1986
  • Zebra Cassette (Zebraカセット, Zebra Kasetto), 1986
  • Christmas Songs, 1986
  • SSS-Star Eyes, 1987
  • entro Pack, 1987
  • Legend of Sadatoshi Tainaka, 1987
  • Cassette' Bravo !, 1988
  • Shtu Up'N'Hit Your Stage', 1988
  • Music Industrial Wastes〜P-Model or Die Samples, 1999
  • Virtual Live Samples, 1999
  • Dekikake, 1999
  • Moon Plant-I (full), 1999
  • Astro-Ho (narration Version), 1999
  • Falling Rain (P-Model version), 1999
  • Illegal Dumping (不法投棄, Fuhōtōki), 1999
  • Global Tribute Battle, 2000
  • Phase-7, 2000

Compilations[edit]

Videography[edit]

  • Moire Vision, 1988
  • Sankai no Jintai Chizu (三界の人体地図), 1988
  • Bitmap 1979–1992, 1992
  • Ending Error, 1996
  • Non-Locality Live Video (非局所性LIVEビデオ), 1997
  • Live Video "Music Industrial Wastes〜P-Model or Die", 2000

Music Videos[edit]

All videos from the Great Brain to Harm Harmonizer were directed by Yuichi "You1" Hirasawa (Susumu's brother). "Fu-Ru-He-He-He", "2D or Not 2D" and "Grid" were included in "Bitmap 1979–1992"; "Monotone Grid" was included in "Phton-3"; "http" was included in "Rocket Shoot"; "Logic Airforce" was included in "Live Video Music Industrial Wastes〜P-Model or Die".

  • The Great Brain, 1979
  • I am Your Only Model, 1980
  • different≠another, 1981
  • potpourri, 1981
  • natural, 1981
  • disgusting telephone, 1981
  • Heaven, 1982
  • Perspective, 1982
  • Be in a Fix, 1982
  • Hoka No Keikaku, 1983
  • Echoes, 1983
  • Fu-Ru-He-He-He, 1983
  • Atom-Siberia, 1984
  • Harm Harmonizer, 1984
  • Karkador, 1986
  • Another Day, 1986
  • 2D or Not 2D, 1992
  • Grid, 1992
  • Monotone Grid, 1994
  • Power to Dream, 1995
  • http, 1996
  • Ashura Clock (Discommunicator), 1997
  • Logic Airforce, 1999

Legacy[edit]

P-Model, as well Susumu Hirasawa through his solo career, have been influential both on musicians, as well as on artists that work on other mediums, with a reputation for having many fans in the manga and anime industries.[1] Their creative collaborators (and even 6 of the band's members) often started out as big fans of and directly influenced by their work: Berserk mangaka Kentaro Miura has found that listening to Hirasawa's songs has helped him regain focus on the themes of his writing multiple times,[2] mangaka/anime director Satoshi Kon wrote that Hirasawa's work was "a source of imagination and creativity for me" over the last 20 years of his life,[3] film director Daihachi Yoshida considers Hirasawa as the creator of "about half of my way of thinking".[4]

Beyond associates, P-Model and/or Hirasawa have been cited as influences by musicians such as Fukusuke [ja] of Metronome,[5] Hiroyuki Hayashi of Polysics,[6] Daoko[7] (whose song "Welcome to the Parade", from 2012's HyperGirl: Mukōgawa no Onna no Ko, was directly influenced by Hirasawa's worldview[8]), Toby Driver of Kayo Dot (who claims the album Plastic House on Base of Sky was an attempt to "make [his] version of [Hirasawa's] music")[9] and Kenshi Yonezu (who has said that a Hirasawa song "changed [his] life").[10]

Other artists that have expressed adoration for their work include Klaha of Malice Mizer,[11] Shiroi Heya no Futari mangaka Ryoko Yamagishi,[12] Arika Takarano of Ali Project,[13] Roujin Z/JoJo's Bizarre Adventure director Hiroyuki Kitakubo,[14] voice actress/singer Sumire Uesaka,[15] musician/actor Gen Hoshino,[16] Hellsing mangaka Kouta Hirano,[17] Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba mangaka Koyoharu Gotouge,[18] Fullmetal Alchemist/Concrete Revolutio director Seiji Mizushima,[19] Fate/stay night [Réalta Nua]/Taiko no Tatsujin composer Satoshi "hil" Ishikawa[20] and actress/singer Ko Shibasaki.[21]

The five main characters of the K-On! franchise (Yui Hirasawa, Mio Akiyama, Ritsu Tainaka, Tsumugi Kotobuki and Azusa Nakano) are in a band, share the surnames of late '80s P-Model members and play their respective primary instrument (save for Nakano).[22][23] All referenced members who are still active have acknowledged the connection.[24][25][26][27][28][29][30] Besides that, P-Model references can also be found on the manga The Sorrow of a Perfectly Healthy Girl[31][32] and Opus;[33] as well the anime Sailor Moon, Perfect Blue,[34] BECK: Mongolian Chop Squad and Space Dandy. In the world of theatre, musician/playwright Keralino Sandorovich [ja] named 2 of his stage plays (Frozen Beach [ja] and Blue Cross) after P-Model songs and 1 (Haldyn Hotel) after a Hirasawa solo song.

References[edit]

Citations
  1. ^ Kon, Satoshi (November 1998). "救済の技法" [Technique of Relief]. Recommendation. Kon's Tone. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  2. ^ Miura, Kentaro (6 November 1997). Berserk Original Soundtrack (Media notes). Susumu Hirasawa. VAP. VPCG-84639.
  3. ^ Kon, Satoshi (12 August 2010). "好ましい物たち". Notebook. Kon's Tone. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  4. ^ "三島の異色【SF】小説を現代設定に大胆脚色して放つ意欲作ー『美しい星』独創世界を紡ぐ孤高のアーティスト・平沢進、神曲「金星」を劇中曲に提供!". cinefil. Miramiru. 28 February 2017. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  5. ^ Fukusuke./Adapter. (24 September 2005). "TALBOを使いはじめた動機と魅力 動機は平沢進さんです。". タルボ遣いの先人たち. TALBO Secret FACTORY. Ikebe Gakki. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  6. ^ Troup, Christina (3 March 2006). "Polysics carry on in Devo style, but with a Japanese twist". East Bay Times. Bay Area News Group. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  7. ^ Daoko (8 March 2016). "こんな感じ②". DAOKO 公式ブログ. Retrieved 30 January 2020 – via Line Blog.
  8. ^ "ラッパーDaoko を創った3つの音楽" [3 Songs That Created the Rapper Daoko]. J-Wave News. J-Wave. 26 October 2016.
  9. ^ Cusworth, Nick (21 June 2016). "Watch Toby Driver Discuss The Inspiration For And Making Of Plastic House On Base Of Sky In New Interview". Heavy Blog Is Heavy. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  10. ^ "米津玄師さんがご来店♪" [Kenshi Yonezu Visits Us♪]. Sapporo Beer Otoajito. J-Wave. 17 March 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  11. ^ "春名真樹(Vocal)". Personal Data. Hyper Radical Rock Press [ハイプ] — hyp (Fool's Mate extra issue). No. 5. Fool's Mate. 5 April 1996. p. 119.
  12. ^ "山岸凉子 × 平沢 進" [Ryoko Yamagishi × Susumu Hirasawa]. comic & music talk session (#2). Putao. No. 30. Hakusensha. 27 December 1998.
  13. ^ "P-Model". '80s New Wave Special [80年代ニューウェーブ特集]. 28 November 2001. NHK. NHK BS-2.
  14. ^ Kitakubo, Hiroyuki (4 September 2010). "初めまして、平沢さん。北久保弘之と言います。今 敏さんをアニメ業界に引っ張りこんだのも、P-MODELのスクーバを聴かせたのも北久保です。俺もアニメの監督を演っててしかも今さんと俺は同い年でした。平沢さんの心中、お察しします。又一人貴重な人材が旅立ちました。". 佐倉 大 (北久保弘之) (@LawofGreen). Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020 – via Twitter.
  15. ^ Uesaka Sumire no Otome * Musica [上坂すみれの乙女*ムジカ]. Episode 53. 6 April 2014. Tokai Radio, KBS Kyoto, RKB Mainichi.
  16. ^ "第8回「この豚野郎!」" [Episode 8: "This Pig Bastard!"]. 星野源のオールナイトニッポン [Hosino Gen's All Night Nippon ]. Nippon Broadcasting System. 16 May 2016.
  17. ^ Hirano, Kouta (4 February 2017). "葬儀の際に個人の好きな曲をかけるとJASRACが来ると聞き じゃあ平沢進先生の曲ならOKかもと思ったが Forcesとか舵を取れとかをかけたら 葬儀場で蝕が起こって故人がゴッドハンドに復活しそう". 平野耕太 (@hiranokohta). Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020 – via Twitter.
  18. ^ Gotouge, Koyoharu (5 March 2019) [3 March 2017]. Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Vol. 5. Viz. ISBN 978-1-9747-0056-1.
  19. ^ Mizushima, Seiji (12 April 2018). "昔からなんか新しいのが好きでして(笑) この頃だとジューシーフルーツとか戸川純とか……ゲルニカ、ハルメンズ、P -Model とかかしら……レンタルレコードも駆使して色々聞き漁ってました\(^ω^)/". 水島 精二 (@oichanmusi). Archived from the original on 6 February 2020. Retrieved 30 January 2020 – via Twitter.
  20. ^ Ishikawa, Satoshi (16 January 2020). "日本のミュージシャンで1番の轟音ギタープレイヤーは、他の誰でもなく平沢進その人だ。 #NowPlaying Ashura Clock (Ashura Clock) by P-Model". S@toshi (@Soyuz_3). Archived from the original on 26 March 2020. Retrieved 25 March 2020 – via Twitter.
  21. ^ Shibasaki, Ko (16 February 2020). "神様平沢進様". Ko Shibasaki 柴咲コウ (@ko_shibasaki). Archived from the original on 17 March 2020. Retrieved 16 March 2020 – via Twitter.
  22. ^ "超絶話題沸騰中の「けいおん!」よりシングル2タイトルがリリース!限定盤は着せ替えジャケット!" [2 Singles from the Extremely Popular K-On! Have Been Released! Limited Edition Reversible Covers!]. アニソンニュース [AniSon News]. Newtype Anime Music Download. Listen Japan. Archived from the original on 17 April 2009.
  23. ^ Yotsumoto, Toshimi (7 June 2009). "なぜ我々は「けいおん!」に萌えてしまうのか?" [Why are We so Moe for K-On!?]. テレビを捨てよ、動画サイトを観よう [Throw Away Your TV, and Let's Watch Video Sites] (#6). ASCII.jp. ASCII Media Works. p. 1.
  24. ^ "Twitter in Translation - The Legend of Hirasawa Yui". 音の帯〜Phonon Belt – via Dreamwidth.
  25. ^ Maname (4 November 2009). "Twitter「平沢唯じゃない」でも1万人がフォロー" [Twitter - "I'm Not Yui Hirasawa", but 10,000 People Still Follow]. 週刊Twitterなう! [Weekly Twitter Now!] (#17). ASCII.jp. ASCII Media Works.
  26. ^ Yotsumoto, Toshimi (16 December 2009). "ソロデビュー20周年記念・平沢進ロングインタビュー【前編】「私は平沢進だぞ。平沢唯じゃない」 本人に聞いてみた" [Solo Debut 20th Anniversary Susumu Hirasawa Long Interview [Part 1] We Asked the Man Himself about "I am Susumu Hirasawa. Not Yui Hirasawa"]. ミュージック・ギークス! [Music Gigs!] (#10). ASCII.jp. ASCII Media Works. p. 5.
  27. ^ Akiyama, Katsuhiko (12 July 2010). "「けいおん」グッズ!" [K-On Goods!]. 秋山勝彦の宅録日記 [Katsuhiko Akiyama's Home Recording Diary] – via Yahoo! Japan Blog.
  28. ^ Akiyama, Katsuhiko (24 July 2010). "「けいおん」で想い出した事" [Things K-On Made Me Remember]. 秋山勝彦の宅録日記 [Katsuhiko Akiyama's Home Recording Diary] – via Yahoo! Japan Blog.
  29. ^ "Archived copy". twitpic.com. Archived from the original on 12 July 2010. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  30. ^ fake rev.歯堅ゑ儀 [Dental Firmness Ceremony] (Plaque inside temporary art installation venue Planis Hall). JR Tower Art Planets 2016 北海道新幹線開業記念「夢・つなぐ風景」 [Hokkaido Shinkansen Opening Commemoration Memorial: "The Dream — Connected Landscapes"]. Sapporo Station General Development. 2–24 July 2016.
  31. ^ "『『嘆きの健康優良児』第2巻より。』".
  32. ^ "『『嘆きの健康優良児』第3・4巻より。』".
  33. ^ The Art of Satoshi Kon. Dark Horse. 5 August 2015. ISBN 978-1616557416.
  34. ^ "the scene in Perfect Blue where CHAM's new single makes the charts". Hirasawa Lyrics – via Tumblr.

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