Shun (band)

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Shun
Also known as
  • しゅん
  • Syun
Origin Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Years active 1984 – 1996?
Labels
  • Kang-Gung (1984)
  • Model House (1985, 1988)
  • CSV Shibuya (1987)
  • DIW/SYUN (1994 – 1996)
Associated acts
Past members Susumu Hirasawa
Akiro "Kamio" Arishima
Akemi Tsujitani
Iwao Asama
Yuji Matsuda
Teruo Nakano
Hiromi Seki
Shuichi Sugawara
Shigeo Motojima
The oldman, who was on the way to IWATE.
Motohiro Yamada
Sacol Trakranprasirt
Supal Kuntatun

Shun (?) (later known as "Syun") was a Japanese experimental sampling unit created by Susumu Hirasawa. The unit, while essentially over, never officially ended, with its last work being released in 1996.

History[edit]

In 1983, Tokuma Japan Communications, the label that P-Model was signed to, postponed the release of the album Another Game by 4 months, requesting that the group must redo the lyrics of the song "Atom-Siberia", claiming that the original lyrics "encouraged discrimination"; after this fact, P-MODEL broke their contract with Tokuma and created the "P-Model Another Act" project, where the group would release records with compositions made separately by each member on styles different from the standard P-MODEL ones through the group's management company, Model House (although the first 2 records were released on independent labels). Hirasawa's releases were made under the name "Shun", which was the only name that was used more than once. The releases made under this name had a more experimental nature than P-Model's works, and featured heavier use of the Heavenizer, a sampler that was created by Susumu Hirasawa. with a keyboard and a tape echo machine due to the prohibitive costs of professional samplers; each release had a different lineup of artists performing different tasks (notably, the group's second release featured then P-Model roadie Teruo Nakano, who would later join the band as a proper member; the song on that record, "1778-1985", was re-recorded by P-Model for the Karkador album, and was performed by the band on live shows before the album's release). 2 years after the end of the "P-Model Another Act" project, a fourth Shun record was released containing re-recordings of "Ⓘ-Location" from the first Shun record and "1778-1985" & two new songs, the record also featured Hiromi Seki, who was the second bassist of Hirasawa's defunct Progressive rock band Mandrake; less than a year after the release of the fourth record, Model House released a VHS tape with music videos for all songs, P-Model also played the new version of "1778-1985" on their live shows, with it being the last song played on their last show before being "frozen" in 1988.

Shun stayed dormant after the freezing of P-MODEL; in 1994, Hirasawa created SYUN (named after the group, whose name was until then written as "Shun"; the label's logo was the cover of the fourth Shun release), a label with DIW to be able to have freedom to release some of his less commercial works, starting with a compilation of all previously released Shun songs. Later that year, the SYUN label released the CD Landscapes, the first new release from the unit in 6 years; it featured, instead of sampling, sounds created by the Vista landscape design software for the Amiga. In 1995, SYUN re-issued the VHS tape, this time a segment with Hirasawa talking was cut from the original release. In 1996, SYUN released Kun Mae on a Calculation; at the time, Hirasawa was heavily interested in Thailand, and his albums (both solo and with P-Model) had heavy Thai influences; Kun Mae on a Calculation was also Thai influenced, being created by Hirasawa and 2 Thai persons.

After Kun Mae on a Calculation, no more albums were released under the Shun/Syun name (with the SYUN label also stopping, with its last 2 releases in 10 December 1996); although Hirasawa has continued to use the sounds that originated in the Syun albums, most notably in his soundtracks for the adaptations of Berserk, motion graphics of twenty2product and the works of Satoshi Kon (Kon himself requested for Hirasawa to refit certain songs from Landscapes and Kun Mae on a Calculation for Millennium Actress, with "Landscape-1" being used in the film's prolougue). On the 29th of February of 2012, Hirasawa released the box set Haldyn Dome on his website; it contains Hirasawa's works made in the 20th century remastered by Masanori Chinzei; Disc 13 includes OOPARTS, while Disc 14 includes Landscapes and Kun Mae on a Calculation, effectively making Haldyn Dome a compilation of every single Shun/Syun work (disregarding the VHS).

Discography[edit]

Title Release details
shun (?)
Ⓘ-Location
Conditioning Cycle
  • Released: February 1984
  • Label: Kang-Gung Records
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
SHUN 2nd (旬 II?)
1778-1985
  • Released: April 1985
  • Label: MODEL HOUSE
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
SHUN (?)
IIIrd SHEETS
(TABLE BEAT)
P-MODEL ANOTHER ACT 4
  • Released: May 1985
  • Label: MODEL HOUSE
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
SHUN・4
SHUN
  • Released: 25 October 1987
  • Label: CSV Shibuya
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
SHUN・4 VISION (旬IV VISION?)
  • Released: April 1988
    30 November 1995 (Reissue)
  • Label: MODEL HOUSE
    DIW, SYUN (Reissue)
  • Formats: VHS
OOPARTS
OUT OF PLACE ARTIFACTS
  • Released: 25 May 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Landscapes
  • Released: 22 October 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Kun Mae on a Calculation (計算上のKun Mae Keisanjō no Kun Mae?)
  • Released: 29 February 1996
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD

Members[edit]

  • Susumu Hirasawa - All releases
  • Akiro "Kamio" Arishima - shun and Landscapes
  • Akemi Tsujitani - shun
  • Iwao Asama - shun
  • Yuji Matsuda - SHUN 2nd, SHUN IIIrd SHEETS and SHUN・4
  • Teruo Nakano - SHUN 2nd
  • Hiromi Seki - SHUN・4
  • Shuichi Sugawara - SHUN・4
  • Shigeo Motojima - SHUN・4
  • The oldman, who was on the way to IWATE. - SHUN・4
  • Motohiro Yamada - Landscapes
  • Sacol Trakranprasirt - Kun Mae on a Calculation
  • Supal Kuntatun - Kun Mae on a Calculation
  • Yūichi Hirasawa - SHUN・4 VISION (except SHUN・II)
  • Hiroshi Moriguchi - SHUN・4 VISION (SHUN・II only)
  • Kiyoshi Inagaki - SHUN・4 VISION ("GRAPHIX")

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