Sound Museum

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Sound Museum
Towa Tei - Sound Museum.png
Studio album by Towa Tei
Released May 25, 1997 (1997-05-25)
Length 49:41
Label East West
Producer Towa Tei
Towa Tei chronology
Future Listening!
Sound Museum
Sweet Robots Against the Machine
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10[2]

Sound Museum is the second solo studio album by Japanese electronic musician Towa Tei, released on May 25, 1997 by East West Records.

Similar to his debut album Future Listening!, Sound Museum incorporates a variety of musical genres, including electronic, hip hop and jazz. Also included is a bossa nova cover version of Daryl Hall and John Oates' number-one hit from 1981 "Private Eyes". The first single "Happy" contains a sample of "Velas" by Quincy Jones.

Collaborators on Sound Museum include Kylie Minogue, Biz Markie, Amel Larrieux, Bahamadia, Mos Def, Bebel Gilberto and Yavahn.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Producer(s) Length
1. "The Sound Museum"   Towa Tei
  • Tei
  • Toshihiko Mori[a]
  • Ayumi Obinata[a]
2. "Time After Time" (featuring Viv and Amel Larrieux) Viv Tei
3. "Happy" (featuring Viv and Bahamadia)
  • Viv
  • Bahamadia
4. "BMT" (featuring Biz Markie and Mos Def)
  • Biz Markie
  • Mos Def
Tei Tei 3:28
5. "Higher" (featuring Yavahn and Akiko Yano) Yavahn Tei Tei 4:13
6. "Corridor"    
7. "GBI (German Bold Italic)" (featuring Kylie Minogue and Haruomi Hosono)
  • Tei
  • Minogue
Tei Tei 6:58
8. "Tamilano" Tei Tei 4:17
9. "Private Eyes" (featuring Bebel Gilberto)
  • Hall
  • Pash
  • S. Allen
  • J. Allen
Tei 3:51
10. "Everything We Do Is Music" Tei Tei Tei 10:31
Sampling credits

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan May 25, 1997 East West [3]
Germany February 24, 1998 Warner [4]
United States Elektra [1]


  1. ^ a b Bush, John. "Sound Museum – Towa Tei". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Towa Tei: Sound Museum". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on February 28, 2008. Retrieved November 10, 2007. 
  3. ^ "Sound Museum : TOWA TEI". HMV Japan. Retrieved August 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Sound Museum" (in German). Retrieved August 3, 2015.