Susumu Hirasawa

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Susumu Hirasawa
Native name 平沢進
Born (1954-04-01) April 1, 1954 (age 61)
Origin Nakagawa, Adachi, Tokyo, Japan
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Musician
  • singer-songwriter
  • arranger
  • producer
  • CG artist
Instruments
Years active 1972–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website NO ROOM – The official site of Susumu Hirasawa (P-MODEL)

Susumu Hirasawa (平沢進 Hirasawa Susumu?, born April 1, 1954[1]), nicknamed "Hirasawa" (ヒラサワ?) and "Shishō" (師匠?), is a Japanese music artist and composer.

In the fifth year of elementary school, Hirasawa took up the electric guitar, inspired by the surf rock bands he heard on the radio and on TV. In 1973 he formed Mandrake, a progressive rock band that incorporated elements from heavy metal and krautrock. One of the few Japanese progressive rock bands of its time, Mandrake achieved little success and released no albums during its lifetime. After discovering punk rock and working on synthesizer-heavy projects, Hirasawa felt that progressive rock became just entertainment and decided to reform the band as an electropunk unit.[2]

In January 1, 1979, Mandrake became the new wave/electronic rock band P-Model. Originally a commercially successful band—with the albums In a Model Room and Landsale considered hallmarks of Japanese technopop—they turned to decidedly uncommercial post-punk and experimental rock after Hirasawa went through an averse reaction to his fame. The band went through various lineups, all led by Hirasawa, and achieved some popularity on the Japanese independent music scene. The group released eight albums during this run, and kept operating until 1988, when Hirasawa decided to "freeze" it.

Following P-Model's "freezing", Susumu Hirasawa started his solo career, releasing three albums from 1989 to 1991. Working outside of the restraints of a band, his early solo career was marked by a refusal to stick to any particular genre. In September 1991, P-Model was "defrosted", featuring a revamped lineup and a new techno sound. Hirasawa worked with the band while concurrently making side albums solo. The "defrosted" version of P-Model ended in October 1993, when it was put into "revision". Hirasawa relaunched his solo career in 1994 with the symphonic "second debut" Aurora and later that year launched a "revised" P-Model, with a completely different lineup and a beat-heavy electronica style. He kept working with this version of the band until 2000. Hirasawa has since released solo albums, some of which as the unit Kaku P-Model, effectively a solo continuation of P-Model.[3] Working with various units, side-projects and solo, Hirasawa has a "main" discography composed of 33 studio albums.

While Hirasawa is mostly remembered in Japan for the first two P-Model albums, he has achieved international recognition for his soundtrack work, particularly for the adaptations of the Kentaro Miura manga Berserk and the work of anime director Satoshi Kon. Both men have listened to Hirasawa's music while working, have been inspired by the themes of his works and directly requested that he compose music for their productions.

Compositions and Performances[edit]

Starting with Mandrake's last years, Hirasawa has favored guitars designed specifically by Japanese instrument manufacturers (there was a movement in the early 80s were electric guitar makers moved away from mass-producing copies of foreign guitars and into original designs), most notably Tōkai Gakki's Talbo aluminum guitars, which he has said is due to him being attracted to the Talbo's unique material and design.[4] After Tokai discontinued production and customer support for the Talbo due to financial difficulties in the mid 90s, Hirasawa requested Fernandes Guitars in 1994 to make him a guitar of his design called PHOTON, a Talbo-shaped guitar with a wooden body.[5] In 2004, Hirasawa requested TALBO Secret FACTORY, a manufacturer of Talbos created in 1996 by the IKEBE music store with HISASHI and CAP-iNA, musicians who also liked the Talbo and wanted to continue to use it, to build a Talbo of his own design, called ICE-9 (named after the material of the same name from Kurt Vonnegut's novel Cat's Cradle), which Hirasawa used to make an album to showcase it. Hirasawa has continued to work with the TALBO Secret FACTORY, requesting the conversion of one of his older Tōkai models into the ASTRO in 2011, adopting the HISASHI designed EVO 0101Z in 2012,[6] and asking for the renewal of the PHOTON after two decades of usage.

Hirasawa has used Amiga computers extensively in his work, starting out with CG production in 1987, and later on using applications such as SCALA, Bars and Pipes, and OctaMED in the production of his music; he stopped using Amigas in his live shows on the LIMBO-54 shows of 2003 and on his albums with the Byakkoya/Paprika albums of 2006. Hirasawa transitioned from Amigas to Microsoft Windows, using programs such as Bars'n'Pipes (an unofficial continuation of the Amiga program), Cakewalk Sonar, Synth1 and EASTWEST's line of Symphonic sounds.[7][8] One of the factors that set him apart from other Japanese electronic artists is ever-changing production techniques. For 2001's SOLAR RAY album, his recording studio was outfitted to be powered completely by 2 solar energy-capting panels.[3] Since then, Hirasawa's works have been recorded with solar energy, although he has since added 2 more panels to his studio. To reduce pollution, Hirasawa also transitioned to working exclusively with software synthesizers.

His subject matter can be equally unusual. A constant source of inspiration for his music has come from Thailand. The concept behind his 1995 album Sim City was drawn from his experiences traveling there, and more specifically, from Thai transsexuals. Guest Thai vocalists participate throughout that and subsequent albums, including 1996's SIREN, which was also a concept album based on Thailand. As for his lyrical inspiration, Hirasawa references the philosophies of yin and yang, his travels and the principles of nature vs. machines. Hirasawa has also been inspired by the works of Carl Jung, Hayao Kawai, Kenji Miyazawa, Kurt Vonnegut, Theodore Sturgeon, George Orwell, Frank Herbert, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry and Nikola Tesla.

Hirasawa occasionally stages interactive live performances. They merge computer graphics with his music to tell interactive stories, and involve heavy use of computers, particularly Amiga systems, motion capture cameras and video projectors. The flow of each live show is determined by audience participation; for example, Interactive Live Show 2000 Philosopher's Propeller was formatted as a maze, and the audience was allowed to choose which path to follow. Sometimes, audience participation plays a part in the performed music, as it did in Interactive Live Show 2000. He provided the phone numbers to four cellular phones during one song, and the audience was allowed to call the numbers to have him play the corresponding ringtone. This provided an improvised harmony between the background music and the ringing phones.[2]

Hirasawa's live music is based on samples he activates with various hand-crafted sampler machines, pre-recorded tracks without vocals, and no regular backup performers. For the Solar Live concerts, he used solar power and a power-generating wheel, inspired by bicycles, to power his electronic equipment. DVDs are available of his innovative award-winning live performances via his website (and ordering through TESLAKITE).

A disliker of "tribes" of musicians,[2] Hirasawa has worked since 1989 to decrease the amount of performers around himself. Most of his solo albums from 1992 onwards feature no guest performers, replaced a drummer with a virtual equivalent,[9] and relinquished a live backing band for solo shows in 1994. Aside from guest performers (mostly singers) brought for special shows, Hirasawa has worked with backing instrumentalists in limited duo and trio lineups from 1998–2000 and from 2012 to the present day.

Activism and Charity[edit]

In 1988, Hirasawa sold a cassette book at a flea market in Yoyogi for charity, it contained 3 New Age songs made specifically for the release and came with a 36-page long booklet chronicling the self-analysis of his dreams and reality. All proceeds were donated to the Human Earth – Awakening Village (人間大地・めざめの里 Ningen Daichi Mezame no Sato?) volunteering welfare facility for the mentally ill in Gunma Prefecture, which gave Hirasawa counseling during the production of the P-Model album Karkador.

In 2001, a pregnant stray cat appeared in Hirasawa's studio. He took care of her and helped carry out four of her pregnancies from 2001 to 2002. Since he could not take care of all the kittens, Hirasawa created a temporary site to recruit possible adopters and keep up with the welfare of the various cats.[10]

Hirasawa spoke out against "the nations that are headed towards carnage while ignoring international law" and the actions of the Japanese government in aiding such actions. Specifically, he pointed to the American response after the September 11 attacks, which he believes to involve excessive murder of innocent people. As a result of his convictions, Hirasawa offered downloads of online banners two of his songs for free, which he hopes will be used as tools of objection.[11] One of the them is a rerecording of 1994's "Love Song", which is about children in the battlefield; the other is "High-Minded Castle", a song about a man who "can not know the truth and true background through media", while "he tries to face the real tragedy on the other side of the world". The latter was taken from the Blue Limbo album, which displays a dystopian theme partly influenced by the American government's retaliation.

To support freelance journalists, independent and citizen media, Hirasawa started a free music archive to be used by independent news as background music.[12] He sent e-mails to various associates and members of P-Model requesting involvement,[13] the only one to join was guitarist PEVO 1go. The files uploaded were instrumental mixes of songs by both musicians, including some from Vistoron, whose concept revolves around the propagation of a false reality by mass media.[14]

In the aftermath of the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, Hirasawa started traveling around the country with a Geiger counter, measuring the radiation levels and reporting them in his Twitter account. In June 2011, a song was posted on his site, titled "Nuclear Power" (原子力 Genshiryoku?), a rerecording of the P-Model song "Boat" (from 1984's Scuba) in the style of "The Aggregated Past – Kangen Shugi 8760 Hours" project, with the lyrics changed to protest against Japan's use of nuclear power and to criticize the government and the media. The post was made by a person who described itself "The short-term contract worker of parade punk, Stealthman", calling it "My debut/retirement work". The song and its lyrics were available as a free download on the condition that users agree with the statement written on the download button, "I believe that this work is by Stealthman and will download it unquestioningly". It was available for six days, but could be redistributed if it was unaltered and not for profit. After the file was taken out of the site, another file, the instrumental mix, was posted by Hirasawa, using similar terms and conditions as "Stealthman", with the statement written on the download button being "I can manage just fine without Stealthman". As these files were posted, Hirasawa told a story through Twitter of being assaulted and having his computer and website hacked by "Stealthman", stating, "I will refrain from making vulgar remarks. I'll be noticed by him. Feign complete ignorance.", and describing the song as a "Hirasawa rip-off". The song is available on the karaoke service provider Xing's Joysound online song library, credited to "Stealthman".[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Hirasawa has an older brother, artist Yūichi (平沢裕一?), who goes by the moniker "YOU1". He formed a production company to assist Susumu in acquiring expensive instruments on the Mandrake days and appeared on the band's last show, running on a treadmill.[17] Yūichi was P-Model's art director for the band's first 9 years of existence (he has also done occasional artwork for his brother from 2013 onwards) and wrote the lyrics of "For Kids" & "Sunshine City" (from In a Model Room). His only performance credit was as backing vocalist on Susumu's solo song "Rocket" (from The Ghost in Science). In 2013, Yūichi opened the café bar Gazio in Tsukuba. Based around a "new wave" theme, the establishment has strong ties to P-Model: It's adorned with various P-Model related memorabilia, some of which (equipment, costumes, stage props) were donated by Susumu, the original cocktails served are titled after Susumu's songs and special events by P-Model members and associates are occasionally held there. Susumu made a remix EP available exclusively through the establishment, with artwork by Yūichi. Their father, calligrapher Hōseki (平沢峰石?),[18] wrote the names of album and band for the cover art of the P-Model album Potpourri[19] and appeared alongside Susumu in a 1996 event.

Since childhood, Hirasawa showed a love for machines, and thought of himself as an engineer. He was a RC plane enthusiast (at one point in time wanting to be a pilot) and repaired broken devices (such as radios and flashlights) given to him by his parents. He studied in the electronics department of a technical high school, where he was the first the finish the graduation project, the construction of a TV, out of sheer luck, since he did not fully understand the circuits. He also had motocross as a hobby for a time.[20]

He enrolled in the Tokyo Designer Gakuin College in 1972 and graduated cum laude in 1975 from the university's interior design course. According to the Tokyo Designers' Gakuin College '75 Design Annual, his graduation project was a dome-shaped stage set hall for Tangerine Dream shows.

During the Mandrake days, Hirasawa was a part-time carrier for a Pepsi warehouse and a fruits and vegetables market. In 1978, he applied for a part-time lecturer position at Yamaha, and since he was the only person that applied for that position, he got the job. Hirasawa taught courses at the Yamaha Synthesizer School until 1983, and met various musicians that would he later collaborate with through these lectures.[17]

Hirasawa started smoking in 1979[21] and quit in 2001. He's also a teetotaler, since drinking anything larger than a fifth of a cup of beer makes him feel like his head is exploding.[22] Regardless of that, he used to drink small amounts of wine during recording sessions to preserve his voice, which he's since replaced with throat lozenges.[23]

A vegetarian, Hirasawa doesn't eat meat, saying "At any rate, meat is unappetizing and gross. Eating meat makes me tired and makes me throw up".[24] He lives in a house partially powered by solar energy in Tsukuba with two pet cats, Kaki (カキ?) and Tebin (テビン?). The house also has a garden, where he grows some of his food; he also cultivates bacteria to make yogurt out of soy milk.[16]

Discography[edit]

Mandrake[edit]

Title Release details
unreleased materials
vol.1
  • Released: March 25, 1997
  • Label: Marquee, BELLE ANTIQUE
  • Formats: CD
unreleased materials
vol.2
  • Released: May 21, 1997
  • Label: Marquee, AVALON
  • Formats: CD

P-Model[edit]

Further information: P-Model

Shun/Syun[edit]

Further information: Shun (band)

Original albums[edit]

Title Album details Oricon peak chart position
Water in Time and Space (時空の水 Jikū no Mizu?)
  • Released: September 1, 1989
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
The Ghost in Science (サイエンスの幽霊 Saiensu no Yūrei?)
  • Released: May 25, 1990
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Virtual Rabbit
  • Released: May 1, 1991
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
AURORA
  • Released: February 25, 1994
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
98
Sim City
  • Released: August 2, 1995
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
91
SIREN
  • Released: August 1, 1996
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
Technique of Relief (救済の技法 Kyūsai no Gihō?)
  • Released: August 21, 1998
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
Philosopher's Propeller (賢者のプロペラ Kenja no Puropera?)
  • Released: October 6, 2000
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Blue Limbo
  • Released: February 13, 2003
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
202
Byakkoya - White Tiger Field (白虎野?)
  • Released: February 2, 2006
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
171
Planet Roll Call (点呼する惑星 Tenko Suru Wakusei?)
  • Released: February 18, 2009
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
42
The Secret of The Flowers of Phenomenon (現象の花の秘密 Genshō no Hana no Himitsu?)
  • Released: November 23, 2012
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
43

Live and Remix-Remake albums[edit]

Title Album details Oricon peak chart position
error CD
  • Released: July 11, 1990
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Solar Ray
  • Released: October 11, 2001
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
nano-duplication memorials (ナノ重複記念曲集 Nano Chōfuku Kinen Kyokushū?)
  • Released: July 12, 2003
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
SWITCHED-ON LOTUS
  • Released: January 10, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
LIVE Byakkoya Kinen Pakkēji (LIVE白虎野記念パッケージ?, LIVE Byakkoya – White Tiger Field Memorial Package)
  • Released: July 19, 2006
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
PHONON 2550 LIVE
  • Released: April 23, 2008
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
220
Totsu-Gen-Hen-I (突弦変異?)
  • Released: June 23, 2010
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
43
Hen-Gen-Ji-Zai (変弦自在?)
  • Released: November 10, 2010
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
44
p-0
Gazio Mix CD
  • Released: June 8, 2013
  • Label: Gazio
  • Formats: CD
The Method of the LIVE 2: The Magic for introduction (LIVEの方法2『導入のマジック』 LIVE no Hōhō "Dōnyū no Majikku"?)[1]
  • Released: May 29, 2014
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
52
  • 1 ^ Artist given as "Susumu Hirasawa and KAKU P-MODEL".

Other releases[edit]

Title Release details
Charity Original Tape by Susumu Hirasawa[1]
  • Released: April 10, 1988
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Cassette Book
Techno Zikken Koubou (テクノ実験工房?, Techno Experimental Workshop) series[2]
  • Released: July 8, 1994 – March 31, 1995
  • Label: HIRASAWA BYPASS
  • Formats: CS
(世界細胞合唱鉄橋団?, World Cell Choral Bridge Team)
  • Released: November 28, 1998
  • Label: Green Nerve
  • Formats: CS
Fuhōtōki (不法投棄?, Illegal Dumping)[3]
  • Released: December 26, 1999
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Yojō Denryoku (余剰電力?, Surplus Power)[4]
  • Released: August 22, 2001 – January 25, 2002
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Kara Hirasawa Solo Mi CD Ka Kyoku (から平沢ソロ未CD化曲?, From Hirasawa: Solo Songs Not on CD)[5]
  • Released: December 27, 2001
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Songs Against the Carnage (殺戮への抗議配信 Satsuriku e no Kōgi Haishin?)
  • Released: March 12, 2003
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Susumu Hirasawa
special ringtones
(スペシャル・リングトーンズ
Supesharu Ringutōnzu?)
  • Released: June 29, 2005
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE[6]
  • Formats: Digital download
ICE-9
  • Released: August 30, 2005
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
P-0
  • Released: 2007 – August 18, 2007
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Nuclear Power
  • Released: June 24, 2011[7]
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: Digital download
Something I Took Away From Stealthman[8]
  • Released: June 29, 2011
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
  • 1 ^ It has never been re-issued, although one of the songs was rerecorded for Water in Time and Space.
  • 2 ^ This is a series of recordings of a weekly FM Gunma half-hour radio show that Hirasawa hosted. It lasted 39 broadcasts, divided in 12 volumes, released in sets of 4 tapes.
  • 3 ^ Although this is considered a P-Model release (with 2 of its 4 files being credited to P-Model), it includes one Susumu Hirasawa song (the remaining file is credited to 4-D mode2, a group heavily associated with P-MODEL and Hirasawa, with two of its three members being P-Model members at some point).
  • 4 ^ 3 part release, with parts 1 and 2 being named Audio File to Honor the Hunter and Winter Sunlight Conversion Example.
  • 5 ^ The track "Ruktun or Die" was a limited time offer, and was taken out of sale in January 2002.
  • 6 ^ Five of the seven ringtones were released by twenty2product on their website for free under the name "keitai".
  • 7 ^ A limited time offer, taken out of NO ROOM in June 29, 2011, although re-distribution was allowed. Comes with text file containing lyrics.
  • 8 ^ A limited time offer, taken out of NO ROOM in July 4, 2011, although re-distribution was allowed.

Soundtracks[edit]

Hirasawa has appeared as a musical guest on various Japanese TV and radio shows (sometimes with P-Model) and some of his songs that were not made with the intention of being BGM have been used to this end.

Original work Release Release details
National Color Trans-Am X30[1] radio advertisement
Riki Choshu entrances[2]
various MODEL HOUSE Works[3]
  • Released: May 1985
  • Label: Model House
  • Formats: CS
Calgary Hurricanes entrances[4] Hurricanes Bomb (ハリケーンズ・バム Harikēnzu Bamu?)
Detonator Orgun[25][5] Detonator Orgun 1
  • Released: August 25, 1991
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Detonator Orgun 2
  • Released: October 25, 1991
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Detonator Orgun 3
  • Released: March 25, 1992
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Glory Wars[6] Glory Wars
  • Released: January 25, 1993
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Tadashi Shimada's Forest Message
Kamui Mintara
[Akan, Hokkaidō][7]
Sword-Wind Chronicle
BERSERK
Sword-Wind Chronicle
BERSERK
Original Soundtrack
  • Released: November 6, 1997
  • Label: VAP
  • Formats: CD
LOST LEGEND[8] LOST LEGEND
Legend of the Lost Continent
Original Sound Track
  • Released: March 1, 1999 (show opening)
    April 25, 1999
  • Label: Chaos Union, biosphere Records
  • Formats: CD
Sword of the Berserk: Guts' Rage BERSERK
Millennium Falcon Arc
Chapter of the Flowers of Oblivion
Original Game Soundtrack
  • Released: December 15, 1999
  • Label: Hakusensha, Marine ENTERTAINMENT
  • Formats: CD
densha[9]
Lagnacure Legend[10]
loop[11]
Millennium Actress Millennium Actress
Original Sound Track
  • Released: September 6, 2002
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
AmigaOS 4[12]
Paranoia Agent Paranoia Agent Original Soundtrack
Paranoia Agent Outtake Collection
  • Released: May 16, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
IdN My Favorite Conference 2004 intro sequence[13]
Adobe Expert Support trade show loop[14]
BERSERK
Millennium Falcon Arc
Chapter of the Holy Demon War
[15]
BERSERK
Millennium Falcon Arc
Chapter of the Holy Demon War
Original Soundtrack
  • Released: November 25, 2004
  • Label: VAP, ULF Records
  • Formats: CD
Paprika "Paprika" Original Soundtrack
Free Music for Free-Lance Journalists and Independent Media[16]
  • Released: March 24, 2011
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
BERSERK
Golden Age Arc
[17]
BERSERK
Golden Age Arc II
Siege of Doldrey
[18]
  • Released: December 5, 2012
  • Label: VAP Video
  • Formats: DVD, BD
Dreaming Machine[26][19]
  • 1 ^ A jingle for a radio/TV/cassette recorder combo. Performed with Yasumi Tanaka. Broadcast 1980. Never officially released.
  • 2 ^ Titled Power Hall (パワーホール Pawā Hōru?), the name became a sort of brand for Choshu. Writing is credited to "Hanmyō Ibo", a play on words with the Japanese for "tiger beetle" (Hirasawa's favorite insect) and "wart". Performance is credited to "ZZZ". Disowned by Hirasawa. First released on an obscure 1980 vinyl record, later included on various wrestler entrance theme compilations, such as "Wrestling Q", which includes two covers of other wrestlers' entrance themes by Hirasawa. Various artists have covered the song, including Ken Ishii.
  • 3 ^ A collection of ten assorted commercial jingles for stores and products. Six variations of a jingle for Matsuden Home Shopping by Teruo Nakano are also included. Released as a bonus for the first volume of the Moire Club newsletter.
  • 4 ^ Writing and performance are credited to "Yoshio Furukai". Out of the album's eleven tracks, "Furukai" is only present on the title track.
  • 5 ^ A month before the release of the first episode, Polydor released a "Making of" tape titled Detonator Orgun 0, where a Hirasawa interview is included. They also released a Music Special disc with the opening & ending themes of the first episode.
  • 6 ^ A fantasy manga by Orgun writer Hideki Kakinuma. The soundtrack would be more accurately described as a commissioned Image EP.
  • 7 ^ A made for Television documentary originally broadcast in 1992 and later re-edited for home video release. Hirasawa appears in the TV edit riding a canoe. The soundtrack has never had an official standalone release; the title track was originally released on Root of Spirit~ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS and Music For Movies~World of Susumu Hirasawa Soundtracks compilations, it was later released with the rest of the soundtrack on Disc 11 of the HALDYN DOME box set.
  • 8 ^ A "spectacle show" summer attraction at the Parque España in Shima. When it premiered, the soundtrack could be only bought on the gift shops at the park.
  • 9 ^ A short movie about the JR Shinjuku Station. The soundtrack has never had an official standalone release; the only kind of sound played on the short (which bears some resemblance to the Syun track "Kun Mae #4" from the "Kun Mae on a Calculation" album from 1996) was originally released on Illegal Dumping (named "Densha"), it was later released with other twenty2product collaborations and remaining tracks on Disc 16 of the HALDYN DOME box set (named "densha").
  • 10 ^ An Artdink PlayStation RPG. Hirasawa only composed and performed the opening theme: "The Man Who Knows the Stars" (星を知る者 Hoshi wo Shiru Mono?); it was originally released on "From Hirasawa: Solo Songs Not on CD", a live performance was included on the PHONON 2553 VISION DVD, an alternate version (named "2010 version") was later released with other remaining tracks on Disc 16 of the HALDYN DOME box set.
  • 11 ^ A looping presentation about alternative energy, part of the "Hirasawa Energy Works" project. The soundtrack has never had an official standalone release. The audio, recorded during a surge of "Surplus Power" was originally released on Hirasawa's PHANTOM NOTES website (named "LOOP The Sound Track β1"). It was later released with other twenty2product collaborations and remaining tracks on Disc 16 of the HALDYN DOME box set (named "loop").
  • 12 ^ Hirasawa only composed and performed the boot jingle: "Eastern-boot". Two additional tracks were included on the AmigaOS 4.0 CD to showcase Hirasawa's music. The jingle was later released in the FAMIGA (Japanese Amiga community involved with Hirasawa) Forums and with Hirasawa's Near Future Never Come e-book (which is composed of essays published on FAMIGA).
  • 13 ^ The soundtrack has never had an official standalone release; the only kind of sound played on the short was originally released on LIVE Byakkoya – White Tiger Field Memorial Package (named "Bonus Spot"), it was later released with other twenty2product collaborations and remaining tracks on Disc 16 of the HALDYN DOME box set (named "IDN").
  • 14 ^ The soundtrack has never had an official standalone release.
  • 15 ^ Hirasawa only composed and performed the opening theme "Sign" and the ending theme "Sign-2", two different arrangements of the same song.
  • 16 ^ A collection of various songs by Hirasawa and PEVO 1go from their careers that have been edited to serve as film score to be freely used by independent media and free-lance journalists delivering news via the Internet.
  • 17 ^ Hirasawa only composed and performed the theme song: "Aria". While there have been soundtrack releases for the films, none of them include Hirasawa's work.
  • 18 ^ The Japanese home video release of the film includes a live performance of "Aria" from Hirasawa's "PHONON2555" concert tour (when that tour's DVD was released, this same performance was included, but with alternative angles overlaid on top of the version of this DVD). A public appearance made by Hirasawa, the trilogy's director and voice actors of the main characters to promote the third film, The Advent, was included in its Japanese home video release.
  • 19 ^ As of 2011, production on the film has been put on hold for financial and artistic reasons following the death of director Satoshi Kon. It is not known if Hirasawa has started work on the film yet.

Compilations[edit]

Title Release details Oricon peak chart position
Root of Spirit
ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS
(魂のふる里 Tamashii no Furusato?)
  • Released: May 2, 1992
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Music For Movies~World of Susumu Hirasawa Soundtracks (映像のための音楽~平沢進サウンドトラックの世界 Eizo no Tame no Ongaku~Susumu Hirasawa Soundtrack no Sekai?)[27]
  • Released: June 7, 2007[28]
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
240
HALDYN DOME
  • Released: February 29, 2012
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
Archetype
1989~1995 Polydor years of Hirasawa
  • Released: September 24, 2014
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: SHM-CD
142
Symphonic Code
Susumu Hirasawa Instrumental Music: The Polydor years
  • Released: November 5, 2014
  • Label: Universal Music Japan
  • Formats: SHM-CD

Singles/free MP3 downloads[edit]

This list also includes a set of purchasable MP3s that promote their main album.

Main release Release Release details
The Ghost in Science World Turbine (世界タービン Sekai Tābin?)
Detonator Orgun 1 Bandiria Travellers
[Physical Navigation Version]
(バンディリア旅行団
[Physical Navigation Version]
Bandiria Ryōkōdan
[Physical Navigation Version]
?)
  • Released: June 25, 1991
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: Mini CD single
Root of Spirit
ESSENCE OF HIRASAWA SOLO WORKS
Root of Spirit (魂のふる里 Tamashii no Furusato?)
  • Released: April 10, 1992
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: Mini CD single
SIREN SAIREN *Siren* (サイレン *Siren*?)
  • Released: August 1, 1996
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Mini CD single
Sword-Wind Chronicle
BERSERK
Original Soundtrack
BERSERK -Forces-
  • Released: November 1, 1997
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Mini CD single
BLUE LIMBO RIDE THE BLUE LIMBO
  • Released: December 25, 2002
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
SWITCHED-ON LOTUS Haldyn Hotel (ハルディン・ホテル Harudin Hoteru?)
  • Released: January 21, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Paranoia Agent Original Soundtrack Reverie Hill (夢想ヶ谷 Musōga Tani?)
  • Released: May 16, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
BERSERK
Millennium Falcon Arc
Chapter of the Holy Demon War
Original Soundtrack
Sign
  • Released: December 20, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
ICE-9 Eurasia 21 degrees centigrade (ユーラシア21℃ Yūrashia 21°C?)
  • Released: September 21, 2005
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Byakkoya – White Tiger Field The Westward of Time (時間の西方 Jikan no Seihō?)
  • Released: February 22, 2006
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
"Paprika" Original Soundtrack The Girl in Byakkoya - White Tiger Field (白虎野の娘 Byakkoya no Musume?)
  • Released: November 23, 2006
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Planet Roll Call Royal Road, Paradise (王道楽土 Ōdō Rakudo?)
  • Released: February 18, 2009
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Totsu-Gen-Hen-I Solid air
  • Released: June 16, 2010
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Hen-Gen-Ji-Zai Bandiria Travellers (バンディリア旅行団 Bandiria Ryōkōdan?)
  • Released: November 6, 2010
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
BERSERK
Golden Age Arc I
The Egg of the King
Aria
  • Released: February 4, 2012
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD single
The Secret of the Flowers of Phenomenon The Secret of The Flowers of Phenomenon (現象の花の秘密 Genshō no Hana no Himitsu?)
  • Released: February 2, 2012
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download

Videos[edit]

Title Release details
Hirasawa Susumu no CG Nengajō (平沢進のCG年賀状?, Susumu Hirasawa's CG New Year Message)[1]
  • Released: 1989
  • Label: HIRASAWA BYPASS
  • Formats: VHS
PHOTON series[2]
  • Released: 1989 – 1995
  • Label: PHOTON
  • Formats: VHS
error (エラー erā?)
  • Released: September 21, 1990
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: VHS
making of
tokyo paranesian
  • Released: October 1994
  • Label: HIRASAWA BYPASS
  • Formats: VHS
HIRASAWA error ENGINE
Hirasawa Three Acts in Three Hours
Upper
(HIRASAWA error ENGINE
平沢三幕三時間

HIRASAWA error ENGINE
Hirasawa Sanmakusan Jikan
Kami
?)
  • Released: November 1994
  • Label: HIRASAWA BYPASS
  • Formats: VHS
HIRASAWA error ENGINE
Hirasawa Three Acts in Three Hours
Lower
(HIRASAWA error ENGINE
平沢三幕三時間

HIRASAWA error ENGINE
Hirasawa Sanmakusan Jikan
Shimo
?)
  • Released: November 1994
  • Label: HIRASAWA BYPASS
  • Formats: VHS
SIM CITY TOUR
1995.9.6
TOKYO SHIBUYA KOKAIDO
  • Released: December 1995
  • Label: HIRASAWA BYPASS
  • Formats: VHS
Unreal Soprano
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW
SIREN
(架空のソプラノ
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW
SIREN
Kakū no Soprano?)
  • Released: January 21, 1997
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: VHS
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2000
Philosopher's Propeller
version 1.4
(INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2000
賢者のプロペラ
version 1.4
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2000
Kenja no Puropera
version 1.4
?)
  • Released: May 15, 2001
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
Hirasawa Energy Works
Solar Live
LIVE SOLAR RAY
  • Released: September 24, 2002
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: VHS, DVD
Interactive Live Show 2003
LIMBO-54
  • Released: November 26, 2003
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
Reflection on the Meeting of ICE-9
ICE-9 LIVE & TALK EVENT
(反射の集いは氷の9
ICE-9 LIVE & TALK EVENT
Hansha no Tsudoi wa Kōri no 9
ICE-9 LIVE & TALK EVENT
?)
  • Released: September 19, 2006
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2006
LIVE Byakkoya
(INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2006
LIVE 白虎野
?)
  • Released: October 31, 2007
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
P-0 (P-Soon) (ピー・スーン Pī Sūn?)
  • Released: August 18, 2008
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
PHONON 2550 VISION
  • Released: October 30, 2008
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
PHONON 2551 VISION
  • Released: August 15, 2009
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2009
LIVE Planet Roll Call
(INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2009
LIVE 点呼する惑星
INTERACTIVE LIVE SHOW 2009
LIVE Tenko Suru Wakusei
?)
  • Released: February 15, 2010
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
PHONON 2553 VISION
  • Released: May 30, 2011
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
Tokyo I-jigen Kudou (東京異次弦空洞?)
  • Released: November 30, 2011
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
PHONON 2555 VISION
  • Released: August 19, 2013
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
  • 1 ^ This tape contains an AMIGA animation made by Hirasawa set to "Wood, Wind and Water Music" from the CHARITY ORIGINAL TAPE BY SUSUMU HIRASAWA and a monologue spoken by the Amiga program "Say" detailing the reasons for P-Model's Freezing/hiatus.
  • 2 ^ Instead of containing a live show, this series of tapes contain experimental videos/Desk Top Movies based around Hirasawa's music.

As Kaku P-Model[edit]

Title Release details Oricon peak chart position
Big Brother
  • Released: October 7, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
Vistoron
  • Released: October 7, 2004
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
1st Live Memorials
  • Released: February 22, 2005
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
LIVE VISTORON
  • Released: April 1, 2005
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: DVD
Anti-vistoron (Mecano Version)
  • Released: April 1, 2005
  • Label: MECANO
  • Formats: CD single
Big Brother – Reversible Separation Aspect
  • Released: April 3, 2008
  • Label: MECANO
  • Formats: CD single
гипноза (Gipnoza)
  • Released: October 9, 2013
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
гипноза (Gipnoza)
  • Released: November 6, 2013
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
31
Adore me, I am TV (崇めよ我はTVなり Agameyo Ware wa TV Nari?)
  • Released: April 28, 2014
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: Digital download
The Method of the LIVE 2: The Magic for introduction (LIVEの方法2『導入のマジック』 LIVE no Hōhō "Dōnyū no Majikku"?)[1]
  • Released: May 29, 2014
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
52
  • 1 ^ Artist given as "Susumu Hirasawa and KAKU P-MODEL".

Other projects[edit]

Project name Other members Release Release details
Pre P-Model Yasumi Tanaka
Akiro "Kamio" Arishima
Air on the Wiring (配線上のアリア Haisenjō no Aria?)
  • Released: October 22, 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
E-PROJECT (E-プロジェクト E-Purojekuto?) Akiro "Kamio" Arishima
Takashi Kokubo
Synthesizer Trek (シンセサイザー・トレック Shinsesaizā Torekku?)
E-PROJECT
BOW WOW
Suite (組曲 Kumikyoku?)
X BOMBER (エックス ボンバー Ekkusu Bonbā?)
  • Released: November 21, 1980
    January 12, 1991 (Reissue)
  • Label: SOUNDS MARKETING SYSTEM (SMS)
    POLYSTAR SONGS, BounDEE (Reissue)
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
    CD (Reissue)
Fukō Project (不幸のプロジェクト Fukō no Purojekuto?) Kenji Konishi How about FUKO? (不幸はいかが? Fukō wa ika ga??)
  • Released: December 5, 1996
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Global Trotters[1] Kenji Konishi
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Alquimia
David Bickley
Felix Jay
Drive
  • Released: March 25, 1999 Japan
  • Label: MAGNET, biosphere records
  • Formats: CD
Global Trotters[2]
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
David Bickley
Alex Paterson[3]
GLOBAL TROTTERS PROJECT
volume I
DRIVE
Susumu Hirasawa + InhVmaN Riccardo "InhVmaN" Brett Tetragrammaton
  • Released: June 25, 2008  Japan
  • Label: Chaos Union, TESLAKITE  Japan
    Bunker Productions  Italy
  • Formats: CD single
  • 1 ^ Although Hirasawa is considered a core member of the group, he only worked on the track "Parallel Motives".
  • 2 ^ This album is a remix album of "Drive" made by Roedelius and Bickley, including a remix of "Parallel Motives".
  • 3 ^ Paterson did "Parallel Motives II", a re-remix-crossfade of the "Parallel Motives" remix.

Collaborations[edit]

Artist/Group Release Release details Collaboration(s) Track(s)
The Bach Revolution Synthesizer Study
  • Released: 1978
  • Label: OVER SEAS
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
Guitar
Keyboard
Synthesizer
Arrangement[1]
All
ROCK & KEYBOARD'79
SYNTHESIZER
Supplement Record
  • Released: October 10, 1978
  • Label: April Music
  • Formats: 45 RPM Record
Composition
Performance
Damī no Sakuryaku (ダミーの策略?)[2]
PRO-WRESTLING SUPER FIGHTER'S THEMES
  • Released: 1979
  • Label: KING
  • Formats: 33 1/3 RPM Record
Performance One of These Days (吹けよ風、呼べよ嵐 Fuke yo Kaze, Yobe yo Arashi?)
Chinese Kung-Fu (チャイニーズ・カン・フー Chainīzu Kan-Fū?)[3]
No Warning
  • Released: November 21, 1979
  • Label: RVC
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
Performance[4] All
Shampoo Tonight Production All[5]
3F=C To-Ma-Do-I (と・ま・ど・い?)
  • Released: Spring 1984
  • Label: RBF Records
  • Formats: 45 RPM Record
Engineering
Sound Adviser
All
Michiro Endo VIETNAM LEGEND (ベトナム伝説 Betonamu Densetsu?) Guitar
Keyboard
Kanon (カノン?)
KI-GA KI-GA KI-KYO
  • Released: June 1984
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: 45 RPM Record
Bass
Keyboard
Arrangement
KI-GA KI-GA KI-KYO (飢餓々々帰郷?)[6]
Hisakatsu Igarashi PUZZLE
  • Released: December 1, 1984
  • Label: KING RECORD, NEXUS Records
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
Composition
Guitar
SEVEN JOINT MAN (七節男 Nana Fushi Otoko?)[7]
THE LOODS HARD MOUSE
  • Released: 1985
  • Label: RBF Records
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
Production/Adjustment
Keyboard
"Hard Mouse" and "Paradise"
STOP FUCKIN' AROUND!
  • Released: February 10, 1985
  • Label: RBF Records
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
Production/Adjustment
Keyboard
All[8]
Michiro Endo THE END
  • Released: March 30, 1985
  • Label: TŌSHIBA-EMI
  • Formats: 45 RPM Record
Synthesizer ING, O! 7 (インゴ セブン Ingo Sebun?)
WATER SISTER
THE LOODS LOUD MACHINE
  • Released: 1986
  • Label: RBF Records
  • Formats: 33 RPM Record
Production All
THE GROOVERS Maximum Kiss Production
Arrangement
All
For the Sister Moon (シスター・ムーンのために Shisutā Mūn no Tameni?)
Jun Togawa Geinō Seikatsu Jū Shūnen Kinen (芸能生活十周年記念?)
Shōwa Kyōnen (昭和享年?)
Arrangement
Performance
Virgin Blues (バージンブルース Bājin Burūzu?), Knight of the Ribbon (リボンの騎士 Ribon no Kishi?) and Yo ga Akete (夜が明けて?)[9]
Kazutoki Umezu KINEMA
  • Released: April 21, 1990
  • Label: NEC Avenue
  • Formats: CD
Vocals FROM CHERBOURG ~ LES PARAPLUIES DE CHERBOURG (シェルブールから~シェルブールの雨傘 Sherubūru Kara ~ Sherubūru no Amagasa?)
Wakako Shimazaki White Album'90
  • Released: November 10, 1990
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Composition
Arrangement
Performance
Christmas in Africa (アフリカのクリスマス Afurika no Kurisumasu?)[10]
Tadahiko Yokogawa TWO OF US
  • Released: December 1990
  • Label: VIVID SOUND, Cycle Records
  • Formats: CD
Lyrics
Vocals
Truk Lagoon (トラック・ラグーン Torakku Ragūn?)
Jun Togawa Virgin Blues (バージンブルース Bājin Burūzu?)
  • Released: December 21, 1990
  • Label: Teichiku Records
  • Formats: Mini CD single
Arrangement
Performance
All[10]
Yapoos Dial Y for Murder (ダイヤルYを廻せ! Daiyaru Y o Mawase!?)
  • Released: June 7, 1991
  • Label: TŌSHIBA-EMI
  • Formats: CD
Guitar 3 Tsu Kazoero (3つ数えろ?)
Hysteria (ヒステリヤ Hisuteriya?)
HERE IS EDEN I'll Continue to Play Even After the Night Falls (夜になっても遊び続けろ Yoru ni natte mo Asobi Tsudukero?)
  • Released: June 25, 1991
  • Label: Tokuma Japan Corporation, Japan Record
  • Formats: CD
Production
Guitar
Boku wa Mainichi Yūgata ni Naruto Sukoshi Tasogaretye Shimau (僕は毎日夕方になると少したそがれてしまう?) and Memento Mori (メメントモリ?)[12]
Yapoos Yapoos de la Cruz no Hanzai Teki Jinsei (ヤプーズ・デ・ラ・クルスの犯罪的人生?)
96m Maki 2 Mai Kasane Mishin me Ari (96m巻・2枚重ねミシン目あり?)
  • Released: October 16, 1991
  • Label: TŌSHIBA-EMI
  • Formats: VHS
Guitar Mysterious Guy (ミステリアス・ガイ Misuteriasu Gai?)
3 Tsu Kazoero (3つ数えろ?)
Hysteria (ヒステリヤ Hisuteriya?)
Red Chariot (赤い戦車 Akai Sensha?)
Fool Girl
Anti-ennui (アンチ・アンニュイ Anchi-annyui?)
Men's JUNAN
Watakushi no Naka no Tanin (私の中の他人?)
Insect Forces (昆虫軍 Konchū Gun?)
Dadada ism
  • Released: October 28, 1992
  • Label: TŌSHIBA-EMI
  • Formats: CD
Composition
Arrangement
Production
Virus (ヴィールス Vīrusu?)[13] and Condor Gaton Dekuru (コンドルが飛んでくる?)
4-D Subconscious Unity
  • Released: 1993
  • Label: Iron Beat Manifesto
  • Formats: CD
Guitar Frontier
TAKA Hyper Angel ~Genki no Moto wa Kimi no Egao~ (Hyper Angel ~元気の素はKimiの笑顔~?)
  • Released: March 25, 1994
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: Mini CD single
Production
Guitar
All
Shelly
  • Released: June 25, 1994
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: Mini CD single
TAKA
  • Released: July 25, 1994
  • Label: Polydor K.K.
  • Formats: CD
Kotobuki Hikaru with Phnonpenh Model Desk Top Hard Lock
  • Released: July 25, 1994
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Composition NEOTENY BOX (幼形成熟BOX Yō Keisei Juku BOX?)[14]
Yapoos Suspicious Activities of the Yapoos (ヤプーズの不審な行動 Yapoos no Fushin na Kōdō?)
  • Released: January 31, 1995
  • Label: disk UNION, AXËL
  • Formats: CD
Virus (ヴィールス Vīrusu?)
Tadahiko Yokogawa DIVE
  • Released: September 30, 1995
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Lyrics
Vocals
CALL
Yoko Ueno e-mix
Ai wa Shizukana Basho e Orite Kuru (愛は静かな場所へ降りてくる?)
  • Released: May 25, 1996
  • Label: MAGNET, biosphere Records
  • Formats: CD
Remixing[15] Flower of Asia (アジアの花 Ajia no Hana?) Tangmo Mix
PEVO CONVEX AND CONCAVE
  • Released: October 5, 1996
  • Label: DIW, SYUN
  • Formats: CD
Production
Vocals
Lyrics
All
Coelacance (シーラカンス Shīrakansu?)[16]
Wataru Kamiryo Karasu (鴉 (からす)?)
  • Released: October 19, 1996
  • Label: Nippon Columbia, TESLAKITE
  • Formats: CD
Guitar Solo voix
Karasu (Crow) (鴉 (からす)?)
Yūko Miyamura Mother Composition
Performance
Arrangement
All
Spirit ( Tamashii?)
  • Released: March 21, 1998
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
Mother
MOON[17]
Yoko Ueno biosphere
Label Sampler Plus
  • Released: September 23, 1998
  • Label: MAGNET, biosphere Records
  • Formats: CD
Remixing AOIFE (remix)
Yūko Miyamura Daisūshii (大四喜?)
  • Released: August 25, 1999
  • Label: Victor Entertainment
  • Formats: CD
Composition
Performance
Arrangement
Ruktun or Die[18]
Yuiko Man of the Land (陸の人よ Riku no Hito yo?) Composition[19]
Performance
Man of the Land (陸の人よ Riku no Hito yo?)[20]
NHK Okāsan to Issho Saishin Best (最新ベスト?)Kono Yubi Tomare (このゆびとまれ?)
  • Released: October 16, 2003
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: CD
Composition
Arrangement
Chikyū Neko (地球ネコ?)
Tanpopodan ni Hairou!! (タンポポ団にはいろう!!?)
  • Released: April 21, 2004
  • Label: Pony Canyon
  • Formats: DVD
4-D Die offizielle Raubkopie
  • Released: August 1, 2006
  • Label: Self-released
  • Formats: CD
Guest
(Computer
Programming
Vocals
Guitar)
Session7_1 (Yoko-Nari~Koni-Hira~Hirasawa Session)
Rekonnekted
  • Released: February 21, 2008
  • Label: 4-D Label
  • Formats: CD
Guitar My Neighbor Upstairs
Hiiro no Crew (緋色のCrew?)
  • Released: December 28, 2009
  • Label: 4-D Label
  • Formats: CD-R
Hiiro no Crew (緋色のCrew?) (nylon destroyed mix)
DENKMAL
  • Released: September 20, 2010
  • Label: 4-D Label
  • Formats: CD
Hiiro no Crew (緋色のCrew?) (Teruo Nakano's Cafè Mix)
DRIVE
  • Released: October 18, 2013
  • Label: 4-D Label
  • Formats: CD-R
CREST
Wieder
  • Released: December 28, 2013
  • Label: 4-D Label
  • Formats: CD-R
Guitar
Vocals
Wieder
PEVO The Spot Directive (スポット破壊指令 Supotto Hakai Shirei?)
  • Released: November 9, 2014
  • Label: Pullmozile
  • Formats: CD
Guitar[21] Ya! Po!
Kids of the Stars (星の子ども Hoshi no Kodomo?)
OFFICIAL BOOTLEG DVD
NEOZIC
  • Released: April, 2015
  • Label: Pullmozile
  • Formats: DVD
Guitar
Vocals[21]
 ?
  • 1 ^ Performed with Mandrake.
  • 2 ^ This record was included with a magazine that had an opinion piece by Hirasawa on Tony Banks published in it.
  • 3 ^ Performed with Mandrake. Covers of the entrance themes of Abdullah the Butcher and Jumbo Tsuruta.
  • 4 ^ Credited under "Special Thanks" (alongside P-Model keyboardist Yasumi Tanaka).
  • 5 ^ "Tonight" was also included in the compilation "TECHNOLOID 〜JAPANESE 80's NEW WAVE SAMPLER〜" (which also includes the P-Model song "Art Mania"). "Stock" (ストック Sutokku?) was also included in the compilation "Impossibles! ~ 80's JAPANESE PUNK & NEW WAVE" (which also includes the "Countless Answers" version of the P-Model song "Atom-Siberia").
  • 6 ^ Released with the magazine "ING, O! No.5". Act name given as "Michiro Endo + Susumu Hirasawa + Korechika Kitada + Jun Inui". The only track was also included in the compilation "KI-GA KI-GA KI-KYO".
  • 7 ^ Rerecording of the P-Model song of the same name from the album "Scuba", with new arrangement & guitar lines.
  • 8 ^ Fellow P-Model member Shunichi Miura also plays keyboards on all tracks.
  • 9 ^ Those tracks were also included in the compilations "TWIN ~ VERY BEST COLLECTION" and "TEICHIKU WORKS – 30th anniversary".
  • 10 ^ Lyrics co-written with Masami Orimo. Also included in the compilations "20th anniversary BOX", "for winter music Lovers ~ TECHNO POP Xmas" and "Archetype | 1989~1995 Polydor years of Hirasawa". Rerecorded solo as a standalone MP3 release for Christmas 2014.
  • 11 ^ The tracks with vocals were included in the compilations "TWIN ~ VERY BEST COLLECTION", "TOGAWA LEGEND – SELF SELECT BEST & RARE 1979~2008" and "TEICHIKU WORKS – 30th anniversary". The title track was included in the compilation "Sanagika no Onna: Mika Ninagawa Selection" and its music video was included in the 2002 and 2012 reissues of the video "Yapoos Keikaku" and the compilation "TEICHIKU WORKS – 30th anniversary".
  • 12 ^ "Memento Mori" was also included in the compilation "GROOVIN' Shōwa! 7 ~ Romantist".
  • 13 ^ This song was included in the compilation "TOGAWA LEGEND – SELF SELECT BEST & RARE 1979~2008".
  • 14 ^ A rerecording/remix of the P-Model song of the same name from Big Body, the album also includes an a capella alternatively named version of "LAB=01" from the album P-Model that doesn't use the parts written by Hirasawa and a remix of the Opening SE that P-Model used on their 1992 shows.
  • 15 ^ Remixed with fellow P-Model member Hajime Fukuma.
  • 16 ^ A cover of a P-Model song of the same name from the album Perspective (the original's lyrics were written by Hirasawa and Tanaka and the music was composed by Tanaka). The entire album's lyrics are sung in the PEVO language, which was created by the band (a dictionary can be found in the booklet) and sung by a pitch-shifted Hirasawa, who wasn't credited for either lyrics or vocals, but was credited for production as "Volquice Proladuke".
  • 17 ^ Hirasawa would later re-record both songs, with himself on vocals, for the album TECHNIQUE OF RELIEF. "Mother" was included in the compilation "Best Collection ~ Meccha Best".
  • 18 ^ Hirasawa would later re-record this song 5 times, with himself on vocals.
  • 19 ^ Co-written with Yuiko. Co-Credited with "Shirō Sakata" (Hirasawa under a pseudonym)
  • 20 ^ Also included in the album "Crystal" (結晶 Kesshō?).
  • 21 ^ Credited as "Volquice Proladuke".

Publications[edit]

  • Landsale – Record Copy Full Score (with Yasumi Tanaka & Katsuhiko Akiyama). Model House & Warner-Pioneer, 1980
  • Another Papers. Model House & Personal Pulse (independent fan club), 1983
  • Moire Club (official fanclub newsletter). Model House, 1985–1989 (12 volumes)
  • Hirasawa Bypass (official fanclub newsletter). I3 Promotion, 1989–1996 (19 volumes)
  • P-Model. I3 Promotion, 1992
  • Syumatsu no Kajitsu Mokuroku (終末の果実目録?, End-Time Fruit Catalog). Disk Union, 1992
  • Utage no Shiori (宴の栞?, Bookmark's Banquet) two 16-page booklets: Kami (?, Upper) & Shimo (?, Lower). DIW (Disk Union) & SYUN, 1994
  • tokyo paranesian. I3 Promotion, 1994
  • Sim City Photographs. I3 Promotion, 1995
  • ura P-mania (裏P-MANIA?) – P-model no kako ha ikaga?. Sankakuyama Tsūshin (independent fan club), 1995
  • Interactive Live Show Vol.5. Hirasawa Bypass (I3 Promotion), 1996
  • p-model 1996. Hirasawa Bypass (I3 Promotion), 1996
  • Day Scanner of Susumu Hirasawa. Chaos Union & Teslakite, 1997
  • Green Nerve (official fanclub newsletter). Chaos Union & Teslakite, 1997–present (34 volumes)
  • deranged door (錯乱の扉 sakuran no tobira?). Chaos Union & Marquee, 1997 (2 volumes)
  • World Cell – History of Interactive Live Show. Chaos Union & Teslakite, 1998
  • Music Industrial Wastes (音楽産業廃棄物 Ongaku Sangyō Haikibutsu?). Chaos Union & SoftBank, 1999 (2 books & 1 CD-ROM)
    • P-Model Side – Open Source
    • Hirasawa Side – Ouroboros' Desktop (卓上のウロボロス Takujō no Uroborosu?)
    • Rev.2.0 (revised reissue). Chaos Union & Fascination, 2005
    • Rev.2.4 v2010 (revised digital reissue). Chaos Union & Fascination, 2010 (available as both a limited pressing of a 1000 physical DVD-ROMs and as download)
  • A Young Person's Guide to Mandrake 1973–1978. Chaos Union & Mecano, 2006
  • Live Byakkoya. Chaos Union & Teslakite, 2006
  • SP-2 (mix of photography & essays). Chaos Union & Teslakite, 2008
  • Near Future Never Come (来なかった近未来?). Chaos Union & Fascination (material originally posted on FAMIGA), 2010
  • Magazoff (independent newsletter). Magazoff, 2013–present (3 volumes)
  • From Gazio to KAKU P-MODEL – 20 Questions (Gazioから核P-MODELへ20の質問?). Gazio, 2013
  • Inner Groover (音のみぞ?) (independent newsletter). Fascination, 2014–present (1 volume)

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