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MUSIC, AMBIENCE AND SOUND ART => Other Ambient (and related) Music => Topic started by: jim brenholts on September 22, 2008, 05:11:00 PM

Title: kenji siratori
Post by: jim brenholts on September 22, 2008, 05:11:00 PM
i bid on a cd batch (something like $10 for 4 discs) and got them today. all are by kenji siratori, a japanese artist who does some awesome dark ambient with some slight noise elements. this is some first rate stuff that would appeal to fans of lustmord, rapoon, lull and true color of blood, among others. very nice stuff and highly recommended!
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: drone on on September 22, 2008, 06:10:11 PM
I have "Callous Cell" released on Oophoi's Umbra label, and it is excellent surreal (and not too dark) ambient.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Campus Stellae on September 23, 2008, 01:40:34 AM
I have just released another Kenji Siratori disc on Umbra, entitled "Inside the Rabbit": it is another fine excursion in deep ambient/experimental structures. This artist deserves more attention, IMHO.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Thaumogenesis on September 23, 2008, 10:34:51 AM
He's an attention grabbing hack. If you want the definition of a hipster, he's it.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: jim brenholts on September 24, 2008, 03:19:40 PM
He's an attention grabbing hack. If you want the definition of a hipster, he's it.
ok, so what does that have to do with his ability to make great dark ambient music? some of the most self-absorbed and self-promoting musicians are among thos most revered by music fans everywhere. (ie, we are more popular than God, attributed to john lennon discussing the beatles. luciano pavarotti is a pompous asshole from most accounts i have read/heard.)
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Trippa on September 24, 2008, 05:18:05 PM
He's dead, Jim
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: ffcal on September 24, 2008, 08:37:10 PM
He's dead, Jim

Thought for a second there that you were a Star Trek fan...

A few years ago, I received a strange brief email from a person who identified himself as Kenji Siratori, and who was apparently looking for persons to remix his experimental poetry.  I know of least two others who received the same email.  I have 3" by him in a dark ambient called "Melancholic Lobotomy" that is not bad, but has some unpleasantly provocative artwork that made think of SPK and Whitehouse (a drawing of a person holding a severed head).

Forrest
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Thaumogenesis on September 25, 2008, 12:52:45 PM
^^ That's a prime example of what I'm talking about. He literally does that with everyone in the 'scene,' trying to stick his nose into anything and everything, when the guy really brings nothing to the table.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: jim brenholts on September 25, 2008, 02:46:00 PM
He's dead, Jim
i know that lennon is dead. is pavarotti dead, too?
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Undershadow on September 25, 2008, 03:47:48 PM

is pavarotti dead, too?


Check it out: http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/pnames-nf/Pavarotti+Luciano (http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/dead.nsf/pnames-nf/Pavarotti+Luciano)

Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Exuviae on September 28, 2008, 08:56:03 AM
WOW! The timing of this thread couldn't be any more perfect-given the nature and location of these posts…SO…without further ado:

http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=1143.0 (http://www.hypnos.com/smf/index.php?topic=1143.0)


.b
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: drone on on September 28, 2008, 09:00:48 AM
Hey Brooks, you should've called it "Attention Grabbing Hack Hipster meets Exuviae"! heh heh
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Exuviae on September 28, 2008, 09:05:29 AM
Hey Drone On-

Or, if I'm real lucky...Exuviae will now be known the world over as "The Definition of a Hispter" !

.b
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Hana on September 29, 2008, 08:17:27 PM
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I know of least two others who received the same email
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That's a prime example of what I'm talking about. He literally does that with everyone in the 'scene,' trying to stick his nose into anything and everything, when the guy really brings nothing to the table.

In Europe SIRATORI is well known for his (bad) behavior. Two years ago he sent a message "I like your music, I want to collaborate with you" to every projects on myspace labeled as industrial or dark ambient. The truth is he doesn't care about these people, he just wants his name on a release. It can be a crap CDR or a pro CD, working with a good or bad projects, it doesn't matter to him. I think he has a deep freudian complex, he needs a "big" list of collaborations ;)

For the ones who might not believe me, please have a look by yourself

http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kenji+Siratori

I know at least 20 people who received the same email. He also wrotes me two times: two years ago because he wanted to collaborate with me as a musician, a few month ago because he wanted me to release his new CD / a very boring shit btw.

Take Care
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: mgriffin on September 30, 2008, 08:51:43 AM
It appears as if Siratori's releases in 2007 and 2008 give new meaning to the world "prolific."  And 2006 was bad enough...
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Brian Bieniowski on September 30, 2008, 11:36:34 AM
http://www.discogs.com/artist/Kenji+Siratori

This guy's got one of the most entertaining to read discographies anywhere.  Just the album/label titles alone are priceless.  It's almost as though he's doing Gysin cut-ups with a scant selection of fifteen or so "dark" words.  Awesomely bad.  ;D
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: jkn on September 30, 2008, 12:08:47 PM
Wow!   I hadn't clicked on the discogs list until just now and...  um....  wow.

The discogs write up seems to say it all...

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Born March 13, 1975, in Chitose, Hokkaidō, Japan, Kenji Siratori is a cyberpunk author and internet self-promoter. He first gained attention in 2006 by writing to as many industrial, ambient, EBM and goth bands he could find, including "reviews" of them in his idiosyncratic style, and asking to collaborate. His scattergun approach proved successful, despite his reviews of non-sequitirs and non-sensical cyberspeak being interchangeable, and a slew of collaborations from flattered musicians were soon foisted upon the world.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: Thaumogenesis on September 30, 2008, 03:50:10 PM
Note he was also sacked as a 'reviewer' for that site.

'Internet self promoter' just about says it all...
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: ffcal on September 30, 2008, 10:05:40 PM
That discogs entry is pretty funny.  Odd that so many folks took the bait.  Maybe Siratori is really a computer program or virus.  His poetry certainly does not pass the Turing test.  I think we may have a rough model for creating extensive discographies in the future...why waste time creating music when you can contract it out?

Forrest
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: 9dragons on September 30, 2008, 10:28:20 PM
Kenji Siratori is the most fascinating writer I have never been able to read. Your idea about him being a computer program or a virus is genius, Forrest; I was thinking he (it) was some kind of construct, like something out of a William Gibson novel. His output and textual presence is insane enough not to be written off as pretentious. Indeed, his text is unreadable, undigestible, but a page of his text, if you just skip around reading randomly, actually creates something more like a painting, or actual visual enjoyment, other than narrative.

Has anyone ever seen this guy play live? Or spoken to him, actually heard his voice? There is a strange collaboration on a Contagious Orgasm track, where Siratori's voice is extremely warped, to the point where I cannot tell if he is speaking Japanese or unaccented English. This has led me to my own pet theory, that Siratori is actually the British extreme writer James Havoc. Havoc supposedly disappeared in 1999 during a drinking binge in Japan, after eleven days of consuming Asahi beer:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Havoc

Siratori is said to be born in Hokkaido, and living in Sapporo, of course another world famous Japanese beer brewer.

Havoc resurfaces as Siratori's "editor" http://www.amazon.com/Acidhuman-Project-Kenji-Siratori/dp/1840681179, while no other information on him is available. Before 1999, he had been associated with Creation Books, had been writing and making music. Suddenly this stops and "Siratori" is putting out tons of music and writing...

Hmmm.....
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: 9dragons on September 30, 2008, 10:31:09 PM
And I really like Japanese beer, but haven't been able to determine if I like Asahi or Sapporo better. Perhaps another thread...
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: bunkdata on October 01, 2008, 07:42:43 AM
Had to chime in on this one as well!

I was not familiar with the work of Kenji Siratori prior to his work with Exuviae, but I did do my research on him prior to releasing The Drug Embryo on Dark Winter.  It was obvious he was very prolific to the point of insanity but I kind of found it interesting that so many labels decided to release his works.  While many may not agree with his methods and approach, he seems to be very up front and direct, and it's not like he's pretending to be something/someone he's not (I love the post about him being a virus!).  His text works were very intriguing to me both from the stream of consciousness standpoint and from the layout and design side.  When Brooks matched this up with his soundscapes, treatments and imagery, I was very impressed with the package as a whole and very proud to release it as my 50th release on Dark Winter.  For me, it's not always about how many proverbial notches an artist has on their bedpost, but rather how the music/project sounds.  While I can't speak to the other Kenji related works out there (and there is MANY) I feel that the Exuviae/Kenji release is a most enjoyable listening experience and with that I would be interested in hearing more of his material based on this initial excursion...

Best,
Nathan
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: mgriffin on October 01, 2008, 09:01:40 AM
Rather than just die in a nursing home some day, I'd much rather disappear in a foreign country on a massive beer-drinking binge.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: jim brenholts on October 03, 2008, 03:29:49 PM
Rather than just die in a nursing home some day, I'd much rather disappear in a foreign country on a massive beer-drinking binge.
uh, i've done that mike. it is nowhere near as much fun as it sounds.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: mgriffin on October 03, 2008, 03:32:00 PM
It's only fun if you end up presumed dead, and all kinds of people try to figure out if maybe you took on a new identify in that foreign country.  It's kind of Jim Morrison-like.
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: jim brenholts on October 04, 2008, 09:04:32 AM
It's only fun if you end up presumed dead, and all kinds of people try to figure out if maybe you took on a new identify in that foreign country.  It's kind of Jim Morrison-like.
maybe that's what really happened to elvis?
Title: Re: kenji siratori
Post by: drone on on October 04, 2008, 11:08:13 PM
I'm voting KENJI SIRATORI for president this election.  With his multi-faceted skills in writing, music, and persuasion, he will make a grand global leader.