Maybe he just didn't want to be involved in the music business anymore? Or, he has more important things going on than music. I think those things are more likely than death.
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Not wishing to hijack this thread and considering that the CD / CD-R issue has been discussed to death here, but I feel I should comment on the following:
'CDRs are barely worth publishing' and that they are 'pitiful and cheap'
Neither statements are true in my view, The CD-Rs I've had made up aren't cheap to make at all. More to the point.
FERN: I thought I was into obscure...never heard of about 80% of the stuff you list. How do you find the time??? Always a fun read, though...
....for example did you see the new release from Celer "Rags Of Discontentment"....Digitalis removed it from the website within hours as they sold out...see what I mean...it sucks becuase good ears loose in the end sometimes.
I just realized what disc 1 of Piss Frond reminded me of.
Eyes of Stanley Pain by Download.
Dead Voices on Air - Piss Frond
Two disc album of assorted weirdness, including a first disc of industrial-flavored experiments in churning layers, and a second disc I can only call "ambient." Really intriguing and strange.
my order has been shipped already :-)
the MP3's sound very promising..
now waiting for Pockets of Wheat..
Maju - Volume 3 - Extreme - CD
(To those who like ambient with texture and abrupt little glitches...I always found this artist to be very underated. Imagine Tetsu Inoue releasing something for Touch...I would have to say that Ben Frost and Lawrence English sound like this artist..not the other way around...do yourself a favor and buy all five albums while they are available)
Remixed by Celer (a 3" CDR of 2 Celer remixes of pieces by Thee Moths; somewhat hypnotic, a little too short (13'); spare but interesting handmade package held together by velcro, ltd to only 10(!))
Yes, clearly you're biased! <grin> Anyway, regardless of the relative merits or otherwise of Koyashiki's release, I have to disagree about recent Raster Noton. In 2008-9 there have been great releases by Alva Noto (Xerrox vol.1 and vol. 2) and Kangding Ray (Automne Fold), to name but three. These have had a more 'harmonised' quality than standard issue R-N - another dimension to some of their earlier stick-figure glitch-funk designs. In the more beat-driven area, the last releases by Byetone and Alva Noto were also very good, and, arguably, R-N has actually developed its sound in the last couple of years to one which is at once more texturally and harmonically rich and more rhythmically visceral - somehow less premised on that whole sort of labcoat-technician-meets-graphic-designer aesthetic on which it made its name initially, while not relinquishing the spirit/ethos of what it stands for.
I have a feeling Mr Koyashiki has listened to some Raster-Noton along the way. I'm not sure he's bringing much else to the table.