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lecture

Premiere: Dave Smith RBMA Tokyo 2014 Lecture

A synthesizer designer and tech visionary of the highest order reveals his history and working methods.

opinion

Top 10: Rising Japanese Electronic Music Producers

Check out some of Japan’s most exciting talents in house, techno, and beyond.

opinion

DJ Nobu: Japan’s Tireless Techno DJ

Mike Sunda profiles one of the country’s most talented – and busiest – jocks.

interview

Derrick May Interviews ele-king’s Tsutomu Noda

The tables are turned, as the techno pioneer asks the questions to Japan’s long-serving electronic music editor.

opinion

Top 10: ’90s Japanese Techno Classics

Epic tunes from the early days of Japanese techno.

interview

Interview: Denki Groove’s Takkyu Ishino

An in-depth interview with a Japanese techno legend.

opinion

The Rise of MF DOOM

The first in our series of online comics features the Madvillain himself.

opinion

Stockhausen in Japan

How the German avant-garde composer was transformed by his first visit to Japan.

opinion

David Sylvian and Japan

The story of Japan’s enduring influence on the pop singer turned avant troubadour.

opinion

DBS: Tokyo’s Drum & Bass Sessions

A profile of Tokyo’s longest-running bass-oriented night and its tireless founder.

opinion

A Guide to Keiji Haino

One of Japan’s most challenging and vital artists, in 15 records.

opinion

Killasan x Hard Wax

A bass-heavy partnership between Japan, Berlin, and Detroit.

opinion

A History of Mute Beat

The untold story of the most influential dub band in Japan’s history.

opinion

RIP Style Scott, Roots Radics Drummer

David Katz remembers the famed Jamaican percussionist.

opinion

The Birth of Noise in Japan

Merzbow, Masonna, and Masaya: Masato Matsumura explains the many artists (and philosophies) behind the polarizing genre and its beginnings.

interview

Interview: David Novak on noise, Fukushima, and more

The Japanoise expert talks about the evolution of the genre over the years, as well as Otomo Yoshihide’s important work in Fukushima.

interview

Interview: Masaya Nakahara

The noise musician on his music gear (or lack thereof), writing novels, and experiencing the emptiness and absurdity of life.

interview

Interview: DJ Muro

An extended sit-down with the Japanese hip hop pioneer.

opinion

Top 10: Japanese Hip Hop Classics

Danny Masao Winston charts some of the most influential moments in Japanese hip hop history.

opinion

The Birth of Hip Hop in Japan

Hiroshi Egaitsu explains how Japanese hip hop developed a unique style of its own.