January 6, 2020
I am grateful and happy to announce that the Japanese translation of Japanoise is finally out on Suisheisha Press! A million thanks to Yu Wakao
for his careful and dedicated work in moving these words between languages, and to Telle Kumazawa
for her wonderful cover photograph of Masonna at the Festival Beyond Innocence 2002 at Bridge Osaka. You can find it at independent bookstores and online at Rakuten
, even HMV
April 5, 2019
If you are in Los Angeles, please check out Part II of the great exhibition Parergon: Japanese Art of the 1980s and 1990s
, running through May 19th, featuring an amazing lineup of performances by EYE, Haino Keiji, Otomo Yoshihide, and SAICOBAB! I will be having a public conversation with Otomo on May 4 at Blum & Poe, and contributing to the exhibition catalogue. Congrats to curator Mika Yoshitake!
January 25, 2019
At long last.... "Incapacitants the Movie!
" Tarō Maruyama made this fantastic 45 minute documentary with great interviews and concert clips. With embedded English subtitles! A must-see!
November 29, 2018
The online journal Books & Ideas (La Vie des Idées) has published "Japanoise: Affect at the Edge of Music
," an interview with Edouard Degay Delpeuch - the longer version is published in French in the December issue of Volume!
The French Journal of Popular Music Studies as "Feedback global et mort du son: Une anthropologie de la Japanoise.
" Thanks Edouard!
November 16, 2018
The Malaysian underground publisher Repulsive Regurgitation printed a special local version of Japanoise with an alternative cover
, limited to 150 copies and sold within Malaysia only, for cost, to raise funds for a local musician in need. Thanks to Repulsive Regurgitation and my gratitude to Duke for agreeing to a Creative Commons publishing license that allows for open access reprinting.
June 1, 2018
The June issue of The Wire
includes my article on Senyawa
and their roots in the Javanese underground music scene! Thanks to Rully Shabara for a great playlist to accompany the article, which you can stream on the Wire website here
February 26, 2018
My short essay on Boredoms is out in the exciting and voluminous new textbook Introducing Japanese Popular Culture
The chapter - "In Search of Japanoise: Globalizing Underground Music
" -- boils down the central arguments of the book for an undergraduate readership. Hope it's useful for those who want a short essay to introduce the basics of Japanoise
for their students, and congrats to editors Alisa Freedman and Toby Slade for a sterling job in wrangling all of these chapters into the final publication! Also check out the online resources for the chapter here
(under Chapter 16).
December 28, 2017
The Wire's December issue features my On Location essay and photo on the 2017 Asian Meeting Festival
Japan tour. Learn more about this great project on the Asian Music Network site
June 15, 2017
I was lucky enough to catch a great show by Hijokaidan in Los Angeles (their first in the city since 1993) at the Handbag Factory! Thanks to Oxen Records for organizing. Here's a clip of my video footage
March 17, 2017
A few more recent reviews to mention! Russ Skelchy penned one for the Journal of World Popular Music
; Benjamin Harley contributed one for the online journal of rhetoric Enculturation
; and finally a multibook review by Rodney Garnett in Reviews in Anthropology
putting Japanoise in dialogue with 3 other great new books on anthro of sound (Daniel Fisher's The Voice and Its Doubles: Media and Music in Northern Australia,
Matt Sakakeeny's Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans
and John Troutman's Kika Kila: How the Hawaiian Steel Guitar Changed the Sound of Modern Music)!
December 1, 2016
Happy to see Japanoise featured again in the Japan Times, this time in great company for a multi-book review by Ian Martin that includes Michael Bourdaghs's Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop
and David Hopkins's Dokkiri! Japanese Indies Music 1976-1989: A History and Guide
. I look forward to Ian's new book “Quit Your Band! — Musical Notes from the Japanese Underground
," just out on Awai Books.
October 24, 2016
Here's a couple more recent and very engaged reviews of Japanoise, one by Benjamin Tausig for Ethnomusicology Forum
, and another for Current Musicology by Andrés García Molina
August 10, 2016
I did an interview for BOMB magazine with the great Indonesian experimental duo Senyawa
, in the midst of their first tour of the US. Check out their amazing live performance if you are in the vicinity of any stop on their tour
May 19, 2016
Another double review, this time by Christine Yano pairing Japanoise with Michael Bourdaghs's terrific postwar cultural history Sayonara Amerika, Sayonara Nippon: A Geopolitical Prehistory of J-Pop
in the latest issue of Ethnomusicology
January 3, 2016
Check out the English translation of my interview with Naoki Kato on the Film International website
; then check out his films Carnival Folklore 2045
December 20, 2015
Wonderfully in-depth double review of Japanoise and Bonnie Wade's Composing Japanese Musical Modernity
by Scott Aalgaard in the November issue of the Journal of Asian Studies here
July 21, 2015
This month I did a radio show on Onkyo-kei
for Beijing-based experimentalist Yan Jun's Radio Enemy series, featuring many of my favorite artists (including one of my own field recordings of Cosmos (Sachiko M & Ami Yoshida) in their first performance in 1998). The radio mix is a companion piece for the Chinese publication of my essay "Playing Off Site: The Untranslation of Onkyo," which can be accessed in two parts
via the Subjam website
. Thanks to Shan Huang for his translation!
June 15, 2015
Japanoise was recently honored with reviews by two of my senpai
in Japanese popular music studies,
Taylor Atkins (author of Blue Nippon: Authenticating Jazz in Japan
) and Carolyn Stevens (author of Japanese Popular Music: Culture, Authenticity, and Power
), in Asian Music
and American Ethnologist
. Otsukaresama, arigatou gozaimashita!
June 5 and 6, 2015
A unique opportunity if you are in Seattle for the International Film Festival on June 5/6 to catch a "live movie screening" featuring T. Mikawa of Incapacitants/Hijokaidan as well as the Noise duo Sierror! in support of the new film 2045 Carnival Folklore
directed by Naoki Kato! The film is stunningly bizarre and original, and features an incredible series of Noise sounds and performances - check out this trailer featuring Mikawa
(who also plays "The General" in the film)...! You can read my interview with Kato-san on the Loadshow site
May 18, 2015
Check out Hijokaidan performing live on TV, also with Otomo Yoshihide, in this unprecedented hour-long talkshow on the history of Noise
! There's a genre history of Noise (culminating in Japanoise), starting around 10 minutes in, and at the end, there's a demo of Noisemaking technologies and the panelists "try out" Noise performance to hilarious effect. Amazing.
January 20, 2015
Nice review by Kaneko Tomotaro in this month's Artes Magazine!
December 10, 2014
Read excerpts of Japanoise
translated into Chinese, posted on the Douban website, here
October 17, 2014
Red Bull Music Academy is in Tokyo this year, and the magazine is featuring Noise (yes, you read that right), including an interview with me
(also in Japanese, here
), as well as one with Nakahara Masaya of VOC/Hair Stylistics
, a piece on Haino Keiji
, and an excellent "brief history of Noise" by Matsumura Masato
August 28, 2014
Decibel Magazine has a feature on Japanoise in its August 2014 "Noise" issue, featuring an interview with yours truly, by author Daniel Lake.
July 4, 2014
Proud to announce that Japanoise has won the 2014 British Forum for Ethnomusicology Book Prize! Ta much BFE!
May 26, 2014
For the hardcore: a 3-hour special interview feature on Japanoise, hosted by Muad' Dib on KFJC 89.7 FM in San Francisco (Playlist/Listen)
May 2, 2014
Reseña de Japanoise en Español por Juanito Tormenta.
April 23, 2014
Max Ritts provides a cultural geography take on Japanoise in Society and Space.
March 6, 2014
Cool piece in the hacktivist media art magazine Neural, by founder Alessandro Ludovico. Standout phrase: "Novak’s commitment to listen to the sounds live, despite the risks to his own hearing, make for a lot of engaging field reports."
March 4, 2014
Here's a thoughtful review of Japanoise at Sounding Out!
January 22, 2014
Check out Nana Kaneko's generous discussion of Japanoise on Ethnomusicology Review.
December 19, 2013
Japanoise made the Top Books of 2013 lists at Colloidal Semantika and StompBeast, and landed in Neil Young Cloaca's 2013 "Inspiration Heap" at Boston Hassle.
December 3, 2013
Check out an extended interview with Carla Nappi for the New Books Network podcast series (cross-listed in East Asia, Anthropology, and Music).
November 2, 2013
Cool and adventurous presentation of Japanoise in this Ars Sonora broadcast on new books about Noise, for Spanish national radio RTVE (Japanoise segment begins at 16:15 with Pain Jerk track).
October 19, 2013
The Japan Times weighs in on Japanoise (as a national genre, no less)...
August 15, 2013
Andrew Sullivan posts about Japanoise on his blog Dish, and embeds a super-harsh Merzbow clip.
August 7, 2013
Inside Higher Ed features a review of Japanoise by Scott McLemee (in the "Intellectual Affairs" section - how risque!). "A new book charts the rise of an artform so loud and harsh that "music" may not be the word for it."
July 11, 2013
This week in Oxford for the Music, Digitisation, Mediation conference, to deliver the paper "Feedback and Submergence: Making Nonsense of Global Media."
July 1, 2013
My short Epiphanies essay, which describes how I got into the Japanoise project through early experiences with the Boredoms, is in the July issue of The Wire. I was also asked to contribute this Portal of links to my favorite online sound archives for the web-based part of the magazine.
June 7, 2013
An excerpt from Chapter 1 is featured today on the home page of web journal Pop Matters.
June 4, 2013
Japanoise is born! Here's the UC Press Release for the book, based on an interview with Sonia Fernandez - nice video embed of the Incapacitants, too!