#Notes of Forestry

by Motohiko Hamase

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    Essential Japanese Ambient / Electronic / Minimalism from MOTOHIKO HAMASE
    Co-produced by YOSHIO OJIMA / Featuring SATSUKI SHIBANO
    Originally Released in 1988 via NEWSIC / WACOAL ART CENTER
    Official Reissue Overseen by the Artist / With Liner Notes
    Reissued in Conjunction with Hamase’s Anecdote and Technodrome albums
    From the ESPLANADE_SERIES
    An Archival Focus on Yoshio Ojima, Satsuki Shibano, and Motohiko Hamase

    Side A

    1. #Notes Of Forestry 6:13
    2. Pascal 7:44

    Side B

    1. Spiral For Multipul Instruments 8:04
    2. Nude 17:14

    Produced by Motohiko Hamase
    Co-Produced by Yoshio Ojima for Wacoal Art Center
    All Compositions by Motohiko Hamase
    Acoustic piano by Satsuki Shibano
    Percussions by Yasunori Yamaguchi
    Electric bass solo by M. Hamase
    Mixed by Juli Kawai
    Assisted by Lyuta Mazda, Naoto Shibuya
    Synthesizer manipulated by Akila Takahashi and Motohiko Hamase
    Sequence programmed by Motohiko Hamase
    Recorded at Studio farm, Tokyo, March 1988

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    Co-produced by YOSHIO OJIMA / Featuring SATSUKI SHIBANO
    Originally Released in 1988 via NEWSIC / WACOAL ART CENTER
    Official Reissue Overseen by the Artist
    With Liner Notes
    Reissued in Conjunction with Hamase’s Anecdote and Technodrome albums
    From the ESPLANADE_SERIES
    An Archival Focus on Yoshio Ojima, Satsuki Shibano, and Motohiko Hamase

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  • Limited Box Set Signed by Motohiko Hamase with #Notes of Forestry LP, Technodrome LP, Anecdote DLP + Sweatshirt + Hat (Edition of 20 - Most Limited Bundle Ever!)
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    Essential Japanese Ambient / Electronic / Minimalism from MOTOHIKO HAMASE
    Co-produced by YOSHIO OJIMA / Featuring SATSUKI SHIBANO
    Originally Released in 1988 via NEWSIC / WACOAL ART CENTER
    Official Reissue Overseen by the Artist / With Liner Notes
    Reissued in Conjunction with Hamase’s Anecdote and Technodrome albums
    From the ESPLANADE_SERIES
    An Archival Focus on Yoshio Ojima, Satsuki Shibano, and Motohiko Hamase

    Includes unlimited streaming of #Notes of Forestry via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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    Essential Japanese Ambient / Electronic / Minimalism from MOTOHIKO HAMASE
    Co-produced by YOSHIO OJIMA / Featuring SATSUKI SHIBANO
    Originally Released in 1988 via NEWSIC / WACOAL ART CENTER
    Official Reissue Overseen by the Artist / With Liner Notes
    Reissued in Conjunction with Hamase’s Anecdote and Technodrome albums
    From the ESPLANADE_SERIES
    An Archival Focus on Yoshio Ojima, Satsuki Shibano, and Motohiko Hamase

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    Essential Japanese Ambient / Electronic / Minimalism from MOTOHIKO HAMASE
    Co-produced by YOSHIO OJIMA / Featuring SATSUKI SHIBANO
    Originally Released in 1988 via NEWSIC / WACOAL ART CENTER
    Official Reissue Overseen by the Artist / With Liner Notes
    Reissued in Conjunction with Hamase’s Anecdote and Technodrome albums
    From the ESPLANADE_SERIES
    An Archival Focus on Yoshio Ojima, Satsuki Shibano, and Motohiko Hamase

    Includes unlimited streaming of #Notes of Forestry via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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    + Green Low-Profile Pigment-Dyed #Notes of Forestry Hat
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Essential Japanese Ambient / Electronic / Minimalism from MOTOHIKO HAMASE
Co-produced by YOSHIO OJIMA / Featuring SATSUKI SHIBANO
Originally Released in 1988 via NEWSIC / WACOAL ART CENTER
Official Reissue Overseen by the Artist / With Liner Notes
Reissued in Conjunction with Hamase’s Anecdote and Technodrome albums
From the ESPLANADE_SERIES
An Archival Focus on Yoshio Ojima, Satsuki Shibano, and Motohiko Hamase

WRWTFWW Records is excited to announce the official reissue of Motohiko Hamase’s remarkable ambient/environmental/minimalism project #Notes of Forestry, available for the first time since 1988. The album is sourced from original masters and available on vinyl and CD with liner notes from the artist. This marks the third release from the ESPLANADE SERIES which focuses on the works of Yoshio Ojima, Motohiko Hamase and Satsuki Shibano.

One of the most fascinating and peculiar works from the golden era of Japanese ambient, #Notes of Forestry was initially released in 1988 by Newsic, the cult label started by Tokyo’s Wacoal Art Center (also known as Spiral), home, notably, of Yoshio Ojima who co-produced the album. Conceived by Jazz bassist turned experimentalist Motohiko Hamase, the magnum opus offers an enchanting mix of free-form pastoral electronics, otherworldly percussions by Yasunori Yamaguchi, and delightfully allusive piano played by none other than Satsuki Shibano (Sound Process’ Wave Notation 3).

Vibrant, sometimes eerie, and absolutely captivating, #Forestry captures Hamase’s quest for musical freedom, he explains:

"Inside the body of a musician, music is always transcendentally resonating. More than language, music reigns. When creating music overlaps with the moment my body performs, I strive to be as close as possible to the feeling of musical freedom. I feel that this notion lies at
the foundation of this album".

Musical freedom, here, provides an essential escape, extending the path uncovered by pivotal releases such as Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass, Satoshi Ashikawa’s Still Way, and Yutaka Hirose’s Nova.

Side A

1. #Notes Of Forestry 6:13
2. Pascal 7:44

Side B

1. Spiral For Multipul Instruments 8:04
2. Nude 17:14

Produced by Motohiko Hamase
Co-Produced by Yoshio Ojima for Wacoal Art Center
All Compositions by Motohiko Hamase
Acoustic piano by Satsuki Shibano
Percussions by Yasunori Yamaguchi
Electric bass solo by M. Hamase
Mixed by Juli Kawai
Assisted by Lyuta Mazda, Naoto Shibuya
Synthesizer manipulated by Akila Takahashi and Motohiko Hamase
Sequence programmed by Motohiko Hamase
Recorded at Studio farm, Tokyo, March 1988

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released May 15, 2020

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