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15 Questions to Shinobu Nemoto

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Hi! How are you? Where are you?
Hi, I am pretty stressed at the moment and don't have any money at all. I've been suffering from chest problems. I visited the doctor to checked whether it's an angina. But I do not yet know the result. I feel that I may be poisoned by my wife. A lot of delusions afflict me as well as insomnia. I hide in my studio every day here in Japan - every kind of situation can stimulate me to make music.

What’s on your schedule right now?
There is nothing I can call a schedule at present. But I continue to record every day.

How would you describe and rate the music scene of the country you are currently living in?
Hmm ... I don't listen to any kind of recent Japanese music at all. But I do love the traditional Japanese entertainment of "Kyogen" and "Noh" so much. It is marvelous. This is what I imagine the sound of Nirvana to be like.

Do you see yourself as part of a certain tradition or as part of a movement?

There is an underground water vein which will never break off. I am one of the successors of that water vein.

In terms of composition, what do you consider your main challenges?
I try to suspend thought as perfectly as I can and to work as quickly as possible. I love to listen to demo-recordings a lot. And I try to succeed in recreating the excellence of a demo, too.

How would you describe your method of composing?
Complete destruction of objectivity.

In which way, would you say, is your cultural background reflected in your work?
I love human beings, but I can't relate to everyone equally well. There's a sense of explosive unease. I am scared of public places where people gather. I'm completely ruled by myself rather than others, I don't know where that came from. I know a ghost. It is slightly scary. But I feel "real" exactly because of this. I am more affected by the economy and technology at large than Japanese culture in particular.

How do you see the relationship between sound and composition?
The composition method I apply can both be repeated and reversed. But sound is non-reciprocal. Sound disappears as soon as one's composition methods are thoroughly purified. Can music be made only from sound? Or are concepts the most important aspect in music? There is something which can't be told through the dichotomy of composition and sound. People who own a personal recording studio will try and make all musical elements intersect freely. This, to me, reflects the brain of the composer more directly than anything else. Therefore, for me composition and sound are one and the same.

How strictly do you separate improvising and composing?
Improvisation is sometimes physiological. But composition can be more reflective. Improvisation can capture a miraculous moment, with composition adding logic to it. This, at least, is as far as the general opinion goes. But an irresponsible improvisation frankly draws out what I feel best. I love it. I'm not interested in a so-called composition technique. I create a song while playing with some recording machines. I do not use a "PC". There is no hybridization there. I record the sound of modern effects on a fifty-year old recording device. It is so exciting! And I can't actually say exactly whether this method is an improvisation or a composition.

What does the term „new“ mean to you in connection with music?

A composer may have an air of a creator. But it is not a problem for me. Should I find my true reason for being through comparing myself with another person? It is neither a big problem for me, nor is it a mistake. I just do my best to get my work done. Whether or not it is new or not, I don't care.

Do you personally enjoy multimedia as an enrichment or do you feel that it is leading away from the essence of what you want to achieve?

To me, it is simply an invention to create new desires and consumption. When I come in contact with "multimedia", it definitely affects me. There are strange possibilities. However, all of us will be left behind by the possibility. As persons, we all have a limit, but narcissism and desire are infinite. "Multimedia" may be a slaughter machine that feeds from the infinite desire of people.

What constitutes a good live performance in your opinion? What’s your approach to performing on stage?
I will stand on a dirty, small, cheaply lighted stage like a timid student. Or, I might get dead drunk and burn the guitar and the amplifier and myself. I do not presently have a concept for performing live. But I do want to tour with my improvisations.

How, would you say, could non-mainstream forms of music reach wider audiences without sacrificing their soul?
I make me music sincerely. Even if no one should listen to it, I will keep making music. Sacrifice is useless. We should make music to enjoy it. If it is perfectly executed, a lot of people may just begin to dance together. There is a slight light of hope anywhere, anytime. Everyone knows that.

You are given the position of artistic director of a festival. What would be on your program?
The music I listen to is stuff made by my friends. If I'd be a director, I'd make a program for friends. However, I do not have any sense of money-making at all.

Many artists dream of a “magnum opus”. Do you have a vision of what yours would sound like?
I already made my "magnum opus". No vision if it could describe it any better than this right now. There are moments when some factors simply work out. It is difficult to prepare for these things premeditatedly.

Shinobu Nemoto Discography:

As Shinobu Nemoto
Elephant Talks (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008
Brian Grainger & Shinobu Nemoto (Milieu Music) 2008   
Dispel Space-Time Lust/ w. Jason (Install) 2009   
Improvisations #1 (Experimedia) 2009
Improvisations # 2 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 3 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 4 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 5 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 6 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 7 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 8 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 9 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Improvisations # 10 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Improvisations # 11 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Improvisations # 12 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Enoshima Breeze (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Melting Loop Trip (Resting Bell) 2010   
Improvisation Air 2 (Install) 2010   
Improvisation Air 1 (Install) 2010   

As Summons of Shining Ruins

Hell's Views (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008   
Summons Of Shining Ruins 2 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008   
Summons Of Shining Ruins (Install) 2008
Heaven Smells (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008
Bird Requiem (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
The Deadly Sins (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Ileun (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Bud Variations (Moufu – Rokuon) 2009
Samurai (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Shoegaze / Stargaze (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Hodai (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Blaze in the Distance of Noise Floor (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010
Eden's Voice (Moufu – Rokuon) 2010

As Dark Side Of The Audio System
Loop Collections 1 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008   
Loop Collections 2 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008   
Loop Collections 3 (Moufu – Rokuon) 2008

With Josef [K]
Spirytus (Moufu – Rokuon) 2005
Karakara-Garagara (Moufu – Rokuon) 2006

Shinobu Nemoto

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