Satoshi Tomiie announces the debut release from his experimental live project A_A

Satoshi Tomiie has announced the debut release from his experimental live project, A_A. ‘A_A’ will be released as a vinyl-only, 6 track album on his A_A imprint on 16 July (via Yoyaku distribution in Paris). A_A sees Satoshi return to a hardware era set-up, using no computers with each track performed and recorded live in one single pass.

Tomiie explains: “A_A is a project Inspired by Electric Jazz, Experimental Noise / Avant-garde and the stripped down elements from the music I’ve been loving and creating from the beginning – Electronic and House Music. Current project members are myself and Nao Gunji and the name stands for ABSTRACT_ARCHITECTURE, this represents its craft, sound and texture.”

He’s identified three key elements within A_A’s work, the foundation being Tomiie’s stripped down yet shuffled, house rooted groove with his own drum and percussion kit (sound design done on analog synthesis) and subtracted deep bass. He then cites the abstract sound/tone texture of Electric Jazz as a “big influence” on the project.

The third element, Experimental / Avant-garde, is where Tomiie invited Nao Gunji to the project to pursue it together, following the techniques of 20th century experimental composers through the use of modular synthesizers. The current line up of Eurorack modules is full of references to the 20th century avant-garde – from Pierre Schaffer’s Musique Concrète to John Cage’s Radio Music. There are modules that mimic Pauline Oliveros’ Tape Delay Music, Cage’s I-ching, or highly computational methods such as Granular synthesis.

At the centre of A_A’s set-up is the new Roland TR-8S that Satoshi created sounds for. A full list of tools and equipment follows below. Following the release of the forthcoming album, A_A live shows will be announced later this year.

Tools:

  • Roland TR-909
  • Roland TR-8S
  • Roland SH-10
  • Roland Jupiter-8
  • Moog Mini Moog Voyager
  • Korg MS-20M
  • Arp Odyssey
  • Arp Solina
  • Sequencial Circuit Pro One
  • DSI Prophet 6
  • Vermona PerFourMer mk2
  • Wurlitzer 200A Electric Piano
  • Eurorack Modular: Modules from companies such as leaskul F. Mobenthey, Qu-bit, Antimatter Audio, Audio Damage, Synthesis Technology, 4ms, Music Thing Modular, Ginko Synthesis, WMD, Intellijel, ALM, Mutable Instruments and Make Noise.
  • Roland RE-201

Tracklist
A. Abandoned In The Air
B1. Dim
B2. Aeo
C. Jam #1
D1. Dub
D2. Wah

Pre-order available here.


About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. A man that lives in a world of beats and bass, and total confusion about life!