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PROFILE

Yoshio Machida is a sound & visual artist, Steel Pan player. Born in Japan in 1967.
He studied minimal art / music / film extensively under Kuniharu Akiyama, Yoshiaki Touno, Sakumi Hagiwara, Kishio Suga at Tama art university in Tokyo.

Machida has played for art events / music festivals like ISEA2004, Sonar-Tokyo, Europhonics Jazz Festival, Maerz Musik Festival, etc.. He has been introduced in a book "Haunted Weather" by David Toop and also in a compilation album "Japanese Avant Garde" (Sub Rosa, 2002) with Yoshihide Otomo, Sachiko M, Merzbow, Aki Onda, Haco, Toshimaru Nakamura, Merzbow, Yoshihiro Hanno. In 2005, "Afterimage" (from CD: Hypernatural #2, Softl Music) had been used as a soundtrack for French TV spot "Visual". In 2009, Machida directed sound design and composed soundtracks for Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition in Tokyo.

In the 90s, he was involved in international cooperation work in Asia, Africa and Mexico. Through this experience, he had opportunities to listen to rare ethnic musics and learned a lot. He was especially inspired by music, ceremony and culture based on Pan-East Asian sun worship basis, then he had come out with collage painting and field recording works "Hypernatural series" featuring Asian gong (the symbol of light and the sun in Asian culture). He also became interested in live music, he released Generative Music work "Amorphous" by floppy disk (with a software "Koan" that Brian Eno used). In 2001, Machida started to perform improvised music with Steelpan (steel drum). Because steelpan has metal overtones as the same as gong. At first he used self-made Steel Pan "Amorphone". For getting basic drone sound supporting improvisation (like tampura), he often used Max/MSP processing system. The improvisation style has been influenced from traditional Indian music. Now he plays Steelpans acoustically and electronic Steelpan "PanKAT", too. Machida is also a band member of miimo (dub-electronica unit with tatsu and Norihide Saji) and "Ohanami" (with Tatsuhisa Yamamoto, a drumer of Jim O'Rourke band).

In 2004, Machida founded AMORFON, a music label / a platform for contemporary art event. He has released his solo albums, unique artists' works from Eastern Europe that have not been introduced so much and "Kindermusik: Improvised Music by Babies", a unique compilation album consisted of only Babies' improvisations as expressing concerns about music. He organized "Japan-Macedonia exchange art exhibition" in Japan and Macedonia for the first time for both countries. As a visual artist, Machida makes "PHOTOBATIK", his original technique using photographic paper. Machida also writes for magazines, has lectures and some unique workshops for children through his art activity.



"A collection of deft, unassuming and very attractive performances. - The Wire
"Machida goes a long way towards making a compelling case for the instrument. - Textura
"Worth hearing" - Signal To Noise
"Light and reflective... perfect for moments of cleansing and contemplation. - Brainwashed
"In a word, wow! Without question, one of my favorite records this year. - The Other Music
"Machida handles it intelligently and sensitively. - The Wire
"intelligent avant-garde music for the delicate ear - the All-Music Guide
"beautiful relationship between 'reality' and artifice - The Wire
"Great record of intelligent and thoughtful electronic music. - The Sound Projector
"Many of its pieces coming across as yearning meditations on things beyond our control." - Tokafi
"Subtle improv music that sounds like nice ambient." - VITAL




Recent Activities

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2016

- CD release (solo album), "Tender Blues"
- Live tour in Southern Europe (Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria)

2015

- Live tour in Europe (Holland, Germany, Belgium)
- Multimedia Performance "Ya" (Bulgaria)

2014

- Group Exhibition "New Sound Sanctuary (Sound Installation)"
- CD release (solo album), "Music from the SYNTHI"

2013

- Participation in CYBERFEST 2013 (Germany)
- 7.5'Vinyl release, "EMS Synthi Works"
- CD release (band), "Ohanami / Agapanthus"

2012

- 12'Vinyl release, "Steelpan Improvisation Series i"
- 12'Vinyl release, "Steelpan Improvisation Series ro"
- CD release (band), "miimo 5"

2011

- Live tour in Europe (Holland, Germany, Bulgaria)
- Solo Exhibition "MARU" (Varna, Bulgaria)
- CD release (band), "miimo 4"
- Group exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art, Saitama (Saitama, Japan)
- DVD release, "Scape*dance"

2010

- CD release (band), "miimo 3"
- CD release (band), "Ohanami"
- CD release (solo album), "The Spirit of Beauty"

2009

- Soundtrack for Van Cleef & Arpels exhibition
- CD release (band), "miimo 2"
- CD release (solo album), "Steelpan Improvisations: 2001-2008"

2008

- Organization of "the park -Contemporary Artists in Asia 2008-" (Yokohama)
- miimo's "Dubroad Tour"
- CD Release (solo album), "Hypernatural #3"

2007

- CD release (band), "miimo"
- CD release (band), "Walk With The Penguin"

2006

- Participation in DVD "Loop Pool Ping Pong"
- CD release (solo album), "Naada"
- Musical workshop at Sava Zebeljan School (Crepaja, Serbia)
- Lecture at Polytechnic Academy (Berglade, Serbia)
- Participation in "Maerz Musik 2006" (Berlin, Germany)
- Participation in "Weather in My Brain" (Taipei/Taichu, Taiwan)

2005

- Musical workshop for children at Minamisuna elementary school/ASIAS (Tokyo, Japan)
- Organization of a sound & visual event, "Sound & Image" (Tokyo, Japan)
- Making a movie for Nobuo Sekine Exhibition @ MOMAS (Saitama, Japan)
- Participation in International Artist Flag Exhibition (Novi Sad, Serbia)
- Musical workshop for children in Nishisugamo Sozosha/ASIAS (Tokyo, Japan)
- Provision of soundtrack for French news TV spot, www.visual.fr
- Group exhibition at Appel (Tokyo, Japan)

2004

- Organization of Japan-Macedonia Exchange Exhibition (Macedonia & Japan)
- Live & lecture at Tama Art Univ. (Tokyo, Japan)
- Participation in ISEA2004 (Finland)
- Cooperation to "Ecoute (Listen)" at Pompidou Center (Paris, France)
- Live tour in Europe (Holland, Germany, France, Austria, Serbia)
- Musical workshop at Sava Zebeljan School (Crepaja, Serbia)
- CD release (solo album), "Infinite Flowers"
- Found a music label, "amorfon" and a platform for art & music event, "colavo"

2003

- Participation in "Dark Symphony" at Ars Electronica (Linz, Austria)
- Live tour in Europe (Russia, Latvia, Germany, Holland, Belgium, France, UK, Serbia)
- Participation in "Europhonics" Jazz Festival (Dortmund, Germany)
- Participation in "Ring Ring Festival" at National Library (Belgrade, Serbia)
- Participation in International Symosium & Exhibition, "IF" (Bitola, Macedonia)
- Exhibition with Fitz Ellarald at MUHA (Moscow, Russia)

2002

- Participation in "SONAR Tokyo": Live & lecture (Tokyo, Japan)
- Live tour in Europe (Holland, Germany, Yugoslavia)
- Solo exhibition at Izba (Novi Sad, Yugoslavia)
- Solo exhibition at Pepper's Loft Gallery (Tokyo, Japan)

Grants

2008

- "the park -Contemporary Artists in Asia 2008-", Japan Arts Council

2004

- ISEA2004, ASIA-EUROPE Foundation
- Japan-Macedonia Exchange Exhibition, Pola Art Foundation
- Japan-Macedonia Exchange Exhibition, Nissho Iwai Foundation

2003

- International Symposium & Exhibition in Macedonia, Nomura Culural Foundation

Publications

2016

CD: Jorge Queijo / Hiroki Chiba / Yoshio Machida "Luminant" (Amorfon, Japan)
CD : Solo Album "Tender Blues" (Amorfon, Japan)

2015

7.5'Vinyl : V.A. "CAA#20" (CYLAND AUDIO ARCHIVE, Russia)

2014

CD : Solo Album "Music from the SYNTHI" (Baskaru, France)

2013

7.5'Vinyl : Solo Album "EMS Synthi Works" (CYLAND AUDIO ARCHIVE, Russia)
CD : Ohanami "Agapanthus" (Wonderyou, Japan)

2012

CD : miimo "miimo 5", Self-release
12'Vinyl : Solo Album "Steelpan Improvisation Series ro", Self-release
12'Vinyl : Solo Album "Steelpan Improvisation Series i", Self-release

2011

CD : miimo "miimo 4", Self-release
DVD : "Scape*dance", Self-release

2010

CD : miimo "miimo 3", Self-release
CD : Ohanami "Ohanami" (Wonderyou, Japan)
CD : Solo Album "The Spirit of Beauty" (Amorfon, Japan)

2009

CD : V.A. "Wire Tapper #22" (The Wire, UK)
CD : V.A. miimo "Starz File Vol.3" (Avex, Japan)
CD : miimo "miimo 2", Self-release
CD : Solo Album "Steelpan Improvisations: 2001-2008" Self-release

2008

CD : Solo Album "Hypernatural #3" Baskaru, France

2007

CDR : Solo Album "Read A Book With Steel Pan", absurd/eclipsis, Greece
CD+DVD : V.A. "SILENT ROOM FAKTORY BOX 01 | skoltz_kolgen", SK Factory, Canada
CD : V.A. "Yasujiro Ozu - Hitokomakura", and/OAR, USA
CDR : miimo "miimo", Self-release
CD : Walk With The Penguin "steal a spoon for you", Amorfon, Japan
CD : V.A. "Resonance: Steel Pan in the 21st Century", Quiet Design, USA

2006

CD : V.A. "water music", commune disc, Japan
CD : Solo Album "Naada" Amorfon, Japan

2004

CD : Solo Album "Infinite Flowers" Amorfon, Japan
Note : Kokuyo, "An" Series, Kokuyo, Japan
CD : V.A. "seeds of dub", mao, Japan
CD : V.A "*Music for Baby!", Amorfon, Japan

2003

CD : V.A "lib.", cubicfabric, Japan
CD : V.A "Kraakgeluiden", unsounds, The Netherlands

2002

CD : V.A "Japanese Avant Garde", sub rosa, Belguim
CD : V.A, Improvised Music from Japan, Japan

2001

CD : Solo Album "HYPERNATURAL #2", softl music, Germany

1999

CD : Solo Album "HYPERNATURAL", Self-release
FD : "AMORPHOUS" (Koan Pieces with Koan software by SSEYO Ltd.), Self-release



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