Titel: ddt podcast 028 - NHK - Raster Noton Special
Raster-Noton (Archiv für Ton und Nichtton) is meant to be a platform — a network
covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art and science. Emerged from the fusion
of the two labels Rastermusic and Noton (in 1999 respectively) they realize music
projects, publications and installation works. The common idea behind all releases is
an experimental approach — an amalgamation of sound, art and design. By now the
catalogue of the label consists of about 70 releases. Most of the projects follow the
concept of a series with contributions by very different artists such as William Basinski,
Alva Noto, Ivan Pavlov aka Coh, Ryoji Ikeda, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Carl Michael von
Hausswolff and most recently Kangding Ray, Cyclo, Frank Bretschneider and ANBB (Alva
Noto and Blixa Bargeld). Raster-Noton is run by Olaf Bender and Carsten Nicolai and
based in Chemnitz Germany.
In 2008 Raster-Noton started a new vinyl series titled 'Unun', a continuous series which
was kicked off by NHK's debut EP for the label (R-N111 'Unununium').
NHK are Kouhei Matsunaga and Toshio Munehiro from Osaka, Japan. While their musical
beginnings go way back to the early 90' was it only in 2006 when they started working
together as NHK. Influenced by early Hardcore Techno and Hip Hop and their very
experimental solo works lead to many collaborations and live shows with Asmus Tietchens
(new Kouhei/Tietchens split 12“ forthcoming on Important in September), Merzbow,
Conrad Schnitzler, Lesser, Sean Booth (Autechre), Mika Vainio (Pan Sonic), Max Turner,
Paul PM (Puppetmastaz) and Sensational (ex Jungle Brothers) with whom a full length
was released on Skam earlier this year (SKALP027 'Sensational meets Koyxen').
NHK describe their sound as raw and experimental, digital Techno. It is probably the total
opposite or just the way how these two japanese sound scientists define their productions
from a very different angle.
Kouhei Matsunaga nowadays lives in Berlin. Their tours and liveshows have become
increasingly rar because of that fact. Therefore we highly recommend to come to the show
and enjoy their abstract rhythms and noises plus the support liveshow done by m-inc-to
(aka Mr. Incognito) who has brand new material on his harddrive especially created for
But before NHK comes to town next tuesday, 06.09.2011 we prepared a few questions
and sent them over to Kouhei Matsunaga who had them answered:
DD-TOWN: Whats the idea behind the mix?
K: To get to know NHK's music.
DD-TOWN: How did this podcast come about, how did you work on it?
K: Toshio did some kind of dj mix with all the NHK music released on 12inch and some
DD-TOWN: One half of NHK is based in Berlin since quite some time now while
the other 50% still live in Japan. When you play live, you're going to tour all over Europe.
How are you influenced musically and personally by this geographic distance?
K: People say "Wow, whats up! How are you? Long time no see man". That feeling always
makes me happy.
DD-TOWN: The Raster-Noton label stands for a technical, futuristic view on music and
its development. Does this apply to your productions as well?
K: Not really... but of course we are listening to their releases.
DD-TOWN: The music scene in Japan is very variied and has a special status ever
since. For example, labels release limited editions packed with bonus material and
different artwork especially for the japanese market. What are the reasons for that?
K: Maybe just for fun...or as a bonus.
DD-TOWN: Thanks and see you in Dresden next week!