experiments in music

Test Tone vol. 18


Experiments in music

Test Tone presents vol. 18

December 5, 2006 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 24:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.



Itoken + Jimanica played the outdoor stage of Yoyogi Park in the last hot days of summer at the Test Tone/Pingmag festival, bulldozing the crowd with rhythms so tight you could wear them in the rain and you wouldn't get wet. Now with the recent release of d.v.d, a collection of Itoken + Jimanica tracks with astonishing drum-triggered imagery by Yamaguchi Takashi, all three are back at Super Deluxe to celebrate the event.

Itoken, the hardest-working drummer in Tokyo, plays with many bands around town, including Harpy, Zuppa di Pesce, Win a Sheep Free, GNU, Saitto Electrico, Alphabetz … He has also explored looping toy music, providing the music for a Sony Playstation game in 2000 called Dig a Dig Pukka.

Jimanica (Ojima Yu) is the second-hardest-working drummer in Tokyo. Last year he released his debut full-length CD, Entomophonic, available on iTunes Music Store and CD Baby.

Yamaguchi Takashi graduated in media design and worked for the game developer Namco as a CG animator before joining Tachibana Hajime Design, where he went on to win several awards for his work in interactive design and media art. For the session at Super Deluxe, the impulse for the visuals will come directly from the two drummers via MIDI protocol. Expect something truly memorable.


In an era where laptop musicians seem to be happy to let the music speak for itself, it is refreshing to stumble upon this duo, whose performances include an extra automated twist. A combination of drums and laptop electronics are punctuated by the fits and jerks of a clumsy motorized subwoofer, which collides with both furniture and audience trying to keep in time (somewhat) with the soundtrack. Bringing to mind Mark Pauline's Survival Research Laboratories, perhaps someday we will pit two of the mobilized units against each other for a literal battle of the bands. Any takers?


The Fallopian Disco Force has been called a 'gorgeous mess'; their Singin' Clean 7" release described as 'five minutes of slow squalid funk' in a 'murderous atmosphere' by Mark McLaren in his recent Gaze Into A Gloom review.

Comprising Nth (degree) on turntables, Non DJ (Dutch Oven) on sampler and miscellaneous electronics, and Jaow Spi Sci (King Emo) on drums, The FDF conjure stumbling grooves made from a sonic palette of languorous turntable scratches of evangelical ramblings and children's songs, cracked samples of dusty circuits and Balkan gypsies, delay feedback and some heavy hitting drums. But while they might groove for a moment or two, FallopianDiscoForce don't like to make it too easy for either themselves or the audience, kidnapping the groove and sabotaging any ideas people might have about dancing.

For incomplete biographies of each member, including former front-man Kremlin Costner, check the official FDF bio page here. For an FDF history spanning the 359 years from 1977 to 2336, check the history page here.

01.01.2007. 01:45