experiments in music

Test Tone vol. 31

Test Tone 31 flyer

Sound Experiments

Test Tone presents vol. 31

February 12, 2008 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 24:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.


phenomena/f + aQ (visuals)

phenomena/fEvery once in awhile, there is a band that manages to make music that you want to hear. Seriously, you know those albums that sit in your CD player (or on your turntable, if you have one of those things) for weeks after the first listening? This is phenomena/f - subtle, beautiful, and forever surprising, meshing ethereal harmonies with languid vocals over spectacular rhythms for a sound that brings to mind Chris Clark, Kammerflimmer Kollektief and Boards of Canada all at once. An exceptional trio, Moss (programming, dub mix, synthesizer), Neuma (programming, synthesizer, cello) and Tao (voice) have created a phenomenal (no pun intended) sound experience that should really be heard.

This evening they will be joined by visual artist aQ, who in addition to photography and live VJ work, has created a short film that received great acclaim at the Ann Arbor Film Festival in the past.

phenomena/f on Myspace

Coppe' + Fred Viennot + Jeff Curry + Zak Bond with Shantell Martin (live drawing)

CoppeThe girl with the purple pigtails is back! We work hard to make sure the monthly line-up is ever-changing, but Coppe' makes it easy for us. She has (so far) assembled an entirely different band each time, always lending a fresh new take to her repertoire of space-jazz, cosmic pop and lounge music you can move your feet to.

This month, she comes complete with full jazz backing, featuring Fred Viennot (laptop, keys), Jeff Curry (bass) and Zak Bond (drums). Loads of interstellar fun.

Mango and Sweetrice
Coppe' on Myspace
Shantell Martin

zyc0s with Cal Lyall and Flugtag (visuals)

zyc0szyc0s could be the bastard child of 70s lounge jazz, or perhaps a platter of 90s New York hip hop left out way too long in the sun. With a lunchbox of influences, the individual members throw decisive melodic intent against a cavalcade of rhythm, creating sumptuous textures that slip intermittently out of time. Core members Keigo Iwami (Oncenth Trio, okhp), Masatsugu Hattori (Ryusenkei Body) and Kohzo Komori will be joined by resident guitar surgeon Cal Lyall for a resplendent session of post-Stockhausen dance music. In addition to the strange and wonderful music, visual designer Flugtag will be on hand to cover the walls (and whatever else gets in the way) with his exceptional creations.

zyc0s on Myspace
Cal Lyall on Myspace

David Lakein (Berlin/USA)

David LakeinDavid Lakein (USA) is a Berlin-based Director-Choreographer, Performer, and Writer. He studied philososphy and theater in the United States, and dance and performance in Berlin and Amsterdam. David’s work swirls around the borders between dance, theatre, cabaret, and performance art and embraces the edge between the profoundly serious and ridiculously silly; current research includes investigating the realm of personal and collective risk-taking and good bad disco dancing. He is in the organization team of the Ponderosa TanzLand Festival.

David Lakein

02.02.2008. 21:30