experiments in music

Test Tone vol. 85

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Sound Experiments

Test Tone 85: Urban Encounters

September 11th, 2012 (Tuesday) 20:00 to 23:00 at Super Deluxe, Nishi Azabu, Tokyo.

Naoya Murata

Naoya MurataFollowing in the footsteps of a number of improvising turntablists in recent years, Naoya Murata cranks up the ante with his signature mixture of crunch, scratch and thrum, as well as some metal percussion and imaginative amplification thrown into the works.

With a full plate on the live circuit, he's been a recent favorite for players putting together sessions of free jazz, noise and everything in between. Test Tone will be treated to an enterprising solo set, opening the doors for the full gamut of his imagination. We look forward to gusto both beautiful and terrifying.

Naoya Murata

Nick Hoffman+Cal Lyall (guitar duo)

Nick Hoffman+Cal Lyall (guitar duo)Playing together as a guitar duo for the first time, Chicago-based sound artist Nick Hoffman and Test Tone kingfish Cal Lyall might just pack up their instruments and take them walkabout. As much as both axemen are well-suited to playing nice with others, prepare your ears for their guitars to embark on a travelogue through glacial palaces, wormholes and a billowing sandstorm or two.

Ruptured timelines are sometimes the best rhythm of all.

Nick Hoffman

Cal Lyall


ReizenThe leader behind the droney, chimirical works of ambient unit NERAE, Reizen concocts music with a mystic hum and a wonderfully deliberate sense of space. After recently disbanding and going solo, he has been prolific in his recorded output, releasing albums on NUEREC, PSF Records and Yukinori Kikuchi's Testtonemusic label.

Listening to his work, you find yourself floating in a shimmering pool filled with layers of half-melodies, all coalescing into an awesome timelessness. Wonderful stuff indeed.

Reizen at PSF

Evil Penguin

Evil Penguin Master of disguises, Mexican top-hats, ambient rockabilly to minimal Hawaiian Kumulipo chants, the Evil Penguin poses the primordial question of evanescence against a backdrop of New Wave folk. Celebratory, subliminal, moment-to-moment. A Tasmanian treasure with a penchant for open spaces.