V/A - Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 (LPx3/CD)
The mage Spencer Doran, one half of Visible Cloaks and founder / operator of closely-followed reissue label Empire of the Signs, assembled this embracing collection of a coveted decade in Tokyo cultural production: the widely influential Environmental Music of the 1980s.
Glittering, international stars like Haroumi Hosono, YMO and Ryuichi Sakamoto sit beside no less significant pioneers Inoyamaland, Hiroshi Yoshimura and Yasuaki Shimizu. Taking cues from Eno’s Ambient series and Satie’s Furniture Music; embracing emerging fields soundscape design and architectural acoustics; and supported by the "bubble economy" of 1980s Tokyo, which helped fund progressive sonic accompaniments to mainstream company projects; a sound so unprecedented, incomparable and sonically relevant today was nurtured with the utmost care.
This is a timely and meticulous survey of the influential period that you will find hard to remove from your turntable.