Wednesday 27 March 2019, 7.30pm
“Foodman - aka Takahide Higuchi - is a truly singular Japanese producer linked to the local footwork scene, though his music is often detached from the genre’s conventions. He strives to transcend the rules of dance music, through various risk-taking experiments with rhythm and timbre, clever juxtaposition and bright, colourful sample pallettes that make his music cheerful and accessible, despite radical deconstruction techniques.” – Unsound
食品まつり a.k.a foodman a.k.a Takahide Higuci is an electronic music producer and visual artist based in Tokyo. His renaissance-like take on and knowledge of music is probably the most positively disconcerting trait of his work. He actively deals with several types of song forms, techno, house, pop, raw electronic percussion, concretism, footwork, ambient, with an incredibly creative, musical and wild take on melody, harmony, timbre and syncopation. Having said that, his work is not about variety as fetish or gratuitous imposition, but a profoundly cultured, intuitive and open take on the possibilities of all vocabularies that he observes and masters and deals with with precision.
Jaeho Hwang is a London-based, South Korean composer and visual artist inspired by the Buddhist concept of impermanent selfhood, his first EP combines dark, industrial club beats with traditional Korean instruments and samples. He explores his sense of identity in the digital age as refracted through the Buddhist concept of anatta, or non-self—the belief that there is no unchanging, permanent soul or essence in living beings.
Jaeho draws from the dark, stuttering beats from London’s experimental club scene—harsh industrial sounds recall no-wave’s minimalist deconstruction. His use of traditional Korean instruments within this context, like the piri bamboo flute, or the stringed kayagum, recast traditional textures into modern form. On Sad Relationship, Jaeho samples the famous 80s South Korean pop ballad of the same name. The song glitches like a memory, warped and torn by an electronic tumult, and haunted by the original’s sentimental melody.
He is a member of Chinabot that is a platform and collective created to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music. And he has been hosting his own radio show on 10Twenty Radio and Internet Public Radio. His show takes you on a journey through a range of genres from old Korean music to Experimental to Avant-Garde to Techno to Electro to Pop.