namaewamad@nai – Ken Ikeda

Ken Ikeda pushes his multi-faceted electronic dream music skyward in this dizzying new release. Compiled at home using a selection of dub based fx components and improvised techniques, Ken splashes collapsing waves of digital synthesis against one another, creating moments of crescendo before pulling the plug and letting the sounds drain out completely. In between each small cyclical movement Ken enters wandering phrases that blip and bob, as if his electronic space station is caught in free fall, teetering on the edge of lost transmission. There's a timeless feeling to this 27 minutes - the sort of thing you can imagine aliens discovering somewhere alongside Morton Subotnick's 'Silver Apples of Moon' and thinking, "hey, do you think they know about us?"


Ken Ikeda / electronics & fx

Artwork by Oliver Barrett.


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Ken Ikeda

Ken Ikeda  is a composer and performer, born in Tokyo. He creates unique electric improvisation by a delicate combination of sine waves. After studying at Berklee College of Music, he has exhibited sound art and visual installations around the world. He has released five solo albums and collaborated on albums with David Toop, Eddie Prevost, John Russell, Toshimaru Nakamura, Tetuzi Akiyama, Chihei Hatakeyama and many other improvising musicians; Also he  has collaborated with, amongst others, visual artist Mariko Mori, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Tadanori Yokoo, Darren Almond; and composed and recorded for film maker David Lynch. He released CD albums from Touch, Spekk, Baskaru, White Paddy Mountain and Home Normal. Ken Ikeda currently lives and works in London, UK.