Takemura, Nobukazu
Takemura, Nobukazu
Label: Thrill Jockey Records
Genre: Electronic
Online: Artist Website


Nobukazu Takemura was born in Osaka in August of 1968. His interest in music began with Punk and New Wave at the ripe old age of ten. By the time he reached junior high, Takemura was recording music with keyboards and two tapedecks. Working in a record store, Takemura became exposed to Free Jazz, Contemporary Music and Hip-Hop - the foundation for his music composition and theory for re-mixing. By high school, Nobukazu had several regular dj gigs and was composing music. Creatively, Nobukazu Takemura is inspired by the "impressionist and objective conception" of John Cage, Brian Eno and Africa Bambaata, as well as the free form creativity of John Coltrane and Robert Wyatt.

Nobukazu Takemura is often joined by Aki Tsuyuko on vocals and video manipulation for live shows. She is a truly amazing animator, crucial collaborator and solo artist in her own right.

In the summer of '99, Thrill Jockey released two works by Nobukazu Takemura, the full length Scope and it's companion 12" Meteor, both of which were minimalist records noted for their delicate beauty. Takemura's output in the US up to this point had been limited to imports released under the Child's View, and Audio Sports Monikers. Shortly before the release of these titles, many were introduced to Takemura through his appearance on the Steve Reich tribute CD, Reich Remixed. A subsequent one time only show alongside DJ Spooky, Bang on a Can and Coldcut in support of the Remixed record proved to be a revelation for those in attendance and he was singled out by the New York Times for his "brilliant" performance. Later that year Takemura toured the states with Jim O'Rourke and Brokeback in support of Scope. After the tour he spent an extended time in Chicago in order to collaborate with Ken "Bundy" Brown, Douglas McCombs and John McEntire. These sessions proved to be the cornerstones for what would become Sign. In the time between those recordings and the completion of Sign, Takemura issued another 12" and record (Hoshi No Koe) on Thrill Jockey and toured the US and Canada opening for Tortoise. Hoshi No Koe hinted at the direction Sign would go, which in turn is much different than Scope, and his time on tour proved to be a nightly "coming out" type of experience to many people.

Over the years Takemura's music has been considered many things (Minimal Electronic, DJ/Hip-Hop, IDM, Electronica) yet he's still has managed to defy categorization. His approach to composition is best viewed as a DJ using the computer as a tool much like a turntable, midi, or sampler.

Spin called Takemura "an enigma who stitches elegantly guileless symphonies out of a zillion delicate obsessive compulsive ticks." The infectious beats are a splendid way to close out the album.