2019 House Programs Kukangendai // Organ | Page 3

This music consists entirely of shocks. It is not bound by the limits of media. It is not divided into units of time that cannot exceed a few short minutes, nor does it contain melody as a unit of time. At first, I tried to count along as I listened, but I gave up almost right away. This is music that is impossible to grasp by using those methods. — Hiromichi Hosoma Behavioral Scientist and Musician Kukangendai A three-piece band formed in 2006 with Junya Noguchi on guitar and vocals, Keisuke Koyano on bass guitar and Hideaki Yamada on drums. Performing as a three-piece, their tracks are made through a process of editing, replicating and deliberate error. This music creates a sense of distortion and places a burden on the performers, leading to their characteristically stoic and humorous live shows. In recent years, the band has attempted to construct and implement a form of live concert in which they go back and forth between playing multiple simultaneous songs in parallel, but the flow of time manifests as a single unified rhythm. In 2016, the band opened their own studio- cum-venue, Soto, in Kyoto, moving their activities from Tokyo to Kyoto. 2018 saw the vinyl release of Zureru, a collaborative album by Kukangendai and Ryuichi Sakamoto. In 2019, Palm—the band’s first non-collaborative studio album in seven years—was released on Ideologic Organ, a sublabel of Editions Mego headed by Sunn O)))’s Stephen O’Malley.