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Death Ambient

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New York, United States (1995 – 2007)

Death Ambient was a New York, United States and music trio comprising Kato Hideki (bass guitar), Ikue Mori (drum machines) and Fred Frith (guitar). The group was formed by Hideki and Mori in 1995 and recorded two albums, Death Ambient in 1995 and Synaesthesia in 1999. A third album, Drunken Forest with guest Jim Pugliese was released in 2007.

Japanese bass guitarist Kato Hideki, and founding member of Ground Zero, moved to New York City in 1992 where he began working with a number of musicians, including John Zorn, Marc Ribot and Christian Marclay. In 1995 he encountered and began collaborating with Japanese drummer and composer Ikue Mori. Mori had moved to New York City in 1977 and joined DNA as their drummer, without ever having played drums before. After DNA disbanded, Mori took to experimenting with drum machines which she modified to play samples. To enhance their sound, Hideki and Mori asked English experimental guitarist Fred Frith to join the group. Frith, founding member of Henry Cow, had lived in New York City for 14 years and collaborated with many of the experimental musicians there. According to Mori, the aim of Death Ambient was “…to create sounds and texture extravaganza and we invited Fred Frith to be a soul in it.”

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