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MAKYO is a term used in Zen buddhism to refer to a world of confusing and seemingly mystical hallucinations that one can fall into during deep meditation. Our use of the name reflects our fascination with the exploration of inner space, but also the nature of our society, in which we are surrounded by layers of makyo —artificial realities, mediated realities— which seem much more real than they are. Our music is about cutting through this illusion in a search for something pure.

MAKYO formed in 1993 with the desire to incorporate Eastern philosophies of sound and spirituality into the whole spectrum of 90s electronica. The result: zen dub, an organic electro-acoustic sound of tablas, ethereal Indian/Arab vocals, and bass. The band’s brief is to ignore the barriers that exist between “live” and “electronic”, “experimental” and “pop”, “east” and “west”, “traditional” and “modern”.

GIO who writes all the music, and plays most of it— went through a long musical evolution before arriving in Makyo. The early 80s were spent in Kyoto, studying zen by day and playing in hardcore punk bands by night. The late 80s were spent in Taipei and Boston, playing in psychedelic Branca-influenced guitar ensembles, releasing through the mail-art/cassette underground, and dj-ing a free-style radio show on WZBC.

Since 1993, Gio has been a regular dj on Tokyo’s club scene, appearing mostly in chill-out rooms, and appearing with the likes of Mixmaster Morris, The Orb’s Alex Patterson, Ken Ishii, Haruomi Hosono, Tsuyoshi, Underworld, Solar Quest, and more.


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  • lesinlondon

    Fantastic music! Love so much, especially Jasmine, wow! I just love it so much!

    12 Mar 10:56pm Reply
  • tarkmeenia

    Yes pityesz_! Vismaya!

    8 Feb 12:25am Reply
  • mulucu24

    hye makyo i am going to tokyo on 20th of august and i want too know if is possible to see some events from daikini or something like that. Thank you so much

    6 Aug 2014 Reply
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  • fungi_telepathy

    Great artist, love his eccentric music...if you like it...i think you will also like - a portal dedicated to downtempo n other similar styles.

    5 Apr 2014 Reply
  • mynameisGYUI

    great music, more music like this at :)

    13 Jan 2014 Reply
  • nabionix

    Ultimate spiritual journey into sound

    21 Dec 2013 Reply
  • TatianaAbreu

    lovely sounds, thank you so much Makyo <3

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
  • giomakyo

    And thanks to everyone for the kind comments below... trying to get my head 'round how this site works, will post some stuff soon I hope.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • giomakyo

    You can find the music easily at the Dakini Records website, at Discogs, and on just about every download store I can think of. Working on Bandcamp.

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • gtutor

    Purnima is sounding great!

    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • emmdragon

    Storming New album out just last month! ~Purnima~ Be sure to check it here at the Excellent Dakini Records : ... Home to Makyo, his Fantastic, Classic releases and other Fantastic artists are available here ... Thank You Makyo for your Amazing MUsic! ... :) :) :)

    23 Apr 2012 Reply
  • squezey

    Yeah the music can be pretty hard to get even online for physical copies. I'm lucky to actually have Swara Mandala and Yakshini. I kinda want Shringara and can get that one easily but it's not one of my favorites.

    4 Mar 2012 Reply
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  • outof___context

    I wish i could find his music :C

    23 Jan 2012 Reply
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  • Ithnir

    He's Brilliant :o

    6 Nov 2011 Reply
  • TheSickSense

    "To fathom Hell or soar angelic, Just take a pinch of psychedelic"

    31 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Chupzzz

    Makyo is AMAZING!!!

    6 Sep 2011 Reply
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