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Otomo Yoshihide


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Yokohama, Tokyo, Japan (1959 – present)

Ōtomo Yoshihide (大友良英), born August 1, 1959 in Yokohama, Japan, is an musician, a turntablist and guitarist. He played in rock bands while at college, but turned to improvisation after discovering and musicians like the guitarist Derek Bailey, the saxophonist Kaoru Abe and guitarist Masayuki Takayanagi (from whom he had lessons). He was the leader of the group Ground-Zero in the 90’s.

Ōtomo studied at the Meiji University from 1979 where he took a course on ethnomusicology in which he concentrated on Japanese pop music during World War II and the development of musical instruments during the Chinese Cultural Revolution (samples of instruments and music from this period are found in several of his records). From 1981, Ōtomo played free improvisation in clubs, performing on guitar and also using tapes and electronics.


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  • filzbaum

    Everbody should check out "Otomo Yoshihide's Invisible Songs - Sora". Amazing album!

    17 Jul 1:54pm Reply
  • zrmkr

    anode is even better

    6 Jun 5:00am Reply
  • Panzerfaust

    me likey.

    13 May 5:20pm Reply
  • Horse_Deceased

    I love how in the "Amplified Gesture" documentary Otomo shyly confesses that he started playing the guitar just because he wanted to get a girlfriend. Later he even calls the guitar something like a girlfriend (it seems his original motivation did no reach its goal, haha )! What a genius.

    6 Feb 7:22pm Reply
  • zrmkr

    vinyl tranquilizer is gooood

    2 Oct 2014 Reply
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  • _duif

    I wish somebody gave a fuck about distributing his countless soundtrack albums outside Japan.

    7 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Zeloftt

    You are a genius

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • adamcooleyisdea

    I just wish he'd release more albums. He only released 300 last year, down from his usual 1,000. Come on, slow poke! Your fans are WAITING!

    18 Apr 2013 Reply
  • IAmDillin

    His Junji Hirose & Yoshihide Otomo collabo is gr8

    7 Mar 2013 Reply
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    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • oaquard

    Everyone should check out the Prisoner OST he did. Each track is like chaos wrapped in flower pedals that get burned right off to see the hell that lays under. Crazy shit.

    5 Jul 2011 Reply
  • insomniacme

    multiple otomo dvd is immense. impeccable cinematography

    17 May 2011 Reply
  • oaquard

    Apparently he had a track on a japanese improv music compilation that was released this year not too long ago, so I think he is. Usually when looking for news on him I don't find much, unfortunately.

    15 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Vasiliev

    is otomo OK after the earthquake?

    14 Mar 2011 Reply
  • xdanx2

    This dude NEVER let me down, I LOVE every single record and every single proyect he is in! Mr. Yoshihide, you are Apollo (God of Music) !

    6 Feb 2011 Reply
  • oaquard

    Some of the best sounds I've heard as of late.

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Avarance-

    This is how it's written on his releases. It's not "wrong."

    18 Dec 2010 Reply
  • outrenoir

    (I know the (latin form for the) japanese for latin form is romaji I was just talking generally OK)

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
  • outrenoir

    I don't mind scrobbling some foreign names in latin form but it bugs me his name here is round the "wrong" way

    17 Dec 2010 Reply
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