The line between mainstream and underground is merely a pinstripe for Otomo Yoshihide, a composer and multi-instrumentalist with over 100 releases under his belt. Otomo became known to the world in the ’90s as the leader of improvisational noise band Ground Zero. Now, though, he’s nearing household name status for his compositions of a different sort: he’s hit the Top 10 in Japan with his soundtrack for Amachan, a popular TV drama series about a teenage sea urchin diver who becomes a pop idol. Speaking at the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy, Yoshihide went deep on noise music, collaboration, the Amachan soundtrack, and more.
1:56 – Fukushima disaster
21:07 – Noise music with turntables
31:25 – Tips for collaboration
38:50 – Soundtracks and Amachan
54:46 – Any music can be noise
1:07:48 – Japan’s reputation for noise music
MUSIC: 3:00 – Excerpt from “Project Fukushima!” documentary
24:42 – Otomo Yoshihide – “Without Records”
33:29 – Otomo Yoshihide/ENSEMBLES – “Quartets”
41:01 – Otomo Yoshihide – “Ama-chan” Theme (Live)
58:29 – Masayuki Takayanagi & Kaoru Abe – “Mass Projection”
The Red Bull Music Academy is a global music institution committed to fostering creativity in music. We celebrate music, its culture, and the transformative minds behind it. Begun in 1998, the Academy has taken the core principles that underlie its annual workshop for selected participants and applied this curatorial approach to events, lectures, and city-wide festivals throughout the year.