"Chain [Re] Action"
Artist: 中嶋昭文 - Nakajima Akifumi
Label: Blossoming noise rec.
Time: 45 min.
Style: Ambient Noise
AUBE is a solo project, begun in 1991 by Akifumi Nakajima. Many tend to lump together AUBE with other noisicians from Japan. Nakajima however, does not agree. “I don’t think of myself as a musician or an artist. I’m a designer. I therefore consider my sound works to be designs as well”. Taking a minimalist approach for his recordings, Nakajima uses simple source sounds which are fed into his system, then heavily processed into a vast, dimensional, landscape of sonic textures. These source sounds can range from the organic sounds of gurgling water, to isolating elements of technology, such as the curious hum of luminous lamps. The result is a mixture of controlled manipulation and beautiful accident. Since May of 1992, Nakajima started and continues to operate GROSS Records, his own cassette label dedicated to releasing experimental music and noise, in addition to his own recordings as Aube. He has worked on recordings with artists from Japan, Europe and the United States, and has designed packaging for many other releases. This interview was conducted over the course of trading letters with Nakajima via the postal system.