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Merzbow: Masami Akita looking at a computer screen
23 November 2003
The Arches

Merzbow

Merzbow takes the junk of sound and transforms it into blistering noise assaults with an incredible spectrum and impact.

INSTAL 03
V∞redoms on stage at INSTAL 03 amidst at least three drum kits
23 November 2003
The Arches

V∞redoms

Rare UK performance by legendary Japanese post punk group during their 4 drummers + synth / vocals phase.

INSTAL 03
Sachiko M & Ami Yoshida performing at INSTAL 03
23 November 2003
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Cosmos

Ami Yoshida Sachiko M

Sachiko M and Ami Yoshida, two of the most prominent members of the Onkyo movement, place much more emphasis on sound texture than on musical structure, distilling elements of techno, noise, and electronic music into a unique hybrid.

INSTAL 03
Exias J playing guitars and double bass on stage at INSTAL 04
17 October 2004
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Exias-J

Exias-J

The Experimental Improvisers Association of Japan, [EXIAS-J] are a loose collective of musicians and dilettantes who seem to represent an entire and self sufficient scene in one band.

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Kan Mikami playing guitar and singing at INSTAL 04
17 October 2004
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Kan Mikami

Kan Mikami

A voice that can vault from an elegantly whispered insinuation to asphyxiated and murderous barks or squalls in a heartbeat.

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Masayoshi Urabe portrait in black and white
17 October 2004
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Masayoshi Urabe

Masayoshi Urabe

Tormented and drawn-out high-pitched yelps and drones, all interleaved with periods of torpid silence.

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Vajra : Kan Mikami & Keiji Haino on stage at INSTAL 04
17 October 2004
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Vajra

Kan Mikami Keiji Haino Toshiaki Ishizuka

Vajra are a Japanese psychedelic rock supergroup, hewn from the collective consciousness of Fushitsusha’s Keiji Haino, folk radical Kan Mikami and percussionist Toshiaki Ishitsuka.

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Hijokaidan on stage performing with intensity and strong lighting
15 October 2005
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Hijokaidan

Hijokaidan

Hijokaidan rapidly built a following due to the overwhelmingly physical intensity of their live performances, often involving destructive onstage rituals of vomit, urine, mangled guitars and ear shredding volume.

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Tetusi Akiyama sitting with a guitar surrounded by audience
15 October 2005
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Tetuzi Akiyama

Tetuzi Akiyama

An contradictory guitarist, he’s equally at home in slow, halting acoustic improvisation or piercing minimal examinations of electric guitar.

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Up-Tight on stage at INSTAL 05 lit from behind in high contrast
14 October 2005
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UP-TIGHT

UP-TIGHT

Black-clad with an ominous aura created by their distorted guitar epics, burnt-out ballads and raucous mantric jams.

INSTAL 05