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


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.

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



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.

Oshiri Penpenz singer lit from above at INSTAL 06
13 October 2006
The Arches

Oshiri Penpenz

Oshiri Penpenz

No Wave, damaged garage jams and crazed instant vocal shrieks.

Tony conrad bowing a violin in the foreground, Keiji Haino singing behind
14 October 2006
The Arches

Keiji Haino & Tony Conrad

Keiji Haino Tony Conrad

Although Tony had visited Haino in Japan, and they played together in private, this was the first time anyone other that Haino’s cat saw them perform together.

Three performers on stage, two on electronics and one sings
15 February 2008

Blood Stereo

Blood Stereo Heather Leigh Murray

Goofily deformed, deeply thought vocal jams: like the sound of your own breath rushing through your head.

Hisato Higuchi backstage at MLFC 07
13 May 2007
The Sage Gateshead

Hisato Higuchi

Hisato Higuchi

Some of the most breathtaking, delicate and smoke filled guitar playing this side of Loren Connors or the quieter sides of Keiji Haino.

Music Lover’s Field Companion 07