Sachiko M (Japan)
Toshimaru Nakamura (Japan)
Otomo Yoshihide (Japan)


”What is the sound of one hand clapping?” is the famed, seemingly irrational brainteaser used to describe the Zenbuddhist way of thinking. Hearing Otomo Yoshihide, arguably Japan’s most celebrated experimental musician, and Sachiko M and Toshimaru Nakamura, two other proponents of the no input school performing at Avanto, might raise questions of a similar nature. The term ”no input” derives from eliminating the sound source material of their electronic music to a minimum. Otomo’s main instruments are turntables without records, Nakamura works a mixer with no inputs, and M (Sachiko Matsubara) plays a sample-free sampler.

So what does music with no input sound like? Toshimaru Nakamura has a certain affinity to the German electronic favourites Oval and Pole, not only in comparison to his sound but also with his interest in misusing digital technology. In contrast though, his interviews reveal a total lack of interest in the politics of technology. The central concern is minimization of expression: “Who cares how I think or how I feel? I just want to play an instrument which doesn't have any connection to inner emotion. With the guitar I tend to express something, but Ifeel more comfortable with this."

When Sachiko M, who calls herself a non-musician, plays music using the high-pitched test signal of her sampler, the end result is sheer poetry of minimalism - even on the occasions it pierces through the audience’s pain threshold.

Otomo’s massive output includes a wide-ranging variety of styles. He began his career in the 80’s with free jazz and improv, then founded Ground Zero, a group that combined noise, rock, and the 'plagiaristic' sampling aesthetic of plunderphonics. He has also composed soundtracks for countless Chinese, Hong Kong, and Japanese movies.

In both their solo projects and as the Filament duo, Otomo and Sachiko M cultivate the same kind of endlessly fascinating and sophisticated yet paradoxical logic. Experiencing it with western sensibilities, you could do worse than try to describe it as something in which furious intensity alternates with the desolate landscape of an emptied mind, while all the time both are present. AN

Friday 9.11.2001 - Gloria
21:00-3:00 - Avanto-Club: Otomo Yoshihide (solo)

21:00-3:00 - Avanto-Club: Sachiko M (solo)

21:00-3:00 - Avanto-Club: Toshimaru Nakamura

Saturday 10.11.2001 - Gloria
21:00-3:00 - Avanto-Club: Filament (Otomo Yoshihide & Sachiko M)
21:00-3:00 - Avanto-Club: Toshimaru Nakamura & Sachiko M