FON31 - Sendai Japan
format: digital - date: 2011
On March 11th 2011, an 8.9 level eathquake struck Sendai Japan. The quake triggered a tsunami and massive damage to crictial nuclear facilities and evacuations along Japan's Pacific coast and in at least 20 countries, including the entire Pacific coast of North America and South America. The earthquake created extremely destructive tsunami waves of up to 10 meters (33 ft) that struck Japan minutes after the quake, with smaller waves after several hours in many other countries. In Japan, the waves are reported to have travelled up to 10 km (6 mi) inland and the death toll continues to rise.
The Sendai Japan release series on Force of Nature is the latest addition to the Natural Disaster Series which is focused on raising money to support the victims of this event. Sendai Japan will comprise mutiple compilations which are curated by leading artists and label owners and sold on Forced Distro. ALL sales will be donated to the JPRI Japan Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.
SENDAI Japan Series 4 - Curated by Dennis Verschoor
This release is the fourth and final release in the SENDAI Japan Series which raises awareness and financial support for the aftermath of the 2011 tsunami that hit Japan. It was compiled by Dutch modular wizard Dennis Verschoor. All tracks were generated through use of modular synthesizers, a method that implies constant rebuilding a sound with active and/or passive parts. A constant rebuilding from scratch which makes it have a dual meaning in generating help for the rebuilding of the Sendai area. (continue reading and buy it now)
SENDAI Japan Series 3 - Curated by Bauke van der Wal
FON 31-1 is a release containing four artists working on the crossroads between drones, ambient, minimal noise and sound art. The compilation opens with a track by Cindytalk 'E Quindi Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle'; A drone of hope which title translates to 'And Then We Emerged And Saw The Stars Again'. Laurent Perrier - known as Zonk't, Pylône, Cape Fear, Heal and in the past as member of the French collective NOX - donates an immensely intrusive yet consoling track entitled 'Analog Radium'. The compilation continues with Philipp Munch and Babsi Teichner who, under the moniker Mandelbrot, present their minimal ambient noise piece 'Silence Afterwards'. Final artists on this release are the [law-rah] collective (M. Pieck and B. van der Wal) with a drone piece called Sendai v2. (continue reading and buy it now)
SENDAI Japan Series 2 - Curated by Miguel de Sousa
Compiled by Miguel de Sousa, founder & editor in chief of electronic music webzine Connexion Bizarre, with artwork by Gustavo Guerra, and mastered by Jeff Swearengin of Sleep Clinic, this compilation features work by a selection of international artists. (continue reading and buy it now)
SENDAI Japan Series 1 - Curated by Kate Turgoose
Curated by by Kate Turgoose, a regular contributor to Connexion Bizarre, with artwork provided by Kostas Katsikas (better known as Subheim), and mastered by Dave Dando-Moore of Detritus, this compilation brings together a wide range of artists from across the world, all influenced in some way by the catastrophe that hit Japan earlier this year, and continues to effect the daily lives of those who live there. (continue reading and buy it now)