Tokyo Bass: Kode9, Goth-Trad, Broken Haze, XLII, Quarta 330, Fulltono, Carpainter

Tokyo Bass

TokyoJul 2016

Boiler Room & Native Instruments took Kode9 to Tokyo to explore the full spectrum of Japanese bass culture. As a pioneer who has spent the last decade at the frontline of heavyweight club sonics there were few better fitted to be at the centre of this exchange.

"Tokyo Bass" is a short film that documents the experience, featuring a number of important voices in Tokyo's club underground. A project that hoped to reach across the aisles, it touches on everything from the traditions of early Japanese drum culture to the futurist footwork of modern Tokyo.

Above all, the central focal point of the film is Kode9's introduction to the ancient discipline of taiko: the enormous tree-hollowed drums used in Japanese culture for thousands of years. Originally used as fearful instruments in the theatre of war, it's only in the last half-century that they've been used for performance. As an academic in sonic warfare and the theoretics of bass, Kode9 was our ideal candidate to tackle their cultural magnitude. Over the course of a few days, he set out sampling various taiko and took them into the studio with Osaka-based footwork producer DJ Fulltono. To listen to their collaboration, head here.


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