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Toshimaru Nakamura / Martin Taxt

Listening to the Footsteps of Living Ones Who Are Still on the Ground

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Limited edition of 300
Out on May 14, 2017
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)


  1. Osaka (10:39)
  2. Kagoshima (16:35)
  3. Okinawa (9:28)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1
    mp3 excerpt: track 2
    mp3 excerpt: track 3

Toshimaru Nakamura: mixing board
Martin Taxt: microtonal tuba

Recorded and mixed by Toshimaru Nakamura
Recorded in different locations in Japan in April 2016
Mixed and mastered by Toshimaru Nakamura, August 2016
Cover art and design by tanabemse


This is a duo album by Toshimaru Nakamura, a mixer player based in Tokyo, and Martin Taxt, a tuba player living in Oslo. Instead of a conventional tuba, Taxt plays a custom-made "microtonal tuba" capable of producing microtones. In this album, Nakamura incorporates Taxt's tuba sounds in his mixer through a microphone instead of playing his usual instrument, the no-input mixing board, which does not take in external sounds.

The project started with the concept of Nakamura processing the tuba sounds in real time as they played. But in their actual performances, the opposite often occurred: Taxt's tuba sound directed and obstructed Nakamura's feedback. This completely unexpected outcome astonished both musicians and spurred them on to new forms of creation. The three tracks on this album were recorded in Japan in April 2016.


Last updated: May 2, 2017

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