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Madoka Kouno

inside-out, outside-in

hitorri -998
Limited edition of 500
Out on March 31, 2013
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)


  1. in (24:54)
  2. out (22:20)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 1)
    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 2)
    mp3 excerpt: track 2 (part 1)
    mp3 excerpt: track 2 (part 2)

Madoka Kouno: tape recorders, mixer, speakers, digital tuners

Recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, November 10, 2012
Mixed and mastered by Makoto Oshiro, January 6, 2013
Design by Yuhei Saito


This is the first solo album of Madoka Kouno, an improviser who has been performing since the early 2000s, mainly in Tokyo. The two tracks were recorded live at Ftarri, Tokyo, in November 2012. In this performance Kouno used tape recorders, a mixer, speakers, and digital tuners. The manipulation of empty tape recorders and careful changes in their positions cause subtle tremors and variations; and the rich, complex sound vibration radiates throughout the space.


Liner notes by Madoka Kouno

I prepared a portable cassette recorder with a built-in microphone, connected it to two speaker, and held it in my hands for a certain duration in record mode without a recording medium. Using line-in input and open-air microphone input respectively, I captured the phenomenon triggered by the above-mentioned settings and recorded it into CDDA data format. "in" was recorded with enough distance between the recorder and the speakers, with audience (and the open-air microphone) inside it. "out" was recorded with short distance between the recorder and the speakers, with audience (and the open-air microphone) outside it. (translation by Manabu Matsushita)



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