Ftarri / Hitorri

Junji Hirose


Limited edition of 300
Out on July 12, 2015
Purchase price in Japan: 1,500 yen (tax not included)
(For purchase outside of Japan, prices vary.)

  1. Part 1 (38:08)
  2. Part 2 (5:17)

    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 1)
    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 2)
    mp3 excerpt: track 1 (part 3)
    mp3 excerpt: track 2

Junji Hirose: self-made sound instrument, version 5

Recorded live at Pool, Tokyo, October 13, 2014
Recorded, mixed, and mastered by Makoto Oshiro
Artwork and design by Cathy Fishman

Photo © Kazuhiro Tago

As a sax player, Junji Hirose has been a prominent figure on the free jazz/improvised music scene since the 1970s. But he has another side: he collects everyday odds and ends and puts them together to create instruments which he uses in noise performance. Hirose calls these noise instruments SSI (self-made sound instruments). In 2013, he released the CD SSI-4 (hitorri-997). This is his new release, SSI-5. To make the SSI No. 5 instrument, he put together about 30 vinyl chloride pipes and, using two air compressors, powerfully pumped wind into the pipes, creating roaring low tones. These low tones are not uniform; joining in are multiple reverberating tones, and the whooshing air-blowing sounds created by the compressor itself. You'll surely be overwhelmed by the resounding, continually changing waves of sound. The two tracks were recorded live at Pool, Tokyo, in October 2014.

Last updated: September 20, 2015

Ftarri home page