Hakobune makes music that describes the incremental change of seasons in simple huge rushes of melancholy or joy, or something that is a bit of both – something that is perhaps closer, therefore, to lust; but desexualised and not humanised and instead just a thing that is – a smear of sound in the atmosphere, a murmuration, a sunset.
Hakobune is Takahiro Yorifuji, who resides in Tokyo. He has released dozens of Hakobune albums on supra-cool imprints such as Constellation Tatsu, Patient Sounds, Sacred Phrases and many more.
We chatted to Taka about his music, why he makes it and what it means to him.
You have made punk, hardcore, grindcore and powerviolence noise music as well as the gentler and more intimate ambient/minimal music – have you ever attempted to combine the two, or is it important to keep these two halves of your musical identity separate? What do they individually bring to your life?
I like both noise music and ambient music but I’d never thought of combining the two. There are other artists who already do this kind of stuff so I don’t bother to do the same. I want to form a band again someday, if I have an opportunity, but as it stands now, it’s not too realistic to produce and play music with multiple people.
What feelings do you think are expressed most in your music? Where does it send you emotionally, either when playing or listening? What images do you visualise?
I get inspiration from landscapes, books, and movies, as you do. I hope my music makes listeners have many images in their mind.
Who are your favourite musicians working in Japan currently? What do you wish you could emulate about their work?
We are from completely different genres but DJ NOBU is the artist whom I shared stages the most with in 2015. He is a leading artist of the Japanese underground techno scene but he always keeps himself open to various genres of music, and the music he mixes makes me thrilled all the time.
Is there anything in music you have always wanted to do, but have found beyond your abilities, or that you have attempted but don’t think you are ready for others to hear yet?
Of all your many releases, which is your favourite, and why? What do you feel you achieved with that release that the other releases did not?
This is my 1st album “Sense of Place”. I wrote all the tracks in my teenage years and completed in a technique different from now. It’s not feasible to produce in the same style today.
If you could pick one piece of music by another musician that summed you up completely as a human being and composer, what would it be?
Your music feels very colourful to me – what colours do you associate with it?
I can’t specify one single colour. I compose by building up many layers of sound as impressionist painters use various colors.
Images from Under the Blossoming Cherry Trees (Masahiro Shinoda, 1975)