Improvised Music from Japan / Discography

Otomo Yoshihide
Bob Ostertag


(Sank-ohso Discs/Creativeman Disc., CMDD-00030) (Japan) (CD)

  1. Wacked/ Herb Robertson (parent) (3:58)
  2. Exercises for Currency/ Otomo Yoshihide (twin) (6:51)
  3. 3 Bear Rooms (Dust)/ Chris Cutler (parent) (4:42)
  4. The Power of Success/ Bob Ostertag (twin) (5:44)
  5. Fruits from Viet Nam/ Michiyo Yagi (parent) (3:55)
  6. 4 Rooms of Hong Kong Stuntman/ Otomo Yoshihide (twin) (6:35)
  7. You’re Going Nowhere/ Bob Ostertag (twin) (5:28)
  8. Tabbing Will Get You There Faster/ Bob Ostertag (twin) (5:08)
  9. Otok/ Otomo Yoshihide (twin) (6:23)

Track 1
Herb Roberson: a Holton trumpet and Le Roy S. Green mouthpieces exclusively
This trumpet solo was performed plunger muted.
Recorded at the Corner Store Syndicate Studio, Brooklyn, New York, February 28, 1996
Engineered by Jon Rosenberg

Tracks 2, 6, 9
Otomo Yoshihide: sampler and hard-disk recorder
Sampled guests: Sachiko Matsubara (voice-2; sampling materials-6), Yumiko Tanaka (shamisen and vocal-6), Shuichi Chino (piano-6)
Recorded at Lost Space, Tokyo, July 2-5, 1996
Recorded and mixed by Otomo Yoshihide

Track 3
Chris Cutler: gongs, tubular bell, kit drums, Tibetan finger cymbals, clay drum, woodblock, tambourine and radio
Composed by Chris Cutler
Produced at Studio Midi-Pyrenees, Caudeval, France, 1996
Engineered by Bob Drake

Tracks 4, 7, 8
Bob Ostertag: sampler
Recorded June-July, 1996 in San Francisco
Recorded and mixed by Bob Ostertag

Track 5
Michiyo Yagi: 17-string and standard kotos
Composed and arranged by Michiyo Yagi
Recorded January 31, 1996 at Sound Pot, Tokyo
Engineered by Masaki Sasaki
Recording adviser: Akikazu Nakamura

Bob Ostertag used an Ensoniq ASR-10 sampler, Emagic’s Logic Audio and Deck II.

Produced by Shigenori Noda
Mastered at Infinite Audio, San Francisco, July 14, 1996
Engineered by Bob Ostertag
Cover concept by Bob Ostertag and Otomo Yoshihide
Photography by Phyllis Christopher
Design and artwork by Wokshy-oishi

*Notes of making "twins"
Step 1: Ostertag, Otomo and Noda each choose a "parent."
Step 2: Each “parent” makes a piece of their choosing.
Step 3: Ostertag and Otomo each make a "twin" using pieces of the "parent."

*Twins! is also a variation of Otomo Yoshihide's Sampling Virus Project.

Released in 1996