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Butterfly's Summer And Vanished

by Chihei Hatakeyama

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raging wave 07:59
strait 15:22
calm sea 09:11


Following Chihei Hatakeyama's "The Bull Head Emperor", "Alone By The Sea", "Requiem For Black Night And Earth Spiders"
The fourth work of Japanese ancient history series.
Until now, he have taken up the theme of Beef Tenno, Supplementary Watariwa, and Tsuchidora,
but this work is the theme of head of 7th century on Japan.

In 608 AD, as a messenger of the Chinese emperor "Hai Sei Sei" came to Japan.
So what he saw was the Chinese colony "Shin Kingdom" and the Japanese male king "Ametharashikiko".
But according to the official Japanese history book, that era is the age of Emperor Suiko, the king of a woman.
Hatakeyama was fascinated by this mystery and crated his work "Butterfly's Summer And Vanished".

It is probably that "Hai Sei Sei" passed through the Korean Peninsula and was a trip on the route of Tsushima, Kanmon Strait, Seto Inland Sea and Yamato .
Hatakeyama made up this album along the time axis of his journey.
The melody of the electric guitar reflects the perspective of "Hai Sei Sei", expressing his emotions such as adventure, anxiety, romanticism.
In recent works, he often made analog synths mainly, but in this work I returned to the electric guitar drones.
Eyes gazing at the ancient times, boats and going people over the ocean, rough waves, fantasies, etc. are magnificently expressed by electric guitars.

Chihei Hatakeyama is a sound artist , an organizer and mastering engineer who was born in 1978, and lives in the Tokyo. He has performed for years under his given name and also as one half of the electroacoustic duo Opitope, along with Tomoyoshi Date. Hatakeyama got involved in playing music through strumming a electric guitar in a few rock-oriented bands in his teenage years. Subsequently a laptop computer superseded his bands as his main platform. Hatakeyama polychromes memory-evoking soundscapes with various recorded materials of acoustic instruments such as guitars, vibraphone, and piano; mostly played by hand and processed time and time again via laptop. His first album Minima Moralia was commissioned for release by the Chicago-based label kranky in early 2006.
Since then his many album was released by Room 40, Under The Spire, Hibernate Records, Magic Book Records, Home Nomal, OwnRecords, Spekk, Dronarivm, Constellation Tatsu, Glacial Movements Records and his own label White Paddy Mountain.
In 2013 Hatakeyama founded the record label White Paddy Montain, which since then has released over 40 recordings by some of the most accomplished musicians and modern ambient musicians, Shoegazer and folk musicians in Japan.
Recent years Hatakeyama continues to evolve his sound by analog synthesizer, modular synthesizer and compact guitar effector. Hatakeyama approaches some modular synthesizer and electric guitar drone project with an expectation of new directions.



released May 25, 2018

raging wave recorded on September 8, 2017
strait recorded on September 6, 2017
calm sea recorded on September 5, 2017
in the sunlight recorded on September 7, 2017
vanished kingdoms recorded on September 2, 2017

edited and mixed during January to March 2018
all music written, mixed and mastered by Chihei Hatakeyama

covert art by WPM


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white paddy mountain is a small record label based in Japan.
Chihei Hatakeyama is A Sound Artist And Musician Living On The Outskirts Of Tokyo.

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