As a producer and sound artist, Kosei Fukuda has shared his time between Tokyo and Berlin. After two series of conceptual EPs and the intricate experimental “Enso” Festival compilation, Fukuda returns with a full length solo project – the debut LP. This marks his thirteenth release on the Reiten label – a platform he created to showcase his techno music and the more general, experimental aesthetic agenda of which the club music is but one facet.
1. What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
2. How and when did you get into making music?
Through developing my art explorations, naturally shifted my vision towards abstract forms.
3. What are 5 of your favourite albums of all time?
Wilhelm Furtwängler – Bach St Matthew Passion
Arvo Pärt – Fratres
Ryuichi Sakamoto – Async
Radiohead – In Rainbow
James Blake – James Blake
4. What do you associate with Berlin?
Fam Freund, ceviche and wine.
5. What’s your favourite place in your town?
Home, studio and KGR(n).
6. If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
7. What was the last record/music you bought?
Multiple purchases during Bandcamp Friday.
Physical copy : Chet Baker – Memories / Chet Baker In Tokyo (bade for my friend in Berlin).
8. Who would you most like to collaborate with?
9. What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
REITEN presents HYPER EXPERIMENTS at KGR(n).
10. How important is technology to your creative process?
Just the tool.
11. Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career/art?
Bleep.com about his ENSō project in 2020:
Japanese sound artist and producer Kosei Fukuda’s presents a collaborated vision of the first edition of ENSō, a two-day audio-visual event collated around the REITEN label. The ENSō Festival invites its artists and audiences alike to appreciate the merging of the improvisational, with the contemplation of rhythmic cycles, based around the conception of ensō – 円相 – meaning a hand-drawn circle created by one uninterrupted stroke. Now, with an elongated stretch of time in front of us before the next edition of the festival, the compilation stands to provide a sustained glimpse into the world imagined by Fukuda. Blending spontaneity and gravity alike, the record features an array of idiosyncratic artists set to play ENSō, all purveyors of their own shaped sound-worlds.
Photo © Kosei Fukuda