Why Sheep? - Radiation EP

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Japanese electronic musician and sound sculptor Gaku Uchida, aka Why Sheep? returns after over 10 years with the Radiation ep, a taste of his forthcoming album Real Times. The Radiation ep is Why Sheep?'s response to the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

Gaku Uchida's last release was the album The Myth & i in 2003 on third Ear. The ep culled from that album has Recloose's remix of Earthborn.

The Radiation ep contains four tracks; Radiation 1 and 2, together with remixes by Kare San Sui Surrounding, another Why Sheep? moniker.

Kare-San-Sui Surrounding is a project aiming to create a relationship between people and sound from a new perspective. Kare-San-Sui Surrounding likens the handling of sound to the Japanese garden-making art of Kare-San-Sui, to create a sensorial garden of sound within public spaces. Radiation 1 and 2 Kare-San-Sui Surrounding remixes place the tracks Radiation 1 and 2 in a public space. Radiation 1 is suffocated by the intensifying sound of a Geiger counter, the instrument used to measure background radioactivity. Radiation 2 creates an idyllic garden setting with sound, probably a temple garden as we hear the sound of temple bells and the trickling sounds water. A sense of foreboding soon overshadows the idyll, with the sound of a huge drum, of rushing air and of the ground shaking. Overall the effect of these tracks, these sounds of radiation emanating and shrouding, leave the listener with a combination of a profound sense of unease and of supernatural power created through the exciting effect of wonderful sounds and arrangements.


released April 4, 2014

Written arranged produced by Gaku Uchida aka Why Sheep?
Kar-e San Sui Surrounding is a moniker of Why Sheep?
Executive Producer Guy McCreery
Title: Radiation ep
Label: Third Ear Recordings
Cat No: 3EEP-2014_04
Distributed by: Clone for vinyl (worldwide); Finetunes for digital (worldwide)
Release date: 4/04/14 all formats



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