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Various Artists
Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990
Light In The Attic
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Release Date
February 15, 2019
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    Released: July 10, 2020
    Estimated shipping: July 9, 2020

  • Box Set, 3×LP


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    • Housed in deluxe Stoughton “tip-on” jackets and slipcase
    • Includes extensive liner notes and artist bios & essay by Spencer Doran
    • 'Limited edition colour wax' sticker

    Released: February 26, 2019
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In recent times Light In The Attic has been at the forefront of resurgent interest in out-of-print Japanese music - a run of Haruomi Hosono editions springs to mind - but even by their standards Kankyō Ongaku is quite the record. Due to the convergent factors of a booming economy, an interest in the incidental compositions of artists like Brian Eno and the growth of cosmopolitan city living, Japan in the 1980s saw a rapid rise in the demand for ‘environmental music’ (Kankyō Ongaku). Soon artists as prestigious as Hosono and his Yellow Magic Orchestra were coming up with sounds for advertisements, in-store playlists and home atmospheres. Compiled by Visible Cloaks’ Spencer Doran, Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990 provides a meticulously-cultivated overview of this quiet revolution.

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  1. 1 Satoshi Ashikawa - "Still Space" 0:30
  2. 2 Yoshio Ojima - "Glass Chattering" 0:30
  3. 3 Hideki Matsutake - "Nemureru Yoru" (Karaoke version) 0:30
  4. 4 Joe Hisaishi - "Islander" 0:30
  5. 5 Yoshiaki Ochi - "Ear Dreamin'" 0:30
  6. 6 Masashi Kitamura + Phonogenix - "Variation III" 0:30
  7. 7 Interior - "Park" 0:30
  8. 8 Yoichiro Yoshikawa - "Nube" 0:30
  9. 9 Yoshio Suzuki - "Meet Me In The Sheep Meadow" 0:30
  10. 10 Toshi Tsuchitori - "Ishiura (Abridged)" 0:30
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