ma shi mi
ma shi mi – born in 1990 in osaka, japan, ryu mashimi is a self-proclaimed lo-fi bedroom do it yourself noise techno ‘artiste’ that seldom goes out and socialises. his input started in 2010 with the self distribution of 2.5” cd-r’s amongst friends and internet social networks. in 2012 ma shi mi signed to the sub-label ku-editions.
the first sample of his work is ‘manifesto 1’ [ku002], june 2012 (sleeve artwork, above, designed by wassily blossfeldt) and it contains the self-produced tracks: 1. ‘a last piece of silence’ 07:00; 2. ‘funny instead of formal’ 07:02; 3. ‘the marriage at cana’ 08:58. the work was recorded at the naked lizard lounge and ryu bedroom january 2012, executive produced by eerohz.
in march and april 2012 ryu mashimi completed with eerohz several tracks in london in view to the release of an album, ‘mani festa’ as working title but he was not happy with the results. nevertheless in the end of july an extended play, ‘the oldham loop’ was made available as ku005. the 3 track e.p. has versions of the track but not the original: ‘the oldham loop re-phased by sampladelic hashashins’ 16:39; ‘the oldham loop ambient’ 08:05 and ‘the oldham loop beat spunk’ 08:05. the sleeve is designed by wassily blossfeldt.
the work title for the possible album ‘mani festa’ follows the idea of presenting the first recordings of mashimi as a kind of manifesto of ideas and practices – the methology of sound and construction of the ‘artefacts’, as ryu calls his compositions, and not as definitive works, always in the presence of ‘evolution, as nothing is static and permanent. the works presented on ku002 and ku005 are just sketches and experiments.’ if in ‘manifesto 1’ all 3 tracks are original recordings for e different works, ku005 are versions of a theme that is not presented in the original form (not released at time of publication of the extended play on bandcamp on the 17th of july 2012.) it was eerohz’ idea of not presenting the original – the versions are re-works by others than ryu mashimi, that really didn’t like them (except the ‘ambient’ version, a simple different mix of the original.)