From dubby electronica to orchestral soundtrack, Chicago-based sound artist, oto (kiku hibino) explores various approaches in electronic music. His debut album “Time Capsule Sunday”, mastered by Curtis Roads (Asphodel), was just released from Otokikiyama Records* in 2007. Featuring CD-skipping sounds layered with field recordings, “Time Capsule Sunday” creates uniquely cinematic soundscapes.
As a rising freelance composer, oto has been actively producing music for commercial advertisements of major companies including Sony, Mercedes-Benz, Heinz, Toyota and so on. In 2006 oto participated in Stop-Rokkasho campaign curated by Ryuichi Sakamoto aiming to raise people’s awareness of the danger of nuclear power reprocessing plants. oto contributed a collaborative piece with Norma Field titled “Before Then” for world-wide downloading. Inspired by this experience, oto grows interests in environmental issues and starts his new project seeking creative uses of spoken words and field recordings in electronic music.
*Originally scheduled to be released from Sub Rosa in Belgium.
the wire (reviewd by ken hollings)
more info at http://otomusic.com
Also available: Commercial Works 2004-2006 (iTunes)