Polymath Kouhei Matsunaga is a card-carrying world traveller. A resident of both Osaka and Berlin, his time is divided between producing intricate pen illustrations which depict a disjointed surrealism with impeccable technique and electronic music which is a combination of digital primitivism and an un-abashed, wordless emotiveness. While his line drawings are always black pen on white paper affairs, his music as NHK’Koyxeи is an open language, taking in digital technology and slanted club musics of the past 30 years. You can compare his mediums and find similarities – both his visual and aural arts present consistent, self-contained worlds, means of escape – but they’re best understood on their own terms.
Propelled along with a beat that wouldn’t be out of place on some Brainfeeder jams and cloaked in decaying synth patterns, “614″ does that thing that truly great electronic music does – it moves the listener into an alternate head space, a space with more possibilities. A visual accompaniment in the form of Piotr Kamler‘s Chronopolis is suggested above.
“614″ features on the PAN release Dance Classics Vol. 1. Matsunaga also released a sold out split with SND on the same label
Written by Michael Kasparis