Friday, May 16, 2008

Sounds of Japanese Doomsday Cults 7"

Oh look an internet connection.
This is the perfect amount of this weirdo... 2 tracks of probably boring, average, badly composed music by a sociopath maniac. But that's why I want to hear it.
Is it delusions of grandeur that make you think I you compose classical music? Does he just not know any better? I mean that can be huge too, I have a friend that seems to get fairly far just by not knowing that he can't do whatever it is that he's into. Whatever direction he randomly takes, he just does it...I think enough people are too worried about not being able to do it that they hesitate, give up or don't even start.
Well this might be a bad example... this guy went a little too far and killed a lot of people with sarin gas on the tokyo subway, but he lived his insane dream and recorded this music.
I am going to get this and listen to it over and over, trying to hear the crazy, if that's possible. It's one of those things I'll pull off the shelf over and over playing for people because I think everyone wants to do that....even though it probably really sucks.
I'm hooked.

This is a great blurb about this release from WFMU.

"This reissue of The Sounds of Japanese Doomsday Cults marks the first bona fide public availability in the West of "Lord Deaths Counting Song" and "Sonshis March," performed by Shoko Asahara, leader of Japanese religious cult Aum Shinri Kyo and convicted murderer of twenty-five people, including eleven who died in the sarin nerve-gas attack in the Tokyo subway system in March of 1995-a terrifying incident that put more than five thousand people in the hospital and shocked the world with its televised images of choking and vomiting rush-hour riders staggering out of subway exits. Originally released by Australian label Mighty I AM Presence in the late 90s in three editions of 25 copies each (on polyurethane lathe-cut 8-inch records), these early, outrageously expensive copies caused their share of controversy and were unofficially banned in Japan. Several traditionally fearless Japanese collectors returned the records unplayed (for fear that its mere presence in their houses could get them in trouble). One collectors wife reportedly left him and filed for divorce, no questions asked, after finding a copy on his shelves. With the terror of the tragic gas attack fresh in the Japanese publics minds, packages containing Aum music mailed from Banjawarn Station in Western Australia-where the cult had previously acquired mining-exploration licenses so they could conduct legal searches for uranium deposits-were enough for one Japanese importer to contact the police, which resulted in a visit to the Mighty I AM Presence offices by a delegation comprised of local Australian constabulary, customs officials, and two Japanese newspaper reporters, all of whom made it clear not to send any more copies of the record to Japan. When examined and compared to commercially available recordings, the musical aspirations of mass murderers and cult leaders (see, for example, Charles Manson and David Koresh, respectively) often seem first and foremost wildly out of step with the times, but also naive, simplistic and eerily innocent. "Lord Deaths Counting Song" and "Sonshis March" follow this model; they are reminiscent of some wispy, New-Age karaoke, maybe with a nod to the music bed for a nightmarishly feel-good airline commercial. The pretty, easy-to-grasp jingles that edu-tainers such as Mr. Rogers deploy on pre-school children sound like a Wagner opera in comparison. Anyone who is not appalled by this music outright will find its creepiness mysteriously compelling. Music by Shoko Asahara, leader of Aum Shinri Kyo." - Faithways International. "unbelievable... its too dangerous to release it here in Japan even at this 2002. not joke stuff..." - hitomi (beast 666).

Sorry no podcast this will never happen again...

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