Hiroshi Yoshimura ¦ Music For Nine Post Cards

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    Music For Nine Post Cards is the debut studio album by Hiroshi Yoshimura, released by Sound Process in 1982 and rereleased by Empire of Signs in 2017.

    Recording and release

    The album was home-recorded with a keyboard and Fender Rhodes.[1] In the liner notes Yoshimura stated that he was inspired by “the movements of clouds, the shade of a tree in summertime, the sound of rain, the snow in a town."[1]

    Yoshimura originally sent the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art a copy of the album intended to be played in the building but after much interest from visitors the album was then given a wide release as the first instalment in Satoshi Ashikawa’s series “Wave Notation” in Japan.[1] In 2017 the album was reissued by Empire of Signs, the first time outside of Japan.


    Professional ratings
    Review scores
    Spectrum Culture4/5[3]
    The Times[4]

    Upon its rerelease in 2017 the album received critical acclaim. Thea Ballard of Pitchfork wrote that the songs "have a disarming presence, cutting sweetly into the listener’s reality" and that "The effect is multidimensional: melancholy, wistful, invigorating, consoling."[2] Eric D. Bernasek of Spectrum Culture in a positive review, stated that album is "uniformly calm and wistful, evoking the subtly discomfiting melancholy of nostalgia" however criticised the song "Urban Snow" feeling that "The track limits the album’s usefulness as environmental music" by having a spoken word passage in it, and that "its mere presence compromises the purity of the rest by breaking the spell that was cast by the album’s overall restraint and uniformity".[3]


    In 2018 Crack Magazine selected Music For Nine Post Cards as one of seven essential Japanese ambient albums.[5]

    Track listing

    All tracks written and produced by Hiroshi Yoshimura.[6]

    1."Water Copy"6:11
    4."Dance Pm"6:32
    5."Ice Copy"2:55
    6."Soto Wa Ame - Rain out of Window"4:36
    7."View From My Window"6:15
    8."Urban Snow"4:45


    1. ^ a b c "Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music for Nine Post Cards". Retrieved 6 October 2019.
    2. ^ a b "Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music for Nine Postcards". Pitchfork. November 15, 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
    3. ^ a b "Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music for Nine Post Cards Review". 17 November 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2019.
    4. ^ Hodgkinson, Will (January 5, 2018). "Pop review: Hiroshi Yoshimura: Music for Nine Postcards". The Times. Retrieved 20 December 2019. (Subscription required.)
    5. ^ "7 essential Japanese ambient and new age records". Retrieved 20 December 2019.
    6. ^ "Music for Nine Post Cards". Retrieved 6 October 2019.


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    Hiroshi Yoshimura (吉村弘, Yoshimura Hiroshi, 22 October 1940 – 23 October 2003) was a Japanese musician and composer. He is considered a pioneer of ambient music in Japan.[2][3] His music lies mostly in the minimalist genre of kankyō ongaku, or environment music—soft electronic melodies infused with the sounds of nature: babbling brooks, steady rain, and morning birds.[4] However, not all Yoshimura's work included nature sounds. His album Green (1986) only contained them in the United States release, as they were excluded in the Japanese version.

    Early life

    Hiroshi Yoshimura was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa in 1940.[3] He started to learn piano at the age of 5.[3] He graduated from Waseda School of Letters, Arts and Sciences II in 1964.[3] He was inspired by the Fluxus movement and the work of Harry Partch and Erik Satie.[3]


    He started the computer music group "Anonyme" in 1972.[3] The 70's saw Yoshimura heavily inspired by Brian Eno, who had a similar minimalist ambient style.[3] In 1978, he was commissioned by the NHK to compose the piece "Alma's Cloud".

    In addition to solo performances and improvisational music, he performed production performance and sound objects, environmental music containing graphic design and sound design, visual poetry, and worked on sound design business in collaboration with TOA.[3] He also made music for galleries, museums, building spaces and train stations. He was at the forefront of environmental music.[3] He worked as a part-time lecturer in the Industrial Design Department at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Chiba and at the Music Design Department of Kunitachi College of Music.[3] He held workshops on citizen participation in museums.


    Yoshimura died in 2003 after battling skin cancer.[5][4][6]


    In 2017, Yoshimura, as well as other ambient Japanese musicians, received a resurgence due to changes to the YouTube algorithm.[4] In 2019, the song "Blink", from Yoshimura's debut album, was selected for compilation album Kankyo Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990.[7] In 2020, Light in the Attic Records re-issued Green.[8]

    His music has received much critical acclaim. In 2018, Crack Magazine selected his albums Green and Music For Nine Post Cards as the number 1 and number 7th most essential Japanese ambient albums, respectively.[9] Malcolm Standing for Demo Magazine referred to Yoshimura as "one of the most influential and prolific of the artists to come out of Japan’s ambient renaissance".[10] Tom Moon of NPR noted Yoshimura as "one of the revered pioneers of Japanese electronic music".[11]


    • Music For Nine Post Cards (1982)
    • Pier & Loft (1983)
    • A・I・R (Air In Resort) (1984)
    • Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)
    • Green (1986)
    • 静けさの本 (Static) (1988)
    • 吉村弘の耳 「音の島」 (Hiroshi Yoshimura's Ear "Sound Island") (1992)
    • Wet Land (1993)
    • Face Music (1994)
    • 環境演出音 (Environmental Sound) (1995)
    • Quiet Forest (クワイエット・フォレスト) (1998)
    • Four Post Cards (2004)
    • Soft Wave For Automatic Music Box (2005) (His early work, published after death)
    • Flora 1987 (2006) (Posthumous compilation album)


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