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Interface 34:29


Kyoto, Japan's answer to Heldon. Dense synth/guitar sonic excursions. The first album, originally released in 1985.

(1) 'Interface' was originally composed in 1982 some parts as a work of OSIRIS which was my solo project before Heretic. Since I got to know Ohta in June of that year it was recorded, we had been rehearsing this music, and it's not positioned as OSIRIS with guest, so our project partnership had started and continued for many years from this start.

Heretic's 1st was a self-released, private press lp. Moriyama was a classmate of mine in high school, and I forced him to participate because I really wanted to incorporate the cello sound. At that time, I also took in many of his opinions/advice regarding the direction of the music. He later became a famous university professor. In addition to the composing and recording experience I had in OSIRIS, I tried to study about hardware technology (there was no MIDI specification at the time) and conceptualized musical direction/idea such as what sound is and what would happen if different cultures coexisted at the same time. Heretic also had the 'conceptual art' idea; for example, I was using an analog synthesizers at the time, I have also practiced 'time art' that changes the timbre (synth's sound color) from moment to moment from this work.

In addition to the synthesizer's sound, I also partially processed for the hi-hat sound of the drum machine. This was not usually done at the time.

Except for the improvisation, I was in charge of the basic composition, and Ohta was in charge of arranging and rhythm's arrangement.

(2) The original version of 'El Rayo De Luna' was released on cassette during the OSIRIS era. The original version is included in 'Requiem's bonus track.

This work is 38 years old, but it reminds me of my life at that time. This title was inspired by the short story by Spanish poet Gustavo Adolfo Becquer. Its English meaning is 'The Moonlight Ray'.


released August 25, 2023

Heretic - Interface (LP:1985)

1 Interface (34:29)
2 El Rayo De Luna (11:37)

Bonus Tracks;

3 Interface (Symphonic Version) (13:02)
4 Interface (Rehearsal 1984-07-24) (11:56)

(Total time 71:05 : unreleased 2 tracks )


Tohru Ohta (elec-guitar, synthesizers, elec-per)
Hiro Kawahara ( synthesizers, keyboards, elec-Vil, elec-guitar, elec-per, ac-per, tape effects, devices)
Takurou Moriyama (cello on 1, 2)


Tomoko Nozaki (organ and synthesizer on 1)
Yumiko Inoue (synthesizer on 1)
Akiko Yuki (voice on 2)

Recorded and mixed at Sound of Poppy studio, Arashiyama, Kyoto, Japan, August 1984
Produced by Hiro Kawahara
Remastered by Hiro Kawahara, 2022
Copyright Hiro Kawahara 2023


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