Demo and live in the studio recordings of 'Yayoi Dream' and 'Drugging for M', originally released in 1996 for a very small number of people.
Past in Future (not on label) no#, 1996, CD)
The myriad electronic tone colors and textures were like an evolutionary musical tapestry that kept transforming into new sonic landscapes.
The addition of guitar and other sounds helped it come to life and become somthing more organic than just machine music.
There is so much electronic music today that shows no imagination, 'Past In Future' literally overflows with creative ideas.
(Archie Patterson / EUROCK)
In general the music straddles the line between electronic rock and ambient, hovering somewhere between the random soundscapes of Biota, the aggressive imagery of Richard Pinhas, and the ambient driftiness of Forrest Fang's Migration, but in fact is like none of these. This is completely original.
(1) is offering a series of dreamlike sequences that open doors into subconscious realms, a soundtrack for the slow descent from consciousness into deep sleep. Sequences grow and develop, and then end abruptly as the listener passes through the 'door' to the next level.
(2) is more intense of other tracks, featuring several passages of blistering lead guitar over heavily processed waves of pulsating synth and synth-bass, sometimes recalling Fripp & Eno's Evening Star.
(Peter Thelen / Expose,1996-08-01)
2 Drugging for M (studio live, August.12th 1995) (35:33)
3 In The Mist Of Time (for Peter Frohmader : 2022 3D Remix) (16:33)
(Total time 87:02 : unreleased 1 track)
Hiro Kawahara (Computers, Korg DSS1*2, DSM-1, M3R, Roland U-110, R-8M, Emu VintageKeys Plus, Oberheim Matrix-1000, DPX-1, elec-guitar, bouzouki, devices on 1, 2),
guitar, synthesizer, sound effect and 3D processing on 3)
Peter Frohmader (bass, synthesize on 3)
(1) and (2) demo/limited edition/private release
All composed, arranged, played and produced by Hiro Kawahara. All music was recorded directly onto DAT, hence no overdubs.
(3) composed and remixed by Hiro Kawahara 2022
Produced by Hiro Kawahara
Remastered by Hiro Kawahara, 2022
Copyright Hiro Kawahara 2023
(1) and (2) are demo & studio live tracks released on limited CD-R in 1996.
The number of people who own this CD-R is very small.
The reason why it took a long time from the previous releases to release this demo is that it took a lot of time to research by trial and error many new MIDI modules and a lot of MIDI software.
At that time, I envisioned 3 works as the theme of the new work: past, present, and future.
(1) is the theme of 'the past'.
(2) is the theme of 'the future'.
(3) At that time, I couldn't make music as 'the present' theme. But now (2022/2023), this music is dedicated to Peter Frohmader, who passed away in May 2022, and this 3D remix music, positioned as 'present', was added as a bonus track.
Both (1) and (2) have different parts from the official release.
In particular, (1) the last bouzouki part was played by me, and on the official release was played by Ohta.
As for (2), the official release has evolved into a band sound as other players played it.
(3) is exactly the same as the music ,'Hiro Kawahara and Peter Frohmader (1998: Remaster 2022)'.
For the further explanation in each tracks, please refer to the notes of each release separately.