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Ueno Action

Takashi Ueno
BsF002-005
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2016-06-08
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TRACKS

1 Hana_01 00:04:16
2 Hana_02 00:02:28
3 Hana_03 00:01:40
4 Hana_04 00:02:06
5 Hana_05 00:03:23
6 Hana_06 00:03:34
7 Hana_07 00:02:38
8 Hana_08 00:02:41
9 Hana_09 00:01:25
10 Hana_10 00:02:43
11 Hana_11 00:03:02
12 Hana_12 00:02:56
13 Hana_13 00:01:54
14 Hana_14 00:01:25
15 Hana_15 00:01:41
16 Hana_16 00:00:32
17 Hana_17 00:03:14
18 Hana_18 00:01:06
19 Hana_19 00:01:48
20 Hana_20 00:01:31
21 Hana_21 00:00:30
22 Hana_22 00:00:36
23 Hana_23 00:01:04
24 Hana_24 00:01:16
25 Hana_25 00:01:58
26 Hana_26 00:02:42
27 Hana_27 00:02:05
28 Ishi_01 00:01:48
29 Ishi_02 00:01:34
30 Ishi_03 00:01:59
31 Ishi_04 00:02:34
32 Ishi_05 00:01:45
33 Ishi_06 00:01:58
34 Ishi_07 00:04:16
35 Ishi_08 00:02:05
36 Ishi_09 00:02:16
37 Ishi_10 00:01:40
38 Ishi_11 00:01:28
39 Ishi_12 00:01:00
40 Ishi_13 00:02:18
41 Ishi_14 00:00:50
42 Ishi_15 00:02:12
43 Ishi_16 00:03:02
44 Ishi_17 00:03:06
45 Ishi_18 00:01:05
46 Ishi_19 00:03:28
47 Ishi_20 00:02:50
48 Ishi_21 00:00:48
49 Ishi_22 00:00:26
50 Ishi_23 00:02:01
51 Ishi_24 00:02:00
52 Ishi_25 00:02:20
53 Ishi_26 00:02:33
54 Sakana_01 00:02:31
55 Sakana_02 00:04:03
56 Sakana_03 00:01:49
57 Sakana_04 00:02:19
58 Sakana_05 00:01:23
59 Sakana_06 00:02:58
60 Sakana_07 00:01:43
61 Sakana_08 00:02:25
62 Sakana_09 00:02:47
63 Sakana_10 00:03:10
64 Sakana_11 00:04:36
65 Sakana_12 00:02:19
66 Sakana_13 00:01:14
67 Sakana_14 00:02:23
68 Sakana_15 00:01:28
69 Sakana_16 00:03:17
70 Sakana_17 00:01:30
71 Sakana_18 00:02:11
72 Sakana_19 00:01:45
73 Sakana_20 00:01:39
74 Sakana_21 00:01:04
75 Sakana_22 00:01:19
76 Sakana_23 00:01:05
77 Sakana_24 00:02:44
78 Sakana_25 00:02:08
79 Mushi_01 00:02:26
80 Mushi_02 00:01:35
81 Mushi_03 00:02:21
82 Mushi_04 00:01:54
83 Mushi_05 00:02:21
84 Mushi_06 00:01:42
85 Mushi_07 00:00:37
86 Mushi_08 00:01:53
87 Mushi_09 00:02:20
88 Mushi_10 00:02:21
89 Mushi_11 00:01:25
90 Mushi_12 00:00:49
91 Mushi_13 00:02:11
92 Mushi_14 00:01:00
93 Mushi_15 00:01:01
94 Mushi_16 00:02:06
95 Mushi_17 00:01:03
96 Mushi_18 00:01:22
97 Mushi_19 00:02:30
98 Mushi_20 00:02:37
99 Mushi_21 00:02:16
100 Mushi_22 00:00:45
101 Mushi_23 00:03:14
102 Mushi_24 00:02:00
103 Mushi_25 00:01:15
104 Mushi_26 00:00:48
105 Mushi_27 00:00:30
106 Mushi_28 00:02:11
107 Mushi_29 00:03:34
108 Mushi_30 00:00:43
109 Mushi_31 00:01:31

Since around May of 2006, Ueno became obsessed about recording instrumental tracks using his 4 track multi track cassette recorder. That went on until June of 2008. He had no intention to release the works. Probably he thought of them as demo tracks in the beginning. However, after a while, he got lost and forgot why he was doing this in the first place, and started to add strange sounds and phrases. He would randomly put them together, and from time to time, Saya would also secretly add some of her own sounds. She would sometimes erase one track from a recording that had already used up all four tracks, and add her own voice. However, as you know, once a sound is erased from tape, it means that its gone forever. Therefore, there was no use in getting in to fights about it (although we did). Ueno was strangely in to rhythm while he was making this series. Probably Trip Hop was being played back in his mind. Most of his attempts ended as a failure, or became something that was not intended. Some of the tracks functioned as demos, just as Ueno had initially planned. At first, Saya borrowed two tracks from this series, and used them in her Nikasaya project (with Kazumi Nikaido). Then she took another two for oneone (a project of her and Satomi from DEERHOOF). And then for the Tenniscoats, another track was featured on our recording with TAPE, and another few were featured on our recording with Jad Fair. After a while, Ueno used some tracks in his own Mayonaka Music project with Hiroki Misawa. Now the Tenniscoats is using another as a Karaoke track for our new album Music Exists, and I featured another three on my folk music style solo album Monthly Ueno. If you think about it like this, there are many songs that have been recorded and released from it, and I think you could say it’s a slugger series. And now, both the tracks that were used, and the tracks that were not, will all be released here as my work. That could count as a 100% hitting average, wouldn’t it? This Ueno Action is a big case in that way. By the way, this title is something that Saya wrote on the CD-R when I mixed them on to a digital format. I don’t know what she meant at first, but I assume she considered these works somewhat like Ueno’s “first errand.” It’s been a while since the release of this series was decided, but there are a lot of tracks and a lot of things that happened in between, and if I try to write about everything it will turn in to a bulky booklet, which will delay the release even more, so I’ll leave that out. This will be my explanatory note for this series. Takashi Ueno


All tracks written and performed by Takashi Ueno, except Disc 1: track 9 with Saya (vocal, piano); Disc 3: track 4 and Disc 4: tracks 1 and 25 with Saya (vocal); and Disc 4: track 3 with Saya (synthesizer)


Recorded and mixed by Takashi Ueno

Mastered by Makoto Oshiro

Artwork by Yuhei Saito

Photos by Ritsuko Sakata

Design by Hirozumi Takeda


植野は、2006年5月から暇を見つけてはひたすら、とりつかれたようにカセットの4トラックMTRでインストの曲を作り、録音していた。それは2008年6月まで続いた。作品を発表するという考えは毛頭なかった。おそらく最初はデモのつもりだった。しかし何のつもりでやってるのか途中からよくわからなくなり、変な音や変な演奏を、ただ組み合わせたり、さやがたまに思いついたことを勝手にこっそり録音してたりした。時には、既に4トラック全部埋まっているのに、1つを勝手に消して自分の音や声を入れたりしていた。次の日、植野が聴き、驚いたりあきれたり、すさまじいケンカになったこともあった。しかしみなさんご存知のように、一度消えたテープの音は2度と戻ることはない。だから2人がケンカしたところで、それもただの無駄だった。 植野は、この録音集では妙にリズムに凝っていた。ドラムマシーンやパーカッションに3トラック使ってしまうこともあった。おそらく常に彼の頭の中にトリップホップが鳴っていたのだろう。そしてその試みの多くは失敗というか、かなり別のものになってしまっている。 当初の予定だったデモの目的を果たしたものもある。まず、さやがにかさや(さやと二階堂和美のユニット)でこの中から2曲拝借した。そして、わんわん(さやとディアフーフさとみのユニット)でも2曲拝借した。続いてテニスコーツでは、スウェーデンのTAPEとの録音に取り上げられ、ジャド・フェアとの録音でも数曲取り上げられた。遅れて植野自身も三沢洋紀とのユニット、真夜中ミュージックでも取り上げた。更にテニスコーツの現在進行中のアルバムプロジェクト「Music Exists」シリーズではカラオケに使われ、自分のソロのフォークスタイルのアルバム「マンスリー植野隆司」でも3曲、カラオケで使っている。 こうしてみると、録音&発表されてる数は多く、なかなかの高打率ではないだろうか。そして今回それらの曲も使われてない曲も、録られたものすべてが作品になるという、打率で言うと100パーセントの事件?がこのCD4枚組の「UENO ACTION」である。ちなみにこのタイトルは、さやがこれらの音源をデジタルにミックスした時に、そのCDRの盤面に書いたものだ。どういう意図かはわからないが、たぶん彼女なりに「たかしのはじめてのおつかい」感覚があったのではないだろうか?リリースが決まってから随分の月日がたってしまうが、これだけの量だし色んなことがあって、それをすべて書くと分厚いブックレットになってしまい、更にリリースが遅れるのでここでは割愛する。以上がこの作品の解説である。 植野隆司


作曲・演奏:植野隆司


ゲスト:さや (魚:1.vo 3.synth 25.vo 虫:4.vo 花:9.vo&piano)


アートワーク:斎藤祐平

デザイン:竹田大純

写真:坂田律子

マスタリング:大城真