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  • Dear Playback 2022 Customer

    Thank you very much for your purchase.
    We hope that all of you have received the package by now.

    We have received a few inquiries about the product so we want to explain it.

    1: The autograph and numbering in the package of Disc 17 were written by Ryuichi Sakamoto before his passing.

    2: The B side of this work has a map drawn by its sound (pink noise), and the A side was cut to match the B side. Therefore, the concentric circles are positioned differently from the standard vinyl disc. Please note that it is not a defect.

    Thank you for your understanding and continued support of commmons/commmonsmart.

  • October 6 [Friday] - December 24 [Sunday], 2023 AMBIENT KYOTO 2023

    AMBIENT KYOTO is the world's premier audiovisual art exhibition on the theme of ambient, created with the wisdom of Kyoto, a world-class cultural city where tradition and innovation thrive.

    AMBIENT KYOTO held its first exhibition, "BRIAN ENO AMBIENT KYOTO," featuring the founder of ambient, Brian Eno, in Kyoto last year in 2022, and it was a great success.
    The second "AMBIENT KYOTO 2023" will feature works by world-class Japanese artists Ryuichi Sakamoto, Shiro Takatani, Cornelius, Buffalo Daughter, and Seiichi Yamamoto.
    The exhibition will be held at two venues, the former Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank Welfare Center and the basement floor of the new Kyoto Shimbun Building, both of which will be used as last year.
    This year, in addition to the exhibition, a live performance will be held during the exhibition period. Terry Riley, a master of minimal music who has greatly influenced ambient music, will perform live on the Noh stage at Higashi Honganji Temple on Friday, October 13 and Saturday, October 14.

    Ambient music is not something that can be formed by cutting out the sound alone, but is part of the climate and culture in which the music is played. Ambient music also includes the presentation of a new value system for how humans should deal with the environment and the earth in the future. This exhibition will be held with the primary goal of creating a new work in collaboration with the climate, culture, and people of Kyoto.
    AMBIENT KYOTO will only serve its original purpose if it continues to work with Kyoto over the long term. AMBIENT KYOTO will continue to present world-class exhibitions with a long-term perspective, aiming to establish Kyoto as a "sacred place for ambient art" and to gain recognition both nationally and internationally.

    Outline of the exhibition
    Title: AMBIENT KYOTO 2023

    Participating artists:
    [Exhibition] Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani, Cornelius, Buffalo Daughter, Seiichi Yamamoto
    [Live] Terry Riley

    (1) Former Welfare Center, Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank (Exhibition)
    (2) Kyoto Shimbun Building, B1F (Exhibition)
    (3) Higashi-honganji Temple, Noh Stage (Live)

    Dates: October 6 (Friday) - December 24 (Sunday), 2023
    Closed: November 12 (Sun), December 10 (Sun)
    Terry Riley's live performance will be held on October 13 (Fri.) and 14 (Sat.).

    Organizer: AMBIENT KYOTO 2023 Executive Committee
       (TOW / Kyoto Shimbun / Traffic / Kyoto Amplitude)
    Planning and production: TOW / Traffic
    Cooperation: Agency for Cultural Affairs / α-station FM KYOTO / Kyoto CLUB METRO
    Supported by: Kyoto Prefecture / Kyoto City / Kyoto Tourism Association / FM COCOLO
    Equipment sponsor: Genelec Japan / Magnux
    Supported by Square
    Special Cooperation: Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank

  • ryuichi sakamoto + shiro takatani
    New theater piece "TIME" will be performed in Japan for the first time in the spring of 2024!

    “TIME”, a new theater piece by Ryuichi Sakamoto + Shiro Takatani (Dumb Type),
    starring Min Tanaka, Mayumi Miyata and Rin Ishihara, is slated to premiere in Japan in Spring 2024.

    “TIME” premiered globally in 2021 at the Holland Festival, one of the world‘s largest performing arts festivals, and received a standing ovation from a full house.
    The music, which Sakamoto created for this work before his demise, movements of the performers, lights, images, and water—— “TIME,” to be presented in Japan for the first time, unifies sound, music, performance, installation, and visual art into a singular theater experience in which two dream visions intersect.

    Music and concept: Ryuichi Sakamoto
    Visual Design/Concept: Shiro Takatani
    Cast: Min Tanaka, Mayumi Miyata, Rin Ishihara

    March 28 (Thu) - April 14 (Sun), 2024, New National Theatre, Tokyo
    April 27 (Sat.) & 28 (Sun.), 2024, Rohm Theater Kyoto, Kyoto Main Hall

  • February 25 [Sat] – May 14 [Sun], 2023 Japan Pavilion Exhibition in Tokyo—From the 59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Dumb Type, 2022: remap

    Since February 25, Dumb Type has been holding "Dumb Type|2022: remap" at the Artizon Museum (Kyobashi, Tokyo), a return exhibition of the Japanese pavilion at the 59th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. At the exhibition, "2022: remap," a reworking of the new work "2022" premiered in Venice with Ryuichi Sakamoto as a new member, is on view for the first time in Japan. In addition to the soundtrack newly created by Sakamoto for this work, the voices of Sakamoto's allies David Sylvian, Kahimi Karie, and others reading from the work, as well as sounds recorded in various locations around the world at Sakamoto's request, which are also included in Playback 2022, are combined with Dumb Type's visual Through language, the work attempts to bring to light the meaning of standing there and listening carefully, and the nature of perception through machines.

    ■59th International Art Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia Dumb Type,2022: remap
    Venue:Artizon Museum 6Exhibition Room

    Location:Kyobashi, Chuo-ku, Tokyo1-7-2
    Phone number:050-5541-8600
    Hours of Operation:10:00〜18:00
    ※5.5Open every Friday except20:00 museum is open until
    ※Admission is until30minutes before closing.
    Admission:General 1200yen (reservation required; same-day ticket1500yen, Free for students (reservation required)