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November 18, 2018

new album from TAKUJI NAKA & TIM OLIVE, “Quince” (KSE #397)

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“QUINCE” (KSE #397, CDR album)

Quince (26:08)

Takuji Naka: tapes, electronics

Tim Olive: magnetic pickups, electronics

Recorded on April 29, 2016 by Erhard Hirt at Black Box (Munster), and Nov. 25, 2017 by Kota Uematsu at Soto (Kyoto)

cover image by Tim Olive

As of Friday 7 December 2018, all KSE albums are deleted. All standing orders were fulfilled on 12/7/2018 and are now in the mail. Inventory will not be replenished, and orders will no longer be accepted. Thanks for your support through 400+ music and poetry releases since March 2006.


statement from Tim Olive on Quince: 

The music here is taken from three live recordings, sections of which were very minimally edited, then overlaid/superimposed, like disparate see-through transparencies from an old encyclopedia. Sounds which were spatially and temporally very distant align, then shift and realign, like multiple planetary systems passing through each other.
The cover image uses a somewhat similar, though much simplified, technique, in which two photo negatives are superimposed. The original photos were taken at a festival at Shitenno-ji in Osaka.

KSE’s previous album from TIM OLIVE, “Zanshi” (w/ Samuel Dunscombe, KSE #371) was a listener favorite and constantly playing here at KSE headquarters, so we invited Mr. Olive to create a second duo album for us….and QUINCE is it.

Imagine you are immersed inside a 26 minute unit of time , taken shape as a four-dimensional chunk of molten metal in the middle of a busy foundry—-Naka and Olive sculpt that elasticized sizzling metal, offering the listener a rich array of textures and juxtapositions, as we swim among  the ever-becoming subtleties, bordered on all sides by ante-chambers of negative space. In fact, any location/environment where you play this album (including inside your head, if you’re on headphones/ear-buds) becomes an installation. It’s a beautiful creation, which one can approach from an infinite number of angles of entry.



Takuji Naka has toured in Europe, Australia and New Zealand, playing with many artists including Jason Kahn, Carl Stone, Tim Olive, Takahiro Yamamoto, Anthony Guerra and Pascal Battus. Living in Kyoto, he regularly organizes concerts and is a member of the free noise band Culpis . He launched the “akuseku”  record label in 2013.

The music of Tim Olive arises from collaboration with fellow musicians/sound artists, collaboration with physical and temporal setting, and collaboration with those involved in the act of listening. Using simple materials (including magnetic pickups, steel strings, tuning forks, metal strips, hand-wound motor mechanisms, magnetic tape, dental floss and analog electronics), Olive’s work is predicated on the interplay of the human with material/time/space, and the uniqueness, intensity and unrepeatability that lives in each performing and/or recording situation. 

He is interested in music as a social activity, as a way of creating community, a way of countering the forces which lead to an increasing atomization of contemporary life; music as a felt experience rather than as a concept or a theory. 

A Canadian residing in Kobe, Japan, Olive has released music on Japanese, European and North American labels, with Jeff Allport, Cristian Alvear, Pascal Battus, Alfredo Costa Monteiro, Samuel Dunscombe, Nick Hoffman, Anne-F Jacques, Jin Sangtae, Jason Kahn, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Yukinori Kikuchi, Francisco Meirino, Katsura Mouri, Takuji Naka, Bunsho Nishikawa, Makoto Oshiro, Ben Owen, Horacio Pollard and Fritz Welch

Olive has performed/recorded in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America, with the recording collaborators listed above, as well as with Akiyama Tetuzi, Maria Chavez, Che Chen, Kelly Churko, Joda Clement, crys cole, Chris Dadge, Joe Foster, Haco, Hong Chulki, Bonnie Jones, Doreen Girard, Nicola Hein, Richard Kamerman, Kostis Kilymis, Siew-Wai Kok, Madoka Kouno, Tomasz Krakowiak, Fangyi Liu, Cal Lyall, Toshimaru Nakamura, James Rushford, Carl Stone, Sound of the Mountain, Nate Wooley, Jared Xu and Yan Jun.

In addition to organizing events in Japan, Olive runs the label 845 Audio.


Visit Takuji Naka at

Visit Tim Olive at



KSE #399 (CDR), LISA CAMERON / ROBERT HORTON, “The Ten Thousand Things”

KSE #402 (CDR), CONTEMPORARY SHAMISEN DUO (Ryota Saito/Joshua Weitzel), “Genpatsuryoku”

KSE #400 (CDR), ALFRED 23 HARTH / NICOLA L. HEIN, “When The Future Was  Now”

KSE #398 (CDR), DANE ROUSAY, “an inevitable solution (to)”, solo percussion

KSE #396 (CDR),  MASSIMO MAGEE, “Tenor Tales,” solo tenor saxophone

KSE #383 (CDR), MORE EAZE, “Staring At A Statue of Paint”

KSE #394 (CDR) XTERIP , “The Frisbee Sessions” 




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