Hometown: Nakameguro, 東京都, Ja
Tags: electronica, electronic, japanese, shibuya-kei
Cornelius is a sound junkie. Critics have dubbed him the Japanese Beck and the 21st century Brian Wilson. Cornelius has always marched to the beat of a different drum machine, even in his wildly eclectic habitat of Tokyo, Japan.
Since exploding onto the international scene in 1997 with Fantasma, his cut-and-paste opus, Cornelius has dazed and amused fans worldwide with his freeform pop aesthetic and playful sense of humor.
Cornelius Followed up Fantsama with 2002’s Point. A departure from its collage style predecessor, Point was organic in nature, looping sounds such as a drop of water, a classical guitar or just the sound of a forest, creating his own brand of “rainforest rock” and solidifying his stature as a true innovator.
With his last release, Sensuous, Cornelius further explored dazzling atmospherics. It’s a disciplined sound that’s also wildly experimental, bursting with electronic pulse-waves, wood-grain acoustics, minimalist interludes and raw guitar freakouts. Sure, you could dance to it, but you could also throw on the headphones, sit back in your Eames chair and get whisked away to Keigo’s multidimensional planet of sound.
“Fit Song” immediately thrusts listeners into the fray at a deliberate hyperspeed: kaleidoscopic beats hang suspended in the air; words and plastic synths float asymmetrically like rocks in a Zen garden, hovering on the edge of order and chaos.
Pitchfork said, ”’Fit Song’ is a world-wind of mid-air motion, it’s fu**ing incredible, to say the least. Who knew everyday items such as sugarcubes, slippers, clay, toothpaste and light bulbs could have such flair.
The Audio/Video release of the album entitled Sensurroud + B-Sides garnered a 2009 GRAMMY nomination for “Best Surround Sound Album”.
Cornelius, a multimedia savant, has remixed The Beastie Boys, Bloc Party, Beck, Merzbow and the late James Brown. He’s worked with Ryuichi Sakamoto and lounge-jazz noisenik Arto Lindsay, and most recently performed with two members of The Cornelius Group as the backbone to Yoko Ono’s reformed Plastic Ono Band. He’s displayed his visual works at the Barbican JAM exhibition and contributed music to the Shhh exhibition at London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as at the Queensland Museum of Modern Art in Brisbane, Australia.
Now Cornelius continues to bring his legendary live show, complete with synchronized video and one-of-a-kind lighting back, in an even more evolved version.
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