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Ken Ishii

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Japanese techno artist Ken Ishii has become the innovative, experimental composers in modern techno. Although employed in and sketching from a decidedly dancefloor-oriented, Detroit-derived construction, Ishii’s exploration of avant-garde compositional methods like chromaticism as well as the prominent impact of digital synthesis statistics him as highly deviant from Electric motor City aesthetic custom. A Tokyo indigenous, Ishii’s work is normally most resonant in experience perhaps to the task of Derrick Might, though the impact of even more artful digital experimentalists like Yellow Magic Orchestra and Haruomi Hosono also amount prominently. Although Ishii provides only been launching music because the early ’90s — documenting under his very own name for the R&S label, in addition to Rising Sunlight (for ESP), Utu (Plus 8), Flare (Sublime), and Yoga exercises (ESP) — his 1993 and 1994 R&S functions, in addition to his Sublime Compact disc Mention of Difference are benchmarks of techno futurism. Incorporating components of United kingdom bleep and breakbeat techno, in addition to components of the 20th hundred years avant-garde, Ishii’s finest function expands on techno’s rigid rhythmic framework, wedging in components of chaos and disruption. Just like the Dark Dog, B12, along with other armchair experimentalists, Ishii’s music is usually praised by DJs who non-etheless refuse to provide his often demanding records very much play. Although until just recently unfamiliar in Japan and only a stage above obscure for the global techno picture, Ishii’s 1995 launch Jelly Tones opened up his workout onto a more substantial audience, prompting a global tour and developing repute as compsoser and DJ. And a continuous efficiency and DJing plan, Ishii also remixed paths for Keiichi Suzuki, Tokyo Skaparadise Orchestra, Cova, and Masatoshi Nagase. Sleeping Madness, his 1st recording for R&S in four years, lowered in 1999, and Flatspin adopted a year later on.

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Full Name Ken Ishii
Profession Disc jockey, Music Producer
Education Hitotsubashi University
Nationality Japanese
Awards DJ Award for Best Techno
Music Songs Echo Exit, Cocoa Mousse, Sunriser, Endless Season, Moved by Air, Garden on the Palm, Future Is What We Are, Sleeping Madness, Organised Green, Metal Blue America, Let It All Ride, Pause in Herbs, Frame Out, Butter Bump, Taiyo, Bugged-In Fusion, Seiun, EXTRA, Drummelter, Pneuma, Auburnia, Twist of Space, Mars Buggies, Circular Motion, Enso Online, Where Is the Dusk, Fragments of Yesterday, 24Bit Optimist, Iceblink, Visionary World, Overlap, Strobe Enhanced
Albums Reference to Difference, JELLY TONES, Future in Light, Taiyo, Music for Daydreams, GREEN TIMES, Flatspin, Sunriser, The Works +The Unreleased & Unexpected, Sleeping Madness, Dots, Metal Blue America, Garden on the Palm, Srebrni, Grip, Leaps (Digital Edition), Lost From Love, Re-grip, No Escape LP, Yoga, X-Mix: Fast Forward and Rewind, Mix-Up, Volume 3, Innerelements, Daybreak Reprise -Sunriser Remixed-, Millennium Spinnin’ at Reel Up, Nettin Pure 2, Frame By Frame Remixes, Interpretations for Ken Ishii: Future in Light Remixed, Warrior on the Decks: Play, Pause and Play 2, Stretch, Simple Twist, KI15 - The Box, Islands & Continents - 600 Mhz, Deep Sleep, Mission To Mars EP, Twitched Remixed, Pt. 3, Pneuma
Nominations BAFTA Award for Best Sound, Satellite Award for Best Sound, Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming (Single or multi-camera), International Viewer's Choice Award for MTV Japan
Movies Whiteout, X-Mix: Fast Forward & Rewind


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Sound Department

Sound Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Freeheld 2015 production sound mixer post-production
Codes of Conduct 2015 TV Movie production sound mixer filming
Oppenheimer Strategies 2015 production sound mixer filming
Staten Island Summer 2015/II production sound mixer
My Man Is a Loser 2014 production sound mixer
Believe TV Series production sound mixer - 11 episodes, 2014 sound mixer - 1 episode, 2014
5 to 7 2014 production sound mixer
Noah 2014 production sound mixer
The English Teacher 2013 production sound mixer
The Big Wedding 2013 production sound mixer
Kill Your Darlings 2013 sound mixer
Greetings from Tim Buckley 2012 additional sound mixer
Men in Black 3 2012 sound mixer: second unit
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 2012 TV Series sound mixer - 1 episode
The Miraculous Year 2011 TV Movie production sound mixer
Young Adult 2011 sound mixer
Shame 2011 sound mixer
W.E. 2011 sound mixer: New York - uncredited
We Need to Talk About Kevin 2011 production sound mixer
Black Swan 2010 production sound mixer
The Other Guys 2010 sound mixer: second unit
The Sorcerer's Apprentice 2010 sound mixer: second unit
Letters to Juliet 2010 sound mixer: NY
13 2010/I production sound mixer
Remember Me 2010/I sound mixer
The Ministers 2009 production sound mixer
Little New York 2009 production sound mixer
The Messenger 2009/I production sound mixer
The Winning Season 2009 sound mixer
Precious 2009/II sound mixer
The Wrestler 2008 production sound mixer
New York, I Love You 2008 production sound mixer
Life in Flight 2008 production sound mixer
The Wackness 2008 sound mixer
Then She Found Me 2007 production sound mixer
Watching the Detectives 2007 sound mixer
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2007 TV Series sound mixer - 1 episode
Dedication 2007 sound mixer
Rocket Science 2007 sound mixer
Joshua 2007 sound mixer
Off the Black 2006 sound playback operator
A Crime 2006 sound mixer
When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts 2006 TV Mini-Series documentary production sound mixer - 4 episodes
Shortbus 2006 production sound mixer
Inside Man 2006 sound mixer: additional photography - uncredited
All the Invisible Children 2005 sound mixer - segment "Jesus Children of America"
Starved 2005 TV Series boom operator - 1 episode
Jesus Children of America 2005 Short sound mixer
She Hate Me 2004 sound mixer
Garden State 2004 sound mixer
In the Cut 2003 production sound mixer
Chappelle's Show 2003 TV Series additional sound mixer - season 3
In America 2002 sound mixer: New York / sound stand-by: New York
Swimfan 2002 additional sound mixer - uncredited / sound utility
The Perfect You 2002 sound mixer
Chosen 2001 Short boom operator
Prison Song 2001 utility sound
Turn It Up 2000 utility sound: U.S.
Requiem for a Dream 2000 sound mixer
Upright Citizens Brigade 2000 TV Series sound mixer - 10 episodes
Urbania 2000 sound mixer
Zoo 1999 location sound mixer
Speed of Life 1999 sound mixer
Joe's Day 1998 sound mixer
Modulations 1998 Documentary additional sound recordist
Pi 1998 sound recordist

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Montana 1992 camera operator

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2014 Satellite Award Satellite Awards Best Sound (Editing & Mixing) Noah (2014) · Craig Henighan
· Skip Lievsay
2011 BAFTA Film Award BAFTA Awards Best Sound Black Swan (2010) · Craig Henighan
· Dominick Tavella
2011 C.A.S. Award Cinema Audio Society, USA Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Motion Pictures Black Swan (2010) · Dominick Tavella (re-recording mixer)
· Craig Henighan (re-recording mixer)
2007 Primetime Emmy Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Sound Mixing for Nonfiction Programming (Single or Multi-Camera) When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts (2006) · Stuart Deutsch (production mixer)
· Charles R. Hunt (production mixer)
· Bo Walker (production mixer)
· Bob Chefalas (re-recording mixer)
· Douglas Murray (re-recording mixer)


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