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Omni Sight Seeing


Of all the wince-inducing Japanese stereotypes, hyper-tourism and snapshot-taking still stands out. So Hosono couldn’t help but skewer another Japanese stereotype once more with his creation of the term “Sightseeing Music.” Deployed often in pop culture as punchline, Hosono takes such sight-seeing and transforms it into a metaphor for sample-heavy electronic music, drawing from various cultures and weaving them together into a new holistic vision. Omni Sight Seeing is the clearest iteration of this concept, as he alights on Algerian raï, Martin Denny exotica, and acid house, too. It’s one part Jon Hassell-esque Fourth World, one part Duke Ellington “jungle music,” with Hosono’s singular outlook running through it all.

Andy Beta

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