The C64s had to be replaced with something, and this lead to a period of fermentation during which Shogun Kunitoki moved away from computer-based music, and was eventually reborn as a real band with live instrumentation and a new, organic sound. Shogun Kunitoki's debut album, Tasankokaiku, released by Fonal in early 2006, stands as a culmination of the group's long search for their own musical language. Tasankokaiku consists of seven instrumental compositions that retain touches of the more angular feel of their earlier, sequenced songs, but are fleshed out using a looser, semi-improvised approach made possible by the use of live keyboards. The result has been described by reviewers as fresh and unique but strangely familiar at the same time, a timeless kaleidoscope of sounds culled from five decades of electronic music, psychedelia and minimalism. On stage Shogun Kunitoki have always used moving images as a counterpart to their hypnotic sounds. Early live shows involved abstract animations programmed in Commodore BASIC, and nowadays the music is accompanied by looping Super 8 -projections, all shot or painted, printed and scratched directly on film by the band.
Besides their native Finland, Shogun Kunitoki have performed in Sweden, Estonia, Netherlands and Belgium. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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