Music & Visions – projects selected by clanMC
System 7 is a band based around Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy.
We released our first System 7 record in August 1990, and since then have released 11 albums and a string of singles with some classic remixes.
We are one of the few techno groups to feature the electric guitar (with the sound often heavily processed), and to have a female synthesiser player.
We have been part of the development of Techno and Ambient music for many years, and our mission is to continue with that process.
Many of our tracks are made with guest collaborators – DJs and members of other groups.
We have developed a live performance approach that is a bit more extreme than our records, with tougher beats and hypnotic live echo loops.
Since 2005 we have also developed our chill out and downtempo sister project Mirror System.
We oppose frontiers and rigid divisions, both within the music scene and in the world at large. We feel part of a musical movement of dance-based rhythms and psychedelic ambience that embraces the whole planet, and through our friends and collaborators we seek a network of highly creative people.
Here is a list of further information, including our discography :-)”
Born in Wakayama, Japan, he graduated from the Osaka School of Design in 1979 and a couple years later joined the studio Annapuru as an animator for the TV series Tomorrow’s Joe. While working there, he saw some animation by Takashi Nakamura in Gold Lightan, an otherwise standard mecha TV series by a rival studio. He was impressed, and it inspired him to quit his job and become a freelance animator.
Morimoto often collaborated with Nakamura, most notably in Katsuhiro Otomo’s “The Order to Stop Construction” segment of the anthology film Neo-Tokyo. This opened many doors for him, from working as animation director on Otomo’s landmark feature Akira and a chance to direct a short for the Robot Carnival anthology. Around this time he founded Studio 4°C with producer Eiko Tanaka and fellow animator Yoshiharu Sato.
Since then, Morimoto has focused almost exclusively on his directing work. His work became increasingly unusual with time. This is best represented by the concert scenes in Macross Plus and his short film Noiseman Sound Insect.
Aside from a small cult following, his films have been ignored outside Japan.
This has begun to change in recent years, with his artwork being featured in Takashi Murakami‘s Superflat exhibitions worldwide, and being invited by The Wachowskis to direct “Beyond“, a segment of The Animatrix. He is currently working on Sachiko, his second feature-length film.(source: Wikipedia)
Official website (in Japanese)
KojiMorimoto.net (in French)
Karisuma Animators: Koji Morimoto at Pelleas.net
Koji Morimoto anime works at Media Arts Database (in Japanese)
“Karisuma Animators”. Pelleas.net. Retrieved 1 January 2011.