Meet Up ECoC!European Capital of Culture

Meet Up ECoC!European Capital of Culture


Contact person :
Haco / Mescalina Recordings
Position :
Musician / Sound artist / Producer
Link :
Vocalist/lyricist-composer/electroacoustic performer/sound-artist. Founding member of the groups, After Dinner (1981-1991) and Hoahio (1999-present). At her studio, Mescalina, in Kobe, Japan, she has created numerous recordings both as producer and engineer. As a musician and sound-artist, Haco has also given performances, and created live installations and sound designs throughout Japan and the world. In the 80s, Haco formally studied acoustics, electronic music, and recording technology. She earned a large following for her recorded work and performances as the composer/lyricist/vocalist of After Dinner, one of the first Japanese indie bands to tour abroad. In the 90s, Haco worked as a sound exhibition and installation curator at Xebec, an innovative hall and presentation space for computer music and sound art, which was profiled by the writer David Toop and others. In 1995, Haco released her first solo album HACO. Around the same time, she began performing improvisations with compact samplers, self-produced electronic units, electric mandolin, percussion and toys along with voice. With her unique sensibility, Haco has developed her own genre of art based on principles of post-punk, electroacoustics, the avant-garde, improvisation, post-rock, environmental sound, and technology. Since 2004, she has used voice and self-programmed electronics as an “organic method in her performances, sometimes accompanied by video images shot and edited with Mariko Tajiri. Hacos work transcends conventional genres and national borders. She became known for repurposing field recordings and environmental sounds to create surreal widescreen compositions and productions. Founder and organizer of View Masters - the sound collection and observation organization (1999-present), a collective that picks up and collects sounds from everyday life. Haco also frequently lectures and gives workshops on various sound-related topics.

Last update : 16 May. 2022


Haco: Nova Naturo (CD, Someone Good/Room 40, Australia)

Written, performed, and produced by Haco © 2021

Cover art: Eiichi Tosaki © 2021

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