Dōchūki: Recordings from a Soggy Sleeping Bag

by Mola

supported by
/
  • Streaming + Download

    Includes unlimited streaming via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

      £5 GBP

     

  • Compact Disc (CD) + Digital Album

    Digipak with uniquely finished artwork.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Dōchūki: Recordings from a Soggy Sleeping Bag via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
    ships out within 5 days
    edition of 200 

      £12 GBP

     

1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
01:18
12.
13.
14.
15.
16.
00:53
17.
18.
19.
20.
00:56
21.
00:35
22.
01:10
23.
24.
25.
26.
27.
28.
29.
30.
31.
32.
33.
34.
35.
36.
01:28
37.
38.
00:26
39.
00:55
40.
41.
42.
43.
44.
45.
00:46
46.
47.
48.
02:50
49.
50.
51.
52.
01:01
53.
54.
02:49
55.

about

Dōchūki is a collection of field recordings made along a historic road in Japan known as the Old Tōkaidō Highway. There are 55 recordings total – one for each of the 53 post stations as well as the start and end point respectively.
The album makes frequent references to literature from throughout Japan’s history – primarily diaries and poetry – from before the Heian period to the late Meiji era (click on the individual tracks for more contextual information). These referential recordings allow the listener to hear how the soundscape along this historic road has changed over the centuries, as well as compare their own emotional response to that of the writer. Furthermore, by informing my approach through Japanese literature, I hoped to adopt a more ‘native’ perspective of the Japanese soundscape which helped to avoid the ethical dilemma of representing a history through that which is deemed ‘exotic’ by an outsider – a distinction that defines a culture primarily by its relative ‘other-ness’.

credits

released May 24, 2015

Recorded March and April 2015 by Chase Lynn.
Additional graphic design by Andrew Tuersley.

tags

license

all rights reserved

about

Mola London, UK

contact / help

Contact Mola

Streaming and
Download help