Keito Shimuguchi – Dilation of the Soul Electronic

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Dilation of the Soul Electronic is a forty-two minute ambient track by Keito Shimuguchi, one of the many aliases of HKE. It was released on the TKX Vault imprint of Dream Catalogue, which was founded in September 2014 to provide a creative space for experimental and challenging works that did not quite fit under its parent label. Topically, Dilation of the Soul Electronic has something in common with the work of Kamokata – another HKE alias, which released a long-form ambient track titled A Journey on Nirvana Port. Where A Journey was full of wall-of-sound electronic swirls not unlike some of telepath’s 仮想夢プラザ project, Dilation of the Soul Electronic is extremely subdued, inhabiting an overt dark ambient space that plays like furniture music. Naturally, this makes it as ignorable as it is potentially interesting,1 being of the same mold of Brian Eno’s Ambient 1: Music for Airports. However, Eno’s music was made to ameliorate the anxious atmosphere of the airport; Keito Shimuguchi seeks to arouse as midnight music in a hazy world lit by streetlamps and passing cars. Play it during the daytime and you won’t get it; play it at night when you think the world’s asleep but for you.



1. Dilation of the Soul Electronic – (42:01)


1To borrow a phrase.


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