Japanese artist and musician Yasunao Tone in conversation with The Wire's Jennifer Lucy Allan, recorded at the 2014 CTM festival in Berlin.
Yasunao Tone was born in Tokyo in 1935, and has lived in New York since the early 1970s. He formed the first improvised music group in Japan in 1958, was involved with Fluxus and Japanese group Hi-Red Centre, and also was an early practitioner of computer art. He began releasing his music for prepared CDs on Tzadik in the early 90s, including Solo For Wounded CD and Musica Iconologos.
At the 2014 edition of CTM festival he talked to The Wire about Tokyo's avant garde scene in the 1960s, developing his processes, and his use of ancient Chinese and Japanese texts.