The Tokyo based producer has recorded a live set for The Wire under her Aalko alias
Classically trained Japanese musician Akiko Kiyama was first reviewed in The Wire in 2009, following the release of her debut minimal techno LP 7 Years. Since her first 12" single appeared in 2004, Kiyama has produced a continuous stream of electronic music for a multitude of Japanese and European labels, as well as her own imprint Kebko. Her more recent releases retain her early techno influences even as they reveal a more experimental approach that draws on her interest in contemporary composition and off-kilter rhythms. Kiyama has described records like No Man Is An Island, self-released in January under her Aalko moniker, as “music from my very private or inner parts – kind of my secret diary”.
Recorded exclusively for The Wire, this set was inspired by her recent performance at Mutek JP in November 2017. Akiko Kiyama is interviewed by Lewis Gordon in The Wire 410. Subscribers can access the full article via the online archive.