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Crammed Discs to reissue Yasuaki Shimizu's Music For Commercials

The 1987 album was originally released as part of the label's Made To Measure series

Crammed Discs are set to reissue Yasuaki Shimizu's Music For Commercials on 15 September. The album is a collection of 23 short pieces, conceived as soundtracks for Japanese TV commercials for corporations like “Seiko”, “Sharp” and “Honda”, as its track titles indicate.

“TV commercials in the late 70s and 80s didn’t advertise the practical features of products, they were meant to build strategic corporate images,” recalls Shimizu. “You might even say they took a musical approach in their visual expression, though perhaps that’s an overstatement. Being restricted to a time span of a minute or less made it ideal work for refining my intuitive powers. I made a conscious choice not to remix the tracks for this album. The final version of the original recordings appear here untouched, although I do remember working to link the individual tunes, and on the overall mood.”

Saxophonist, electronic music producer and composer Shimizu has released numerous albums and collaborated with artists such as Ryuichi Sakamoto, DJ Towa Tei, Van Dyke Parks, Björk and Manu Dibango, among many others. Remastered for reissue in CD and LP formats, Music For Commercials is released on 15 September by Crammed Discs. Listen to a couple of the tracks featured below: