The 1986 LP was originally commissioned by Misawa Home Corporation for use in their prefabricated houses.
The reissue package includes Hirose's ambient classic Soundscape 2: Nova along with 50 minutes of unreleased, contemporaneous material, as well as liner notes by the artist in English and Japanese. Soundscape 2: Nova was originally released in 1986 as part of the Misawa Home Corporation's Soundscape series, meant for use in their prefabricated houses.
The record is known for its novel mix of nature sounds and synthesizers. The reissue's bonus LP includes four unreleased pieces made for installations, which Hirose describes as "not music per se but rather sound sculptures." Nova + 4 will be released on digital, CD and vinyl. A unique cassette version comes without the nature sounds and includes an additional track.
Ken Hidaka, who was interviewed for our recent feature, The Japanese reissue phenomenon: a view from the inside, assisted with licensing.
02. Slow Sky
03. In The Afternoon
05. Humming The Sea
06. Through The Windows
08. Old Dream Spell
09. Light Which Shakes Quietly
10. One Day In Summer
11. Shadow Of A Water Droplet
A1. Nova (Cassette Version)
A2. Slow Sky (Cassette Version)
A3. In The Afternoon (Cassette Version)
A4. Taiko (Cassette Version)
B1. Humming The Sea (Cassette Version)
B2. Through The Windows (Cassette Version)
B3. Fissures Of The Atmosphere (Cassette Only Exclusive)
We Release Whatever The Fuck We Want Records will release Nova + 4 on July 5th, 2019.