At 14, Kuniyuki Takahashi bought an old synthesizer after constantly listening to YMO, Kraftwerk and Brian Eno, embarking on a prolific decades-long journey into a distinctly soulful electronic music that mines variations in percussion, the acoustic avenues of flute, piano and strings, and vintage synths and digital controllers alike.
Kuniyuki’s discography is vast, stretching from varying releases under his own name to musical personas, yet early on he met with a glitch: his iconic EBM album as DRP (Deutsches Reichs Patent) spurred another album’s worth of acid-edginess that wallowed unreleased from 1991 until 2015. By the mid-90s, he’d moved on to warm acidy dub-techno as Forth and downtempo drum n’ bass as Frr Hive before his friend Toshiya Kawasaki, intent on sharing the artist’s multi-layered music with the world, launched Mule Musiq with Takahashi’s organic deep house and his experimental ambient techno under the Koss moniker. His solo output and numerous collaborations run to over 50 releases — among them, epically textured jam album The Möllan Sessions with long-time fans Sebastian Mullaert and Marcus Henriksson aka Minilogue, jazz-inflected house with Henrik Schwarz, and the delicate piano melodies and grooves of recent solo album Silence.
Kuniyuki’s ever-unfolding explorations of organic vibrations have recently lead him to program the ESP Institute Happening Nº5 in L.A. and perform live at Berlin’s Tresor, Parisian jazz club New Morning, and major Tokyo clubs. Expect the unexpected from his live set at MUTEK.JP — the idea of a partly improvised techno performance focused on the dance floor merged with an experimental downbeat set of percussive loops and melodic instrumentation.