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HOPPY KAMIYAMA

RIO/Avant-Prog • Japan


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Hoppy Kamiyama is an artist whose many and varied creative incarnations resist definition. He has produced work in a significant quantity of different genres, some of which would not formally fit the P.A. mold. Nonetheless, even those titles which might better suit a noise-punk or classical leaning tag often display a great number of visionary and/or experimental elements which easily defy any staid definition applicable to their overall genre - they move with a feel many would indeed call "progressive." Some of the titles which fit the Avant-Proggressive tag are albums he has released under his own name as a solo artist, and these are the albums for which he has garnered this particular listing.

Kamiyama's creative touch spreads far and wide regarding avant-prog music - he has produced, released on his label, and played in a number of bands that are either currently, or soon slated to be, listed in the P.A. database: bands such as Optical 8 (their discography was released on God Mountain label), Daimonji, Soft Mountain, Altered States, Ground Zero, Tipographica, Koenjihyakkei, Ex-Girl, Korekyojinn, Demi Semi Quaver, etc.

The biography quoted below was provided by Hoppy Kamiyama personally:

"It's hard to say which is the greatest and most influential recording by the man who invented the modern concept of the keyboardist/composer/producer, and Hoppy has made about 200 CDs over a nearly 32 year career.

Hoppy Kamiyama is well-known as the keyboardist, composer and vocalist with the progressive pop unit PINK. Hoppy built on that reputation to establish himself as one of the leading producer's of the 80's. At the same time he was continuing to work as a first call session and by the start of the 90's had become one of the leading people in the Tokyo art-noise-punk-funk alternative scene. He released his first solo album King of Music 1 in 1990, and King of Music 2 in 1991 from Toshiba EMI. That wasn't enough however. Frustrated after putting out two critically acclaimed albums on EMI and then being cut because of lack of sales, Hoppy decided to do things his way, establishing GOD MOUNTAIN records in 1993 as well as an ambient label, GOD OCEAN in 1995.(He renewed GOD OCEAN as new label in 2000). He took charge as music director for the musical 'Psychedelic KABUKI/GESSHOKU' in 1994, directed by Amon Miyamoto. He then released a solo album for chamber...
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Meaninful MeaninglessnessMeaninful Meaninglessness
Import · CD+DVD
3D/Creage 2005
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Hoppy Kamiyama - Ongaku O [Japan LTD Mini LP CD] TOCT-11418Hoppy Kamiyama - Ongaku O [Japan LTD Mini LP CD] TOCT-11418
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King of Music
1991
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ongaku-o 2: Welcome to Forbidden Paradise
1992
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Hypnotique
1993
4.00 | 1 ratings
Nympho - Has Some Great Elements: Visual Works 2
1994
3.00 | 1 ratings
Psychedeluc Kabuki: Gessyoku
1994
2.00 | 1 ratings
Groovallegiance
1996
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Juice and Tremolo - the Works of Chamber Music
2001
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Testify My Love
2002
4.67 | 6 ratings
A Meaningful Meaningnessless
2005
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If I Were the Piano
2008
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The Three Cornered World
2009

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 A Meaningful Meaningnessless by KAMIYAMA, HOPPY album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.67 | 6 ratings

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A Meaningful Meaningnessless
Hoppy Kamiyama RIO/Avant-Prog

Review by Music By Mail

5 stars Those who'll only find some Zappa imitation on this CD/DVD have only listened with one ear or while washing up in the kitchen. The music presented here both on CD and on the DVD is indeed a patchwork or a collage of many influences and this is actually done on purpose. So Zappa is there but so are flashes of Zeuhl, Tipographica, Koenji and so many other; all bribes are gathered at lightning speed into a new entity and it all makes sense! I personally recommend newcomers to watch the DVD first; again, a collage of the music presented on the CD has been selected, destructured and reassociated to fit a cartoon and gosh ... is this brilliant! speedy, urban, energetic like hell, everything moves fast, pictures, music, thoughts and you're experiencing a flashy trip that will leave traces in your brain hours after. When you're cooled down, move to your player and give the CD a spin; here you'll get the totality of the music and will be more in mental control of the sonic assaults; you may even start to feel an addiction growing because this package is a hate/love thing! You can't stay untouched! To me, this is one of the best releases in the long discography of the mighty Hoppy! Give it a try, you'll get a serious ear washing ... and things will never feel the same thereafter!

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 Psychedeluc Kabuki: Gessyoku by KAMIYAMA, HOPPY album cover Studio Album, 1994
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Review by SaltyJon
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— First review of this album —
3 stars Bizarre albums seem to be the norm from the Japanese prog scene these days. This one is no exception to that. From what I can tell, it's supposed to be the music to a play (whether it's a real play or an imaginary one I don't know), but it's a pretty crazy one if so. The music on this one is all over the place; touches of free jazz, hints of marching band type stuff, some carnival music, avant rock...you get the idea. Along with Hoppy himself, we get some other high-caliber musicians on this one, including Natsuki Kido on guitar, Junji Hirose on sax, and Yuji Katsui on violins. Those are the only musicians I recognize on the album, though I almost mistook the drummer here for Tatsuya Yoshida (no, it's not him, their names are just similar). It's another album which is tough to compare to anything else. Though on occasion, I can catch hints of some of the tamer Japanese Zeuhl groups (for example, I notice hints of Bondage Fruit's music here and there).

If you're interested in the Japanese avant-garde scene, then Hoppy's music is basically a required stop on your journey. It's not an album I listen to regularly though, because I prefer other groups. Still, it's a good one, if a bit uneven. 3.5 stars, really.

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