Naoyuki Arashi (Asuna) started music production in 1999, mainly using an old reed organ and electronics. Whilst releasing from various labels world wide such as Lucky Kitchen, Apestaartje, Autumn Records, and/OAR, Power Shovel Audio, Music Related etc.. he also makes sound installations using the organ and also exhibits photographic art using half camera. He is a graduate of the faculty of fine arts, Tokyo Zoukei University. Beyond that we should probably note that Asuna's album 'Flowers' is one of our absolute favourite records ever.
In the summer of 2012 Asuna released a wonderful collaboration with his friend and renowned artist, Chihei Hatakeyama, titled 'Scale Compositions'. ‘Scale Compositions’ is made up of two parts: Crown Scales and Folk Scales. Crown Scales was recorded in a house in Nishiogikubo on January 20th, 2009. Folk Scales was recorded at the SuperDeluxe live venue on January 23rd, 2009. The album was met with critical acclaim, and put in a bunch of end of year 'best of' lists, and deservedly so.
For more updates from Asuna and to check out his own cassette imprint please go here:
Here are a couple of videos of Asuna performing live at Syofukuji Temple, Niigata, Japan in 2009:
You can listen to, share and buy 'Scale Compositions' here: