Kanshin is a two CD compilation album that presents a collection of sound design work from some of the scene’s finest artists from across the globe. It has been put together to raise money for the current recovery in Japan following March’s earthquake.
As the sensationalist media broadcasters find other things to talk about in the news, a huge recovery operation is still on-going as we speak. Many people have lost everything. So we decided to put together Kanshin so that via Ian Hawgood, 100% of profit from compilation sales will go directly towards the Japan recovery and on-going relief efforts. Ian lives in Japan and his wife is currently working with both the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support organisation (JEARS) in Sendai and surrounding areas, as well as the Direct Help for Victims and Animals Rejected from Shelters in Japan group who are going up to areas which are not receiving government support for food, water, basic supplies, as well as rebuilding and cleaning up. By this means they are able to transport food, clothing and aid directly almost every other weekend and during holidays to areas which are not getting enough or any support. Ian’s wife has also arranged a house as a base in Sendai for volunteers and a temporary home for found animals who are then moved on through JEARS either to foster homes or animal centres. We felt that any funds we can send this way would probably have more of an immediate impact than donating via one of the larger UK charities.
Ian himself has contributed to the compilation in a collaboration with Peter Jørgensen and through 3 hours and some 30 tracks, the line up that comprises this album is surely as exciting as it gets…
Kanshin is curated by Daniel Crossley (Fluid Radio/Fluid Audio/Facture) and Jonathan Lees (Hibernate/Rural Colours), with invaluable assistance from Ian Hazeldine (Cover art), Wil Bolton (Mastering) and Damian Valles (Digital distribution). This release is made possible by the generosity of all of the artists involved.
Released by Hibernate Recordings and Fluid Audio on double CD, 18 May 2011
Also available digitally from bandcamp
“The news of the tragic events of the Tōhoku Earthquake in Japan may have slipped from the front pages of your local paper, but the people who experienced the ordeal have been touched forever. And the musicians try to help in the only way that they know how – with music. Kanshin is a double CD compilation jointly curated by Daniel Crossley (Fluid Audio) and Jonathan Lees (Hibernate) to raise money for Japan’s recovery. All of the profits will be contributed via Ian Hawgood towards ongoing relief efforts: “Ian lives in Japan and his wife is currently working with both the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support organisation (JEARS) in Sendai and surrounding areas, as well as the Direct Help for Victims and Animals Rejected from Shelters in Japan group who are going up to areas which are not receiving government support for food, water, basic supplies, as well as rebuilding and cleaning up.” And with 30 tracks, spanning almost three hours, any fan of electronic, ambient, and modern classical music should be happy, honored, and proud to own a copy of this release! Let me take a moment and rattle off a roster of appearances: Clem Leek, Hummingbird, P Jørgensen & Ian Hawgood, Wil Bolton, Field Rotation, Library Tapes, Yellow6, Maps & Diagrams with Ylid, Yann Novak, offthesky, The Moving Dawn Orchestra, Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek, Jeremy Bible & Jason Henry, Bengalfuel, Talvihorros, Alex Durlak, Antonymes, Kyle Bobby Dunn and many, many others that I can’t fit into this short writeup! As of this writing, the compilation is already out of stock, and although there are no plans in reprinting the physical copy, a digital version is available for directly from kinshin.bandcamp.com.” – Headphone Commute
“Here’s a 2CD set compiled by those folks at Fluid Radio and Hibernate recordings to help the people who’ve been affected by the earthquake which hit Japan earlier in the year. Some of the finest artists in the current electronic/ambient scene have contributed to the project. People like Clem Leek, P Jorgensen, Damian Valles, Library Tapes, Yellow 6, Maps & Diagrams, Felicia Atkinson, Hessien, Offthesky, Machinefabriek & Aaron Martin, Antonymes, Listening Mirror and loads, loads more. Literally loads! All spread over 2 discs of floaty joy you can feel pleased after buying for two reasons. One, you’ve bought a great double album of interesting and experimental electronic music, and two, that you’re helping people rebuild their lives back. We’re taking a much lower cut on these (just cover staff time and taxes, etc) so you should just fucking buy one.” Norman Records
“Kanshin is an excellent two CD compilation from which all profits will be donated to the Japan Earthquake Animal Rescue and Support Organisation. Under the curation of the good people from Fluid Radio and Hibernate Recordings, it includes 31 tracks from the likes of Machinefabriek, Relmic Statute, Library Tapes, Kyle Bobby Dunn, Yann Novak, The Silence Set (Jasper TX) and many more, all housed in oversize artwork by Ian M Hazeldine. All the music is exclusive and very much worthy of your attention, following a respectfully sombre theme of beatless electro-acoustic, drone and neo-classical composition.” – Boomkat