C IS FOR CORNELIUS (PT1)

Japanese pop-noise savant Cornelius was born Keigo Oyamada in 1969; a self-taught guitarist inspired early on by Kiss and Black Sabbath, his musical alias was later chosen as an homage to the Planet of the Apes film series.

 

Oyamada’s first claim to fame was as a member of the pop duo Flipper’s Guitar, one of the key groups of the Tokyo Shibuya-kei scene (guitar pop). Following the disbandment of Flipper’s Guitar in 1991, Oyamada donned the “Cornelius” name in 1993 and embarked on a successful solo career.

 

Often compared to Beck, the music of Cornelius could be seen as experimental and exploratory. Like Beck it is sometimes almost pop but never quite. As Wikipedia says “It often incorporates dissonant elements alongside more familiar harmonically “pleasing” sounds. This tension, plus his practice of bringing in sounds and samples from mass culture, pure electronic tones, and sounds from nature (such as on his Point album), lead him to being sometimes categorized as an “acquired taste.””

 

Cornelius – Wataridori 2

 

Cornelius – Smoke

 

Cornelius – Drop

 

Cornelius website

 

~ by acidted on October 27, 2008.

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