2023.03 Ekotumi Letter from Japan “Field recording under the lockdown”

Ekotumi
2 min readMay 24, 2023

The spring is coming.

Now, Japanese government announced officially that there are no more mask rules and the wearing of masks has become optional in Japan.

Finally “Covid-19” is becoming “the history”.

What was that ‘lockdown’ all about?

What did we think and act in that otherworldly situations?

At the time, I even thought about the possibility of music and art being exterminated from this world (this is a hidden motif in the video).

Now that Corona is a thing of the past, are we pretending that it never happened?

Under the covid 19 between March-May 2020, the world lockdown period, I asked many people to record the sounds around you and composed the songs with those sounds.

Today I am pleased to be informed you that the releasing new music video that looks back on our lockdown period.

This “The Soul of Night”, using soundscapes from all over the world excluding Japan. 40 locations and 90 sounds.

Places:Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Ethiopia, Finland, France(Fontainebleau, Marseille, Paris), Germany, Greece, India, Italy(Florence, Milano, Spezia), Lebanon

Norway, Oman, Poland, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Taiwan, UAE(Abu Dhabi, Dubai), United Kingdom(Guildford, London), United States of America(California, Manhattan, Michigan, Santa Fe) and more.

All sounds are positioned in the stereo field to give the impression of reality according to the latitude and longitude. The starting point is WHO: World Health Organization (Geneva, Switzerland) and the central reference point is the direction of sunrise (0 degrees) on November 22, 2019, when viral pneumonia of unknown cause was first confirmed.

In addition, the landscape scenes in the music video are from various parts of Japan during the same lockdown period.

This is the part of “Covid19–20” project.

“Covid19–20”

◇”Tokyo Chant”, using soundscapes of Tokyo only

https://youtu.be/vXxDktsCovc

◇”A Wingless Country”, using soundscapes of Japan only

https://youtu.be/KPHa9P0HKYg

I hope you will enjoy this song and think about our tough days through this music video.

“The Soul of The Night”

■Youtube:

https://youtu.be/vK06LziIbHk

■Streamings

◇Spotify

https://open.spotify.com/track/1e4PXNn2vwgbHWezDbiUXv?si=51ebf6ab5a624529

◇Apple Music

https://music.apple.com/jp/album/the-soul-of-night/1628746995?i=1628746996&l=en

◇Amazon music

https://music.amazon.co.jp/albums/B0B3MQRVLQ?marketplaceId=A1VC38T7YXB528&musicTerritory=JP&ref=dm_sh_gxlKYxrH3xAg16kcMiuzi0T1d

◇Others

https://ditto.fm/the-soul-of-night

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Ekotumi

Artist, Singer-songwriter, Dancer, performer and novelist inspired by Japanese mythology. Since 2015, performs in concerts over the world, beginning with Europe