Episode 32 - Hiroshi Ebina
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Episode 32 of The Ambient Vault features my special guest Hiroshi Ebina.  Hiroshi has been generous to share his stunningly beautiful and poignant album “For My Grandma”.   It is a quintessential acoustic based ambient album lovingly dedicated to his grandma. Tracks are as follows:

1. Nothing In This Universe Will Be Lost
2. A White House
3. Empty Beach
4. Two Living Rooms

Hiroshi Ebina has a unique multi-disciplinary background, ranging from composing ambient music, performing gagaku, the traditional ritual music in Japan, as well as photographing minimalist landscapes in cities and nature. After spending years in Tokyo and New York, Hiroshi Ebina resettled himself in his hometown outside Tokyo in 2018. While exploring scenic sounds using guitars, modular synthesizers and tape machines, Hiroshi studied hichiriki and biwa, traditional gagaku instruments, and dance under the guidance of musicians from the Imperial Household Agency.

Serendipity is a quintessential part of Hiroshi’s unique soundscapes, as he incorporates sound and silence that emerge and disappear as though by chance. His compositional process is like spreading dots and lines on a white paper and give them some orders. Then those lines and dots start showing some shapes. For him, music not really about being accurate about rhythm or pitch. He is more concerned with texture, the spaces between each note, and how it feels to his ears.

In June 2018, he released his latest album “Evanescent,” and “Bergen” from The Ambient Zone in November 2018. Hiroshi also worked with the London-based Erland Cooper, who released his collaborative album “Sule Skerry” in May 2019. From 2019, Hiroshi has been affiliated with Singapore-based KITCHEN. LABEL, from which he is releasing his new album soon. In July 2020, he and his label mate Kin Leonn released a collaborative EP “Faraway Vicinity.”

You can follow all things Hiroshi Ebina here: https://hiroshiebina.com/

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