Hiroshi Yoshimura  

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"Over the last few years, obscure Japanese ambient classics like Hiroshi Yoshimura’s Green and Midori Takada’s Through The Looking Glass have surged in popularity." --Factmag[1]

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Hiroshi Yoshimura (22 October 1940 – 23 October 2003) was a Japanese musician and composer. He is considered a pioneer of ambient music in Japan.

Albums such as A・I・R (1984) was produced for the makeup and skincare company Shiseido and his album Surround (1986) for playing at the model homes of the Misawa Home corporation.

Life and career

Hiroshi Yoshimura was born in Yokohama, Kanagawa in 1940. In 1964 he graduated from Waseda School of Letters, Arts and Sciences II. He started the computer music group "Anonyme" in 1972. In 1978 he was commissioned by the NHK to compose the piece "Alma's Cloud". He performed production performance and sound objects, environmental music containing graphic design and sound design, visual poetry, and worked on sound design business a lot of construction in collaboration with TOA in particular. In addition to the activities of solo performance and improvisational music, he made music production for galleries, museums, building spaces and train stations. He was at the forefront of environmental music. He worked as a part-time lecturer in the Industrial Design Department at the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Chiba and at the Music Design Department of the Kunitachi College, he also focused on the workshop on citizen participation in the museums. He died of skin cancer in 2003.


  • Music For Nine Post Cards (1982)
  • Pier & Loft (1983)
  • A・I・R (Air In Resort) (1984)
  • Green (1986)
  • Soundscape 1: Surround (1986)
  • 静けさの本 (Static) (1986)
  • Flora (1987)
  • Wet Land (1993)
  • Face Music (1994)
  • Quiet Forest (クワイエット・フォレスト) (1998)
  • Four Post Cards (2004)
  • Soft Wave For Automatic Music Box (2005)

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