of Tokyo, Japan, Tetsu Inoue is an ambient composer whose solo and collaborative
works with the likes of Pete Namlook, Jonah Sharp, and Atom Heart are
important documents of new school ambient and experimental electronic.
Inoue began playing music in high school, starting on guitar in pop/rock
cover bands. He began experimenting with synthesizers and early monophonic
sequencers, inspired by the fusion of pop, psychedelic rock, and experimental
electronic pioneered by groups like Pink Floyd, Tomita, and particularly
Yellow Magic Orchestra, and by the mid-'80s was scoring for ballet and
small dance groups.
Although ostensibly on vacation, Inoue recorded his first work for release while in Frankfurt (Station Rose, a collaboration with Schmidt, on Cyclotron) and, upon his return to New York, began working with Namlook on a number of different projects. Although dabbling in dance music styles such as techno and trance during this period, he was moving increasingly toward strictly ambient composition, and Namlook's noted Fax label would release several of his albums through the early to mid-'90s. Most of his best solo and collaborative works appear there, including 2350 Broadway and Shades of Orion with Namlook, Electro Harmonix with Jonah Sharp, and Ambiant Otaku, Organic Cloud, and Slow and Low as a solo artist. His mature aesthetic centers around a fusion of by turns haunting and contemplative soundscapes layered with heavily treated samples and field source materials, and occasional, usually sparse percussion. It's most elegantly stated on such works as MU (with Atom Heart as Masters of Psychedelic Ambiance) and World Receiver. -- Sean Cooper, All-Music Guide