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A conceptual collection of soundtracks, composed for the harsh yet beautiful landscapes of the northern regions.

Polar M's latest release is a captivating collection of soundtracks, deeply influenced by the grandeur of nature in northern regions. This project was sparked by the work of Akiyoshi Kitagawa, a filmmaker and photographer from Hokkaido. The original music, crafted for Kitagawa's visuals, has been reimagined with additional field recordings and strings, resulting in a deeply evocative musical portrayal of northern landscapes.

The album features an array of tracks, varying from emotional compositions that convey human emotions against the backdrop of vast nature, to rhythm tracks reminiscent of the expansive terrain, and ambient pieces that subtly evoke the essence of natural phenomena.

Polar M's latest work is a vibrant fusion of various musical influences-alternative, post-classical, new age, and ambient-skillfully intertwined with the natural themes that have consistently inspired their compositions. This blend results in a rich and multifaceted auditory journey, reflecting the diverse beauty of nature.

Contributing to this project, Motohiro Sunouchi, a Hokkaido-based researcher in media environment studies, archive information science, and acoustic information science, has provided field recordings. The strings, played by Asano Mekaru and Kira Miyako, add depth and texture to the compositions. Mekaru, a renowned violinist and violist, has been actively involved in live performances and recordings for various artists, while Miyako lends her skills on the cello.

The album cover features a beautiful still from Akiyoshi Kitagawa's visuals, the very inspiration for this production, encapsulating the essence of the music within.

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Spotify • Pluto Selection(Biweekly) • 5 Feb 2024

Artist Profile

  • Polar M

    A musician known for creating scenic and alternative music, ranging from ephemeral and delicate soundscapes to dramatic pieces with a sense of scale. Polar M has released albums such as "Hope Goes On," "Night Comes Down," and "Northern Birds." He has been active in a variety of live performances both in Japan and internationally, including in clubs, art spaces, live accompaniments to silent movies in cinemas, and outdoor performances at international festivals. In addition to composing for films and providing music tracks, Polar M also contributed performance music for the dance project "True Colors CARAVAN," produced music for commercials, and created soundscapes for exhibitions. He has also been involved in writing about software for music magazines. Collaborating with musician Marihiko Hara, he is part of the unit "Marihiko Hara & Polar M," releasing several works together. His music has been featured in projects for actor Kenta Kiritani and in commercials for global companies, earning widespread recognition. In 2023, Polar M performed at the FUJI ROCK FESTIVAL.

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