AMANE - EP 
All sounds by Ray Kunimoto
except : “Iki #1“ shó and U by Tamami Tono
Mix by ZAK & Ray Kunimoto at St-robo
Movie, Visuals by Akiko Nakayama
New York-based Japanese sound artist Ray Kunimoto will be releasing his first solo EP AMANE - EP on Thursday, May 16th via various online streaming channels. A new music label under the same name, "AMANE" will also be launched simultaneously.
Up until now, Ray Kunimoto has been composing music for installation works that are displayed in museums around the world and he was also involved in various sound programming projects. In 2018, he formed a duo with saxophonist, Yasuaki Shimizu and played together on a European tour. He also performed at Dekmantel Festival in the Netherlands, Funkhaus in Berlin, and others.
The name of the EP AMANE means "circle" and "sounds from heaven" in Japanese. It is an aspirational work created by weaving together different sound phenomenon like water, breathing, metal, and sounds that are produced when the practice of human and non-human elements repel each other when they are confronted with the environment. The album contains 3 songs, "shizuku #1," "iki #1," and "gén #1".
The making of the MV and artwork for "gén #1" is created by Akiko Nakayama, a renowned artist at music festivals around the world. For the recording of "iki #1," the color tone of sho, a traditional Japanese reed instrument is used. Tamami Tono, one of the very few professional sho-players also performed for the recording of this song.
All 3 songs are mixed by recording engineer, zAk.
NYを拠点にし、インスタレーション作品などの作曲や、サウンドプログラミングを手がけてきた國本怜が初ソロEP『AMANE - EP』を各配信サービスにて5月16日（木）リリース。同時に同名のレーベル「AMANE」も立ち上げた。
「AMANE」は、自然現象や音の巡りである「周」と、「天音」という二重の意味を持つ。本EPは、水、呼吸、金属などさまざまな音の現象、環境に向き合い、人間と人間ではないものの対峙により生まれる音の営みを紡いだ意欲作。『shizuku #1』『iki #1』『gén #1』の３曲を収録。
『gén #1』MV制作およびアートワークを手がけたのは、国内外の音楽フェスなどで活躍するアーティストのAkiko Nakayama。『iki #1』では笙奏者の東野珠実がレコーディングに参加。全３曲にわたって、レコーディング・エンジニアのzAkがミックスを務めた。