Gov. Alpha is a noise project by Yasutoshi Yoshida. His sounds are screechy
harsh feedbackscapes that are most likely unhealthy. We love his stuff here
in Paraffin so we hooked up with Yasutoshi for a few questions and hereīs
the result of our short correspondence...
Q: What is your line-up? When did you form G.Alpha and how has your style
developed in time?
A: When I started Govt.Alpha in 1992, it was experimental sound like
constructive/alternative music using musical instruments (guitar, keyboard
etc.). At the time I didnīt know much about "noise music". I thought noise
music is alternative music that sounds like Einsturzende Neubauten. Early
G.Alpha works (before "Doze" tape) had musical construction. When my friend
listened to my sounds, he said "sounds like noise music" and he taught me
Whitehouse, Nurse With Wound, Throbbing Gristle... after that I have got into
noise music. And I had an interest in pure electronics noise without using
musical instruments. I have been really fascinated by "extreme harsh noise"
because itīs the end of music.
Q: What is your motivation for making noise?
A: If you have an experimental curiosity for music, naturally you would find
noise music out. So, noise music has many possibilities for making sound.
I can try to do a lot of things with it, and I can be free to make sound/
to express. Because wecan make some values for it by each artist.
Q: You did a split cd with Macronympha. Are you good friends with Joseph
Roemer? Who else would you like to work with?
A: Yes, he is my best friend because some people stop to contact, but he
never stops to contact me. I always feel his passion for noise music from
his letters. Now I have worked with PBK, Stabat Mors, Namanax, Cartesian
Faith, Skin Crime and Dogliveroil. Maybe these works will be released this
I am interested in working with other music genres, for example techno music,
hard core/grind core, industrial etc... In fact, sometimes I have taken part
of my friends gabba techno/industrial noise bands. Itīs a lot of fun. I am
starting to collaborate techno rhythm with noise 2 pieces unit called
Barom-San. I think it sounds like Suicide, Throbbing Gristle, Old SPK...
Now we have 3 live shows this spring.
Q: Have the other noise bands from Japan influenced you?
A: No they havenīt. But concerning my posture for live performance I might
have been influenced by the Incapacitants. They are really great artists
and great performers. If you have a chance to see them live, you should do
it. And if you donīt feel anything from their live show, your sensitivity
for noise must be dead.
Q: How do you create your wonderful feedback? What kind of equipment do you
A: All Govt.Alpha sounds have been made with a very simple system. I canīt
make loud sound at my room. When I make noise sound/others, almost always
I have been using headphones. I really like feedback noise, my first noise
experience might be feedback guitar on hard rock. My equipments are HM-2,
FZ-2, DD-3 of Boss pedal, FX-86, FX-33 of DOD pedal, WH-10 of Ibanez pedal
and Zoom 9050 multi and a microphone. It means live setting for G.Alpha.
Q: How do you record, do you use 4-trackers, overdubbings etc.?
A: Yes, I have 4 track tape recorder (Yamaha) for G.Alpha recording and a
hard disc recorder for S.Isabella (Yasutoshiīs other project) recording
but our first cd was recorded by 4 track. I am always trying to do
overdubbings, because overdubbings lead to a more fantastic/amazing sound
world than no dubbing. I want to enjoy recordings. When I do live shows, I
canīt overdubbings in real time so I have to make no dub simple sound.
Therefore, I have done overdubbings at home recording time.
Q: Do you perform live a lot? How do you create your live sound? Are there
many noise concerts in the Tokyo area? Have you played outside Japan?
A: Yes I do. I havebeen playing as Govt. Alpha, S.Isabella, Barom-One,
Barom-San, collaboration live etc. Now I have some more liveshows at 4/4
as Barom-One, 18/4 as S.Isabella meets Barom-Man, 24/5 as Barom-San and
June/August as Govt.Alpha. Maybe Iīll do more live shows this year.
Certainly,there are noise artistsīlive in Tokyo, but there arenīt only noise
concerts a lot in Tokyo.
I did a California/USA tour with Kazumoto Endo last year. We had 9 shows in
10 days. We had a lot of fun and we met some nice people. They were very kind
Q: Who are the most interesting new noisers youīve heard?
A: Deison, who is a new Italian dark ambient/electronics noise artist.
Cartesian Faith, who is an experimental noise artist from Alaska, USA.
Magmax, which is Koji Tano/MSBRīs new power "death" electronics noise project
Their liveshows are excellent.
Q: What else do you enjoy besides noise? What other kinds of music do you
A: I like movies, books. Recently, I have almost listened to only noise music
but sometimes I listen to FM radio stations.
Q: G.Alpha discography?
A: discography, except compilation works:
"Doze" tape, Xerxes
"Funeral Procession" tape, Xerxes
"Erratic" tape, Xerxes
"Advisability Study" split tape w. TADM, Xerxes
"Headache Chocolate" split tape w. Lasse Marhaug, Xerxes
"The Declining Sun" collab tape w. Naj, Xerxes
"Epidemic 9" split tape w. R.H.Y.Y., Ausculture
"The Maternity Music" tape, Mother Savage
"The Garden Of Eternity" tape, Less Than Zero
"Defective Politics" tape, Self Abuse
"Obliteration" split cd w. Macronympha, Mother Savage/Xerxes
"Hesitation" 7", Vinyl Communication
"Ephemeral Warmth" cd, Xerxes
Q: Do you care about the format of a G.Alpha release? Would you rather make
cdīs than lpīs? Do you also release cassette tapes?
A: No I donīt because I am most interested in making noise. When I make
sounds I donīt think about the releasing format. I just do best work for each
works. I have released a lot of cassettetapes.
Q: What record did you listen to last?
A: Genocide Organ "Remember" 2LP
Brutum Fulmen&Ninnuam "Collapsing Orchestra" cd
Q: What do you think of noise magazines? Are there enough zines and are they
good in quality? Your favorites?
A: I think noise magazines are needed by worldīs noise listeners. These are
precious information/data for us (even flyers). Actually, I have participated
to a noise magazine in Japanese called Denshi-Zastuon (translation,
"electronic noise"). this zine has been made by Koji Tano/MSBR, K.Kusafuka/K2
and a few others. Usually the Japanese havenīt used English. Some people
wanted a zine in Japanese.
Q: Whatīll be the next G.Alpha release?
A: "Melancholic Pomegranate" tape, New Noise/Holland
"Pulse" tape, Loud!/Italy
"Yakuza Vs. Mafia" split w. M-Nympha/OVMN vs. MSBR/G.Alpha 2cd,MSBR/Japan
split tape w. Skin Crime, Xerxes
split tape w. dogliveroil, Xerxes
and some compilations.
Q: Is Xerxes very active? Can you tell us everything there is to know about
A: I think Xerxes is very active. At first I started xerxes for G.Alpha
releasings in 1994. I did just a little distribution in Japan. One day I was
interestedin releasing another artists, because I am a noise listener myself.
And I wanted to spread good noise artists in Japan.
Q: What do you think of the current noise scene of the world? Do you think
there is enough audience for noisers?
A: Recently the noise scene has been a mixture with other music genres and
some people start to make "noise (no rules)" by just using noise as a
material for music but there are good sounds in them. I can say noise is not
fashion. Noise is "blood" and "life" for me. You know that the noise scene
has no big audience in the world. Some people have thought that Japan has a
big noise audience and famous but the reality is same circumstances with
other countries. Although we are enjoying to make sounds and do live shows
for ourselves. This is an important thing.
Q: Anything else?
A: My collaboration project S.Isabellaīs 2nd cd "Pleroma" has been released
on xerxes. This is unfilmed "delusion noise" soundtrack. Featuring: A.M.T.,
Astro, B.Gunter, Connect The Dots, Dead Body Love, Govt.Alpha, K2, Lasse
Marhaug, Macronympha, Meeuw, MSBR, Odal, Stabat Mors, Steve Eto.
Price: $14.oo incl. postage
Stabat Mors/S.Isabella collaboration lp will be released on "abRECt" in
Xerxes will start a new section called "96". These are all handmade cd-r.
Artificial Memory Trace, ltd.72
Government Alpha, ltd.71
If you have an interest in my activities, please get in touch. Thanks!
Xerxes c/o Yasutoshi Yoshida, 203 Fujimori-kata, 1-4-5 Wakabayashi,
Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 154, Japan.