Yui Onodera + Celer - Five Years

In 2010 I came to Japan to play four shows in Tokyo. Three of them were with Yui Onodera. We had just released our collaboration album Generic City, and it was also the debut release of my new label Two Acorns. A little more than one month later I moved to Japan, and by this time we had already begun working on a second collaboration album, as a continuation to our first release. In 2011, we played three more shows together, mostly playing completely new material, and piecing it together a little differently each time. However, after 2011, for different reasons, we stopped working on it, and no new shows happened. Maybe we had other things that were more pressing to come up, work was busy, or for whatever reason we didn't continue working on it, and it was left unfinished. In 2015, in an attempt and ongoing process of organizing files from three different computers, I came across some of the folders of our follow-up source material mixes, and live show mixes. There was never a working title, and most of the tracks were only named by numbers or single letters, so it had hidden in the vaults easily. Listening back, I remembered these tracks, and they felt fresh to me - or they brought back good memories. Maybe part of the problem before was endlessly working over and over on the tracks for so long that the feeling was blurred - but now, after some time, I can see it again. At the same time, after 5 years has passed, it's hard to go back to something and change it, so we'll leave it as it was on our last edit from 2011.


Yui Onodera is a composer, sound artist based in Tokyo, Japan. After studying music and architecture, he founded the Critical Path label. In terms of environmental functions and spacial relationships of sound, he employs materials from various sources ranging from field recordings, electronics, and voices, to various musical instruments, for process-based, restrained electro-acoustic pieces.


Celer is Will Long, an American musician, educator, writer, and photographer currently living in Tokyo, Japan. Celer was formed in 2005 by Danielle Baquet and Will Long. From 2009 to the present, Celer is the solo project of Will Long. He curates and manages the label Two Acorns, and is involved with the Normal Cookie and Bun Tapes labels. Currently he is collaborating with artists such as with Miko under the name Oh, Yoko, and has collaborated with other artists such as Christoph Heemann as Hollywood Dream Trip. He has been a part of other projects with Hakobune, Machinefabriek, Jan and Romke Kleefstra, Mathieu Ruhlmann, and Yui Onodera.

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