A little over a week ago sleepy.ab went to Okayama to play the RE:HOSHIOTO festival. It felt good to finally have a show outside of Hokkaido.

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October Playlist “Soundscapes” is now live!

A new month means a new playlist. This time I’ve come up with a full hour of music that helps me stay energized while still getting work done.

September’s Playlist “Flow” is out now!

This month’s playlist is a bit late, but great for focusing at work. At least it was for me, give it a shot!

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Tracks Reborn is out now!

I’m happy to present the first release from The Arkaid in almost a decade, the energetic new single Tracks Reborn.

This month’s playlist “Heat”

Happy Monday everyone. Hope you’re well wherever you are. Here in Sapporo we’re in the middle of a long stretch of hot, heavy weather and

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Minimal Meditation is Out Now

I’m happy to announce the release of my latest project, Minimal Meditation. anyone looking for minimal background music to accompany their daily practice.

Monthly Playlist, GO!

New stuff alert! I’m starting a new weekly curated playlist over on Spotify and it’s called “EB Weekly” I’ll be updating it every Monday

Places I want to Visit #001

Recently I was doing a deep dive in Composer, one of my favorite music mags, and I came across this feature about Bandrika Studios.

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Pics from July 2nd’s sleepy.ab show

July 2nd was the long overdue sleepy.ab show from our “fractal” tour here in Sapporo. It was held at Cube Garden, one of the larger medium sized venues here in Sapporo. We had originally s…

Local Friends Recording with Riku Nakanishi

Local Friends Recording with Riku Nakanishi Two weeks back I had the honor of heading into the recording studio with Riku Nakanishi. Riku is a singer-songwriter originally from Sapporo, and he often h…

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Lave Release and Other Updates A bridge between worlds. Leading to memories of life and a drowned city beneath the waves.

Sheet Music Complete!

The sheet music is done! The process of creating this nice looking little PDF book took a couple days longer than I expected, but…

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Coffee, Snacks, and Jams

Currently under a state of emergency, so I’ve been staying at home, not going too crazy. I only made one ridiculous YouTube video this week.

Back in the stay-home

Covid numbers have been way up this week so Sapporo is back in emergency stay-home mode.

Wasabi Doritos!

That’s right, I found some wasabi flavored Doritos at the convenience store near my house! They were super green and super spicy.

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Golden Week Update!

Happy Golden Week everyone! The blog is back and I know you7re all dying for some updates…

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My newest album “222221” is out now!

222221 is the first in a new annual series of experimental albums. In each track I try to explore a different element of music, stretching my compositional style, deepening my understanding of music, …

Books, grammar, and the future

What a week this has been, huh? Let’s talk about books for a minute.

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Dreaming Deeply

It’s been a super snowy week here in Sapporo. Work is picking back up after the holiday break and I released a new music video to boot!

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Kicking off 2021

2020 felt like a bit of a gap year in many ways, but it’s finally over. So let’s get this year’s blog started! Did you know…

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New Single and a New Shop

My first single of 2021 is out today! I present Olm. Olms are snake-like amphibians with a long snout and antler-like gills found in caves deep beneath the Dinarides. Long ago, on the rare occasion on…

Winter Sky Over Sapporo City


This month is going by super fast and I’m not sure if I like it. Not to say that it’s been unproductive, I’ve been getting a lot done. But it feels like a blink-and-you’ll miss…

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Christmas Chips Vol.2 available to stream today!

Streaming for my newest release “Christmas Chips Vol.2” starts today! Listen in on Spotify, iTunes, or whatever your favorite service may be! Let the soothing game-like sounds of chiptune …

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Christmas Chips Vol.2 Release

Release day is here! I’m happy to finally be bringing you all some chippy holiday cheer with the successful release of 8 Bit Trio’s new EP Christmas Chips Vol.2!

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8 Bit Trio is back!

We’re doing a sequel! This year I will be releasing another Christmas Chiptune album under the name ‘8 Bit Trio’ officially making it an annual tradition! I’ve also got a coupl…

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Christmas is coming!

Are you ready for the non-stop barrage of Christmas music? Let me tell you about my new release, Christmas Chips Vol.2!

First Snow!

My take on the 2020 AMAs

I haven’t tuned into the AMAs for years, but I thought I’d check it out this year. And I was happily surprised by what I found!

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Save for Later #1

This week I thought I’d share five cool photos from my “save for later” folder either taken here in Sapporo or found somewhere online.

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A Wiki-Wormhole to Down Under

So I was cleaning some of my office shelves today and I wanted some background entertainment to make the work a bit more fun.

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sleepy.ab Recording Session Pics

I had the honor of heading back into the studio with sleepy.ab again last month. Here are some photos from behind the scenes.

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If a song streams in a forest…

Today’s blog was inspired by this interesting article I read about ‘fake’ streams, and how the big distributors like YouTube or Spotify might adjust their counting systems in the future. So for the pu…

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Well time certainly flies when you’re stuck at home for a few months, huh? I’m doing well, thankfully, and I hope you all are too. It’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog entry, but I felt lik…

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Crazy 1.5 months, huh??

Well it has been an insane month and a half since my last entry.

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February Trips and Podcast Picks

These last few weeks have certainly been interesting in Hokkaido. With the fear of coronavirus leading the governor to issue a state of emergency on the island. Luckily all my weekend plans were alrea…

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New Month, New Stuff!

Hello all! Well, February has finally come and with it some pretty hefty snowstorms! On the plus side it finally feels like winter here in Sapporo, and just in time for the Snow Festival too! On the d…

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A Trip to Tokyo

Last week I got to head down to Tokyo to see this wonderful woman for the first time in over two years…my mom!!

To Yokohama and Back again

Last weekend I took my first trip of 2020! I had the pleasure of going on a two show mini-tour with my band Youryokutai Club, the first was down in Yokohama and then back to Sapporo for another show t…


My 2019 In Retrospect

Wow. Last year was a whirlwind of music, teaching, and big life changes. But I’ve realized…