C.C.C.C. (Cosmic Coincidence Control Center) was a legendary Japanese noise music collective founded in Tokyo in 1989. The group originally had four members, Mayuko Hino, Hiroshi Hasegawa, Fumio Kosakai, and Ryuichi Nagakubo, who were known for their unique approach to noise music. They quickly gained a reputation for their intense and chaotic live performances. The group’s sound was characterized by its use of high-volume, distorted noise, feedback, and electronics, as well as their incorporation of unconventional instruments and objects. Beyond their music, members of C.C.C.C. were also involved in a variety of artistic endeavors, including film, performance and installation art.
C.C.C.C.’s Reflexive Universe cassette, released on the Japanese label Vanilla Records in 1991, is a must-have for fans of Japanese noise music. The cassette features one track of intense and immersive noise, showcasing the group’s unique approach to sound and experimentation. The album is a 23-minute epic that builds from a fast, almost hypersonic opening to a wall of noise that seems to encompass the entire universe. Recorded live at Maya in Kobe on September 15th, 1991 with only two members performing: Mayuko Hino at electronics and voice, and Hiroshi Hasegawa at synthesizer and electronics. The performance was a testament to the group’s innovative and boundary-pushing approach to sound, and a reminder of the enduring power of noise music as an art form. Vanilla Records label did an excellent job capturing the raw and visceral sound of the group’s live performance.
Reflexive Universe is reissued for the first time in vinyl in a limited edition of 199 copies, with the addition of an amazing live performance on side two, recorded one month earlier at Donzoko House in Kyoto with all four members of the band. The vinyl is presented in a deluxe sleeve with a glossy finish, with original pictures by Hidenobu Kaneda and an insert with a photo of the band performing live. Whether you’re a longtime fan of C.C.C.C. or a newcomer to their unique brand of noise music, this vinyl reissue of Reflexive Universe is an essential addition to any record collection.