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Actually, there was another band where we were three girls, around '84 when I met John Zorn, called Sunset Chorus. It was just bass and drums and guitar- we didn't make any records but we played a lot of different clubs in New York.
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Because it's dance music, you can't really have a lot of changing in there. It's really not for me because there's too much repetition. I like more diversity.
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Blood and death. That moves me.
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Come to think of it, the way I play is like a drum machine- very mechanical.
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DNA wasn't as beat orientated as other bands. It's more like thrash metal music than rock music- it was very fast and the songs were very short.
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I always wanted to get out of Tokyo and in 1977, New York seemed like the most interesting place to visit. I didn't intend to live here- I just wanted to get out and see what was happening. I just happened to stay here then.
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I got tired of different drum sounds so you buy different effects for more manipulation.
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I just got a grant from the artists space, Roulette. It's for chamber music, electronics and percussion. That's going to be my work for next year.
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I really didn't intend to be a musician when I left Japan.
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I started listened to music in the late '60s- it was all rock music. Jimi Hendrix, the Doors. They didn't really influence me, I just listened to it.
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I still think that I'm playing instruments, not just pushing buttons and there it goes. It's interactive and alive with the sound and the manipulation and it plays like instruments.
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I use three drum machines together with a mixer, then adding a pedal with pitch control and a Sony effects processor.
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I was playing in other rock bands. Any of those bands didn't last long.
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I'm interested in stories and the dark side of peoples' minds.
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I've done some music for films and I really enjoy doing it.
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Improvising things is always changing. A lot of momentum.
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It's a very primitive way of drumming like the way you play with big sticks: this is called taiko. That was a big influence on me.
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Mars is really different, into art. Lydia Lunch is more energy. James Chance is more commercial in a different way, in funk and jazz. They were all doing original things, trying to create their own sound and music. I think they're all great.
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So now I don't have time to practice drums. It's been five years since I've touched the drums.
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Somebody gave me this drum machine and somebody else asked me to program something for a project. I really liked programming and I was really interested in using the drum machine.
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That was the most I could pull out from these three drum machines with sound and texture and orchestrations- that's what I'm trying to do.
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The most important thing is that it's much more fun to play in a band than to be in an audience in a club. That's the main thing I think, that you can do it.
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The transition took a couple of years- I had more and more drum machine and less and less drums. I'm more interested in making pieces and songs than in becoming a good drummer. Here in an apartment, you can't really practice drums but I can write music with a drum machine and headphones.
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The way I create music is maybe like a painting, to compose in a more visual way. Basically it's the music that I want to hear- that's my inspiration and bottom line. I just try to get ideas from books, movies, paintings.
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Then in '75, I'd listen to things happening in New York like Patti Smith, Television. I felt very close to that.
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With a rock band, you play the same things over and over and over.
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