In a more connected world, we begin to understand more profoundly the life we share on a planet that is both fragile and potentially destructive. I remember the sobering feeling of listening to radio reports from Haiti during NAMM last year. There are countless calls for support for Japan, and I hope that, as in any disaster, people do learn more about disaster response worldwide, since any one of us can wind up as its recipient. But without covering every single one of those calls for aid, CDM contributor Primus Luta brings one wonderful musical compilation you may want to enjoy for some time to come. -Ed.

A week ago today a 9.0-magnitude earthquake shook northern Japan, leaving much of the area in utter devastation.  For the past week, all eyes have been on the island nation, most prominently due to the affects the quake has had on nuclear reactors in the area.  Only one day before the quake, Laurent Fintoni made his annual trip to the place he calls his spiritual home.  Laurent is the man behind the Rhythm Incursions site, Original Cultures project and a host of other things in and around the world of modern electronic music.  In the immediate aftermath of the quake, he housed up with Rhythm Incursions co-presenters Raid System and started work on a compilation to be released to support the relief efforts.  Today, exactly one week after the quake, that compilation Nihon Kizuna has been released with a stellar lineup of over 40 artists including Kode 9, Kuedo, Rudi Zygadlo, Daisuke Tanabe, Paul White, Mux Mool, Ernest Gonzales, Onra and many more.

You can listen to a short mix of the music included in the compilation below or just go straight to the Nihon Kizuna site and purchase the compilation.

V.A. – Nihon Kizuna (日本絆) by laurentfintoni

Updated: TRUE CHIP TILL DEATH has a chip music compilation going, too. I know there are many others, so feel free to add them in comments.

  • the monome community has also come together to release an album this weekend, based on a series of works by Micah Frank produced from the seismic data from the earthquake. Im just bringing the work together, to be released sunday evening at (not up yet)

    from our upcoming press release…

    "The Monome Community, an eclectic ensemble collective of electronic artists, have come together once more, in response to Tohoku Chiho Taiheiyo-oki Jishin, the Tohoku region Pacific Ocean offshore earthquake which rocked Honshu Island Japan only days ago. Using sampled, synthesized representations of seismic event data collected from the devastating earthquakes, participants created a wide variety of remixes and compositions as a cathartic response to the sheer power of the earth.

    We make music and raise awareness in the face of this tragedy because we are musicians and human beings, and in the face of such power, there is nothing that can be done from afar than to stand up and say 'we are aware of your plight, we are with you in spirit, and you are not forgotten'.

    This compilation is released in support of the ongoing rescue and reconstruction efforts in Japan. Regardless of whether you enjoy or appreciate this music, please make a donation to an aid organization responding on the ground to this disaster. "

  • Peter Kirn

    Thanks; was looking forward to that one, as well.

  • Kevin Stephens is encouraging the netlabel community to compile an Inter-Label Relief album. The deadline for submissions is April 1st for release on April 8th.

  • Clayton

    Lullatone sent out an email saying they also donating all profits from sales at the moment.

  • Joseph Dee

    Oh the irony Peter, not even 6 months on from your previous comments about massive disasters in Japan. hmm

  • Not as ambitious as Laurent Fintoni's excellent effort but I did make my own little track on the day after the earthquake upon returning to my apartment in Tokyo after a looong night…

  • Barnable

    Am I the only one who finds pop stars, brands or other artistes promoting themselves off the back of a monumental tragedy distasteful and ghoulish? Japan does not want for money, it's one of the world's wealthiest nations, despite what you might hear about the Yen sliding, or whatever. And there is not a lack of awareness of the situation. It's not the same as Haiti, where the people had nothing to begin with and then the infrastructure was reduced to rubble. The problem Japan faces is one of logistics.The latest promotional object is a Warp Records T-Shirt, a red circle on white with all proceeds going to the Red Cross. Well great, they will probably get a grand more than they otherwise would have done, but from where I'm looking it's just a giant great advert for Warp (their logo is unmissably prominent) that will soon appear on the chests of concerned electronic music fans all over the world, doing their credibility for being "edgy" and "cool" no harm whatsoever.I've been shocked by the tragedy, only a stone cold psychopath could feel otherwise. I've been to Japan several times and love being there, and have met the most amazing people. That's why this riding on the most awful human despair leaves a very bad taste in my mouth. Or to put it another way, if all your family and friends had been swept out to sea, enduring a painful, ghastly and terrifying death in the process, would your first response be to sonify the earthquake data and mail all the music blogs about it?

  • i can only speak for myself, but as someone admittedly far removed from the event, my ability to directly benefit the situation is nonexistent. But that does not mean the situation does not involve me. I live on the earth. And the events that influence the earth influence me. As a musician, i have the ability to create a lasting emotional response to the disaster; as a member of a culture who too often adopts a callous facade in response to tragedy, i feel the obligation to share my own response.

    That said, i certainly don't intend my own response to be a commercial endevour. We are not accepting donations, simply providing links to those organizations that are presently operating on the ground in japan.

  • Electronic Face


    What you're saying has crossed my mind. But like you say, only a psychopath could feel no sorrow, and musiciains (especially) aren't known for their lack of feeling. I think it's more a matter of a wanting to help the Japanese, but ultimately feeling helpless..

    I think the musicmakers are making music in dedication to the Japanese people, because it's something they're capable of doing. The donations may or may not be helping, I can't say for sure, but I am sure they don't hurt, either.

  • Peter Kirn

    @Barnable: I think anyone who does genuinely feel moved to do something as a benefit needs to be sensitive to how they present themselves. Taken to an extreme, though, no one would do anything, ever, and I'm not sure the alternative – doing nothing – is always superior.

    But I also agree that we should be thoughtful about how money is given, and I actually don't particularly endorse earmarking only Japan. The way the Red Cross works is typically to say, outright, whether they require donations. I think the answer to how to most responsibly give money is to give, wherever possible, to discretionary funds. That's what I'm doing, personally. It allows the organization to send money where it's needed most. And I can't imagine anyone having an objection to that with the availability of reputable organizations that have been audited/reviewed externally and disclose how they allocate funds, including those I recommended last week.

  • i'm proud to announce that after an incredible surge of support, the monome community has come together to produce 21 original tracks in response to the earthquake, all made within the last nine days. The quality is impressive, if i say it myself. It's been a very interesting endeavor (you can look over the extensive debates we have had over the last week on the touchy subject of sampling and support regarding this disaster) on the forum post that we've used to organize the effort… and listen to the entire album on our bandcamp site, with links to donate, if you feel so moved. All the best to the people of Japan.

  • The guys at Wrong music have also put together a great compilation in order to raise money for the Red Cross Tsunami Appeal.

    "The situation in Japan is unbelievably desperate. Here at Wrong Music there isn't much we can do to help in practical terms, but we can make a horrible noise. This compilation collects 19 exclusive tracks by Wrong Music artists and friends and represents an attempt to raise some money for the Red Cross.
    Due to the speedy nature of how this album came together (and not wanting to divert funds from this release to a third party distribution company) the album is set as a free download, with a donate button below (this also means that the funds get straight to where their needed and don't sit in a bank account / paypal account). However! We implore you not to download it or share it without making a contribution to the Red Cross Japan Appeal "

    Here's the link:

  • Glad to hear this is going on. Amazing what can be done in so little time, and for a great cause as well

  • Hello dear Create Digital Music. It's grat to hear such great new from independent artists around the world.

    Keep the good work.