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…and while we’re on the subject.

I also contributed music to César Pesqueras beautiful movie Passer8 a couple of years ago.
You can watch it in it’s entirety here.

Stephan Mathieu who is one of my favorites, is also on the soundtrack, along with Césars own music.


New Release: Field Hollers 2000-2010 Free Mp3 Compilation + more coming

Today is a good day. A “best of…” sort of release of my first 10 years as tsukimono is released via the wonderful It’s A Trap.
The compilation is a free download, so head on over there and get it!
The idea for it all wasn’t mine, but came from my closest friend David C Sjöberg, who always has been a great supporter of mine when it comes to music. Always there to give me good and insightful thoughts and pointers regarding music, art and life in general…a true friend.

I had this idea; my idea was this collection.
This collection presents the music of
Johan Gustavsson made under the Tsukimono moniker. It’s meant to work as a “beginner’s guide” as well as a testament to Tsukimono‘s first 10 years as an artist. I hope you enjoy this free-music as much as I have through the years, and I hope it can inspire you, as a listener, to delve deeper into the vast Tsukimono catalogue. There’s a plethora of greatness to choose from and making selections for this compilation wasn’t an easy task.

Wise men say only fools rush in. Some other wise man (still could’ve been Elvis though) has also said something to the effect of: Writing about music is like dancing about architecture; it’s a very stupid thing to do. And regarding this album, letting the music speak for itself is surely the wisest thing to do.

Finally, just these words about Johan:
I’ve been close to a lot of people in my life, I’ve admired and loved quite a few, but
Johan Gustavsson is the only man I’ve ever truly respected.

// David C Sjöberg – Cultural Theoretician and Conceptual Artist, 2010.

It’s a Trap! is proud to present our latest netrelease: Tsukimono – “Field hollers 2000 – 2010”[IAT.MP3.015]
Curated, compiled and notated by David C Sjöberg, as quoted above, and featuring cover art by the artist himself, Mr. Johan Gustavsson.

I’ve known Johan for a number of years now and am ecstatic to continue my association with him, both as a friend and as a label. As with many artists in the experimental music scene, Tsukimono‘s discography is vast, varied and quite intimidating to the unindoctrinated outsider — this collection serves as a much-welcome introduction to the man and his music. Organized thematically and not by release date, as you will read in David’s superb and extensive liner notes“Field hollers” aims to reduce the difficulty in approaching sometimes difficult music and succeeds beautifully. As much as I’d like to take credit for it, all must go to David and Johan for putting this collection together; I merely serve as the host. Much love to both of them and may we all enjoy the fruits of their labors.

/Avi Roig, It’s A Trap

I will also release a new split 7″ with Peter Broderick in October via the fantastic A Tenderversion Recording and I will also join Peter on a tour in October. I will join Peter onstage and I will also play solo at selected locations.


10/10 – Roepaen, Ottersum (NL)
10/12 – Steinbruch, Duisburg (GER) *
10/13 – Sint Elisabeth Church, Gent (BEL) *
10/14 – Muziekpodium, Bakkeveen (NL)
10/15 – Ko d’oooor, Middelburg (NL)
10/16 – St Giles, London (UK) *
10/18 – St Mary Church, Brighton (UK) *
10/19 – Academy, Manchester (UK) *
10/20 – Pavillion, Cork (EIR) *
10/21 – Harmonic Series @ Workman’s Club, Dublin (EIR) *
10/22 – Cube, Bristol (UK) *
10/23 – South Street Arts Centre, Reading (UK) *
10/24 – Supersonic Festival, Brimingham (UK)
10/25 – tba, Arras (FRA)
10/26 – tba, Paris (FRA)
10/28 – Treibhaus, Luzern (CH)
10/30 – Schauburg, Dresden (GER)
10/31 – Haus 73 (Saal), Hamburg (GER)
(* includes tsukimono solo-shows)

More soon, take care friends.

For to ease the pain… Or drown away

Some drawings for some upcoming releases and for my new band, Blessings.

Christmas EP

Thee Gutted String – Christmastime In Hagarna EP

Here’s a free christmas ep I recorded the last days during the christmas holiday.
Me and the family have been in Hagarna, where my dear Saras parents live. It’s
a beautiful, quiet place in the middle of the forest.

I wrote and recorded these songs here and today we are leaving for the city again.

Thee Gutted String – Christmastime In Hagarna EP

1. The Doctor
2. I’ve Been To Town
3. White

Drawing by Jan Winther.

Download it here.

Merry Christmas people.


Time Canvas 2×12″ Vinyl


Long anticipated vinyl version of Tsukimonos grandiose Time Canvas, originally released as a limited CDR on Kning Disk spring 2007. A true gem when it comes to drone-based music, this recording still stands out as Tsukimonos finest moment. Each track is based on a sample on one specific instrument. Slow and quiet and big and brutal at the same time. Incredible beauty indeed. The deluxe 2xLP version also comes with a side-long bonus track recorded in 2008. Letterpressed silver ink on black cardboard sleeves. Liner notes by Matthias Andersson (RTB Records), PM Jönsson (Sound Of Music/Sonic), Gustav Rosengren (Kalligrammofon) and musician Viktor Sjöberg. Also comes with a coupon for a digial download of the album, which also includes The Lesson, a second bonus track. Limited to 525 copies. 

Tracks: 1. Blown Away, 2. Train Home, Home, 3. Cello, 4. Growing Like A Cancer Within, 5. When I Vibrate It Hard, 6. Tiresome Tireless. 

“Time Canvas was a big step in my development as a (solo-)musician. Up until this recording, my music as Tsukimono had been steeped in vst-effects & plugins, and I was quickly tiring of it. I decided to strip my computer of almost everything except a simple sampling/sequencing program and started working on a few new pieces where I zoomed in on a single instrument/soundsource to see what I could get out of it using only raw, untreated samples (save some pitchshifting). 

During this time I was spending up to 2 hours or more each day commuting between home & school and the breathers I got while on the trains proved a perfect time to work on this new music. To shut out all the everyday noise and stress and to focus solely on these samples/pieces made me feel calm and soothed. 


Thanks to the people who’s ‘playing’ on the album: Emelie Molin, Kristofer Ström and Erik Levander. Thanks for lending your breath and time.” – Johan Gustavsson/Tsukimono

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