Riwaindo is Japanese English (Jenglish) slang for „Rewind“ and Haioka’s way of describing his art as tracing back the roots of Japanese music.

Upon listening to Riwaindo, one can’t help but to feel like one has stepped into a slow-moving time machine which whirrs back and forth between old and new Japan.

On the album, Japanese old style drums “Wadaiko” player Atsuhiro Cho supports Haioka on his musical journey and almost all unique drum sounds in this album are played by him.

The album also features Argentinian experimental artist and fellow Red Bull Academy Tokyo alumnus Plasma Rüby known for his latest remix for Nils Frahm.

„I used Japanese oldest music called ‘Gagaku’. It is 1200 years old. Gagaku is the world’s oldest orchestral music. In the past, I made my music with Japanese traditional instruments like Koto. I mixed it with Japanese field recordings and electronic sounds. With „Riwaindo“ I’m tracing back much further all the way to the origin of Japanese music.“

Check out the premiere at the Style of Sound: https://styleofsound.com/style-of-sound-premiere-haioka-riwaindo/