Welcome to ISC HiFi. Explore new records daily from our growing collection of classics and rarities from around the world. Discover the stories behind the records. Experience the ISC listening space from home through our (( ROOM RECORDING )) audio player below.

“To hear more, say less.”

Our website uses cookies
Read our privacy policy.

I Agree

GLOBULE: Haruomi Hosono’s Sci-Fi Graphic Novel

Written By: 
Jonny Mons
Share:
  •  

Archival scans of the rare sci-fi graphic novel included with Haruomi Hosono’s Making of Non-Standard Music.

Included with the complete package of Haruomi Hosono’s Making of Non-Standard Music 12” release is the short Japanese print graphic novel GLOBULE. The brightly colored and text heavy manga style comic book focuses primarily on the fictional character GLOBULE, a green anthropomorphic orb “inspired by Monadology on the earth and on fractal geometry… GLOBULE looks as a creature or machinery, yet it is not. It exists in the middle of everything, in a very ambiguous zone.”

The book’s 170 or so pages contain a number of contributions from various Japanese artists and science fiction writers as well as a manifesto from Hosono himself describing the themes of music he refers to; “GLOBULE”, “NON-STANDARD” and “Sightseeing Music”. We’ve included a few rough scans from the book below:

If you’re interested in learning more about the intention behind Hosono’s work during this era, we highly recommend checking out Terre Thaemlitz’s 2003 essay “GLOBULE of NON-STANDARD: An Attempted Clarification Of Globular Identity Politics In Japanese Electronic ‘Sightseeing Music.’” The essay contains a transcription of Hosono’s manifesto which we’ve included below.

GLOBULE (Statement of Purpose)

Haruomi Hosono has started a new label ‘NON-STANDARD’, ‘MONAD’.

This ‘Making of NON-STANDARD Music’ is a pre-compilation for this label and is produced as the pre-first edition. NON-STANDARD BOOKS [GLOBULE] is not added as an appendix, this has been planned as an independent media for the idea and the expression of Haruomi Hosono, and of the other artists produced by him, and this will be coming out regularly.

A word ‘NON-STANDARD’ is derived from NON-STANDARD ANALYSIS in modern mathematics. As represented in Fractal Geometry, modern mathematics or modern science suggests a means to converse with Nature not disorganizing it to construct culture as has been happening up to the present. Haruomi Hosono implies in the word ‘NON-STANDARD’ not a conventional science but a spirit of new science. In other words it can be another naturalism (SHIRAKABA-HA in Japan) in this hi-technology society. NON-STANDARD therefore includes various ideas and expressions. Haruomi Hosono is at present under-taking ‘Sightseeing Music’ and this is one of the expression. NON-STANDARD also develops the ambient music started by Brian Eno to a global level and to converse with and respond to a dispatch from the earth. This is part of the idea.

Now we would like to comment on this publication, GLOBULE. Firstly, a title of this book; a word, GLOBULE came into his mind inspired by monadology on the earth and on fractal, and he has given it a characteristic element. GLOBULE looks as a creature or machinery, yet it is not. It exists in the middle of everything, in a very ambiguous zone. That is, GLOBULE has become part of a character of NON-STANDARD. Various types of Japanese talented creators, comix/artists and SF writers contribute to this publication over this mysterious ‘existence’. Some of the contributors expressed in the form of comix, a diagram of GLOBULE, its history of evolution and when and where it had encountered the mankind. It also includes a document on mankind’s close encounter with GLOBULE.

Haruomi Hosono also called GLOBULE ‘seeds of stars’. It will grow and stay within a mind of Japanese hi-tech kids and it will be the real NON-STANDARD mankind that will try to dialogue with the earth.

(Hosono 1984: 175-176.)

Read Thaemlitz’s full essay: https://www.comatonse.com/writings/organisedsound_8_1.html

Related Articles

Sort By
2020
Abbey Lincoln
Aboriginal
Abstract
Acid Archives
Acid Folk
Acid Punk
Acoustic
Adrian Sherwood
Africa
African
Afro
Afro-Cuban
Afrobeat
Alan Greenberg
Alice Coltrane
Amazon Music
Ambient
Anatolian Rock
AOR
Aquarium Drunkard
Archie Shepp
Archival
Art
Art & Design
Art Film
Art Pop
Art Rock
Arthur Russell
Article
Avant-Garde
Avant-pop
Avant-Rock
Balearic
Baroque Pop
Basquiat
Bayou Funk
BBC
Berlin-school
Best of 2020
Big Band
Black Jazz
Blaxsploitation
Blue Note
Blues
Bob Marley
Boogie
books
Bossa
Bossa Nova
Brazilian Folk
Breakbeat
Breezy
Brian Eno
Bruce Weber
Cabaret
CAN
Cape Verde
Caribbean
Casio
Cassette
CD
Channel One Studios
Chanson
Chee Shimizu
Chet Baker
Chicago
Choral
City Pop
Classical
Compass Point
Compilation
Conny Plank
Contemporary Jazz
Cosmic
Cosmic Folk
Country-Rock
Covers
Cult Classic
Cumbia
Daft Punk
Dance
Dancehall
Dark Entries
David Bowie
Deep Dive
Deep Listening
Delia Derbyshire
Dennis Bovell
Detroit
Devotional
Dick Verdult
Disco
Discogs
DIY
DIY / Amateur
Documentary
Don Cherry
Downtempo
Dream House
Dream Pop
Drone
Drum Break
Drum n Bass
Drums
Dub
dublab
Dubwise
Düsseldorf School
Early Electronic
East African
ECM
Electric Lady
Electro
Electronic
Electronica
Elegant Pop
Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam
Enossified
Esoteric
ESP Institute
Essential Listening
Essential Listenning
Ethereal
Ethiopian Jazz
Ethnic
Events
Exotica
Experimental
Field recording
Fingertracks
Fishing with John
Floating
Folk
Folk-Rock
Fourth World
Free Jazz
Friends of ISC
Funk
Fusion
G.S. Schray
Garage Rock
Gospel
Graphic Novel
Guitar
Hard Bop
Harold Budd
Haruomi Hosono
Heavy Metal
Herbie Hancock
hi-fi
hi-NRG
Highlife
Hip Hop
history
Holiday
Holy Grail
Home Listening
House
Hypnotic
IDM
Indie
Indie Rock
Industrial
instock
Instrumental
Interview
ISC Classic
ISC Collection
isc guide
ISC Record Store
ISC Selects
Isolation
Italy
Jamaica
James Baldwin
Japanese
Jazz
Jazz-funk
Jazz-rock
JBL
John Fahey
K. Leimer
Kankyo Ongaku
Keith Haring
Klaus Schulze
Klipsch
Kosmische
Kraftwerk
Krautrock
L.Shankar
La Monte Young
Labels We Love
Laraaji
Larry Levan
Last Resort
Laswell
Latin
Latin Jazz
Laurel Canyon
Lebanese
Lee Scratch Perry
Left-field
Leftfield
Lena Horne
Les Baxter
Lester Bowie
Library
Listening bar
Live Performance
Live Recording
Los Angeles
Lost & Sound
lost and sound
Louisiana Blues
Lounge
Lounge Lizards
Love Songs
Lovely Music Ltd.
Lovers Rock
Mad Professor
Marantz
Meditative
Melancholic
Mellow
Metal
Milford Graves
Minimal
Minneapolis Sound
Mixes
Mizell Brothers
Modal
Modern Classical
Moki Cherry
Mono
Mort Garson
Motown
MPB
Music from Memory
Mwandishi
Narrative
New Age
New Wave
News
Nina Simone
Noise
Northern Soul
Now Sound
Nubian Pop
Nubian Soul
OBI
Obscure
Obscure Sound
Organic
Outsider Pop
Painting with John
Paradise Garage
Pastoral
Patrick Cowley
PBS
Percussion
Piano
Plantasia
Plants
playlist
Playlists
Political
Pop
Popul Vuh
Post Bop
Post Rock
Post-Punk
Power Pop
Premiere
Private Press
Productions
Progressive
Progressive Rock
Prophet-5
Psychedelic
Punk
Qobuz
Quadraphonic
QUARK
R&B
Radio
Rare Groove
rca victor
Record Stores
Record Stories
Reggae
Reissue
Reissues
Remix
Rock
Room Recordings
Roots Reggae
Ryuichi Sakamoto
Samba
Samples
Sci-fi
Séance Centre
Sensual
Shamisen
Shoegaze
Sly & Robbie
Smooth Jazz
Soft Rock
Songwriting
Soul
Soul-jazz
Sound Collage
Soundsystems
Soundtrack
South African
speakers
Spiritual
Spiritual Jazz
Spoken Word
Staff Picks
Stoner Rock
stores we love
Streaming
Street Soul
Sun Ra
Sunn O)))
Surround Sound
Suzanne Cianni
Synth
Synth-pop
Synthesizer
Synthwave
Taarab
Takoma Records
Tangerine Dream
Tapes
Techno
Techno Pop
Television
The Broad
The World Stage
Third Stream
Total Luxury Spa
Traditional
Trip-hop
Tropical
Tropicalia
TV
Vanity Fair
Video
Vintage
Vintage Gear
vinyl
Vocal
Vocoder
Walearic
Water
Werner Herzog
West Africa
West African
Windham Hill
World
Yacht Rock
Yma Sumac
YouTube
Zamrock
Zither
ISCHiFi ((ROOM RECORDING))
0:00 / 0:00
0:00
0:00