by Makunouchi Bento

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This experimental EP was made for the Romanian `zine Începem, issue 3 (September) with Future set as the theme. Makunouchi Bento (or MaBento for short) developed it following the speculation that digital music technology is increasingly moving forwards with their attempts at recreating analog warmth and real world modeling (instruments, ambience/room, the recreation of previous mediums, etcs).
This paradox is approached in a variety of ways here; sometimes through atmosphere, others through tube emulation and so on. Even with this concept in mind the emotive influence on the artist remains and Vitoru posseses the ability to place a listener in a familiar state of being in an unfamiliar surrounding (aside from the humorous and rhythmic opening of "Rhybot").

1st release by One in 01.09.2004 (cat. no. One13) as 192 kbps MP3 and still available here:

2nd release with Începem #3: Viitor / Future in 01.12.2004 (delayed, it was supposed to come out in September) as a limited edition (15) CD-R.

3rd release by Retinascan in 2005 (cat no. RE333) as 3" CD-R and free 192 kbps MP3, still available here:
This release includes a bonus track.


released September 1, 2004

All tracks written, produced, mixed and mastered by Makunouchi Bento.
Artwork by Felix Petrescu.
Artwork for Începem by Lucian Marin AKA BFX.




Makunouchi Bento Romania

The Makunouchi Bento, or traditional japanese lunchbox, is a highly lacquered wooden box divided into quadrants, each of which contains different delicacies. It is also one of the most familiar images of Japan's domestic environment. Reading the box as both an object and a metaphor, Felix Petrescu (Waka X) and Valentin Toma (Qewza) founded this experimental / electronica project back in 2001. ... more

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