A historical archive of nine years of Japan's earliest SP recordings, dating back as far as 1903, is now available, from the beginning of the 20th century to 1912. Legendary producer and recording engineer Fred Gaithersburg traveled the world recording for Gramophone, and this groundbreaking compilation is miraculously published by Sublime Frequencies. Simple and complex, alien and familiar. From gagaku (traditional Japanese court music), shakuhachi (bamboo flute), shamisen (three-stringed Japanese banjo), storytelling, and folk songs, this is a unique commercial recording that gives us a glimpse of Japanese classical culture, even a shadow of 19th century Japan, and is a historical document of the beginning of Japan's domestic record industry. The third in the label's series of early Asian recordings, the compilation and liner notes are written by sound artist Robert Millis (Climax Golden Twins), who has produced the previous two releases.