synfilums – syn crho
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synfilums – syn crho














Sakura in Spring
Seashore in Summer
Coloured leaves in Autumn
Snow scenery in Winter


Feel the rich seasonal changes, memorise the repeating scenery unconsciously
As we travel through time, memories will be painted with dim and vague


Sakura in a full broom, wind blows, fallen petals, brings a little new life
The luxuriant foliage of the trees, colour grows darker to bring a presence
Burning brightly as lighting up a life, and then vanishes
Only lefts the beauty like some kind of skeletal, trees covered with withered branches will start to carry a bud of life, shows a depth in space and time


Our ordinary scenery is filled with enriched world


Like mirroring our selves with the fading everyday moments
Imprint the memory of landscape scenery with the light to our mind



Shin Kikuchi

音楽・デザインプロダクションカンパニー「SCHOLE INC.」の代表であり、音楽レーベル Schole Records のアートディレクターとしてレーベル作品のデザインやアートワークを手がけてきた菊地慎による初めての音楽作品が完成しました。
自身2冊目の写真集「syn crho」をイメージして制作された本作は、菊地がSchole Recordsにてデザインや映像のプロデュースを手がけ、アルバムをリリースしたピアニスト・作曲家の当真伊都子を共同制作者に迎え、「synfilums」というユニットを結成、彼の撮影したフイルム写真の世界観を音楽で表現しています。
2016年に開催された菊地の写真展「syn crho」にてライブパフォーマンスを披露した、Schole Recordsのレーベルメイトでもある「akisai」、「Paniyolo」もゲスト参加しています。

Shin Kikuchi, known for both as a co-founder of music and design production company “Schole Inc.” and as an art director of music label “Schole Records” who designs and produces artwork for label releases, will be releasing his first music album.
This album was produced with the inspiration from his second photo book “syn crho”. A pianist/composer, Itoko Toma, was invited as a collaborator whom Shin produced the design and visual works for her album released from Schole Records. A duo unit “synfilums” was formed to express the worldview of his film photography with sound.
Shin faced with his origin point “Photographs” and produced a photo book in 2012, which was a kind of time capsule project for himself, he edited and book bound with his own hand, so the memories won’t fade away with time and can be kept in his own mind, and to see how he captures these memories in a few years time. Due to COVID-19, he was forced to stay at home and came up with this idea, then he challenged to compose sound in his free time. A new life was given to the work by adding “music’ which was always besides him.
Schole Records label artists ‘akisai’ and ‘Paniyolo’ also featured as a guest musicians, whom performed a music at Shin Kikuchi’s photograph exhibition “syn crho” in 2016.

朧月: Midnight Moon – Morning Mist

桜人: 染井吉野 – Somei Yoshino

新緑: Cycling with the Permanent Green

涙雨: Monochrome in the Rain

青簾: Stationary Front

浜風: Sunset Beach

日暮: Fireworks and Suzumushi

菊花: Watercolors in the Rain

落葉: Falling Raw Umber (album mix)

枯枝: Wither, Mountain, Water

白雪: 白 – Shiro {margin: not nothing;}

輪廻: Syn Crho

bonus track: Somei Yoshino – akisai rework

bonus track: Syn Crho – akisai rework

all music by synfilums
bass, vocal, lyrics & programming: shin kikuchi
piano, vocal, synthesizer: itoko toma

guitar: paniyolo
bonus tracks rework: yo suzuki (akisai)

recorded by synfilums
mixing & mastering engineer: hiroshi iguchi

art direction, design & photographs: shin kikuch

℗2020 88 landscapes




Book, Design, Music, Photography


Itoko Toma, synfilums