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Shin Kikuchi organises SCHOLE label with his finely honed sense of beauty, and his visual works expresses the deeper worldview with delicateness which attracts many fans with the sophisticated design. Besides photography, visual works, and paintings, he now attempts to produce music as another form of expression. A music duo “synfilums” formed with Itoko Toma, a modern classical artist whom composes an experimental and intimate musical works with her classical background, start producing music from 2020.
Sound creation with high-affinity in visually and auditory to be promised from their works.

研ぎ澄まされた審美眼を通してSCHOLEをオーガナイズ、また、洗練されたデザインでファンを魅了し、映像作品ではその緻密な表現で奥深い世界観に引き込む菊地慎が、これまでの表現手段である写真・映像・絵に加え、さらに音楽表現にも挑戦するため、クラシックに裏打ちされた確かな技術で実験的且つ親しみやすいものを生み出すモダンクラシカルアーティスト 当真伊都子とのデュオ『synfilums』を結成し、2020年より作品制作を開始。

synfilums – ReBorn:ReBirth

August 8th 2023 release.

The second album by the duo “synfilums” consisting of Shin Kikuchi, an art director of Schole Records whom produced artworks for various musician’s albums, and Itoko Toma, a modern classical artist whom creates experimental but accessible sound works with her classical music background, will be released. The album contains both music and artbook as their previous release.

In this album, the second half of the album is produced by Toma by using the elements of music produced by Kikuchi in the first half of the album, it has a concept that a single motif can be reborn through imagination.

“ReBorn”, the second track, is originally a piano piece composed for “Summer Ghost”, the first film directed by the up-and-coming illustrator loundraw, released in 2021. It was sublimated into a complete musical work with the guest guitarist Paniyolo,

“Syn Crho”, a bonus track which also appeared on their first album, is a reworked music by Kikuchi and Toma from their current point of view. It also includes reworked music of flica and akisai, familiar musicians from Schole Records.

In the art book, it consists the photos and artwork produced to date with retouching and reworking, which bring new aspects to each work and stay more closely to the musical works.

Schole Recordsのアートディレクターとして数多くの作品のデザイン・アートワークを担当しつつ、多くの音楽作品を送り出してきた菊地慎と、クラシックに裏打ちされた確かな技術で実験的且つ親しみやすいものを生み出すモダンクラシカルアーティスト当真伊都子によるデュオ『synfilums』の2作品目がリリースされます。今作もアートブックと音楽による作品となっております。
2曲目には2021年に公開された気鋭のイラストレーター loundraw(ラウンドロー)初監督映画作品「サマーゴースト」に劇伴音楽として制作されたピアノ小品を1つの音楽作品へと昇華させた「ReBorn」を収録、ギタリストのPaniyoloもゲスト参加しています。
ボーナストラックには1stアルバムにも収録された「Syn Crho」を2人の現時点の視点でリワークし、flicaやakisaといったSchole Recordsに馴染みの深いアーティストのリワーク作品も収録されています。

synfilums – syn crho

August 8th 2021 release.

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.

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。