Sequence

by Miss Information

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about

Miss Information is Miho Hatori (Cibo Matto, Smokey & Miho, Gorillaz, too many all-star Lower East Side collaborations to name). Miho Hatori created Miss Information while in residence at Brooklyn’s contemporary arts gallery/creative hothouse, Pioneer Works. Miho began with a simple concept, “What if information was a woman?" She had been contemplating information not as dominating with oft-hidden data-points, but something akin to the moon, a mysterious natural energy that, in her words, “brings change to the planet.”

The first song she released — appropriately, “Miss Information Theme” — was about the goddess of information ending up in Los Angeles, and having a plastic surgery. Miho’s conceptual data flow progressed from there.

“I started to think about the Silk Road, and that time when a lot of information travelled between western and eastern countries,” she says, invoking the trade routes that connected the Far East with the Mediterranean and Eastern Africa since about 1000 BC. Sequence, is the musical map of a journey, planned and programmed by a mistress of poly-cultural (mis)information processing. It’s about translation of ideas, literal and emotional, with no genres and borders.

Two of the album’s stand-outs are abstract electronic pieces named for the immortal 13th century Sufi poet, Rumi, setting portions of his poem “A Great Wagon” to music. These form the core choreography of Miss Information’s dance between history, the present and an imagined future.

As befits a modern adventurer - especially one whose quest took place in a creative environment as well-stocked with inspiration as Pioneer Works - Hatori’s voice and computer are joined by guests. On “Sand Storm,” drummer Greg Fox and guitarist Patrick Higgins invoke decades of rock music inspired by the desert while Nicky Mao manipulates samples into howling symphonic winds of the open spaces. On the trap-like “Viva! Madrid!,” Hatori’s rhymes are abetted by a verse from a now-retired New York MC who now answers by his birth name, Himanshu Kumar Suri. (Look him up!)

Miss Information and her guests deliver a real kind of news - ahistorical, timeless, poetic - for our age, but also required for all ages.

“The time right now is a very interesting time we are living,” Miho says. “A lot of things are coming up to the surface — consciousness and empathy — that is never talked about in the media. So I thought it was interesting to think about this more hidden information, and get rid of that hidden information. To me that is very female. Think about the history of humanity and the structure of society. As a woman, I think it’s a very interesting topic.”

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released October 12, 2018

All songs are written by Miho Hatori
(Except Viva! Madrid! Lyrics and Rhyme by Himanshu Kumar Suri and Miho Hatori)

Produced By Miho Hatori
Recorded at Pioneer Works Studio, 6A Studio, Josh’s home
Mixed By Danny Taylor (House Under Magic)
Mastered By Heba Kadry (Timeless Mastering)

Cover Photo By Kimisa H
Cover Photo Make Up by Mariko Tamegai
Graphic Design By Daniel Kent
Art Direction By Miho Hatori

Songs Rumi 1 and Rumi 2 are taken from Rumi-
The 13th-century Persian poet, jurist, theologian, and Sufi mystic.
The translations are from The Essential Rumi by Coleman Barks.

Special Thank you to Mr.Barks for permission rights of use.

Thank yous:

Thank you to Pioneer Works, Gabriel Florenz, Hassan Ali Khan, Samanta Balassa and all friends who supported me.

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Track Name: Intro
mi punji ro lo mi secrets lo kevna be lo tumla (Lojban)

I put all my secrets in the hole of the land
Track Name: A New Moon
One night I found a new moon out of the blue...

Think twice
Sigh if you want to
Look twice
The sky is bigger now
Break it twice
To make me wiser
Look nice
If you want me, dear

Let you know that I am looking for a rolling paper.
Let you know that I’m asking if you have a vapor.

Pay right
Time and money
Play right
If you have a desire
I might not be right
Life is a balance
Oh why?
The answer is clear

One night I found a new moon out of the blue

If you’re burning inside
If you’re turning to my side
There is nowhere to hide
Your sight gets wilder like a white tiger

If you’re burning inside
If you’re crying with your pride
There is nothing to hide
Our love might suffer
‘Til the time is over

Look, I’m mysterious
There is no translations
Where is my bread and wine?
You’ve gotten too used to my behavior
Hope you find the meaning of life

You might hate it, you might like it
I’m a question
You might hate it, you might like it
I’m a reflection

One night I found a new moon out of the blue

I guess we will have a hot time later
My fire is lit take this game
My fire is lit So don’t be late,
My fire is lit so don’t be lame
Track Name: Silk Road
Data makes the world have a low voice
Too many signs and I open my eyes
Night sky vacuumed up all loud noise
Like a black hole no one’s choice
Das Information, my last name
Swinging East to West, that’s my quest
Hiding all my words in the spices

Find my big data and burn it
If you can find me
My password and my key
Let me, let me find the way
Tell me quietly
Like a whisper of a deity
Change my time and rewind it
Psychometrically find me
Psychometrically blind me
While the moon touches my knee

Data makes the world upside down
Chopped and screwed like a sand clock
Digital trace has no price
A data driven world is your choice
You know you can erase the word only twice
Das Information, my last, name
Swinging East to West, that’s my quest
Hiding all my words

Words are the sign of frequency
And disappear in me
If you can find me sensuality
Tell me quietly
Like a whisper of a deity
Change my time and rewind it
Psychometrically blind me
Psychometrically find me
While the moon touches my knee

Hey
What about love and beauty?
You showed me the same old view
All of History is repeating
Track Name: Rumi 1
Rumi. “A Great Wagon.” The Essential Rumi. Edison, New Jersey: Castle Books, 1997. 36. Print.
Track Name: Manhunter
Vasto vazio no meu coração
É consequente da natureza?

O tempo é a única solução
Eu agarro minha intuição
como pegar a informação

Eu testemunho uma nova estrela
Eu testemunha uma nova palavra
Eu testemunho uma nova amor

A vast emptiness in my heart
Is it consequent of nature?

Time is the only solution?
I grab my intuition like catching the information

I witness a new star
I witness a new word
I witness a new love
Track Name: Sandstorm
This map tells how many borders my wings have broken in now
This thing tells how many orders
This game is finally over?

This lie tells how many losers had power and ignore you now
This land is getting colder
This game is finally over?

The wings of a falcon falling
Night of the sandstorm calling
The wings of a falcon falling
Night of the sandstorm calling

This view tells how much water got frozen for someone, somewhere
This thing tells how many orders
This game is finally over?

This page tells how many soldiers have no prayers, unfair
This land is getting colder
This game is finally over?

The wings of a falcon falling
Night of the sandstorm calling
The wings of a falcon falling
Night of the sandstorm calling

I stay with you ‘til the sun rises in your eyes
Darkness. I used to be your friend
No words can grab my heart and soul
Like sands falling from my hands

Many clouds in the night
Many clouds in your eyes
(They don’t move ‘til you move)
Many clouds in the night
Many clouds in your eyes
(The same old rules?)
Ain’t no way to keep the same view

No….
Ain’t no way…

Sandstorm blew and undo
A dice from the game is a beautiful blue
Sandstorm has shown all new clues
A dice from the game is a beautiful blue
Track Name: Viva! Madrid!
Sir, 14 millions of the pure white sand on my shoulders
on the Etihad Airways from Qatar
Tighten your seat belt, I’m taking off now

I thought he looked like a human bear
I found him outside of Madrid
This is the first day of our affair
We have red wine and camembert
What a rendez-vous

You are so chill ’n’ pretty high
Climb the hill and see the sky
I saw a kite in your eyes
I saw you climbed the hill and be high
Got cheap thrill and saw the sky
I saw a kite in your eyes

Feeling sick from the air pressure
Cuz of too much hidden data

So…Have a rum and coca cola

iPhone and motorola
A fake passport from Bahama

You dropped a pistachio on the floor
I’m picking it up
My mind and soul is tripping up
I’m making a call, an international call
My 2 phones are full of lies, jealous, shit of all
But I can show you the beautiful hilltop and waterfall
It could be real, it could be fake, you got a deal
It could be real, it could be fake
Track Name: Rumi 2
Rumi. “A Great Wagon.” The Essential Rumi. Edison, New Jersey: Castle Books, 1997. 36. Print.
Track Name: Theme
When I start to define everything
I start to see wrinkles on my face
I put an a cream of blood and wine
Stop making sense just for a day

I don’t stay the same way
I won’t say in every way
You don’t play, I don’t play
That’s unfair....

Lingua Franca, mi amor
You’re the only one to love
We never hide our love affair
Stop believing in your faith

I don’t stay the same way
I won’t say in every way
You don’t play, I don’t play
That’s unfair....

I live over 200 years
I start to have wrinkles on my face
I came to LA for a plastic surgery
Stop laughing at me, just a play

I don’t stay the same way
I won’t say in every way
You don’t play, I don’t play
That’s unfair....

One day our love affair
Bear in mind, a time we left behind
Hear the song of Pygmalion
I let you cry on
I let you cry on for misinformation

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