Anla Courtis “The Torrid” CD is out now!
ANLA COURTIS with KK NULL and more "The Torrid" CD
[Porter Records] (USA)
— 20,000 Volts (5:39) ANLA COURTIS, MSBR & KK NULL
- Koji Tano: electronics
- KK Null: electronics & voice
- Anla Courtis: guitar & guttural vocals
Recorded live January 16th 2005 at 20000V, Tokyo, Japan
[ Condolences from Kazuyuki Kishino (written on August 2nd, 2005) ]
I’m terribly sorry to tell you all this sad news but I have to announce with my deepest sorrow & regret that one of my best friends Koji Tano (noise artist MSBR, the chief editer of DENSHI-ZATSUON magazine, the owner of DENZATSU.COM cd/record shop) passed away on the Sunday, July 31st, due to carcinoma of the colon and rectum, at age 44.
As everyone knows, he has been devoting 100% of his energy, life, time, soul to experimental/noise music and the best friend of everyone involved in this community around the world.
On July 18th, I visited to see Koji at the hospital in Tokyo, he was lying on the bed with smile welcoming me. He must have been suffering from pain though, he looked calm and peaceful. I tried to cheer him up but really didn’t know what I should have said, because I knew that his family had been informed he could live only for another month or so. Of course, I really did hope it’s not true. I asked him how the festival in Greece where MSBR played was, and he asked me my future plan and so on. Then we talked a bit about a football game and "PRIDE" martial arts fighting tornament coming up this summer (as you know he’s a big fun of football and martial arts). It may sound stupid though, what else we could talk about? Then, I said to him cheerfully, "You must beat the disease and be a champion!", "Let’s do a MSBR comeback concert as soon as you get recovered!!", and Koji positively responded clenching and upholding his left fist with his genial smile. We both did believe the day of MSBR comeback concert would come soon, however, unfortunately it was the last moment I saw Koji in-life.
I am very sad, upset, confused, have no words to express how I exactly feel now. Only I can do now is, thank him from the bottom of my heart for all he’s done and his true friendship, and wish he rest in peaceful heaven. And my deepest sympathy is with his family, his friends & colleagues.
Thank you very much, Koji.
Domo Arigato, Tano-san.
August 2nd, 2005
— Kazuyuki Kishino (KK Null)