For Nihon

Ambient musicians across the globe unite to support Japan relief efforts


As the Japanese earthquake, tsunami and nuclear crisis begin to fade from the headlines, heartfelt efforts to help the nation recover continue. One that recently stood out brings together a group of ambient recording artists who are stepping up with their talents to support the cause.

The compilation album, called For Nihon, is the work of husband-and-wife musician team Keith Kenniff and his wife Hollie Kenniff. Like that project, this one beautifully fuses music and a digital component; in this case, British DJ Luke Twyman—whose Solar Beat music box caught our attention last year—designed this site allowing visitors to create beautifully-simple circular patterns and sound by skimming a mouse around the page.

The album itself, originally sourced from Twyman’s community of musicians, organically grew to include upwards of 40 contributors, including Rafael Anton Irisarri from the U.S., Japan’s Ryuichi Sakamoto and Robin Guthrie (U.K.).


Pick up the two-disc CD or download it (coming soon) for $20 each, with 100% of sales going to the Japan Society‘s Japan Earthquake Relief Fund.