Rei Harakami was a Kyoto-based electronic musician from Hiroshima, Japan.
He released his debut album in 1998 on Sublime Records. Follow-up albums, opa*q in 1999 and red curb in 2001 showcased his skills as an artist and producer. Rei's growing reputation has resulted in his becoming in demand as a producer and collaborator for artists such as UA, Great 3 and Coldcut. His recent collaboration as an artist and producer on Akiko Yano's 2004 album, Honto no Kimochi ("True feelings"), resulted in widespread recognition in Japan.
His fourth album in 2005, lust, quickly gained popularity in a variety of music scenes. In 2006, Harakami released new and past works on the compilation album Wasuremono ("Forgotten Items") and a project CD Colors of the Dark for the Planetarium. In 2007, he composed the music for the film Tennen Kokekko ("A Gentle Breeze in the Village") based on Fusako Kuramichi's novel of the same name centered around a group of teenagers in rural Japan.
Mostly ambiant like, sometimes close to Squarepusher, Aphex or even Oval. A variety of different worlds. His worlds and we thankfully keep a part of that..