All released albums from DIW/SYUN

Discussion on all the albums released from DIW/SYUN (Revised) by Sumire Hoshino
It is a revised version of my previous article.

There are 17 albums released by DIW/SYUN, usually called SYUN label, which have been the projects/works by Susumu Hirasawa.

Two albums were released at a time basically.
And all the albums can be categorized into three phases.
I categorized them according to the dates of release.

Let me write my comments on them here.

If the work is included in either "Taiyou-Kei Ashu-On (Sound Subspecies in the Solar System) Box Set" by P-MODEL or "20th Century Plus Box Haldyn Dome" by Susumu Hirasawa, I will write which box set it is included in.

All the works released by SYUN label were played/composed by the musicians who were P-MODEL members at that time or ex-P-MODEL members. So, I will mention the musicians, too.

※By the way, the SYUN label's works were going to be released again as reprint editions around 2006, but it wasn't carried out because of copyright issues.



The First Period:

(Released on May 25, 1994)


(Released on May 25, 1994)

⚫It is included in "Haldyn Dome"
⚫It includes all the songs by Shun/旬 released in 1980s.

I don't need to explain it. It is the first album by "THE Shun". It includes ①-Location, 1778-1985, [TABLE BEAT], and SHUN-4, which is a very deluxe album. That will explain everything.

By the way, this project was called and spelled SHUN in 1980s, and it was called and spelled SYUN in 1990s.

It is a must-listen-to album as the first one released from SYUN label.


(Released on May 25, 1994)

⚫It is included in Sound Subspecies in the Solar System(Taiyou-Kei Ashu-On) Box Set (P-MODEL).
⚫It is the only official live performance album(CD) released by P-MODEL.

It was produced by Susumu Hirasawa and Hikaru Kotobuki.

It was the last live performance done at Hibiya Yagai Ongaku-do[Hibiya Open-Air Concert Hall] by the "Defrosted" era of P-MODEL.

They had an equipment trouble during the show, which is famous for Hirasawa's words, "Korega
tekuno da[This is THE Techno music].", which I still don't know was a real accident or a fake. It is a mystery.

(Released on July 23, 1994)


Live no Houhou [The Method of Live]/ P-MODEL
(Released on July 23, 1994)

●It is included in "Sound Subspecies in the Solar System(Taiyou-Kei Ashu-On)" Box Set (P-MODEL).
●The "defrosted" versions of 10 songs by P-MODEL before "freezing" the band are included.

The song list was selected from the middle period of P-MODEL. There is no songs from the first and the second albums.

It was arranged by Susumu Hirasawa and Hikaru Kotobuki.

They arranged the songs before "freezing" the band into "blip-blop" kind of very electric sound, which earned high praise by the fans.

I think it is one of the "must" items among P-MODEL's albums. If I have to select three "must" items by P-MODEL, I would choose "In a Model Room" - the pink colored first press record, "Scuba" - the cassette tape with a book, and "Live no Houhou[The Method of Live]".

I am sure many fans at that time cried with joy to hear the song Cyborg in "defrosted" version.

This is a sample of the most authentic and the most splendid work by P-MODEL.


Desk Top Hard Lock / Hikaru Kotobuki with Phnompenh Model
(Released on July 23, 1994)

●It is not included in either of the box set.
●It is a debut album of Phnompenh Model.

”Youkei Seijuku Box/Neoteny Box”, ”Ru Ru Ru Otoko/Ru Ru Ru Man”, ”Jigen Jihou/Time-programmed Speaking Clock" are arranged versions of P-MODEL's songs. By the way, "2D OR NOT 2D", composed by Hikaru Kotobuki and Susumu Hirasawa, was performed by P-MODEL in the "Revised" era, too. I guess Phnompenh Model is like P-MODEL's brother band who became independent.

I regard it as wrapping up "the defrosted" era of P-MODEL, along with "Live no Houhou[The Method of Live]".

(Released on October 22, 1994)


Haisen-jou no Aria(Aria on the Wiring)/Susumu Hirasawa and Yasumi Tanaka: Pre P-MODEL
(Released on October 22, 1994)

⚫It is included in "Sound Subspecies in the Solar System(Taiyou-Kei Ashu-On)" Box Set (P-MODEL)

It has a secondary title, "Pre P-MODEL". It was a musical work done by Susumu Hirasawa, Yasumi Tanaka, and Akiro Kamio. It is an arrangement of Bach's "Aria on the G String" on synthesizer. It has a weird taste in a favorable meaning.

Hirasawa arranged four songs: "Haisen-jou no Aria/Aria on the Wiring", "Mendori/Hen", "Kitairon no Kane/The Bell on Kithairōn" and "Marucherro no Adaajo/Marcello's Adagio".

I think the arrangements done by Hirasawa are the best probably because I like his style of music the most as a fan.


Landscapes/ Syun
(Released on October 22, 1994)

⚫It is included in "20th Century Plus Box Haldyn Dome"

It was the first album by Syun released in 1990s. It is called "fractal music" and so on, but it is ambient music in Hirasawa's style in fact.

It is a work that makes me realize how versatile Hirasawa's talent is. It is an important album because he expanded the variety of his musical genres after this album.

"Landscapes-1" was named "Lotus Gate" when it was included in the soundtrack for the Anime film "Sen-nen Joyuu/Millennium Actress", but the song was originally released in "Landscapes" first.

The Second Period:

(Released on September 30, 1995)


Corrective Errors Re-mix of Fune / P-MODEL
(Released on September 30, 1995)

●It is included in "Sound Subspecies in the Solar System(Taiyou-Kei Ashu-On)" Box Set (P-MODEL).

It was an album released before P-MODEL''s album "Fune" was released. It is the re-mix done by Kenji Konishi (P-MODEL) and Hajime Fukuma (P-MODEL). It has the taste that reminds me of the re-mix style in those days for sure. I kind of think they tried to adopt too many unpredictable qualities in some songs, but that was the popular style of techno pop remix at that time.


"DIVE" / Tadahiko Yokogawa
(Released on September 30, 1995)

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

"Let's accept him and be fooled by him." (Susumu Hirasawa)

For reference, the advertising copy on "Sim City" by Susumu Hirasawa released on August 2, 1995 was "Get fooled by the cyber-pop!"

And "Call" is the best in this album! Susumu Hirasawa, Kenji Konishi, and Miss N participated in this album.

(Released on November 30, 1995)


(Released on November 30, 1995)

●It is included in "Sound Subspecies in the Solar System(Taiyou-Kei Ashu-On)" Box Set (P-MODEL).

The final version in re-arrangement of "SCUBA", that is one of the most important albums by P-MODEL and Susumu Hirasawa.

It comes with a booklet explaining about depth psychology and "unconciousness", which tells the story in a different standpoint from the story in the booklet from "SCUBA" cassette tape version (released on October 10, 1984), which was "imaginative".

Some sampled sound clips from other albums are used in this album with little change, which I suppose, is a way of "recycling" songs as well as the album itself which is a "recycled" version of the original "SCUBA" album.

The graphic design in the booklet is just like a dream world.

This album has a very high degree of perfection!!


旬 IV VISION/Shun IV Vision/ 旬/Shun
(VHS Videotape)
(Released on November 11, 1995)

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

It is the re-issued version of "Shun IV", on a VHS videotape, originally released by Modelhouse label on October 25, 1987.

"Location", "Siphon", and "Pae" out of the four tracks were directed by YOU1(Yuichi Hirasawa).

(Released on February 29, 1996)


Keisan-jou no Kun Mae/Calculatory Kun Mae / 旬/Syun
(Released on February 29, 1996)

⚫It is included in "20th Century Plus Box Haldyn Dome".

The second album by "旬/Shun" in 1990s. It is created in the same method as their previous album, "Landscapes" basically.

It is said that this album was made because the previous Shun's album had pleased the transgender MTFs in Thailand who were friends to Hirasawa very much.

Hirasawa wrote, "One album like this is enough for me to make", which made me say, "You are kidding, Mr. Hirasawa!" lol

"Kun Mae-3" was used in an interactive live show, and was remixed in a faster beat speed to be made into a song called "Jouken Douji/Condition Boy" (in the soundtrack for the anime film "Paranoia Agent").


致富譚/Chifu-dan[The Myth to Become Wealthy] / 至福団/Shifuku-dan[The Bliss Order]
(Released on February 29, 1996)

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

Shifuku-dan was a music project by Masahiro Kitada(ex-INU). He had released an album with Machida Machizo(ex-INU) as Shifuku-dan in 1986. This album was created by Masahiro Kitada and Kenji Konishi.

It was recorded in 1985, and was released in 1996 from SYUN Label.

It was probably their first recording that had not been released and was released 11 years later? (I am not knowledgeable about this. Please forgive me.)

Hirasawa commented this album as "The steel Rokkou Oroshi(meaning 'the strong wind from Rokkou Mountains'. Also known as a supporters song for 'Hanshin Tigers' baseball team by the same name, popular in Osaka and Kobe area. Hirasawa chose this word because both Kitada and Konishi were from that area.)" It is super metallic and tinny techno music with intense beats. Awesome!

...However, I wonder if the tracks were released as the old recording untouched or they were mixed again? It is a mystery.

Tadahiko Yokogawa joined in the fourth song, "Suki-sa Suki-sa Suki-sa/I Love It, I Love It, I Love It" with bass guitar.

I think this album should be more appreciated.

The Third Period

(Released on October 5, 1996)


不幸はいかが?/How About FUKO? / 不幸のプロジェクト/FUKO Project [Fuko means "unhappiness"]
(Released on October 5, 1996)

⚫It is included in "20th Century Plus Box Haldyn Dome".

It was a musical unit formed by Susumu Hirasawa and Kenji Konishi.

It started when Konishi sent a letter to Hirasawa in 1987.

They sent music data by postal mail back and forth, making a song a year. Later, they sent music data to each other through internet.

This album has full of playful spirit in the music itself, the CD cover, and the liner notes. It really makes me feel excited when I listen to this album.

The song "局留め不幸/Kyoku-dome Fuko[Poste Restante Fuko]" is a remix of "Cyborg". It is done in a fun arrangement, being called "Cyborg Dance version"

It is awesome to see the correspondence between Hirasawa and Konishi, which was a techno process/テクノな過程, to make techno music.


(Released on October 5, 1996)

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

It was released again in 2012 with a new CD cover and with an additional song, with the title "Convex and Concave".

Susumu Hirasawa participated in PEVO's album as a guest vocalist and producer.

The name of the band represents the music. It is a fun album.

By the way, a P-MODEL's song "Coelacanth" was covered in this album. Another album released on the same date, "不幸はいかが?/How About FUKO?" by 不幸のプロジェクト/FUKO Project, covered P-MODEL's "Cyborg" in a rearrangement. Is it a coincidence, or did they cover P-MODEL's songs at the same time by intention?

(Released on December 10, 1996)


User Unknown/ Teruo Nakano
(Released on December 10, 1996)

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

It is Teruo Nakano's debut album as a solo musician.

"Call Up Here", a famous song from P-MODEL, is covered by Teruo himself, which is a very elegant drum'n bass style cover version. All songs in this album are in a high perfection level. I am sure this album is highly valued by a lot of people.

Yoshikazu Takahashi, an ex-P-MODEL, offered his musical instruments to be used in this album.

Teruo Nakano says he was encouraged by Susumu Hirasawa to make this album when "The Long Vacation", the band he belonged to at that time, was in a pause (according to an interview to Teruo Nakano).


Sankai no Jintai Chizu/Human body map of three boundaries/P-MODEL
(VHS Video) (Released on December 10, 1996)

(DVD) (Re-Released on April 1, 2005) CHTE-0032

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

The VHS video, originally released by Modelhouse label in 1988, was re-issued by Syun label in 1996.

Two new tracks were added, and the quality of the image was deteriorated.

The in-depth comparison of different issues of "Sankai no Jintai Chizu" is discussed here in "Sankai wa san-kai deta!/Sankai was issued three times(san-kai)" by Iara⇒ "Sankai wa san-kai deta!/Sankai was issued three times(san-kai)" by Iara

It was re-issued later again as a DVD by Teslakte label in 2005.

This video was originally taped at a show in 1988, which is the precious movie of P-MODEL right before the "Freezing".

(Released on October 10, 1997)


Solecism/ Tadahiko Yokogawa
(Released on October 10, 1997)

⚫It is not included in either of the box set.

This is the last album released by Syun Label. Syun label had released two products at a time, but this one was released on its own as an exception.

And it was released about an year later from the previous issues by the label, "User Unknown" and "Sankai no Jintai Chizu".

Also, this album doesn't have a commentary by Susumu Hirasawa, which had been always included in the products issued by the label.

This album was made in the same method as Yokogawa's previous album, "Dive".

*Shun/旬: means "the season", or "the best season for something, usually vegetables, fruits and fish". Pronounced "shoon". Also spelled as Syun.


This is an attempt to have one of my past blog articles in Japanese translated into English by Lucy, my Japanese friend, known to overseas Hirasawa fans, who has translated the essays written by the fans from abroad in English to Japanese and other Japanese to English translation in this blog of mine. Thank you for your wonderful translation, Lucy!

Earlier this year, I told her I wanted to ask her to translate one of my blog articles into English, which might please Hirasawa fans abroad. She asked which article would be the best, and I chose this one explaining the Syun Label CDs and videos. It was the right choice, I believe.

Some of the originally issued CDs and videos released by Syun Label are hard to get because it has been a long time since they became not available from the Label itself. Some of them are very rare on the second-hand market even in Japan, though others can be obtained in different ways like included in the box sets released later. I didn't think this article would be read by the fans from abroad when I wrote it, so I am sorry if there are any parts not easy to understand for overseas fans. But I hope you enjoy reading it as an article written by a maniac fan in Japan who is a collector of Hirasawa's CDs and other works.

Thank you for reading it! Adios!
Sumire Hoshino

Translation to English by Lucy

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This is a blog I, Sumire Hoshino, write about my days and events as a fan of Susumu Hirasawa and P-MODEL. The mainly featured journal pages are about my big collection of CDs and records. I have tried collecting all of the different versions of each CD/record by Susumu Hirasawa/P-MODEL. I hope you enjoy reading it.

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