The Makunouchi Bento, or traditional japanese lunchbox, is a highly lacquered wooden box divided into quadrants, each of which contains different delicacies. It is also one of the most familiar images of Japan's domestic environment. Reading the box as both an object and a metaphor, Felix Petrescu (Waka X) and
Valentin Toma (Qewza) founded this experimental / electronica project back in 2001.Founding members of the TMBase organization (known for probably the biggest alternative electronic music festival in Romania) and some of the first producers to approach the IDM sound in this country, Felix and Valentin have tried since they can remember to promote their music for free all over the Internet. After the first album, "Himette" (available in 2001 as a gift CD-R and free download on their Besonic profile), they have released numerous EPs and singles on prestigious netlabels such as Eerik Inpuj Sound, Miasmah, Ogredung, Metempsychosis, Enough Records, One, Camomille, Kikapu, DigitalBiotope, Petite & Jolie and Romania's own Arhiva7. Makunouchi Bento tracks were also featured on compilations published by labels like Miasmah Records, Databloem, Apegenine, No Sides Records, Rackham Records, or Roton. The second album, "Trcutu", released in 2005, was a special project consisting of electronic reorchestrations of classical music. By this time, they have played live at most of the important experimental music events across Romania. Colloborations and remix work include artists such as Ben Mono, Autorotation (FKA Bleep), The ME Band, Selfmademusic, Daniel Dorobantu, Sillyconductor and scene veterans Tao (AKA Julien Neto), Kaneel, Nagz and Adapt (AKA Bogdan Rosu). Also, beware of the Jebel Chamber Orchestra (an odd, highly disturbing one-EP collabo with John Fisher AKA Ricemutt, Patrick Sheng and Justin Lazarus). Since 2005, Makunouchi Bento have slowly slided towards a more cinematic, electro-acoustic, ambient sound, which led to a couple of short movie scoring, plus some live film and documentary rescoring. The most recent works include the original soundtrack of Vali Chincisan's "Urban Tree" (which has won the best romanian animation award at Animest 2009 and was included in the Stash DVD), the collaboration with a new electronic music label, Local Records (promoting the Creative Commons in Romania, and the country's most important producers abroad), and finally the third album, "Swimé", out on Eerik Inpuj Sound in August 2010 - the best and most complex work to date, opening a new chapter in the band's existence.
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