夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) — oct.16 1964

In 1963, 100 countries endorsed the Limited Test Ban Treaty to end the threat of radioactive pollution from atmospheric nuclear testing.

However, one year later, on October 16, 1964, China started conducting it's own testing and continued to do so through July 29, 1996.

The effects of China’s nuclear testing on human health, animals and the environment are largely unexplored due to the lack of publically available official data. A study carried out by the Japanese physicist Professor Jun Takada suggests that peak levels of radioactivity from China’s large-yield tests exceeded that of the 1986 Chernobyl reactor accident and seriously affected local populations.

For Japanese artist 夕方の犬 (Dog in the Evening) this part of history and it's impact is an important one. He has composed 5 serene tracks corresponding to 5 of the 45 dates that China conducted atmospheric nuclear testing in an effort to bring awareness to these events.

Information take from CTBTO.org

Footage of the first Chinese atomic bomb test, taken from "Trinity and beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie"


Reviews

"... drone pieces imbued with an emotional resonance. But whereas other artists can find these waters particularly icy and unforgiving, Dog in the Evening finds these ambient territories serene and welcoming."
Nooga

"While the project ... maintains it's airy sense of melancholic beauty, the aura here is much darker and foreboding. “Oct 16 1964″ focuses on the childlike naivete of the human experience in the wake of nuclear fallout, quietly and innocently playing out its light melody, soothing vocals, and endearing music box of sound."
Decoder

"...soft spoken and unbridledly gorgeous..."
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Catalog#: SBT021
Release date: 23 June 2015
Edition: 100
Comes with digital download card