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CorneliusAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (March 24, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: March 24, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Matador Records
  • ASIN: B00000649T
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #211,287 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Mic Check
2. The Micro Disneycal World Tour
3. New Music Machine
4. Clash
5. Count Five Or Six
6. Magoo Opening
7. Star Fruits Surf Rider
8. Chapter 8 - Seashore And Horizon
9. Free Fall
10. 2010
11. God Only Knows
12. Thank You For The Music
13. Fantasma

Editorial Reviews

From the first cut--"Mic Check," one of the coolest disc openers heard in ages--it's apparant that Fantasma is something special. To hear electronic musician Cornelius (aka Keigo Oyamada) in full effect, skip ahead to "Monkey," which bends blistering shoe-gazing rock with goofy sound effects, lush, surf's up vocals, and a pleasantly modulating 1980s synth with a loud, distorting drum-roll sample. Cornelius's rock-savvy, playful, and idiosyncratic musical collage works as much off the tension between disparate, sampled sounds as their seamless dance alongside each other. Fantasma is firmly in the spirit of the anything-goes, D.I.Y. tradition of both punk rock and early hip-hop. --Mike McGonigal


Fantasma, [Cornelius's] third full-length and debut U.S. album, is an exuberant kaleidoscope of hip-hop, noisecore, film soundtracks, cheesy listening, indie rock, even Sesame Street.... Fantasma is an endearing music-obsessive-comes-of-age tale--from Saturday morning TV to arena rock to bootleg Jean-Jacques Perrey reissues--but once the initial weirdness-buzz wears off, there's not a whole lot to latch onto. -- Spin

Cornelius makes his eagerly awaited U.S. debut with Fantasma--a combination of Becklike, rock-hop arrangements and catchy Beatles-inspired melodies.... Fantasma is brilliant. Cornelius's innovations will definitely excite futuristic B-boys and rockers alike. -- Vibe

Performer/producer/Japanese indie legend Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) offers up a visionary, visual sound that's as generous as it is lavish. On his first stateside release, Cornelius indulges his listeners by indulging his own precocious imagination. Multidimensional and multilingual, the all-embracing spirit of Fantasma happily hoards the commodity-culture excesses of yesteryear's Top 40, Planet of the Apes trivia, pop-metal, and up-to-the-minute computer-rock marginalia. But Oyamada isn't a pack rat, instead, reusing his resources to produce a precious new kind of throw away pop that more than recycles and regurgitates its found sounds. -- Option

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Curing The Fitful Synapse November 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm a musician who started gigging in the sixties, and I've been enjoying my own muse and listening happily to the creations of others for years. Whenever I hear something new, I try to make my mind blank and my expectations non-existent, so that I won't be impressed by anything but the aural experience. I have a disdain for genre... by that, I mean, I don't like automatically assuming that any genre will have examples that are good or bad. My goal (to be honest, not always achieved) is that each new listening experience be as if I was hearing music for the first time.
That being said, I must admit to having a fairly open attitude to lots of music, although surely, much of it is so-so. So much that I hear is O.K., but doesn't ring any new bells.
<< ENTER CORNELIUS >> The first time I heard CORNELIUS was on HBO's Reverb show (live), and I was in a position where I couldn't see the screen. Wow. Zing. Music. Interesting. Listen to that! Timing. Grit. This is new! TILT!
I ran to the screen to catch the name. The band was exuberant. At the time I didn't realize that CORNELIUS had a one-man nerve-center like Nine Inch Nails. But the CD is so wonderfully woven that it is no surprise that live musicians become so launched in the playing. And the more I have hear the more I smile, because I'm hearing a free soul who is enjoying music with abandon and WE get to play! Merely listening transports us to the mega-sandbox come rocket to inner-space. And not only is the CORNELIUS creation an act of innocence, but one of neuro-musical understanding. It soothes and excites bodily impulses, as it cures the fitful synapse. When I stand back and summarize, I wonder... how long has it been since something this HIP was so POSITIVE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GENRE JUMPING IDM MAYHEM AND BRILLIANCE November 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Cornelius. A nutty Japanese guy that patches together more genres than your grandma does quilts!

This album, while not being overly innovative on a track by track basis, still leaves you with the distinct feeling that its the only album of its kind.

Encompassing smooth hip hop beats, samples and scratch trickery, cut and paste wizardry, perfect pop sensability, gorgeous harmonies, the full palette of instruments, crunching distortion, jangly acoustic strumming, blips and bops, and more!

Genres covered include big beat, psychadelica, folk, metal, hip hop, surf rock, space rock, beach boys pop, latin, IDM electronica, and list dont stop! All contained in at times frantic ADD song structures and other times cruisy laid back pop.

A masterful cut and paste collage of everything pop music has covered, and everything a production and pop genuis like cornelius is capable of.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He slices, he dices! March 25, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
My five stars don't come cheap, but this record earns them from beginning to end.
Cornelius is like a happy kid mixing together everything in his crazy huge chemistry lab of sound, but he handles his ingredients with the skill and style of an expert habache chef.
The album ranges from cartoon music to straight-out punk to dreamy pop sounds. Imagine little pink bunny rabbits hopping out from a portrait of Beethoven on a retro-space-show background -- that's the liner art!
A serious trip for your ears and, dare I say it, brain candy as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GROOOOH April 4, 2004
By Q
Format:Audio CD
Quite simply put, Fantasma is insane.
Cornelius (AKA Keigo Oyamada) has collected and pasted his musical genius together into a CD case, and mailed it off to America. Songs flow from one to the other like silk, yet Kiego hardly contains any two tracks to the same genre. One listen to "Count Five or Six", and you will totally uppercut someone.
There is no word better word than "insane" to describe the genius encompassed in this album
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Estoy escuchando fantasma en este momento... August 27, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Fantsama es un disco único. Los fanáticos de la música alternativa no pueden decirse tales sin haberlo escuchado. Creo que lo mismo sucede con los discos de Pizzicato Five, The Fantastic Plastic Machine, Pixies, Sonic Youth. Los los elemntos fundamentales del rock alternativo. Recomiendo a los que les gusten los grupos que nombré anteriormente que escuchen tres grupos Argentinos: Los Peligrosos Gorriones Francisco Bochatón Las Canoplas
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cornelius : Noise for your mind April 26, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Cornelius is all about rocking out, and throwing down unexpected sounds to create awesome songage. The basic Idea is, you turn up the volume, and let the cd reverberate through you. Best songs? Free fall, chapter 8- seashore and horizon and God only knows, But it's ALL good.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ain't no hype August 29, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Ahhh, Mic Check, Mic..This is the best thing out of Japan since the Ninjas and their funky black outfits. Oh, that was anthropocentric of me. This album aint no hype, not like some novelty from another culture the PC atmosphere of a very carefully worded speach and writing pattern of a domineering America hoping to show their open-mindedness to the rest of the world. This stuff is really good! HOOKs, HOOKS, like a Burroughs Naked Lunch and the flow-of-conscious that guides the improvisational genius that is how the crative mind works, that's what this album is. Ever heard a song, started singing it, and then all of a sudden it leads you into singing another song? Well that's what this album is, an apparently illogical mix-and-match of sample music on the outset which really isn't illogical at all. This is one of the true great albums this decade, to lead us into the next century in a time (1999, or since Cobain died and the Backstreet Boys started dominating the airways) when the musical climate of radiodom just plain out , and every possibly great artist is commercializing his music because there is just too much competition out there and to sit around arguing about what direction to take your music and flip burger patties for the rest of your life. Hats of to the unassuming mastermind of a trully musically elavated experience.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars High School Experimentation
This stuff is really bad audio quality, probably recorded on a Tascam 4 track or something. Much of it is juvenile experimentation and awkward noise. Pretty bad.
Published on December 7, 2008 by Mason Bane
4.0 out of 5 stars strange and beautiful
This is a strange yet hooky album, not easy listening at all, but when it gets you, it really gets you, but if you enjoy Cornelius, this is as good as it gets. Read more
Published on March 9, 2006 by D. M. Martin
3.0 out of 5 stars The Japanese electronica of Fantasma
Listening to Fantasma is almost like visiting Tokyo Disneyland, with Cornelius taking something typically Western and adding a Japanese twist to it. Read more
Published on February 4, 2004 by Wickerlove
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius
I first heard star fruits surf rider on a channel 4 broadcast for the fuji rock festival - i was instantly hooked by the presentation and amazing lush chords and espically the wind... Read more
Published on February 2, 2003 by "fantasmauk"
5.0 out of 5 stars KY for your Hi-Fi
Oozing into your ears all sticky icky making em wiggle while you giggle and bounce to the beat of a mad scientist mixing potions and setting it in motion using your brain as the... Read more
Published on January 5, 2003 by Gordon Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars If the Aphex Twin were Japanese and made a pop album
I don't really know how to describe this album or exactly what to compare it to. I have truly never heard anything like it before. Read more
Published on July 26, 2002 by JLS
5.0 out of 5 stars If the beach boys were japanese & jammed with beck
If the title of this review does not make you want to purchase this cd RIGHT NOW then don't, but your life will be sooooooooooo empty and hollow...
Published on April 28, 2002 by bbbiemer
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic album.
I heard this the first time in a car with someone very close to me. It has stuck with me ever since. The way Cornelius synthesizes and creates his music is beautiful. Read more
Published on September 20, 2001 by Jennifer Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars There is an escape from the Planet of the Apes!
Despite being named after one of the apes from the famous Charlton Heston movie, Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada) is actually a multi-talented Japanese musician. Read more
Published on July 8, 2001 by Ryan Hennessy
5.0 out of 5 stars genius, challenging, world-opening
an album that takes 4-5 listens before you realize how excellent it is. cornelius may be the absolute best of all my favorite musicians. Read more
Published on April 5, 2001 by eric
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