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Susumu Hirasawa (平沢 進, born April 1, 1954), nicknamed "Hirasawa" (ヒラサワ) and "Shishō" (師匠), is a Japanese music artist and composer.

In the fifth year of elementary school, Hirasawa took up the electric guitar, inspired by the surf and instrumental rock bands he heard on the radio and on TV, later joining his junior high school's band. In 1973 he formed Mandrake, a progressive rock band that incorporated elements from heavy metal and krautrock. One of the few Japanese progressive rock bands of its time, Mandrake achieved little success and released no albums during its lifetime. After discovering punk rock and working on synthesizer-heavy projects, Hirasawa felt that progressive rock became just entertainment and decided to reform the band as an electropunk unit.

In January 1, 1979, Mandrake became the new wave/electronic rock band P-Model. Originally a commercially successful band—with the albums In a Model Room and Landsale considered hallmarks of Japanese technopop—they turned to decidedly uncommercial post-punk and experimental rock after Hirasawa went through an averse reaction to his fame. The band went through various lineups, all led by Hirasawa, and achieved some popularity on the Japanese independent music scene. The group released eight albums during this run, and kept operating until 1988, when Hirasawa decided to "freeze" it.

Following P-Model's "freezing", Susumu Hirasawa started his solo career, releasing three albums from 1989 to 1991. Working outside of the restraints of a band, his early solo career was marked by a refusal to stick to any particular genre. In September 1991, P-Model was "defrosted", featuring a revamped lineup and a new techno sound. Hirasawa worked with the band while concurrently making side albums solo. The "defrosted" version of P-Model ended in October 1993, when it was put into "revision". Hirasawa relaunched his solo career in 1994 with the symphonic "second debut" Aurora and later that year launched a "revised" P-Model, with a completely different lineup and a beat-heavy electronica style. He kept working with this version of the band until 2000. Hirasawa has since released solo albums, some of which as the unit Kaku P-Model, effectively a solo continuation of P-Model. Working with various units, side-projects and solo, Hirasawa has a "main" discography that consists of 34 albums.

While Hirasawa is mostly remembered in Japan for the first two P-Model albums, he has achieved international recognition for his soundtrack work, particularly for the adaptations of the Kentaro Miura manga Berserk and the work of anime director Satoshi Kon. Both men have listened to Hirasawa's music while working, have been inspired by the themes of his works and directly requested that he compose music for their productions.

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Discography

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1989 時空の水 平沢進 2
1990 サイエンスの幽霊 平沢進 2
1991 Virtual Rabbit 平沢進 2
1992 魂のふる里 平沢進 1
1994 Aurora 平沢進 2
1994 配線上のアリア 平沢進田中靖美 1
1995 Sim City 平沢進 2
1996 Siren 平沢進 1
1998 救済の技法 平沢進 3
2000 賢者のプロペラ 平沢進 2
2003 Blue Limbo 平沢進 1
2004 Switched-On Lotus 平沢進 1
2006 白虎野 平沢進 1
2008 PHONON2550 LIVE 平沢進 1
2009 点呼する惑星 平沢進 3 1
2012 現象の花の秘密 平沢進 1
2015 ホログラムを登る男 平沢進 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2007 映像のための音楽 (Music for Movies) 平沢進 1
2012 HALDYN DOME 平沢進 1
2014 Archetype | 1989-1995 Polydor years of Hirasawa 平沢進 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1990 Error CD 平沢進 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2001 Solar Ray 平沢進 2

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 DETONATOR ORGUN 1 平沢進 1
1991 DETONATOR ORGUN 2 平沢進 1
1992 DETONATOR ORGUN 3 平沢進 1
1997 BERSERK 平沢進 5 2
1999 ロストレジェンド 平沢進 1
1999 ベルセルク: 千年帝国の鷹篇 喪失花の章 平沢進 2
2002 千年女優 平沢進 2
2004 妄想代理人 平沢進 1
2004 Paranoia Agent: Outtake Collection 平沢進 1
2005 Paranoia Agent 平沢進 1
2006 「パプリカ」オリジナルサウンドトラック 平沢進 5 3

Single

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 BERSERK-Forces- 平沢進 5 3

Single + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2013 susumu hirasawa p-0 Gazio Mix CD 平沢進 1

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Aria 平沢進 1

EP

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2008 Tetragrammaton 平沢進 + InhVmaN 1

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