Corset Lore is the solo, electronic music project of Tamara Yadao, Asian-American composer/musician who began playing piano at the age of 4. She writes electronic, avant-pop in a lyrical and baroque style using Game Boys, synths and vocals. Among others she has performed her music at the Hackers on Planet Earth conference NYC, OPENSIGNAL Festival at Brown University, a main stage set at Super MAGfest, Press Start Festival at Centre Pompidou in Paris, I/O chip music, Vector Festival, Pulsewave NYC, 8static Festival and PAX East. She is also the recipient of a Jerome Fund commissioning grant from the American Composer’s Forum.
Current compilations include Chip for Change 2020 an ACLU benefit from Bitcrushed and Pterodactyl Squad’s Train Radio featuring 25 artists drawing inspiration from Minoru Mukaiya’s Japanese train station jingles. Her debut ep, Corset Lore was released on the 8static imprint in 2013 with artwork by IMAGIMA / imagima.com. Her second ep, Graces and Furies was released in 2016 by seminal chip music label 8bitpeoples.com with artwork by Raquel Meyers / raquelmeyers.com.
Recent and upcoming projects include original music contributions for SNES styled RPG, Twilioquest 3, upcoming chip-adjacent concept record 81 Terpsichore in 2023 and most recently, Fried Tofu Recordings’ Remedy a benefit comp for the Asian Mental Health Collective.
Corset Lore logo by Richard Alexander Caraballo
Photo by Marjorie Becker / Chiptography.com