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Kazuya Ishigami & Tamako Katsufuji - Akari Tsuketooka (2010)

19-03-2016, 12:44
Electronic | FLAC / APE

Title: Akari Tsuketooka
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Neus-318
Genre: Abstract, Experimental
Quality: FLAC / MP3-320
Total Time: 55:40
Total Size: 234 / 127 MB


01. Lights Out Part 1: Skull (7:23)
02. Lights Out Part 2: Bank (11:46)
03. Lights Out Part 3: Snail (13:12)
04. That Is All: Prologue (2:05)
05. That Is All: Bank (5:47)
06. That Is All: Interval 1 (2:31)
07. That Is All: Fox (5:48)
08. That Is All: Interval 2 (1:43)
09. That Is All: Pika Pika (5:27)

Split electroacoustic work of Kazuya ISHIGAMI and Tamako KATSUFUJI, using voice of storyteller "Kenichi HIGASHINO".

Kazuya Ishigami was born in 1972, in Osaka. He graduated from Osaka University Of Arts in 1994. He composed his pieces for INA-GRM in August 1997. His Radiophonic work "Sonic Escapism," "2nd 49" and "Whisper Of Sound God" were broadcast from Deutschlandradio in 2005-2008. Ishigami studied at music academies in Japan and France, and since 1997, has also acted as a noise/improvisation unit Billy? and Daruin.

Tamako Katsufuji was born in 1973 in Osaka Japan.
When she was a student at OSAKA University of Arts, she was interested in poems and words, and she started to compose tape music pieces and theater pieces with them. After she graduated she has been working as a sound engineer for various stage arts.
In 2000 she studied music concrete (The music composed with concrete sounds) at INA-GRM in France. Then, she has been composing sound art works and performing them at Osaka, Tokyo, Paris, and so on.
In 2005 she studied interpretation of acousmonium (multi channel speaker system) at MOTUS in France and at the same time, her piece “WRAP” was performed at Festival FUTURA'05 .
She listens to the sounds in daily life or undaily life. Then she gathers those sounds and composes with them. Such pieces has been expressing her original fantasy world.
She also collaborates with contempoary dance performers, image creaters and so on..

Born in Kobe, Japan in 1947. In 1989 he began creating original Patu (scroll paintings) and performing as ‘a Patua’(storyteller). He has performed in many countries including the USA,India, Vietnam and Thailand. He has published two books,Have You Turned the Light on? and Kenichi Higashino’s Tales.
Kenichi Higashino’s life work is the practice of Patua: a master of the picture scroll. The origin of the painted scroll is very ancient. Nowadays this art form is still used, mainly in the West Bengal and Bihar states of India. In Bengali,"Pat" means "scroll" and "Patua" means "Painter". The Patua is a kind of minstrel. He goes from village to village, with a bag containing several scrolls. He gathers together the villagers around him and unrolls his paintings, never showing more than two or three images at a time, and he sings the painted story. The story is shown in sequence, like a story board or a comic strip. In this way the Patua earns his living.

Two split releases, and both involving label owner Kazuya Ishigami. The first one is 'just' a split release, containing three of his pieces and three by one Kentaro Takei. His three pieces are collisions in the world of pure electro-acoustic sound and electronic music. The acoustic sounds, of which it is hard to decipher where they come from, but are best described as rumbling of contact microphones meet up with sparse sine wave like electronics. Sparseness seem to be his goal, but he is just a bit too sparse to be fully interesting for the amount of time his three pieces take up here. Of more interest, also about half the length, are the pieces by Ishigami, whose work is entirely created in the world of computer processing. He composed for INA-GRM, so that may explain this a bit. From the various releases I heard from him, this trio of piece is certainly one of the more interesting ones. Avoiding the usual trap of tumbling sounds and glissandi, his pieces are quite concentrated affairs of closely knit sound files working along and against eachother. Easily his most interesting work to date.
The other split release is with a female composer called Tamaki Katsufuji. She also worked at INA-GRM. Both use here spoken word by Kenichi Higashino, who is a scroll painter and story teller, telling what we see. Not an easy job if you haven't mastered the Japanese language. That is a bit of a problem with this release, since the voice is pretty much upfront and present in this release. And since we don't know what these stories are about, its hard to see how they relate to the music. Is the music supportive, contradictory? Hard to say, but I think its more supportive of the story, rather than working against what is told. Quite an amount of acoustic objects and bits of computer processing. What I thought was good was there isn't much difference in approach and execution by both composers. Now that could be a problem if it was 'just' a split disc, but here the connection, the voice of Higashino, makes the whole thing into an unified whole complete release. - Frans de Waard, Vital Weekly

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gibheid   User offline   19 March 2016 17:12

Thanks ural.

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