Sunday, May 31, 2015

Herr Icks Wo - Untitled

From the work in 1981 released by the German cassette label, Klar! 80. Drone which develops with mixing the sound like owl's crying and gunfire by the cheap sound or hiss noise peculiar to cassettes fire listener's imagination.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Necrofago - Preachers of Doom

From the demo tape in 1988. Loveable Brazilian junk dirty thrash recorded by lo-fi production/performance before the word "lo-fi" was spread.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Nipponia Nippon - Dirty blood

From the single by the mysterious rapper who faded out after releasing only one work. Dark hiphop which the graphic lyric I guess he deal with HIV-tainted blood scandal entangles with the melancholic track by Calm is really different from other Japanese hiphop.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

La Destination - Diaspora

From the omnibus cassette "F-rants" released by Audiofile Tapes in 1988. The mysterious track which it change from drone by a low and muffled male voice to  mad jazz. It reminds me ESP. I recommend this to Brother Ah fans.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Die erste Walpurgisnacht - 2015.05.24 jam ~a crossroads, hands of a devil invite~」

The latest jam by the Oosaka duo. The unusual sound which has both ruthless violence of Japanese psychedelic rock and the heaviness of UK doom. I'm convinced that only Electric wizard and this group can embody the realest rock.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Floating points - King Bromeliad

The track centered on the beat which remind me Tony Allen and tangled with the synth and the vibraphone. I'd like fans of "Tight 7" by Kensei listen to this addictive and unique groove.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Mura Oka「Brain Waves」

The debut album from the Parisian techno label, latency by the French duo whose name like Japanese is interesting. Glitch/electronica like dark Farben is so cool.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The jazz intrusion - Roots and boots LP

The US unit which disguises as a Jamaican group. They play row and primitive grindcore which the yelling like beast is united with blast beat like avalanche without loosing their hyper. It's awesome.

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Nigga Creep - Demons Taking Over Me

Memphis horror core in 1995. I'm fascinated by their wide range musicality which they use the material like field recording and also develop the sound like minimal/ambient.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Kaoru Abe - untitled

The fast sax by the guy who aspired "I want to be the fastest guy". The fastest and sharp performance in his works is full of enthusiasm as if he plays one-man grindcore and the destructive energy.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A$AP Rocky - L$D

The new track Asap broke ground. The psychedelic pv which the ballade touch tune he perform his shiny voice on the slow and lyrical track combined with a movie featured the nightlife district in Kabuki-cho has a tremendous impact.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ras Michael & The Sons of Negus - Freedom Sounds

Nyabinghi with a focus on a relaxed male chorus, the guitar occasionally funky and the Djembe. The slow and loose sound definitely makes listeners chill out.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Redkaya Ptica - Instrumental

From the 1982 album by the mysterious group Discogs also doesn't deal with. Russian progressive fusion wrapped up in the strange feeling of floating. I'd like around Flip Nunez fans listen to this.

Monday, May 18, 2015

DJ Kensei - ILLVIBES DL Edit

The edit version which DJ Kensei features the part of DL and Buddha Brand from "Ill Vibes" released in 1996. Whenever I listened to this, their freewheeling and peculiar language sense and the skillful sampling sense knock my socks off.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Paradise Lost - Beneath Broken Earth

From the new album which will be released in June. When doom metal become a trend now, the veteran group in this field releases the old school number which they features heavy and gloomy riffs,  the death voice with threatening tone and the melancholic guitar. The skillful combination of heaviness and melody reminds me "Heartwork" by Carcass.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Natas - Natas

From the third album in 1995 by the Detroit trio. The sound which features acid bleep produces the strange atmosphere as if they combine reggae, bass music with rap.

Friday, May 15, 2015

v.a. - Musical Offering

The omnibus album of Russian electronic music released in 1971. You can be satisfied with abstract and clear ANS synth by Sofia Gubaidulina, Edward Artemiv and so on.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Blackout - Dreamworld

Obscure Memphis rap which people who get into Delroy Edwards ”Slowed Down Funk" series must listen to. The cheap sound like 90's black metal and the minimal development are addictive.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

New Nambu (11) “In 1977, I went to watch Terry Riley 2"


The word, “Minimalism” is known with Art and related with 60’s pop art, Optical art, but I will focus at Minimalism in music, because I think it is too complicated. The style also called “minimal music” or “new modal music”, it is a little pop contemporary music grew up in the scene keeping distance from past academism.

Riley was called one of “four minimal kings” along with La Monte Young, Phillip Glass, and Steve Reich (is he from Jewish family?). Other minimal artists were appearing other than them, but I omit them because it’s too many. But, I’d like to note Wim Mertens only. Because he wrote the book called “Minimal music” and it was translated and published in Japan, and his music was known with the works of Jan Farbre, a famous choreographer.

And as pupils of L. M. Young, there were John Hassel who played with Eno, John Cale of Velvets, Rhys Chatham who appeared at Moers new jazz festival, moreover Angus Maclise who was a unique musician. There were more.

By the way, Young studied the vocalism called “Kirana style” from a Indian classical music vocalist, Pandit Pran Nath with Terry Riley. And, Reich created his minimalism by working with Ravi Shankar. Furthermore Reich studied the drumming at the tribal society called Yoruba in Africa. In first, Young played the sax and performed like events or happenings with Fluxus guys, he created unique chord by the oscillator and come up with continuing to play it eternally. This one will continue before and after his death forever.

According to the performer, Shinichi Arai ( an alcoholic he and other person admitted ) who actually met him, Young continued to listen to that sound by an earphone with his ears all the time. Calling this duration event. “The Theater of Eternal Music”, he performed his unique vocalism in that drone and co-performers were playing the same sound by instrumentals single-mindedly. Although it seems to be easy in a moment, you would understand that you need to control yourself if you would be playing. It almost the training. ( An record shop owner in Tokyo, Mr. Ibe calls it “La Monte Religion”)

He performed as solo for some hours by piano with his original tuning by himself, and played strange blues rock with members of Swans. Tony Conrad who is known for collaboration with a Kraut rock group, Faust, or as a legendary experimental film maker of “Flicker” gave his name “ I am the very pioneer of minimal method” and criticize Young. Well, It was truth that they had performed together in the past.

At the first time, Grass played his pieces by organ alone ( the recordings at that time was released from the French label, Shandar along with Pandit Pran Nath, the solo of Young, the solo of Riley. Also Shandar released the precious recordings of Sun Ra, Albert Ayler, and Cecil Taylor), but he formed an ensemble to play for playing his music only, and they had a favorable reception when they played intensive, high-impact live performances without any compromise at the concert in Japan.

The view of the performance by this group was recorded in a film of Peter Greenaway’s “Four American Composers”. (In addition, It was an interesting film because John Cage, Meredith Monk, and Robert Ashley were selected in the film.) He is active now, for example music of opera(?) “Einstein on the beach” directed by Robert Wilson, the soundtrack of “Koyaanisqatsi” Francis Ford Coppola also involved in, the trial to play the song of David Bowie by an orchestra with Eno, a collaboration with Aphex Twin.

Sampling the voice of preachers in the street, Reich created the method to metamorphose the music with electronic delay ( “It’s gonna rain” , “Come out” and so on) and the music for hand crapping or the music for the little wooden blocks. This was etude for making the dynamic change gradually by shifting rhythm or by using polyrhythm ( I like these works at this period very much). He organized his ensemble like Glass, and developed the strict method to create the continuing and slow change for a long time, it gradually grew up and orchestras finally played it.

Riley remixed pops or jazz ( surprisingly, a sound source is Chet Baker) with tapes or electronic delay devices or used the special electronic organ. The tuning was called just intonation, one pattern was set as the repeats with delay, and the simultaneous improvisation on it, for listeners always could listen to it harmonically. Double album called “Persian surgery dervish” released from Shandar, and “A rainbow in curved air” released from a major label, CBS. The later become big hit.

On the other hand, there is a work called “In C” which is known as classic of minimalism. This tune comprises from 53 short musical scores, each performer freely pick up and repeat some. Accumulating them, sounds like complicated meshes was created as a whole. The author has listened to this song by Chinese instruments once, and it sounded strange. The Who’s hit number “Won't Get Fooled Again“ begins long organ solo which continued from the final part of the previous number “Baba O’Riley”, and the sound of it was apparently influenced from Riley as you know the title.

As you can notice, four minimal kings have common term. In regard to their sources, they got clues from ethnic music, in terms of method they used electronic sound sources, and there are selections which a strict ensemble or improvisation and they have influenced the style of rock or techno. ”Repetition”, the method of minimalism is coincide with the programming by synthesizers or sequencers and using computers in the rock or pops fields since early 1970’s. So, there are influences from minimalism called “techno pop”. Techno pop I say here is slightly different from so-called “techno” nowadays. For example, I should pick up Kraftwerk or YMO. But, this stream influenced later techno.

In July, 1977, I stayed in the apartment of Mr. Sato, my friend who lived in Mitaka three days before the concert in Okutama. Then, we looked around record shops in Tokyo in first. I got a good information from Satoshi Ashikawa, the manager of the contemporary art and contemporary music store “Art Vivant” ( he was the composer and the performer. Later, he established an independent label after he quitted the manager, and invited Harold Budd to Japan. It was totally success! Then he died by a traffic accident shortly after that.) .

I heard Riley would do the lecture concert at American center in Shiba before the gig in Okutama. I would go to the concert with Mr.Bide (later Ultra Bide) from Kyoto. American center seem to be established to promote various aspects of American culture to Japan, but I guess there someone think we don’t need such thing other than me. We were partly a dependency country of America in cultural sides. Well, I think the facility was for sophisticated and polite aspects of American culture. (I remember Mr. Keiji Haino was there) I felt the change of the time from knowing such a counter-culture musician played in such an institute,

Riley played the title called “Shri Camel Trinity”. This was the same title in Okutama. I wrote it was improvisation by the particular setting on the previous article. I feel sorry I write again the performance by Riley was what kind of music, for example, you should remember “Inventions for electric guitar” by the solo of Manuel Goettsching, if you were a fan of Kraut rock and a fan of Ash La TempeI. Is that more rare than Riley?Such thinking of Riley was similar to Raga of Indian music. The difference from Raga is that it has a lot of external elements which limits Raga performed at that time. For example, a time zone, season or weather. You must change along with that transition because Raga is based on the idea of Indian nature. Riley’s has prescribed his was as the piece without such limits, and it based on Western music. Oh, I don’t regard both of them. (Maybe, it’s most important)

He did the lecture not so long with such talk, and he played one hour. His commentary made the mystic veil of my own thought for him stripped. For example, Coltrane intensively fired up in modal improvisation. Coltrane was fascinated with Ravi Shankar, but when Shankar listened to his performance, Shankar was said to blame him “Is here love and peace in such performance?”. However, he can’t afford to change his style.

I think of Riley who focused to sink by the organ not changing the volume. In Indian classical music, rhythm is regarded as Tala or Gat, and it is too complicated. There aren’t such bothering things in Riley’s music. If Indian listened to his music, they might think “Why does he Alap so long?” Alap is a part of suggestion like “ We will play by this Raga today”. That part ends and they plays with percussions called Tabla baya, finally Raga is developing. But, I can say Raga of Riley doesn’t start until end at last from the view of Indian music.

Because I understand such things, it’s only a matter of performance sense. How is sense of Riley as an improviser. More than that, does he a performer or a composer? It is usual that the minimal styled composers play their works by themselves. Also, there were a lot of scenes composers were playing by themselves at “Media 3” in Unesco village. A mystical image of musician was fading by thinking relationship between theories and equipments. Relationship between composers and performers remained. It seemed to be simple, but it’ actually wasn’t so. It’s easy for you to think composers play to realize their musical ideas into real sounds. But, the act of composing will never resolve by that. I won’t write that here. 

Then, here is an another issue. Terry Riley found out the structure of popular music. Recently, I listened to his work “You’re no good” introduced by Mr. Hori. He played “principles of popular music” by low-end technology. He made loops by repeat units from the tape recorded from the R&B record and played it endlessly. Sometimes, he slightly changes it. It’s ok. A French composer, Bernard Parmegiani did a same thing in “Jazzex”. He surprisingly used Mothers of Invention, and that song was “King Kong” which has the most repeat phrases in MOI’s works. “Music of Repeat”, it seems to be expressed as character of minimal music.

However, actually there is “difference” between repeat of popular music and one of minimal music like Riley. I must mention about the difference the popular music as the dance music and the song, between the minimal music as fine art music in the stream of Western music tradition. The repeat of the former does not change ever in a piece, and that of the later changes ever from the beginning to the end of the piece. So, minimal music is sometimes called as “gradual changing music”. Bues, gospel, R&B, jazz, not popular music all over the world are basically dance music, and dance is also we make our body along numbers. That is, we must base on refrain of one unit “to count”. It’s only a matter that how performers put their move, performance or songs on that refrain. Dance music? Yes. It’s alright.

However, there are two different dances. And I dare to say them in Japanese, “Mai (Bu)” and ”Odrori (You)”. The former is a kind of ritual actions and it is the complex of uncountable motions. The later is for entertainment and togetherness in community. I must say this issue in the future. And there is a direction of popular music Riley hasn’t deal with. It’s “Song” as the combination of lyrics with melody. Riley learned “vocalization” from his teacher Nath, but how about the “song”. Throat-singing is not ”song” but “vocalization”. There are a lot of singers who “sings” by throat-singing locally.

What is “song”. This is a theme which pursues the fundamental relationship between human and music. It’s exact that popular music is with “song”. Our views for music seem to be radically changed, because Twelve-tone music was established and recording and selling media have made success as business. I think “song” gradually has started to be far from us since that. There were a lot of fundamental music themes I found from Riley, like popular music and art music, composing and performance, “song” and dance, repeat and change, tuning, and improvisation.

Jessica Pratt - Strange Melody

From the second album by the female artist who is influenced from Tim Buckley, T-Rex and so on. Raw, but beautiful acid folk by the rough recording which the atmosphere during performance or her breathing are transmitted is as if the SSW in 60~70's was slipped into the modern time.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Fire! Orchestra - Exit!

The debut album by the unit Mats Gustafsson conducts. It's worth listening to that avant-garde jazz as if the big band approaches doom jazz and the female vocalist who has passion like Maki Asakawa joined them. I'd like to Lost Aaraff fans listen to.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Khost - Amoral Apathy Suppression

From the debut album form the Birmingham duo which joined the UK tour of Godflesh. Tribal doom added a wind instrument which produces the oriental mood is extremely heavy and have a formidable originality.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Schaa - Pinophyta

The young French producer who adopts every sound source uses the source of field recording. The track over 20 minutes which mysterious Japanese appear is full of experimental mind I can't talk within the realm of techno.

Friday, May 8, 2015

HJARNIDAUDI - Pain Noise March

The debut album of the one-man funeral ambient doom unit in Norway. The heavy and solemn sound as if he makes Jazkamer "Metal machine music" more melancholic.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

New direction fro the arts - Mass projection

The performance in 1973 by the unit Masayuki Takayanagi leaded. Thoroughly furious and noisey performance which I should say the beauty of chaos take me breath away.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dismember - Like an everflowing stream

The masterpiece of Swedish death metal as everyone knows. They are rushing with distorted violent riffs for forty minutes, mixing lyrical melody occasionally. I'd like blackend crust fans like Young and in the way listen to this.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Buddha Brand - Rinnetensyou

The jazz funk tune which uses the sampling source from Mandrill "Silk". The track is made the best use of lyrical sensitivity by Dev large. I can't believe the untimely death of this great digger.

Monday, May 4, 2015

The Hototogisu - By The Sea

From the 1st album released in 2001 by the male and female duo in US&UK. The guitar like Loren Connors, female vocal and percussion are sounding together by quiet sound. I'm fascinated by the psychedelic sound which make me feel Japanese austere refinement and quiet simplicity.

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Sayaka Botanic - Isn't it? 8.13.2014. at Beat Cafe

Fantastic funky mix by the member of Group A which focus on old/middle school hiphop and tribal music. Person who received an impact by the world of DJ Keiji Haino must get into.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Bark Psychosis「Scum」

From 12" in 1992 by the UK band which was said that they started their activity as the cover band of Napalm Death. The performance like roots of doom ambient jazz as if they anticipate Bohren&Der Club Gore stimulates my imagination.

Friday, May 1, 2015

Rob Smit - Metaal I

From the cassette released by the Dutch label, Kubus Kassettes in 1981. The vibraphone sounding continuously creates the dreamlike sound. It is quiet, but has an intensive impact. The Dutch experimental music scene in early 80's is great.