Tuesday, August 4, 2020
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Artist: Toshimaru Nakamura + Ken Ikeda + Tomoyoshi Date
Title: Green Heights
Format: CD
Label: Baskaru (@)
Rated: *****
The title of this collection of five tunes from this trio of Japanese sonic experimenters derives from the location where they recorded them, the balcony on the 6th floor of a Japanese building in Tokyo where Brazilian-born Tomoyoshi Date, an ER doctor with a mania for field recordings and toy piano, which got poured into different interesting collaborative projects - he plays in Illuha with Corey Fuller (we've recently spoken about their amazing last album on Taylor Deupree's 12K), in Opitope with Chihei Hatakeyama and in Melodia with Federico Durand - lives. Date opened the door to a couple of friends - NY-based sound designer hooked on fusty synths and video artist Ken Ikeda, who besides some past releases on Touch and Spekk labels can boast of striking collaborations with David Lynch, Tadanoori Yooo and Mariko Mori, and Toshimaru Nakamura, inventive composer as well as one of the most appreciated improviser of that influential Japanese free-improv scene, known as Onkyokei, who plays a mixing console as if it were a musical instrument by means of a system he named "no-input mixing board" on the occasion -, provided some wine, sake and other social drinks in order to foster talkativeness and flair. The title itself could refer to the features of each track as green color is commonly considered hypnotical whereas the references to various Greek letters in the titles of each track could refer to brainwaves (alpha, theta, beta, gamma), which many lovers of recreational technology knew after the spreading of so-called brain machines. Each track seems to be built on bases of piercing pure tones, which bear and enevelop the textures of gently entancing melodies, the amazing electroacoustic jabs and the electronic novocaine they wisely inject so much as the most cacophonous ingredients of each soup sound somewhat soothing.


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