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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: Olde English Spelling Bee # 18
Release Year: 2008
Note: second release (after the CDR on OCTPIA 2005) for this project consisting of MICHAEL NORTHAM & HITOSHI KOJO; lim. 500
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €18.00

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Nach der limitierten CDR auf HITOSHI KOJO Label OCTPIA ("Les Chambres Nuages", 2005) die erste Veröffentlichung des Duos (mit MICHAEL NORTHAM) in grösserer Auflage. Auf dieser LP schaffen sie mit Hilfe von Objekt-Klängen, rituell wirkenden Gesängen, traditionellen Instrumenten & Field Recordings sehr "konkrete" und doch oft fliessende, höchst ungewöhnliche psychedelische Geräuschmusik, deren Komplexität oft kaum durchschaubar ist - diese Überforderung eröffnet aber die Möglichkeit sich über die Ratio hinwegzusetzen und sich ganz den sich stets verändernden Strukturen hinzugeben.. .. die Aufnahmen stammen von verschiedensten (Aussen)-Orten, das "Studio" ist die Natur, die Psychogeographie als "nicht hörbarer" und doch erfassbarer Faktor spielt hier eine grosse Rolle. Einzigartige Transformationsmusik !

"Kodama is the ongoing recording project of two well-known visual and sound artists -- Hitoshi Kojo and Michael Northam -- and this is their first widely available release as a duo. Recorded in various improbable locations whenever they crossed paths over the course of several years and then finally edited and assembled in a cluttered garage in the west side of Indianapolis. There is a decidedly more improvisational feel and crisp psychedelic aura to these recordings when compared to their other work and one can hear the influence of Ghedalia Tazartes in how the various recordings were stitched together. To quote Hitoshi Kojo: 'We are the spirit of forest. Our howling has been offered to the many goddesses of the valleys. Teething our emptiness they, licking the stars, until white holes appear in our sky through them towards regenerative guides of the tonal-morphic omni-verses. Using found objects to seduce voices from unlikely sources as well as traditional instruments of wind, wires and wood. Kodama weaves between emotional poetry and dynamic forces of noises. The recordings have a strong atmosphere of each location -- the top of a mountain in Switzerland, a campground in Ohio, Lofoten Island in Norway, the arctic circle in Finland, Niagara Falls, etc. It includes a lot of the dirts of the raw recordings, but also incredibly beautiful moments such as the session with an owl in a Slovenian forest, an alpine summit singing meditation under the vast galaxy, and an encounter with the small people through strange ritual...' - HK. Limited pressing of 500 copies. Covers & insert printed on 2-color offset press with illustrations and design by Hitoshi Kojo." [label info]

"... All captured mainly outside, like the top of a mountain, a campground or the Lofoten Island. In terms of music I guess this is the best record of the lot, most thoughout and musically engaging. A refined mixture of ritual music (without those magickal overtones), drone, microsound and field recordings, all done in an unique way." [FdW / Vital Weekly]