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WADA, YOSHI - Lament for the Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: EM Records EM1074CD / Omega Point OP-0004
Release Year: 2007
Note: re-issue of YOSHI WADAs most important and rarest LP from 1982
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €16.50

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"Recorded in 1979 at 'Dry pool' (literally, an empty swimming pool in which Wada lived & slept for 24 hours prior to the performance) the two pieces here; 'Singing' and 'Bagpipe' wallow in the amazing acoustics of the space... the former features Wada moving around in the space finding 'Sweet spots' while singing long tones in a deeply guttural style - but for me the pinnacle is the second piece for a Harry-Partch-esque instrument of Wada's own devising, simply titled 'The bagpipe' - producing an infinitely complex fog of rich, sliding overtones from an array of pneumatic tubes hooked in to reeds, over which Wada vocally intones the root note ... The fidelity of the original lp was always less-than-ideal; but of course Em have tracked down the master tapes & have done a bang-up job with this reissue, restoring the pieces to their original unedited lengths for an even deeper submersion into Wada's overtone cloud-set ... Gatefold cd packaging with a 10' x 15' fold-out poster-insert, including the original liner notes, contemporary musings by Wada himself, and a biography, all in japanese & english." [label info]