Drone Records
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Format: LP
Label & Cat.Number: ini.itu #1502
Release Year: 2016
Note: the Brussels based label for 'exotic' experimental music presents this interesting Japanese composer, who is forming extraordinary, mysterious, somehow 'concrete' microsound worlds from field recordings, radio transmissions and various objects like"paper; influenced by the concepts of Wabi-Sabi and Mono No Aware, it's almost.impossible to recognize any sound-sources "...the dismantling, rebuilding, amplification and modulation of tiny sounds" lim. 250 copies
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"ini.itu is releasing a new vinyl LP, composed by Masayuki Imanishi. Masayuki Imanishi is a Japanese sound artist using paper, a microphone, a radio, field recordings, various objects and any other things which catch his interest. He has collaborated with Leif Elggren, Kouhei Matsunaga, Vampillia, The Body and many others.
This LP 'Tone' was built using radio, paper, tapes, debris and other objects. It is based on an experimental approach that aims at repeating the dismantling, rebuilding, amplification and modulation of tiny sounds. It features 7 tracks of delicate and circular meanderings, installing a restrained and autumnal ambiance, where sounds suddenly seem to emerge from nothingness and soon return to it. These evanescent tones are displaying a melancholic sensibility, rooted in the Japanese concepts of wabi-sabi and mono no aware. Calm, austere and enigmatic, this record reminds us that beauty can emerge from ugliness.
All clicks, pops and shuffles are intended.
The LP was mastered by Taylor Deupree."

"Despite his collaborative work with Leif Elggren, Kouhei Matsunaga, Vampilia and The Body I never heard of Japanese sound artist Masayuki Imanishi. He has a few previous releases on labels as Gender-Less Kibbutz, Deserted Factory, Psych.KG, A Giant Fern, Creative sources and obs, in a period of nine years, so not really a lot. His instruments are paper, microphone, radio, field recordings and various objects. Of course we learned over the years that Ini.itu is a label to release exotic music and there is usually a connection to make to the country of Indonesia, but on 'Tone' that doesn't seem to be the case, unless of course I missed the connection. Instead we have here something that is fine reminder of what was once called 'microsound'; music that operates on a more microscopic level. A few sounds here, and a few there, some loops of radio transmissions, carefully placed crackles and pops, the rustling of paper being amplified. All of this is about small sounds; and small sounds that are meant to sound small. From the various points of interest, the ones that I think come close to what Imanishi does is Steve Roden and Rolf Julius. There is not a wealth of sound effects, or a massive production but simply, perhaps naive music. I quite enjoyed this, especially the long piece on the second side, but I must also admit that for me this record was not something new; it brought back good memories to all that quiet microsound music from ten to fifteen years ago, and it didn't seem to me that Imanishi added a new insight to that world. That perhaps I thought was a pity; the aspect of innovation was missed. Otherwise I think this had some wonderful music, as Imanishi knows to play his instruments/objects quite well. Perhaps this is the oddball in the Ini.itu catalogue?" [FdW/Vital Weekly]