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Label & Cat.Number: Omega Point - Obscure Tape Music of Japan Vol. 18 / OPA-018
Release Year: 2013
Note: two tape pieces from 1978 & 1981 by the Japanese composer and sound-artist: "Emerald Tablet", made up out of bell-sounds and cymbals, using only the resonances of the sounds; a great dramatic drone piece! "Echoes", a composition for a huge outdoor loudspeaker installation on the " Mist, Sound and Light Festival" 1981 which covered 7000 square meters in a remoted river valley, combined with laser light projects and artificial mist... highly recommended!! lim. 500
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More Info" 'Emerald Tablet' (1978) was recorded at the NHK electronic-music studio in 1978. It is made up of only the sonic ingredients of a tubular bell, cymbals, and 'Kin,' a largish-sized bell used for Buddhist memorial services in Japan. The attack of the sound of each instrument was eliminated, and the work was taped through repeated overdubbing. This produced a variety of beautiful harmonics that otherwise could not be produced from a single instrument's sound, and the interference of harmonics created beats, generating a fantastical melody in the high tone range. Harmonics are one of the most mystic phenomena in the world. The wonder of harmonics led me to produce Emerald Tablet. 'Echoes' (1981) was composed for the 'Mist, Sound, and Light Festival,' a 10-day event organized by the hot spring tourist association of Kawaji, Tochigi Prefecture, that was held on May 20-29, 1981. The venue was located at the Kawaji hot spring's Ojika river valley, which was 50 meters wide and 200 meters long with an area of 7,000 square meters. Eight large loudspeakers were set up on hills surrounding the stream, with music played through an octuple channel-tape system. The combined length of cables connected with the loudspeakers exceeded one kilometers. The audience was amidst dense artificial mists spreading upward from the bottom of the valley, laser light beams projected on the hill surface, and tape music that played in extremely low tone at full blast, echoing in the valley. Echoes consists of the sonic ingredients of the three types of percussion instruments used in Emerald Tablet as well as my own voice. - Somei SatohSomei Satoh. Born in Sendai, 1947, composer. He began teaching himself western music and exploring experimental music at the age of eighteen. Since the late 1960s, he has presented several multimedia works. He subsequently spent a year in New York with an invitation from the Asian Cultural Council. Satoh's works have been widely performed in USA, European countries and many countries in the Pacific basin. His other electronic works are Mandara, Mantra and Tantra."
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