CD Reviews

Thursday 26th March

March 26, 2010

Seijiro Murayama and Eric La Casa released their duo album Supersedure through the excellent Hibari label early this year. Its one that has been sat here awaiting its turn to be investigated properly, and this disc is one of those occasions when I find myself cursing myself for having something so good sat on the shelf for so long without enjoying it. Murayama works with his now very familiar to me snare drum and objects on this CD, and La Casa is credited with microphones and field recordings. What I am not sure about is exactly how the music here was put together, whether it was created in a live situation, or produced in post production somehow. The sleevenotes inform us that the field recordings made by La Casa were collected between 1995 and 2007, and that the music was composed by Murayama and La Casa during 2006 and 2007. Les Instants Chavires get a mention on the sleeve as well, suggesting maybe a concert was recorded there, but no further details help us.

My guess is, after quite a bit of listening, that La Casa recorded Murayama playing solo, perhaps on a number of occasions and later the duo, or perhaps just La Casa, added the field recordings into the mix. I lean towards this way of thinking for a number of reasons. Firstly the way the percussion and recordings are merged is absolutely great. I just don’t think this could have been done live. Then there is a difference in the warmth of Murayama’s sound to La Casa’s, but then maybe as the percussion was recorded acoustically the field recordings could have been pulled from the P.A. mixing desk at the same event. As the five tracks here (titled Parts 1 to 5) progress though I become more convinced that at least some of this music has been created in the studio.

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Wednesday 2nd December

December 3, 2009

Another stressy day, but this one went well in the end so the headache had shifted by mid-day and I had the time to really focus on some music on my way home, and on into the night as I sit here with a huge slice of banoffee cheesecake and a hot cup of genmaicha. […]

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Thursday 4th June

June 4, 2009

So some notes this evening on another Creative Sources release, this one recorded all the way back in 2003 and released not that long after, but it is a new one to me, having got somewhat lost in the Creative Sources deluge of releases. the release is named belvedere dans l’étendue (belvedere in the expanse) […]

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Friday 13th March

March 13, 2009

Another tough old day today but it went well and now I have a couple of days free to rest up a bit. Then I am back at work on Monday, but only for three days before I take a few days holiday, the first of which will include a gig in London followed by […]

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