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Seijiro Murayama, Kazushige Kinoshita – 59:01.68

May 14, 2013

CD Ftarri Will we ever run out interesting conceptual ideas for making CDs? The music on Kazushige Kinshita and Seiji Murayama’s duo disc on the Ftarri label appeared a good few months ago now, but I have only recently found the time to spend with it. The release is credited as a duo, with the […]

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Monday 19th April

April 19, 2010

There are of course a number of issues with writing reviews as well as running a label. The most obvious ones are to do with conflicts of interest, perceived or otherwise that might occur when I write about a musician that has a CD released on Cathnor. The informality of this blog allows me to get away with writing about music by Cathnor musicians easier than elsewhere, though I will usually add a caveat to the text, or at least whenever I remember to do so. There are other problems though, often related to the fact that quite often when a new CD arrives I have already heard the music some months before in demo form. So can I write nice things about a CD I possibly rejected as a Cathnor release at an earlier date? Yes of course I can, but it makes things a little awkward.

In the case of Carliol, the new album by John Butcher and Rhodri Davies on the Ftarri label, I’m faced with a new scenario again. I heard this music about a year ago, as a demo, at a time when I really was not looking for new potential releases as i had already comitted to enough to keep me going for quite a while. I really liked the music though, and listened to the demo a lot, finally deciding that I should offer to release it, even though the timing wasn’t good. It needed to be heard. Anyway when I finally did offer to do so it turned out I was a few days too late and the music had found a home at Ftarri. In truth this worked out fine as I should not really have been offering to do anything at that time, and I knew the music would be well looked after by Ftarri. Now though, a year later with the very beautifully presented CD playing on the stereo I wonder just how objective I can be about the music now I have my reviewer hat on? In theory if I felt the music was good enough to release on Cathnor then I can’t have anything bad to say about it…

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Wednesday 26th August

August 26, 2009

20:30– I recently managed to get a friend to load a workable version of Linux onto the cute little netbook I bought early this year, and so tonight’s post begins as a bit of an experiment because I am writing at least this first couple of paragraphs on the train home from work, having left […]

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Saturday 1st August

August 1, 2009

Just recently I’ve drunk some terrible wine. The bottle of awful Chilean chardonnay I bought really cheap yesterday went down the sink this evening after the first mouthful of the second glass. A steaming cup of camomile tea sits beside me now as Takahiro Kawaguchi and Shinjiro Yamaguchi’s new release named Hello plays for the […]

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