CD Reviews

Monday 15th February

February 16, 2010

Tonight’s CD is easy to locate the sleeve for however, given that it is a cleverly designed little envelope made up of two interlinking L-shapes of card that, once you’ve got the knack of it wrap around the disc, with the CD itself almost holding the sleeve in place rather than the usual opposite scenario. The CD is named Oscillation Vacillation and is a newish release on the Korean Balloon and Needle label featuring two recordings by the quartet of Joe Foster, Hong Chulki, Takahiro Kawaguchi and Ryu Hankil. (Usual caveats here, I released a CD involving Hankil late last year and am currently trying to organise him a UK tour in March, but my objectivity isn’t affected etc…)

So this CD includes two recordings both made on the same day in Korea, possibly at a live concert, though this isn’t clear. The first piece is sixteen minutes in length, the second a fraction short of forty. The sleeve details are minimal, with most of the information about who played what listed on the face of the disc itself (slightly annoying!) but for this performance Takahiro Kawaguchi worked with his remodeled counters and self made objects, Hong Chulki used a turtable minus its cartridge, Ryu Hankil settled for just a speaker and piezo mic vibrations. Joe Foster’s choice of instrumentation i snot listed for some reason, but I think I only hear electronics in there. It isn’t at all easy to tell who is making what sound, but throughout the first piece and during much of the second the skittering, clattering half rhythms seem to definitely come from Kawaguchi’s clockworkesque set-up, with Ryu Hankil choosing not to work with his clockworks on this recording, presumable for fear of ticking. whirring overload. If the rattles and churning sounds provide an undercurrent to the first track then the sounds overlaid by the other musicians do not necessarily follow in any pattern, and certainly they are more sparse than perhaps this line-up might promise. There are little bursts of gritty, short-circuiting electronics, the raw scrape of amplified surfaces rubbing against each other and a generally percussive feeling of scattered debris rather than extended sounds or anything leaning towards noisy layers.

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CD Reviews

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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Hidden Treasure

August 30, 2007

Takefumi Naoshima, Hirozumi Takeda, Utah Kawasaki, Mitsuteru Takeuchi, Toshihiro Koike, Takahiro Kawaguchi, Yasuo Totsuka – Septet This CD is not a Wandelweiser release, and its character is actually quite unlike most Wandelweiser compositions, but on the slightly dodgy premise that the music on this disc is extremely quiet I thought I’d write about it amongst […]

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